The City Council met in regular session on November 7, 2011 at 7:30 P.M. in the Council Chambers of City Hall.
Mayor Walker presided:
Councilmember absent: Rob Bentley
City employees present were Public Works Director Gortsema, Attorney Green, Chief Quantz and Clerk Kennedy.
MINUTES: The meeting was called to order and the minutes of the October 17th and October 26th meetings were approved as presented by Councilwoman DeHaas, second by Councilman Peterson. Motion carried by a unanimous vote of the Council present.
AGENDA AMENDMENT: Councilman Lester made a motion, second by Councilman Houger to add the JUB contract to the agenda as it was received after the 5pm deadline. Motion carried by a unanimous vote of the Council present.
VISITORS: Cathy Wassmuth, Horizons Committee, was present instead of Tera Hill. She invited everyone to attend the tree lighting ceremony at Pioneer Park. She also thanked the Council for allowing the committee to do so much; Ernie Mager has been awesome to provide help whenever needed.
The committee wanted to see how the Council felt about doing lighted arches from the steps on Main Street into the playground area. They didn’t know if the arches should be permanent or taken down at the end of the season. Councilwoman DeHaas felt they needed to come down. It would be a battle to mow around and do upkeep on them. Cathy stated they are thinking of piping in ground that could be capped during the summer, similar to a clothes line holder. Every year they have heaters provided by Quality Heating. They thought about a fireplace at the park, but it is wasted heat. They are considering infrared heating at the pavilion as an option.
On motion by Councilwoman DeHaas, second by Councilman Lester to have the City pay the electric bill for the lighting at the park for the Christmas season. Motion carried by a unanimous vote of the Council present.
COMMITTEE REPORTS: The department had 42 cases written, 0 felony arrests, 8 misdemeanor arrests, 12 citations, 6 written warnings, 1456 service activities, 3 dogs and 1 cat handled. The Police and Animal Control Report for October 2011 was accepted on motion by Councilman Lester second by Councilman Houger. Motion carried by a unanimous vote of the Council present. A new hire will start on Monday the 14th.
The Snowhaven Minutes of October 6, 2011 were accepted on motion by Councilman Lorentz, second by Councilman Peterson. Motion carried by a unanimous vote of the Council present.
The Library Minutes of September 22, 2011 were accepted on motion by Councilman Houger, second by Councilwoman DeHaas. Motion carried by a unanimous vote of the Council present.
FOREST SERVICE PROPERTY/UPPER LOCHSA EXCHANGE: A proposal being considered is to have conservation easements on the property which would maintain use rights. Councilman Houger stated it all sounds well and good but questioned who would enforce it down the road. The Council acknowledged the letter received from Commissioner Rockwell.
SURPLUS: On motion by Councilman Lester, second by Councilman Peterson to surplus the following police vehicles: 1995 Crown Victoria, 1998 Chevy Pickup, 2003 Impala, 2003 Crown Victoria, 2008 Impala and 2009 Tiger Van. Motion carried by a unanimous vote of the Council present.
EPA CONFERENCE CALL: Today the City had a phone conference call with EPA and JUB Engineers. EPA wanted to know what type of time schedule the City is on. EPA is going to put the City on a compliance order which allows the City to help set the timeline. JUB will submit a timeline and EPA was receptive to working with the City.
HERCO INVOICE: On motion by Councilman Lester, second by Councilman Peterson to pay the Herco invoice for cold mix in the amount of $10,506.14. Motion carried by a unanimous vote of the Council present.
JUB CONTRACT: The contract is for additional work to redesign the project due to the high bids. The City negotiated a fee from $20,000.00 down to $8,000.00. On motion by Councilman Lorentz, second by Councilman Houger authorize the Mayor to sign the contract for $8,000.00. Roll yes
The meeting adjourned at 8:00 P.M.
Bruce Walker – Mayor
Tonya Kennedy – Clerk