The City Council met in regular session on November 17, 2014 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 October 20th were approved as presented by Councilman Peterson, second by Councilman Winkler. Motion carried by a unanimous vote of the Council present.
VISITORS: Pat and Marietta Holman with Walco were present to discuss proposed DEQ land fill regulation changes. DEQ is considering changing the definitions of household waste to include yard waste, which would prohibit couches, carpet, branches and other yard waste at the landfill. Walco is asking if the City would like to write a letter in opposition to the proposed changes by DEQ. Written comments are due by December 5, 2014. On motion by Councilman Winkler, second by Councilman Lester to write a letter in support of Walco’s intentions of maintaining the current landfill. Motion carried. Councilman Lane voting no.
COMMITTEE REPORTS: The department had 44 cases written, 26 citations, 2 written warnings and 102 calls for service for October 2014. The Police and Animal Control Report for October 2014 was accepted on motion by Councilman Peterson second by Councilwoman Grant. Motion carried by a unanimous vote of the Council present. Troy Roberg is joining the City Police department as of Dec 4th.
BULK WATER RATES: The Water, Sewer and Sanitation Committee met to discuss bulk water rates and determined most people that get bulk water are from outside the City and have never paid on the water bond. The committee recommendation is that the bulk water rate should pay the out of City meter rate plus the bond payment. Councilman Lester would like to set up a station at public works with a card reader as soon as possible because if people aren’t writing their usage down now, they won’t when the rates go up. Public Works Director McFrederick will try to determine what revenue the city will generate and bring it back to another Council meeting. On motion by Councilman Lester, second by Councilman Peterson to change the bulk water rate to the out of city rate and add the $15 monthly bond fee and leave the $50 setup fee as is. Councilman Lane was concerned about a widow that buys water from the city and what the jump in price would mean to her. Motion carried by a unanimous vote of the Council present. A public hearing on the rate increase will be scheduled and an ordinance drafted with the changes.
BILLS: The bills in the amount of $144,623.11 were approved and ordered paid out of their respective funds, on motion by Councilman Lester, second by Councilman Peterson. Motion carried by a unanimous vote of the Council present.
GRANGEVILLE COUNTRY CLUB REQUEST FOR WEBB FUNDS: On motion by Councilman Lester, second by Councilman Winkler to transfer funds from Orin Webb funds for Grangeville Country Club in the amount of $22,200.00. Motion carried by a unanimous vote of the Council present.
ITEMS TO NOTE: Tree Lighting at Pioneer Park for Winter Magic, November 29, 2014 at 5:00 p.m.
The meeting adjourned at 8:20 P.M.
Bruce Walker – Mayor
Tonya Kennedy – Clerk