November 16, 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 November 16, 2015.



ROLL CALL Clerk/Treasurer Tina Schubert

Present: Mayor Jacobson, Council Members Hannah Booth-Watts, 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, Council Members elect Richard Swart and Ryan Smith, Citizen Minette Smith, County Commissioner Mike Backman and members of the public.


 Council Member Andrew Lea added a discussion of a one-time water bill adjustment as item 10 c. under New Business and Mayor Jacobson added a discussion regarding a letter received regarding the renewal of water billing on previously shut off item 10 d. under New Business.


The Public Hearing on the 2016 Preliminary Budget opened at 7:05 p.m.  With no comments the Public Hearing closed at 7:07 p.m.


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

2.     The Voucher Review Committee for the December 14, 2015 meeting will be Andrew Lea and Wally Wright. Hannah Booth-Watts will be the alternate.



Motion to approve the consent agenda as amended including the Minutes of the October 19, 2015 Council Meeting, Voucher warrants/EFT’s #60483-#60553 in the amount of $81,320.70 and Payroll warrants #40198 - #40211 and E#40212 – E#40214 in the amount of $34,724.93 was made by Hannah Booth-Watts and seconded by Andrew Lea.  Motion carried 3 Yes, 0 No.



A resident of the county complained about the Fire Dept. and EMS and CM elect Swart asked the Mayor if he had a comment on the recent management letter issued to the Town by the State Auditor.  The Mayor replied “No”.


a.     Clerk/Treasurer Tina Schubert gave the Council an update on the credit card/debit card processing options and will present the contract to the Town at the December meeting.

b.     Mayor Jacobson said that there were only two responses to the RFQ for Town Engineer and that he was checking on references from the new firm which responded. Decision was tabled until December.

c.     The Mayor recommended putting additional rock under the Town Dock but that the railing was still needing to be addressed. The Mayor said that the proposal would be ready for the December meeting.



a.     Mayor Jacobson said that Bernadette Goodroe was interested in filling her late husband David’s position, but that the vacancy left by Bill Talbott was still open. He encouraged the Council to solicit possible recruits.

b.     Motion to approve Town participation in the MRSC Roster was made by Wally Wright and seconded by Hannah Booth-Watts. Motion carried 3 Yes, 0 No.

c.     Motion to approve a one-time water bill adjustment to the property at 380 Columbia St. in the amount of $89.71 was made by Wally Wright and seconded by Hannah Booth-Watts. Motion carried 2 Yes, 1 No.  Council Member Lea cast the “No” vote.

d.     The Mayor read a letter from Bill Faubion regarding a water charge on a property that he has had disconnected.  The letter suggested that the practice is contrary to previous policy and did not reflect the intent of the ordinance.  The Mayor said that he wanted to hold workshops on the utilities ordinance after the first of the year but that the billing should remain unchanged until the ordinance is amended or changed.


a.      Motion to approve Ordinance No. 576-15; the 2016 Property Tax Levy for the second, third and final reading was made by Andrew Lea and seconded by Wally Wright. Motion carried 3 Yes, 0 No.

b.     Motion to approve Ordinance No. 577-15; the 2016 Preliminary Budget for the second reading was made by Hannah Booth-Watts and seconded by Wally Wright. Motion carried 3 Yes, 0 No.



Mayor Jacobson said that he had no legal issues to report on. CM Lea reported on several public works projects and said that the public works report is available upon request. CM Booth-Watts reported on activities at the Library and Community Center. CM Wright reported on activities regarding the Fire Department and EMS.  



CM Lea expressed concern about the comments made by the county resident regarding the FD/EMS and about the vacancies on the Council.  CM Lea also asked the Mayor about the vacancies on the Planning Committee and expressed his concern about the apparent lack of interest in local politics. C/T Schubert reminded the Council that the December meeting will be a week early next month and will be held at the Fire Hall.



The regular council meeting recessed at 8:20 p.m. for the Executive Session on Pending Litigation. The Executive Session was called to order at 8:21 p.m. and was expected to last approximately fifteen minutes.  The Executive Session adjourned at 8:42 p.m.  The Regular Council meeting reconvened at 8:43 p.m. 



The Regular Council meeting adjourned at 8:45 p.m.



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Dale Jacobson, Mayor                                          Tina Schubert, Clerk/Treasurer