The City Council met in regular session on November 7, 2022 at 6:00 P.M. in the Council Chambers.
Mayor Lester presided
City employees present were Attorney Green, City Administrator Kennedy and Chief Newman. Public Works Director Mager absent.
MINUTES: The meeting was called to order and the minutes of October 17th were approved as presented by Councilor Peterson, seconded by Councilor Farris. Motion carried by a unanimous vote of the Council present.
VISITORS: Lee Slichter, GEMS Principal was not present to discuss her request. Her initial request was to temporarily close Court Street between Idaho Avenue and S C Street for bus loading and unloading from 7:35 a.m. to 7:55 a.m. and from 3:25 p.m. to 3:45 p.m. Chief Newman had spoken with her over the phone and had no objection to a temporary closure. There was discussion, that she probably didn’t mean the closure to go all the way to C Street. Councilor Winkler questioned how this closure would affect Kids Klub drop off and pickup. He felt more information was needed prior to making a decision. Councilor Grant asked for it to be placed on the next agenda and to ask that Ms. Slichter attend the meeting to answer questions.
Gus Hoene, facilities manager for Syringa Hospital, requested permission to place an additional handicap parking spot on the south side of W North Street along the clinic building. The hospital current has one handicap parking spot along the curb. Administrator Kennedy explained the City can authorize another spot for the hospital to paint, sign and maintain at their expense. The city does not authorize these requested additional spaces by ordinance so it is not enforceable by the city. The only handicap spaces authorized by ordinance are those in the business district. Chief Newman stated this additional parking area would not affect any other businesses. On motion by Councilor Canaday, second by Councilor Lane to accept the request for an additional 20’ handicap parking space on the street at the Primary Care Clinic at 722 W North Street. ROLL CALL VOTE: YES: Canaday, Farris, Winkler, Lane, Grant, Peterson. NO: none. The motion passed.
COMMITTEE REPORTS: On motion by Councilor Peterson, second by Councilor Canaday to accept the Fire Minutes of September 12 and 26, 2022 as presented. Motion carried by a unanimous vote of the Council present.
On motion by Councilor Peterson, second by Councilor Canaday to accept the Planning and Zoning Minutes of October 25, 2022 as presented. Motion carried by a unanimous vote of the Council present.
PRIVATE RESIDENCES IN BUSINESS DISTRICT: The business district is that area in the commercial zone, a ½ block on both sides of Main Street and that area 100’ on both sides of Highway 95. Multi-dwelling unit buildings such as duplexes or apartments require 2 off street parking spaces per unit. There is no requirement for a single-family home. Councilor Grant felt residences should be allowed in the business district. If it is a single-family home then off-street parking should be required. Councilors Farris and Winkler agreed. Councilor Farris is concerned about homes on Main Street. She felt most of the existing homes were maintained well and she wanted to keep it that way. It’s pretty right now. Attorney Green stated the city can use the nuisance law if there are upkeep issues. Mayor Lester asked about parking for single family homes. Should off street parking be required for all zones or just in the business district? Councilor Grant liked requiring parking off street for all new residences. Councilor Canaday felt it would help with snow plowing efforts also. Attorney Green will prepare two ordinances for review for the next meeting, prior to referring them to Planning and Zoning for a hearing.
ORDINANCE NO. 961
(Ordinance No. 961 in its entirety on file in the City’s Ordinance File)
AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF GRANGEVILLE PROVIDING FOR THE AMENDMENT OF TITLE 6, CHAPTER 1 OF THE MUNICIPAL CODE OF THE CITY OF GRANGEVILLE BY THE DELEATION AND REMOVAL OF SUBSECTION 16; PROVIDING FOR THE RENUMBERING OF TITLE 6, CHAPTER 1 OF THE MUNICPAL CODE; PROVIDING FOR THE REPEAL OF ORDINANCES OR PARTS OF ORDINANCES IN CONFLICT HEREWITH; AND PROVIDING FOR THE ORDINANCE BECOMING EFFECTIVE UPON ITS PASSAGE, APPROVAL, AND PUBLICATION.
