January 20, 2015


CALL TO ORDERMayor Dale Jacobson

The regular council meeting for the Town of Cathlamet was called to order by Mayor Dale Jacobson at 7:02 p.m. Tuesday January 20, 2015.


ROLL CALL Clerk/Treasurer Tina Schubert

All present introduced themselves in lieu of a formal role call. Present: Mayor Jacobson, Council Members Hannah Booth-Watts, William Talbott, David Goodroe, Andrew Lea. and Wally Wright. Also present were Clerk/Treasurer Tina Schubert, Public Works Superintendent Duncan Cruickshank, Eagle Editor Rick Nelson, Town Attorney Heidi Heywood, Fire Chief Fred Johnson, Assistant Executive Fire Chief Beau Renfro, Librarian Carol Blix, Chamber of Commerce Director Shannon Gildea, Chamber Member Richard Erickson, Kiwanis Club President Dick Swart and members of the public. Cathlamet Fire Dept. EMT Terri Tramblie introduced Nathan Parsons and Annika Vik as the new Cathlamet Fire Dept. EMT’s.


Attorney Heywood asked for item 7 d. to be removed from the Consent Agenda and added as Item 10 e. Motion to approve the agenda as amended was made by David Goodroe and seconded by William Talbott. Motion carried 5 Yes, 0 No.


Mayor Jacobson read a Proclamation designating February 2015 as Kiwanis Doernbecher Children’s Cancer Program Month. Kiwanis Club President Dick Swart announced that there will be a “Boot Drive” for the Firefighters Fund.  Motion to authorize the Mayor to sign the Proclamation was made by Hannah Booth-Watts and seconded by Andrew Lea.  Motion carried 5 Yes, 0 No.


1.     Voucher Review Committee Report- Hannah Booth-Watts and Andrew Lea recommended approval of the vouchers.

2.     The Voucher Review Committee for the February 17, 2015 meeting will be Wally Wright and David Goodroe. William Talbott will be the alternate.


Motion to approve the consent agenda including the Minutes of the December 15, 2014 Council Meeting, Voucher warrants #33234- #33330 in the amount of $573,830.92; and Payroll warrants #21917-#21931 and EFT’s #289-#291 in the amount of $33,969.13 and a utility account adjustment was made by David Goodroe and seconded by Hannah Booth-Watts.  Motion carried 5 Yes, 0 No.




CM Wright said that he’d contacted the state on behalf of the local commercial fisherman.  The Mayor stated that Kent Martin had addressed the Council at the last meeting to address the topic.


a.     Librarian Carol Blix led a discussion regarding the possible formation of a Library District and gave options to consider. No action.

b.     Motion to approve the 2015 contract for technical assistance with the Wahkiakum Chamber of Commerce was made by Hannah Booth-Watts and seconded by Wally Wright. Motion carried 5 Yes, 0 No.

c.     Motion to approve contract with Fairway Collections for collection assistance was made by Wally Wright and seconded by Hannah Booth-Watts.  Motion carried 5 Yes, 0 No.

d.     CM David Goodroe led a discussion regarding a possible joint grant application for grant funding for a consolidation study of the Puget Island and Cathlamet Water systems. He also told the Council that the PUD had agreed in principal to the current proposal for the P.I. water contract for 2014. CM Goodroe said that the PUD had requested that the Town rescind the Resolution ending the Puget Island Water contract in 2037. PW Supt. Duncan Cruickshank recommended that the language of the contract include a provision that would reinstate the Resolution if negotiations stall again as they have. The Council thanked CM Goodroe for his successful efforts in negotiating with the PUD. Motion to approve the joint application request was made by Hannah Booth-Watts and seconded by Andrew Lea. Motion carried 5 Yes, 0 No. The Council agreed by consensus to approve the unofficial P.I. water contract proposal.

e.     There was a discussion regarding a one-time water bill adjustment request. Due to the amount being under $100.00 the Mayor suggested that there was no need for Council approval as he had designated the MSC or PW Supt. to handle these.


Mayor Jacobson said that he had nothing new to report. CM Goodroe gave a report on the progress of moving the Town Hall and reported that the Town’s reserves are finally becoming replenished. CM Lea reported that Public Works is working hard to finish the new Town Hall and are then going to work on street repairs. The written Public Works report is available at Town Hall and on the Town website. CM Booth-Watts reported on the Community Center and Library and said that they were in need of a Library Board at-large member. CM Talbott said that he had nothing to report. CM Wright reported on EMS and Fire Dept. activities.


The Chamber Director announced that this year will mark the 30th anniversary of the annual Crab and Oyster Feed.


The Regular Council meeting adjourned at 8:55 p.m.



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Dale Jacobson, Mayor                                          Tina Schubert, Clerk/Treasurer