December 14, 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 December 14, 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, PW Supt. Duncan Cruickshank, Eagle Editor Rick Nelson, Town Attorney Heidi Heywood, Fire Chief Johnson, Asst. Exec. Fire Chief Renfro, Council Members-elect Ryan Smith and Richard Swart, PCA Rep. Jennifer Johnson, Port Dist.#1 Comm. Scott Anderson, Josh Elliott and Jim Maul of Maul, Foster and Longhi, Chamber of Commerce Director Shannon Gildea, CFD member Jon Peterson, County Comm. Mike Backman, citizen Minette Smith and members of the public.


Town Attorney Heidi Heywood added an Executive Session on potential litigation as item 14 and renumber Adjournment as item 15 and PW Supt. Duncan Cruickshank requested a discussion on dangerous trees.


The Public Hearing on the 2016 Preliminary Budget opened at 7:07 p.m.  With no comments from the public, the Hearing closed at 7:08 p.m.


1.     Voucher Review Committee Report- Wally Wright and Andrew Lea recommended approval of the vouchers.

2.     The Voucher Review Committee for the January 19, 2016 meeting will be Ryan Smith and Richard Swart. Andrew Lea will be the alternate.


Town Attorney Heywood asked to have the Minutes of the 11/16/15 meeting corrected to include a five minute extension in the Executive Session at 8:36 p.m., and action following the Session to approve the proposal for services with the Futcher Group dated 11/12/15.

Motion to approve the consent agenda including the Minutes of the November 16, 2015 Council Meeting as amended, Voucher warrants and EFT’s #60554- #60610 in the amount of $80,576.77; and Payroll warrants #40215 -#40228 and #E40229-#E40232 in the amount of $43,162.17, and a one-time water bill adjustment in the amount of $159.37 was made by Andrew Lea and seconded by Hannah Booth-Watts.  Motion carried 3 Yes, 0 No.




a.     The Clerk/Treasurer gave an update on the electronic payment/online Bill Pay and said that the Town should be ready to go around the first of the year.

b.     The RFQ for Town Engineer discussion was tabled until the January meeting.

c.     The Mayor said that he had received an estimate for the Town Dock repair from Jerry DeBriae that was in the range of $8-10k.  It was decided that it must go out to bid and was tabled until January.


a.     The discussion regarding the possible support extended to the Historical Society resulted in the decision for the Mayor to meet with their board to get more information. CM Lea volunteered to also attend.

b.     No decision was made on the proposed contract with the Wahkiakum Chamber of Commerce until the Mayor has an opportunity to meet with their board.

c.     After a presentation by Port District #1 representatives, the agreement to accept dredge spoils from the Port was tabled until January in order to draft the actual agreement.

d.     The Clerk/Treasurer explained an AWC scholarship opportunity to the Council. It was decided that there should be a committee formed to develop criteria for the nomination process.


a.      Motion to approve Ordinance No. 578-15; Adjusting Revenues and Expenditures for the 2015 Budget for the Town of Cathlamet for the first and final reading was made by Hannah Booth-Watts and seconded by

Andrew Lea.  Motion carried 3 Yes, 0 No, 0 Abstentions.

b.     Motion to approve Ordinance No. 577-15; an Ordinance Adopting the Budget for the Fiscal Year Ending Dec. 31, 2016 for the second, third and final reading was made by Hannah Booth-Watts and seconded by Andrew Lea.  Motion carried 3 Yes, 0 No, 0 Abstentions.


Mayor Jacobson had nothing to report. CM Lea had nothing to report. The PW Supt. said that a large limb had fallen onto a home and that the Town Forester advised that it and others should be removed. It was decided that additional consultation was needed. CM Booth-Watts had nothing to report. Fire Chief Johnson said that they have two new EMT’s and a new paramedic.


Council Member David Goodroe’s widow Bernadette was presented with a plaque and pin in honor of her late husband’s service to the Town. Retiring CM Hannah Booth-Watts and Wally Wright were also presented with plaques and pins thanking them for their service. The Oath of Office was delivered to newly elected Council Members Ryan Smith and Richard Swart.


The regular Council meeting recessed at 8:18 p.m. for the Executive Session estimated to last for approximately fifteen minutes.  The Executive Session began at 8:19 p.m.  At 8:28 p.m., the Executive Session was extended for another fifteen minutes. The Executive Session adjourned at 9:02 p.m. with no action. The regular Council meeting resumed at 9:02 p.m.


The Regular Council meeting adjourned at 9:03 p.m.



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Dale Jacobson, Mayor                                          Tina Schubert, Clerk/Treasurer