FEBRUARY 16, 2016


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. Tuesday February 16, 2016.


ROLL CALL Clerk/Treasurer Tina Schubert

Present: Mayor Jacobson, Council Members Andrew Lea, Ryan Smith and Richard Swart. Also present were Clerk/Treasurer Tina Schubert, PW Supt. Duncan Cruickshank, Town Attorney Heidi Heywood, Fire Chief Fred Johnson, Asst. Fire Chief Beau Renfro, County Comm. Mike Backman, Citizen Tim Hanigan and members of the public. Citizen Bill Faubion came in during the workshop.


The Mayor opened the Minimum Water Charges workshop with a summary of why the workshop was being held. The Mayor said that he had no issue with not charging for water if it is shut off. No citizen comments. CM Ryan Smith said that he was concerned about any offset costs that may affect other customers if we don’t charge for water. CM Swart said that he thought that the Town should consider a few alternatives such as a reduced minimum charge for snowbirds. CM Lea said that he agrees with the other Council Members but thinks the town should consider a possible lower monthly rate for temporary shut offs. Citizen Bill Faubion stated that he was unhappy that he had been charged for water on two accounts without any advance notice which had been shut off.  The Mayor said that it was his fault that there was no advance notice as he had directed the charges to be reinstated. It was agreed by consensus that the charges should continue to be suspended until the Committee comes up with a new policy to adopt.


The Mayor asked to add Marina Estates zoning under his Mayor’s report and CM Lea asked to add Declaration of Surplus Property under New Business.


1.     Voucher Review Committee Report- Ryan Smith and Richard Swart recommended approval of the vouchers. Cm Swart said that he would like more clarification on the Town Foresters time sheet.

2.     The Voucher Review Committee for the March 21, 2016 meeting will be Ryan Smith and Andrew Lea. Richard Swart will be the alternate.


Motion to approve the consent agenda including the Minutes of the January 19, 2016 Regular Council Meeting, January 19, 2016 Special Joint Council/Planning Comm. SMP workshop, February 3, 2016 Joint Council/Planning Comm. SMP workshop, Voucher warrants and EFT’s #60698- #60766 in the amount of $222,942.15; and Payroll warrants and EFT benefit vouchers #40246-#40263 in the amount of $53,694.27 was made by Richard Swart and seconded by Andrew Lea.  Motion carried 3 Yes, 0 No.




A.    Mayor Jacobson told the Council that the Town has applied for a Jarpa permit which must be in place before work can proceed on the Town Dock repair.  He also said that he had spoken to a DFW representative who was optimistic about the town’s chances of getting a timely approval.  The Mayor said that he had received one bid in the amount of $8,000.00 from Jerry DeBriae for the rip-rap materials needed for the repair.


a.     Mayor Jacobson appointed Council Member Ryan Smith to the Wahkiakum County Law and Justice committee. He will attend meetings and report back to the Council.

b.     CM Lea asked for approval to declare unused street lights, bracket and old aerators as surplus property so that it can be sold.  He was told by Co. Comm. Backman that the County Treasurer had information on values of the said property.


a.     Motion to approve Ordinance No. 579-16; An Ordinance Amending CMC Chapter 2.05 – Providing for Waiver of Compensation by Mayor and Council Members for the first reading was made by Richard Swart and seconded by Andrew Lea.  Motion carried 3 Yes, 0 No.


The Mayor said that he has directed the Planning Commission to make suggestions for zoning designation for Marina Estates. CM Lea reported that he had reviewed the payroll and bank accounts and that the transition from Bank of America to Bank of the Pacific was moving along. A copy of the PW report is available online. CM Swart reported on the Library and Community Center. CM Swart then reported on CWCOG and County activities.  CM Smith reported that the high school vocational agriculture class is cleaning up the Park and deferred his EMS/FD report to Fire Chief Johnson.


Commissioner Backman asked if there could be a crosswalk installed in front of where the Sheriff vehicles park. CM Lea said that it is a state highway and would be very difficult to get. Eagle Editor Rick Nelson said that the location of the sidewalk in front of the pharmacy is in an absurd and dangerous location and asked if there could be a slower speed limit on Main Street.


The regular Council meeting recessed at 8:11 p.m. for the Executive Session estimated to last for approximately ten minutes.  The Executive Session began at 8:11 p.m.  The Executive Session adjourned at 8:20 p.m. with no action. The regular Council meeting resumed at 8:21 p.m.


The Regular Council meeting adjourned at 8:22 p.m.


______________________________                           ______________________________

Dale Jacobson, Mayor                                          Tina Schubert, Clerk/Treasurer