August 17, 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 August 17, 2015.


ROLL CALL Clerk/Treasurer Tina Schubert

Present: Mayor Jacobson, Council Members Hannah Booth-Watts, William Talbott, Andrew Lea, David Goodroe 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, Richard Swart, Richard Beck and Ryan and Minette Smith.



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

2.     The Voucher Review Committee for the September 21, 2015 meeting will be David Goodroe and Hannah Booth-Watts. Andrew Lea will be the alternate.


Motion to approve the consent agenda including the Minutes of the July 20, 2015 Council Meeting, the July 24, 2015 Special Meeting, Voucher warrants/EFT’s #60263- #60339 in the amount of $440,019.50 and Payroll warrants #40109 - #40140 and E#40137-E#40139 in the amount of $51,644.91 was made by Andrew Lea  and seconded by Hannah Booth-Watts.  Motion carried 5 Yes, 0 No.


Pool Advisory Board member Rick Beck stated that he thought that the pool has been neglected this year.  He said that the showers are either too cold or too hot, that chlorine levels are frequently too low and that the pool manager position should be a separate position rather than held by the PW Supt. Mr. Beck also said that the PAB were asked in March to make a recommendation regarding the pool liner, but that when they were ready to make the recommendation, he was told that the decision had already been made. Mayor Jacobson agreed that the manager position should be separate.

Councilmember elect Richard Swart reiterated his position that the Beal Street vacation is not a good deal for the town and that the ordinance should not be approved for the final reading at this meeting.


a.     Mayor Jacobson said that this item was tabled last month because the developer was supposed to meet with PW Superintendent Duncan Cruickshank. Mr. Espedal did not show at the meeting. It was agreed by consensus to keep the item on the table until at least the next meeting.

b.     Clerk/Treasurer Tina Schubert described options that the Town could provide to customers who wish to conduct electronic payments of their utility bills.  Information regarding the different options will be emailed to the council members.


a.     Motion to approve Outlay Report #30 for the WWTF was made by Andrew Lea and seconded by William Talbott. Motion carried 5 Yes, 0 No.

b.     Agreed by consensus to approve the request for transferring the old ambulance from the Cathlamet Fire Department to Cathlamet Public Works.

c.     A spirited discussion ensued regarding the raw water intake issue at the water plant. CM Goodroe asked to examine the draft Water Plan before making any decisions on the requests made by PW Supt. Cruickshank. Mr. Cruickshank said that he will prepare RFQ for engineer and bring to water plan meeting to be held in two weeks.  He will email RFQ to CM’s in advance for their review.

d.     PW Supt. Cruickshank will explore options to either repair or replace the park play structure and forward the info to the Council.

e.     The request from Mr. Cruickshank to create a safety zone with lowered speed limit near the schools was tabled pending a public hearing on the subject to gather public comments on the idea.


a.     Town Attorney Heidi Heywood read Ordinance No. 574-15; an ordinance Vacating a Portion of Beal Street for the final reading. Motion to approve Ord. 574-15 for the final reading was made by David Goodroe and seconded by William Talbott. Motion carried 3 Yes, 2 No, 1 Abstention. CM Wright and CM Booth-Watts cast the “No” votes and CM Lea abstained. Mayor Jacobson cast the tie-breaking vote in favor of the ordinance.


Mayor Jacobson said that he had nothing to report at this time. CM Goodroe reported that the State Auditors are completing the single federal audit and that it looks clean.  He said that the audit on the financial statements is also coming to an end and that there will be an exit conference scheduled in the coming weeks. He also said that the C/T has arranged for a 100% grant instead of grant/loan combo for the supplemental financing to remove the biosolids which will save the Town $65,000 in debt payments. CM Lea said that the statement regarding the pool liner was not entirely correct and that he and Mr. Cruickshank would be addressing the issues. CM Booth-Watts had nothing to report on the Library and Pioneer Center. CM Talbott said that he had nothing to report due to his wife’s illness. Fire Chief Fred Johnson reported on EMS and Fire Dept. activities. He said that the brush truck has been busy with the many wildfires in the state.


CM William Talbott submitted his resignation effective Sept. 30th due to selling his home to be closer to his wife while she is in nursing home.


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



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Dale Jacobson, Mayor                                          Tina Schubert, Clerk/Treasurer