APRIL 18, 2016


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 April 18, 2016.


ROLL CALL – Municipal Services Clerk Kerrie McNally

Present: Mayor Jacobson, Council Members Andrew Lea, Sue Cameron, Bernadette Goodroe, Ryan Smith and Richard Swart. Also present were MSC Kerrie McNally, Eagle Editor Rick Nelson, PW Supt. Duncan Cruickshank, Attorney Heidi Heywood, Fire Chief Fred Johnson, Forester Bill Olsen, Jon Hinton of G&O, Justin Hartmann of Wah. Co. Health Dept., County Comm. Mike Backman, and Citizens Mike & Marsha LaFarge and Don Wages.


CM Richard Swart read proclamations for Rachael Wolford of St. James Family Center and Steve Marshall of the Wah. Co. Sheriff Dept.


 CM Lea added Street Vacation request under New Business item 10 c. PW Supt. Duncan Cruickshank added Water intake update under Unfinished Business item 9 c. Motion to approve the agenda as revised was made by Richard Swart and seconded by Bernadette Goodroe.  Motion carried 5 Yes, 0 No.


1.     Voucher Review Committee Report- Sue Cameron and Richard Swart recommended approval of the vouchers.

2.     The Voucher Review Committee for the May 16, 2016 meeting will be Ryan Smith and Andrew Lea. Bernadette Goodroe will be the alternate.


Motion to approve the consent agenda including the Minutes of the March 21, 2016 Regular Council Meeting, April 6 2016 SMP workshop, April 13, 2016 Minimum Monthly Water Charges workshop, Voucher warrants and EFT’s #60844- #60906 in the amount of $52,160.90; and Payroll warrants and EFT benefit vouchers #40279-#40294 and #E40295 - #E40297 in the amount of $37,558.17 was made by Richard Swart and seconded by Andrew Lea.  Motion carried 5 Yes, 0 No.


Wahkiakum Eagle Editor Rick Nelson voiced support for the Waterfront Park project. Forester Bill Olsen gave a report on the status of possible dangerous trees in Erickson Park and said that he will make a recommendation on the Town timber at the May Council meeting.


a.     Motion to approve Change Order #14 on the WWTF biosolids removal cost reduction adjustment was made by Richard Swart and seconded by Andrew Lea.  Motion carried 5 Yes, 0 No.

b.     CM Lea told the Council that the recent Water Charges workshop resulted in several items being considered for amendments to the current utilities ordinance, but need further discussion at another workshop with date and time TBD.

c.     Jon Hinton of Gray & Osborne, Inc. distributed handouts on the raw water intake at the Water Plant and answered questions.


a.     CM Swart began the discussion on the County Solid Waste and Junk Vehicle ordinance. CM Sue Cameron who helped write the ordinance, introduced Health Dept. rep. Justin Hartmann who described the process and results of the ordinance. CM Smith objected to any ordinance that would limit personal use of property. Fire Chief Fred Johnson noted that the County ordinance does not exclude the Town of Cathlamet, and that the ordinance already applies to the Town.

b.     CM Swart told the Council that he and CM Smith are pursuing passive solar information for the Town buildings and asked for the support of the Council of their research.  CM Cameron asked that they hold a workshop.

c.     Citizen Don Wages presented a letter asking for an easement or variance for a structure that he is building which was built on a portion of Town property. The Council agreed by consensus to visit the property before making a decision.


a.      Motion to approve Ordinance No. 580-16; An Ordinance Repealing Ordinance 565-13; and CMC Chapter 13.85 for the first reading was made by Richard Swart, seconded by Bernadette Goodroe.  Motion carried 5 Yes, 0 No.

b.     Motion to approve Ordinance No. 581-16; An Ordinance Relating to the State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) for the first reading was made by Andrew Lea, seconded by Bernadette Goodroe. Motion carried 5 Yes, 0 No.


      a.    Motion to approve Resolution No. 342-16; a Resolution Extending the Town Forester Contract by Ninety Days was made by Sue Cameron, seconded by Richard Swart. Motion carried 5 Yes, 0 No.


Mayor Jacobson reported on the recent waterfront park meeting and wanted to dispel rumors about possible commercialization of the project. He emphasized that it is his wish to have a family-friendly waterfront access to the public. CM Lea reported on PW activities and said that a copy of the report is available online. He asked about the status of the Town Dock. The Mayor said that we are still waiting for the repair approval. CM Lea also asked about the safety of the wooden bridge. PW Supt. Cruickshank said that it is stable but needs new handrails. CM Swart reported on the Library and Comm. Center as well as CWCOG and County. CM Smith reported that he had been given a tour of the pool and parks and then deferred his EMS/FD report to Fire Chief Johnson who distributed a written report on activities.


CM Lea suggested that the Mayor appoint a new Mayor Pro-Tem at the May meeting. Current policy would put CM Smith next in line. CM Lea also requested that proclamations use a consistent format. Lea also reported that the wooden sign in front of the courthouse will be repaired using recycled lumber from the port to resemble the original sign.


The regular Council meeting recessed at 8:54 p.m. for the Executive Session estimated to last for approximately ten minutes.  The Executive Session began at 8:57 p.m.  The Executive Session adjourned at 9:07 p.m. The regular Council meeting resumed at 9:07 p.m.


The Regular Council meeting adjourned at 9:08 p.m.


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Dale Jacobson, Mayor                                          Kerrie McNally, Municipal Services Clerk