The City Council met in regular session on December 21, 2015 at 7:30 P.M. in the Council Chambers of City Hall.
Mayor Walker presided:
City employees present were Chief Drew, Public Works Director McFrederick, Clerk Kennedy and Attorney Green.
PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
MINUTES: The meeting was called to order and the minutes of December 7th were approved as presented by Councilman Peterson, second by Councilwoman Grant. Motion carried by a unanimous vote of the Council present.
COMMITTEE REPORTS: The department had 31 cases written, 8 citations 77 calls for service for November 2015. The Police and Animal Control Report for November 2015 was accepted on motion by Councilman Peterson second by Councilman Lane. Motion carried by a unanimous vote of the Council present. Chief Drew and Sgt. Quintal attended a class called Human Performance and Use of Force which was excellent. The content and training will be passed on to the rest of the department.
The Fire Department Minutes of November 9, 2015, November 16, 2015 and November 23, 2015 were accepted on motion by Councilman Peterson, second by Councilman Lester. Motion carried by a unanimous vote of the Council present.
The Library Minutes of December 2, 2015 were accepted on motion by Councilman Peterson, second by Councilwoman Grant. Motion carried by a unanimous vote of the Council present.
SURVEY: The survey committee met and was made up of Councilmembers Dumas and Lane, John Kennedy, Lily Willig, Rosalie Jessup, Cathy Wassmuth and Dan Gautney. It has been almost 37 years since Grangeville has had a public survey. If the survey is approved, the committee is willing to do a pre-media survey blitz and then will tally the results once surveys are returned.
Councilman Lane stated the survey does the following: 1. proactive procedure 2. invites citizen participation 3. survey allows the council to be informed decision makers and 4. survey provides guidance to council to make the City even better than it is.
John Kennedy stated the whole reason of the survey is to provide good information for the Council. The survey would be mailed out with the utility bill and depending on the response; they would like to send a second mailing.
Mayor Walker felt it’s a good representation of the community and he wouldn’t’ want to tweak it much. It was suggested to provide an explanation of the general fund.
Councilman Lester would like to see LID listed as a funding option for street, curb, gutter, sidewalks.
Councilwoman Grant would like to see it two sided and she would like the graph bigger.
On motion by Councilman Lester, second by Councilman Winkler to have the committee come back at next meeting with the updated design and see if Tonya can get pricing on a color two sided insert. Motion carried by a unanimous vote of the Council present.
COMPREHENSIVE PLAN: Councilwoman Dumas stated the comprehensive plan ties in with the survey. She would like to see the Council update the plan in 2016. There are certain required aspects of the plan that were not included in the 1980 version.
BILLS: The bills in the amount of $210,920.38 were approved and ordered paid out of their respective funds, on motion by Councilman Peterson, second by Councilman Lester. Motion carried by a unanimous vote of the Council present.
SURPLUS: On motion by Councilman Peterson, second by Councilman Winkler to surplus the 2002 Chevy Tahoe (K9 unity) from the police department. Motion carried by a unanimous vote of the Council present.
COUNCIL DATES: On motion by Councilman Lester, second by Councilman Peterson to adopt the 2016 Council dates as listed. Motion carried by a unanimous vote of the Council present.
COMMUNITY PROJECTS PARTICPATION: Clerk Kennedy explained the City is participating in the “Putting all the pieces together for success grant” with CEDA over the next year. Clerk Kennedy will be attending all the meetings. Cathy suggested a sidewalk
ITEMS TO NOTE: The City received a State Insurance Dividend Check of $6,089.
Mayor Walker stated this last year has been a trying year as Mayor. He felt there has been a disconnect. He’d like to see the disconnect healed so the Council/Mayor can think about the people and do the peoples work. He would like to offer a peace offering to everyone in hopes that next year will be better.
The meeting adjourned at 8:20 P.M.
Bruce Walker – Mayor
Tonya Kennedy – Clerk