On motion by Councilor Peterson, second by Councilor Winkler that the first reading be approved, that the rules be suspended, the second and third readings be waived and the ordinance be approved and adopted. ROLL CALL VOTE: YES: Canaday, Farris, Winkler, Lane, Grant, Peterson. NO: none. The motion passed. Mayor Lester then declared Ordinance No. 961 duly approved and adopted.
CLEARWATER FINANCIAL MASTER ENGAGEMENT AGREEMENT: Administrator Kennedy explained she would like to contract with Clearwater Financial to prepare the bid documents for interim financing on the water and sewer projects, not to exceed $10,000. On motion by Councilor Canaday, second by Councilor Grant to authorize the mayor to sign the Master Engagement Agreement with Clearwater Financial LLC. ROLL CALL VOTE: YES: Canaday, Farris, Winkler, Lane, Grant, Peterson. NO: none. The motion passed.
ANIMALS IN ZONE B AND D: The Planning and Zoning Minutes had three suggestions, as shown below, for the Council to consider.
• Allow 12 (instead of 6) chickens for the first 5,000 square feet and a maximum of 18 (instead of 12) chickens based on 1,250 square feet for each additional over 12.
• Add pests to subsection 4Ciii
• On the 3rd and subsequent infractions the fine should be double
Attorney Green felt it was good to add pests and rodents to subsection 4Ciii. He explained the double fine is unnecessary as previously discussed as we don’t normally get to a point where a double fine is needed. It was asked if it would help to have it in the ordinance, just in case we needed it. Attorney Green stated he thought the Council was trying to only have things in the ordinance that were necessary.
Councilor Grant wondered how people would have enough to eat with only allowing 6 chickens so bumping the total to 12 may help them out. Councilor Winkler was not in favor of increasing 6 to 12 for the first 5000 square feet. He felt that would be too many on a lot for 5,000 square feet especially since we don’t take into account buildings even though we know they have a structure on it. Councilor Canaday is in favor of increasing if they can fit it on the lot with the additional chickens being allowed for each 1,250 square feet. Councilor Grant felt the city could stay at 6 chickens for the first 5,000 square feet, but go up to 18 maximum, based upon the 1,250 square feet for each additional chicken over 6.
The ordinance was then read with the changes discussed above to add pests and rodents in subsection 4Ciii and then increase the maximum allowed from 12 to 18 chickens, keeping 6 for the first 5,000 square feet.
ORDINANCE NO. 962
(Ordinance No. 962 in its entirety on file in the City’s Ordinance File)
AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF GRANGEVILLE PROVIDING FOR THE AMENDMENT OF TITLE 10 CHAPTER 4B SUBSECTION 1 (10-4B-1) OF THE MUNICIPAL CODE OF THE CITY OF GRANGEVILLE RELATED TO PERMITTED USES WITHIN RESIDENCE B ZONE; PROVIDING FOR THE REPEAL OF ORDINANCES OR PARTS OF ORDINANCES IN CONFLICT HEREWITH; AND PROVIDING FOR THE ORDINANCE BECOMING EFFECTIVE UPON ITS PASSAGE, APPROVAL, AND PUBLICATION.
On motion by Councilor Peterson, second by Councilor Winkler that the first reading be approved, that the rules be suspended, the second and third readings be waived and the ordinance be approved and adopted.
Councilor Canaday asked if Grangeville is in open range. Attorney Green stated no city is in open range. Council Lane felt 15’ was too close to someone else’s structures and questioned that the city increased that number. Kennedy responded it was changed from 10’ to 15’ at an earlier meeting. Mayor Lester reminded the Council that currently zone B doesn’t have these restrictions so this revision actually helps out people adjacent to zone B. It was then asked for those properties located in zone A and B, if the square footage could be based only upon zone B property size and not the property in zone A. Kennedy stated there was no way for her to determine that.
ROLL CALL VOTE: YES: Canaday, Farris, Winkler, Lane, Grant, Peterson. NO: none. The motion passed. Mayor Lester then declared Ordinance No. 962 duly approved and adopted.
The meeting adjourned at 7:02 P.M.
Wes Lester – Mayor
Tonya Kennedy – Clerk