The City Council met in regular session on February 6, 2017 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, Deputy Clerk Wasem and Attorney Green. Clerk Kennedy absent.
PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
MINUTES: The meeting was called to order and the minutes of January 17th were approved as presented by Councilman Peterson, second by Councilman Grant. Motion carried by a unanimous vote of the Council present.
VISITORS: Jinny Cash was present to provide an update on the veteran’s center. They have had 1500 people visit the Center. They would like to see possible integration into City operations as a community center or recreation office and if the National Guard moves out of Grangeville, they would like the Veteran’s Community Center moved to Armory. They have an open house scheduled February 23rd.
Rachel Young and Sue Kutner couldn’t make it the meeting; Todd Marek was there to speak in Rachel’s place. He discussed the possibility of a new structure at Pioneer Park, similar to a band shell type structure. Grangeville Arts will take the lead in conjunction with Horizons. The next steps are design, location, and funding. Their next meeting is February 7th at 5:15 pm. Mayor Walker suggested in a few meetings to come back with their progress and the Council will look to delegate someone to sit in on the meetings to represent the City.
Lynda Fox, EMT liaison stated the Spring Fling is March 4th. They plan to have the helicopter land in the parking lot south of the district office.
COMMITTEE REPORTS: Angie Norman, Library Director, was present to provide an update on Library programs and to request use of the old Genealogy room. The proposed use for the room would include a private location for tutoring and proctoring exams, space for book binding and mending, cataloguing materials and grant writing/fundraising. Long term use could be classroom functions such as computer basics, photography/editing and budgeting. Mayor Walker talked about his personal feelings on the room, stating he thinks that the City should lease it to the library for a period of time, minimum 10 years, giving the library a chance to use the room as they feel necessary and see if it works. He said the lease could be set so after the set time the library can renew it depending if it is or isn’t working for the City. Council member Grant pointed out if used the room as a classroom they would be in competition with LCSC. Angie said she would like to work with LCSC and not be in competition with them. Angie asked about charging for the classes or room; Councilman Lester pointed out new fees or increases in fees need to go through budget. The Council would like to see a lease after Attorney Green draws it up.
The Library Minutes of January 19, 2017 were accepted on motion by Councilman Peterson, second by Councilman Farris. Motion carried by a unanimous vote of the Council present.
The Planning and Zoning Minutes of January 24, 2017 were accepted on motion by Councilman Peterson, second by Councilman Lane. Motion carried by a unanimous vote of the Council present. Councilwoman Grant commented and said she questioned about handicap accessibility of the meeting and it was stated that members and guests went through the library, so the upstairs room was handicap accessible. This was a one-time meeting location since the council chambers were occupied by auditors for city.
The Fire Minutes of January 9th and January 23rd and the Executive Minutes of January 9th were accepted on motion by Councilman Peterson, second by Councilman Lester. Motion carried by a unanimous vote of the Council present.
CHOCOLATE FANTASY DONATION REQUEST: On motion by Councilman Lester, second by Councilman Winkler to donate a family pool pass to St. Peter and Paul School for Chocolate Fantasy. Motion carried by a unanimous vote of the Council present.
SYRINGA FESTIVAL OF HEARTS: On motion by Councilman Lester, second by Councilman Peterson to donate a family pool pass to Syringa Festival of Hearts. Motion carried by a unanimous vote of the Council present.
POOL BOILER: Public Works Director McFrederick requested authorization to purchase the pool boiler for $26,748. The new boiler has a 15 year life expectancy. On motion by Councilman Lester, second by Councilman Peterson to authorize purchase of the pool boiler for $26,748. Motion carried by a unanimous vote of the Council present.
The meeting adjourned at 8:11 P.M.
Bruce Walker – Mayor
Tonya Kennedy – Clerk