June 15, 2015


CALL TO ORDERMayor Dale Jacobson

The regular council meeting for the Town of Cathlamet was called to order by Mayor Dale Jacobson at 7:00 p.m. Monday June 15, 2015.


ROLL CALL Clerk/Treasurer Tina Schubert

Present: Mayor Jacobson, Council Members Hannah Booth-Watts, William Talbott and Andrew Lea. David Goodroe was absent but excused. CM Wright arrived at 7:51 p.m. Also present were Clerk/Treasurer Tina Schubert, Public Works Superintendent Duncan Cruickshank, Eagle Editor Rick Nelson, Town Attorney Heidi Heywood, Fire Chief Fred Johnson, Executive Assistant Fire Chief Beau Renfro, Peter Lyons, Kelsey Dunn and Jamie Oliveraz from the WA State Dept. of Ecology, Wahkiakum Co. Comm. Mike Backman, Planning Comm. James Reed, Ryan and Minette Smith, Mr. & Mrs. Shawn Mace and members of the public.  



1.     Voucher Review Committee Report- Andrew Lea and William Talbott recommended approval of the vouchers.

2.     The Voucher Review Committee for the July 20, 2015 meeting will be David Goodroe and Hannah Booth-Watts. Andrew Lea will be the alternate.

PUBLIC HEARINGS – The regular meeting recessed at 7:04 p.m.

a.     The Public Hearing on the proposed vacation of a portion of Beal St. to Port District #1 opened at 7:05 p.m. Written comments from former Mayor and Councilmember–elect Richard Swart were read by Mayor Jacobson and admitted to the public hearing. Mr. Swart suggested that the council should table the vacation until the Town’s Comprehensive Plan is updated.  Planning Commissioner James Reed suggested that since there is no urgency to approve the Beal St. vacation, the Council should wait until the Comprehensive Plan is updated in order to be certain that the best uses of the area are met.

b.     The Public Hearing on the 2015 Six-Year Street plan opened at 7:15 p.m.  With no comments from the public, the hearing closed at 7:17 p.m.  The regular meeting resumed at 7:17 p.m.


Motion to approve the consent agenda including the Minutes of the May 18, 2015 Council Meeting, Voucher warrants/EFT’s #40074, E7470765 and #60126 - #60185 in the amount of $164,099.74, and Payroll warrants #40056- #E40076 in the amount of $34,013.88  was made by Hannah Booth-Watts  and seconded by Andrew Lea.  Motion carried 3 Yes, 0 No.


Cowlitz-Wahkiakum Council of Governments representative Bill Fashing introduced himself to the Council and explained his role and services offered.


Items 9. C. and 10 d. were taken out of order to accommodate the out-of-town presenters.

a.     WA DOE representatives Jamie Oliveraz and Peter Lyons gave a presentation and discussed various means of biosolids disposal with the Council. Motion to approve Change Order #13 for the WWTF in the amount of $535,728.10 was made by Hannah Booth-Watts and seconded by Andrew Lea.  Motion carried 4 Yes, 0 No.

b.     Motion to approve the Janitorial Services contract with Elochoman Valley Partners for the Cathlamet Fire Hall was made by Andrew Lea and seconded by Hannah Booth-Watts. Motion carried 3 Yes, 0 No.

c.     The discussion on elected officials insurance benefit coverage was tabled.


a.     Town Attorney Heidi Heywood advised the Council that reimbursing Mayor Jacobson for his payment to Bob Jungers for the use of the boring tool to tunnel under Elochoman Valley Rd for a customer’s water line break would constitute a gift of public funds.  Tabled.  

b.     Wahkiakum County Emergency Management Director Beau Renfro answered questions about the Wahkiakum County Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan. 

c.     No action taken on a request from Shawn Mace to waive late fees on his unpaid utility deposits and to give him an extension on installations. Council wanted more information before making decision.


a.     Motion to approve Resolution No. 333-15; a Resolution Adopting an Amended Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan made by Hannah Booth-Watts and seconded by Andrew Lea.  Motion carried 4 Yes, 0 No.

b.     Motion to approve Resolution No. 334-15; a Resolution Approving the 2015 Six-Year Street Plan was made by Hannah Booth-Watts and seconded by Andrew Lea.  Motion carried 4 Yes, 0 No.


a.     Town Attorney Heidi Heywood read Ordinance No. 574-15; an ordinance Vacating a Portion of Beal Street for the second reading. Motion to table the ordinance until the next meeting was made by Hannah Booth-Watts and seconded by Wally Wright. Motion carried 3 Yes, 0 No, 1 Abstention. CM Lea abstained.


Mayor Jacobson said that he had nothing to report at this time. CM Lea discussed the water conservation request and reported on PW projects. CM Booth-Watts reported on the Library and Pioneer Center. CM Talbott said that he had attended a meeting at the courthouse where they also discussed biosolids disposal. Executive Asst Fire Chief Beau Renfro reported on EMS and Fire Dept. activities.



The Regular Council meeting adjourned at 9:28 p.m.



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Dale Jacobson, Mayor                                          Tina Schubert, Clerk/Treasurer