TOWN OF CATHLAMET

September 21, 2015

REGULAR COUNCIL MEETING

CALL TO ORDER – Mayor 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 September 21, 2015.

 

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE –

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, Executive Assistant Fire Chief Beau Renfro, Richard Swart and Ryan Smith.

 

ADDITIONS, CORRECTIONS, DELETIONS TO THE AGENDA –

PROCLAMATIONS –

Mayor Jacobson read a Proclamation declaring September as National Preparedness Month.

 

VOUCHER REVIEW COMMITTEE –

1.     Voucher Review Committee Report- Andrew Lea and David Goodroe recommended approval of the vouchers.

2.     The Voucher Review Committee for the October 19, 2015 meeting will be Andrew Lea and Hannah Booth-Watts. Wally Wright will be the alternate.

 

CONSENT AGENDA –

Motion to approve the consent agenda including the Minutes of the August 17, 2015 Council Meeting, the September 2, 2015 Special Meeting, Voucher warrants/EFT’s #60340-#60403 in the amount of $321,186.84 and Payroll warrants #40141 - #40168 and E#40169-E#40171 in the amount of $46,878.33 was made by David Goodroe and seconded by William Talbott.  Motion carried 5 Yes, 0 No.

 

CITIZEN’S PARTICIPATION –

Citizen David Wohlferd reported that he had visited sites where fire hydrants are supposed to be placed and that there are gaps.  He asked who is responsible for the maintenance of the hydrants and a discussion ensued with Fire Chief Johnson. It was agreed that Public Works is responsible for maintenance of hydrants outside of the town limits which are on the Cathlamet Water System.

 

UNFINISHED BUSINESS –

a.     Mike Johnson of G&O spoke to the council on the proposed Water Plan and gave detailed explanations of various aspects of the plan as well as answered questions regarding the plan.

b.     Mr. Johnson of G&O led a discussion on the issue of the Raw Water Intake.  This item was tabled until the next meeting.

c.     The RFQ for a Town Engineer was tabled until next month to give the PW Superintendent time to edit the RFQ.

d.     The electronic bill pay options were discussed and it was decided to review the subject and make a decision at the next council meeting.

 

NEW BUSINESS –

a.     There was a discussion regarding the 2016 Budget. No action taken.

b.     Agreed by consensus to approve the asphalting of the front of the Town Hall building so long as the price does not exceed $10,000.

c.     The quote for repair of the Town Dock was discussed. The item was tabled until next month.

 

REPORTS –

Mayor Jacobson said that he had nothing to report at this time. CM Goodroe reported that the State Auditors will be holding their exit conference on Wednesday morning.  CM Lea said that the. CM Booth-Watts had nothing to report on the Library and Pioneer Center. CM Talbott said that he had nothing to report. Fire Chief Fred Johnson reported on EMS and Fire Dept. activities.

 

GENERAL DISCUSSION & ANNOUNCEMENTS –

CM William Talbott expressed his disagreement with the current $30 late fee on delinquent utility accounts, and also spoke in regards to ambulance billing.  The Mayor presented CM Talbott with a certificate thanking him for his service to the Town as Council Member.

 

EXECUTIVE SESSION –

The regular council meeting recessed at 9:11 p.m. for the Executive Session on Potential Litigation and to Review the Performance of a Public Employee. The Executive Session was called to order at 9:12 p.m. and was expected to last approximately thirty minutes. The Executive Session was extended by thirty more minutes at 9:41 p.m. At 10:11 p.m. the Executive Session was extended again for a period of five minutes.  Another extension of five minutes was requested at 10:16 p.m. The Executive Session adjourned at 10:21 p.m.  The Regular Council meeting reconvened at 10:22 p.m. 

 

ADJOURNMENT -

The Regular Council meeting adjourned at 10:23 p.m.

 

 

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Dale Jacobson, Mayor                                          Tina Schubert, Clerk/Treasurer