The City Council met in regular session on October 6, 2014 at 7:30 P.M. in the Council Chambers of City Hall.
Mayor Walker presided:
City employees present were Chief Drew, Attorney Green and Clerk Kennedy. Public Works Director McFrederick absent.
MINUTES: The meeting was called to order and the minutes of the September 15th meeting were approved by Councilman Peterson, second by Councilman Lester. Motion carried by a unanimous vote of the Council present.
VISITORS: Dave Wimer was present to discuss a proposed batting cage at the Lions Park. Dave met with contractors to get bid amounts and the numbers don’t work. They would now like to fence off 14’x70’ of the skateboard park on the east or west side. They would access from the exterior to keep foot traffic out of the skateboard park. Councilman Lester felt the east side would be less congested. Councilman Lane prefers the west side as it is more easily watched and could dissuade people from messing around. Everyone was in agreement to allow it in the skateboard park. City staff will check to make sure it meets skateboard requirements.
John Crotinger with the local Veterans of Foreign Wars offered a personal invite to a Medal of Honor ceremony at the cemetery on October 18th at 1:00 p.m. for William Smith, a sergeant in the army who received the Medal of Honor in 1870 before he died at Camp Howard in 1877.
LIBRARY UPDATE: Library Director Hosman was present to provide a Library update. Story hours has started and the Teen Coffee Club was so successful during the summer it will continue this fall. Real Life Church will be volunteering to paint the back entrance and a wall in the Children’s section.
MONTHLY REPORTS: Clerk Kennedy asked for the Council’s direction on a monthly treasurer report. Kennedy provided two options to the Council for consideration. The Council chose to continue using the revenue and expenditure reports.
FIRE HYDRANT DISCUSSION: Councilman Lester explained he was thinking more about the ordinance passed last meeting. The ordinance has not been published. He felt everything wasn’t addressed as it needed to be. His two questions were as follows:
1. Those fill-ups to the fire truck when not hooked up to a hydrant with a hose.
2. Who should be billed?
On motion by Councilman Lester, second by Councilman Peterson to rescind Ordinance #894. ROLL CALL VOTE: YES: Dumas, Winkler, Lester, Lane, Grant, Peterson. NO: none. The motion passed.
Discussion occurred and Attorney Green suggested maybe a contract with rural fire that the City would provide water in exchange for payment toward water.
HANDBOOK CHANGE: The Council proposed adding “Unless otherwise authorized by the Mayor, all employees shall perform their assigned job duties at city facilities.” to the section Hours of Work in the personnel handbook. On motion by Councilman Lester, second by Councilman Peterson to add the language above to the handbook. Motion carried by a unanimous vote of the Council present.
BUSINESS IN RESIDENTIAL ZONE: Removed from agenda
COMMUNITIES OF DISTINCTION: Mayor Walker explained the City was called by the program Communities of Distinction. It was exciting and would provide exposure to the community. During the second phone conversation it was stated there was a production fee of $19,800. He didn’t know if the City would want to collaborate with CEDA, the Chamber or Ida-Lew. The Council did not take action to move forward.
ITEMS TO NOTE: Fall District Meetings sponsored by AIC are in Lewiston on October 30, 2014.
The meeting adjourned at 8:20 P.M.
Bruce Walker – Mayor
Tonya Kennedy – Clerk