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Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Mayor Thompson called the regular meeting to order at 7:02 pm.

Pledge of Allegiance

Members of local Boy Scouts troops led the flag salute.

Attendance

Present: Mayor Thompson, Mayor Pro-Tem Canaday, Councilor Fund, Councilor Trent, Councilor Bates, Councilor Henderson and Councilor Coumbs.

Absent: None.

1. Approval of Agenda - As Presented

MAYOR PRO-TEM CANADAY MOVED, SECONDED BY COUNCILOR TRENT, TO APPROVE THE AGENDA AS PRESENTED...motion PASSED...7-0.

COUNCILOR FUND MOVED, SECONDED BY COUNCILOR TRENT, TO MOVE ITEM #8-PUBLIC HEARING ON THE MEDICAL MARIJUANA COLLECTIVE GARDENS- UP ON THE AGENDA TO BE TAKEN UP AFTER #3 PRESENTATIONS...motion PASSED...4-3 (Mayor Harlan Thompson, Councilor Bates and Councilor Henderson).

COUNCILOR HENDERSON MOVED, SECONDED BY COUNCILOR FUND, TO MOVE ITEM #6 UP ON THE AGENDA TO BE TAKEN PRIOR TO THE PUBLIC HEARING ON THE MEDICAL MARIJUANA COLLECTIVE GARDENS...motion PASSED...7-0.

2. Comments by the Public on Non Agenda Items

Harold Hahnenkratt, addressed the Council and voiced his concerns to the Event Center and how the building is now not in line with what was proposed. He was asked to contact Mr. Hill.

Carl Bohlin & Kelly Bolduc, addressed the Council and spoke on the sleeping bag drive being held by the Emergency Shelter of Lewis County.

Denny Taylor, addressed the Council and spoke on the upcoming Field Day at the Centralia Christian School.

3. Presentations

a. Commissioning of CPD Officer Gregory R. Stankatis

Chief Berg swore in Centralia Police Officer Gregory R. Stankatis.

b. Stenciling of Stormwater Catch Basins - Eagle Scouts

Stormwater Operations Manager Kim Ashmore introduced Ty Lund of Troop 300 to the Council and audience. Mr. Lund spoke on a Eagle Badge project he took on by stenciling the stormwater catch basins in front of various businesses in Centralia.

c. Centralians 1 & Fox Theatre

Scott White, Todd Ryann and Bill Conrad addressed the Council to request action on an agreement that is being brought forward by the Centralians 1 to help the Fox Theatre receive a new roof. Mr. Conrad gave background on the Centralians 1 organization and stated that they were willing to loan the Historic Fox Theatre Restoration group $75,000. Mr. White explained that the City, as owner of the building, was being asked to serve as surety for the loan and the agreement they were proposing would only be effective if the City were to reclaim and resell the building to another party. Mayor Thompson noted that this request would have to come before the Council as an action item on the next agenda.

6. Consideration to appoint Colleen Stewart to the Historic Preservation Commission

MAYOR PRO-TEM CANADAY MOVED, SECONDED BY COUNCILOR FUND, TO APPOINT COLLEEN STEWART TO THE HISTORIC PRESERVATION COMMISSION...motion PASSED...7-0.

8. Public Hearing related to Medical Marijuana Collective Gardens Moratorium

Mayor Thompson opened the public hearing at 7:32 pm.

Chief Berg read the official comments from the Centralia Police Department into the record which contained history, law enforcement, the new laws on collective gardens and public safety. He noted it was the recommendation of the Police Department to do nothing to implement zoning for marijuana collective gardens at this time.

City Attorney Shannon Murphy-Olson addressed the Council and briefed them on the legal aspects of this issue. She noted that she will be introducing "findings of fact" at the next City Council meeting for Council approval.

In response to Councilor Henderson's question as to if the House Bill is enforceable as written, Ms. Murphy-Olson stated that she did not feel there was enough information at this point to give a fair assessment. Councilor Henderson stated that the language from the Federal level is pretty clear that it is illegal and is not within his realm to make decisions without a clear parameter.

Serena Haskins, Rochester, addressed the Council and spoke against the moratorium and in favor of safe access to medical marijuana.

Leo Frare, Centralia, addressed the Council and spoke against the moratorium.

Maggie Slight, addressed the Council and spoke against the moratorium and in favor of safe access to medical marijuana.

Jared Allaway, addressed the Council and spoke against the moratorium.

Rose Eilits, addressed the Council and spoke against the moratorium.

Richard Williams, addressed the Council and spoke against the moratorium.

Chief Berg noted that what is before the Council tonight is only the Collective Garden issue.

Mayor Thompson closed the public hearing at 8:29 pm.

4. Reports

Councilor Trent - had no report.

Councilor Henderson - reported he attended the Public Facilities District meeting and spoke on graffiti.

Councilor Bates- thanked those involved in getting the new sound system in.

Councilor Fund - reported she attended Artrails, the Travelodge Grand Opening, an Open House at the Youth Advocacy Center and the Flood Authority meeting. She noted that she would like to have a PFD representative at every City Council meeting to report and answer questions.

Councilor Coumbs - reported the free dump vouchers at the Transfer Station ends on Friday.

Mayor Pro-Tem Canaday - reported she attended the Public Facilities District meeting, a Joint Fire meeting, the Travelodge Grand Opening, the Chehalis Basin Partnership meeting and the Grand Opening of the Growing Places Farms Thrift Shop.

Mayor Thompson - reported he attended Artrails, the Open House at the Youth Advocacy Center, the Grand Opening of the Travelodge and the Grand Opening of the Growing Places Farms Thrift Shop.

Mr. Hill - reported on the budget process and noted that the Wilson Hotel had been listed with Remax.

Ed Williams - updated the Council on the BPA Above High Water Mark contract.

Kim Ashmore - updated the Council on the leaf program and noted that Centralia won the water taste test at the Chehalis Watershed Festival.

5. Consent Agenda

a. Voucher Approval for September 27, 2011 #113755-113952 $2,123,273.49

b. Payroll Approval for September 20, 2011 #126836-126855 and direct deposits #16177-16266 $111,687.30

c. Consideration to approve meeting minutes September 13, 2011

d. Consideration of Bid Award for Woodland Avenue Sanitary Sewer-Rognlin's Inc $63,410.13

e. Consideration of Prof. Service Agreement for environmental site cleanup at 201 E Summa with Columbia West Engineering $58,500

MAYOR PRO-TEM CANADAY MOVED, SECONDED BY COUNCILOR COUMBS, TO APPROVE THE CONSENT AGENDA AS PRESENTED...motion PASSED...7-0.

7. Consideration of a resolution amending resolution #2555 - Establishing a fee for Traffic Safety School

COUNCILOR COUMBS MOVED, SECONDED BY MAYOR PRO-TEM CANADAY, TO APPROVE A RESOLUTION AMENDING RESOLUTION #2555 - ESTABLISHING A $150 FEE FOR TRAFFIC SAFETY SCHOOL...motion PASSED...7-0.

Adjournment

MAYOR PRO-TEM CANADAY MOVED, SECONDED BY COUNCILOR HENDERSON, TO ADJOURN THE MEETING AT 9:27 PM...motion PASSED...7-0.

Submitted By:

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Deena Bilodeau, CMC City Clerk

Approved By:

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Harlan Thompson, Mayor

City of Centralia



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