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  City Council - Minutes     
Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Mayor Thompson called the regular meeting to order at 7:00 pm. 

Pledge of Allegiance 

Councilor Trent 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 COUMBS, TO APPROVE THE AGENDA AS PRESENTED...

COUNCILOR HENDERSON MOVED, SECONDED BY COUNCILOR TRENT, TO PULL ITEMS 6E AND 6F OFF THE CONSENT AGENDA AND HAVE THEM TAKEN UP AS SEPARATE ITEMS...motion PASSED...7-0.

Mayor Thompson called for a vote on the main motion as amended...motion PASSED...7-0. 

2. Comments by the Public on Non Agenda Items

Marie Panesko, Chehalis, addressed the Council on behalf of the Lewis County Master Gardeners and invited them to an Open House on November 5th at 1:00 pm to see the new tool shed in the demonstration garden. She noted that it was paid for and built 100% by volunteers.

Nic Denman, Centralia, addressed the Council and spoke on the need for a flashing traffic light or better signage at the intersection of Locust and Gold Streets.

Rob LaFontain, Centralia, addressed the Council and introduced himself as the new General Manager of Twin Transit.

3. Proclamations

a. Domestic Violence Awareness Month 

Mayor Thompson read the proclamation into the record and Amanda from Human Response Network accepted it.@

4. Presentations

a. Public Facilities District 

Rose Bowman, Public Facilities District, addressed the Council and gave an update on the Event Center project. Councilor Henderson voiced his concerns to the current plan for the building in respect to the original plan. In response to Mayor Pro-Tem Canaday's question on naming rights, Ms. Bowman stated that they are still looking into that as funding options. Brief discussion followed.

5. Reports

Councilor Trent - reported he attended the Budget Workshop, a candidate forum and the PFD meeting.

Councilor Henderson - reported he attended the Budget Workshop.

Councilor Bates - reported he attended a Twin Transit meeting.

Councilor Fund - reported she attended a PFD meeting, visited Growing Places Farms, a Historic Train ride and the Flood Authority meeting.

Councilor Coumbs - reported on the Christmas Lights program at Borst Park.

Mayor Pro-Tem Canaday - reported she attended a Community Action Council meeting where Brian Baird spoke, the Ribbon Cutting at Loves in Napavine, a LEOFF Board meeting, a RFA meeting and a transportation meeting.

Mayor Thompson - had no report.

Emil Pierson - updated the Council on the Wheeler Field upgrades.

Mr. Hill - reported on the Event Center and concerns that came out of a Joint Board meeting. It was determined that a RFQ would be drafted for an operator of the center soon. 

6. Consent Agenda

a. Voucher Approval for October 25, 2011 #114166-114351 $1,794,580.61

b. Payroll Approval for October 20, 2011 #-126955 - 126974 and direct deposits #16415 - 16505 $115,370.00

c. Consideration to approve meeting minutes October 11, 2011

d. Consideration of a change order for demolition of 1220 Woodland Avenue-$4,992.00

e. Consideration of Small Works Bid-Sports Complex Trail Project $15,660.00

f. Consideration of Final Acceptance - Wastewater Wet Well Coating

g. Consideration of Final Acceptance - 2011 Asphalt Repair Project

h. Consideration of Small Works Bid-May Street Substation Power Circuit Breaker $55,610

i. Consideration of Small Works Bid-May Street Substation Tubular Steel Structure $54,371

j. Consideration of Small Works Bid-May Street Substation Instrument Transformers $33,775

k. Consideration of Small Works Bid-Yelm Hydro Security Fence $48,411.72

l. Consideration of Small Works Bid-Softball Concession Stand Painting $3,548.83

COUNCILOR TRENT MOVED, SECONDED BY COUNCILOR HENDERSON , TO APPROVE THE CONSENT AGENDA ...motion PASSED...7-0.

6e. Consideration of Small Works Bid-Sports Complex Trail Project $15,660.00

MAYOR PRO-TEM CANADAY MOVED, SECONDED BY COUNCILOR HENDERSON, TO APPROVE THE SMALL WORKS BID AWARD FOR THE COMPLEX TRAIL PROJECT IN THE AMOUNT OF $15,660...

Community Development Director Emil Pierson addressed the Council and reviewed the contract. Councilor Trent noted his opposition to the motion.

Mayor Thompson called for a vote on the motion...motion PASSED...6-1 (Councilor Trent).

6f. Consideration of Final Acceptance - Wastewater Wet Well Coating 

COUNCILOR COUMBS MOVED, SECONDED BY COUNCILOR TRENT, TO APPROVE THE FINAL ACCEPTANCE FOR THE WASTEWATER WELL COATING...

City Engineer reviewed the contract with the Council and noted that the final contract amount was less than the original contract amount due to one of the pump stations being removed.

Mayor Thompson called for a vote on the motion...motion PASSED...7-0.

7. Consideration of an agreement with Centralians 1 and Historic Fox Theatre for Capitol Improvements

COUNCILOR COUMBS MOVED, SECONDED BY MAYOR PRO-TEM CANADAY, TO APPROVE THE AGREEMENT WITH CENTRALIANS 1 AND HISTORIC FOX THEATRE FOR CAPITOL IMPROVEMENTS...

City Attorney Shannon Murphy-Olson addressed the Council and reviewed the agreement noting that the City was simply serving as a surety for the loan and will only be in effect if the Historic Fox Theatre does not purchase the building. Councilor Henderson stated that he felt the expenses that have been occurred in the amount of $52,521, should be added to the value and should be recouped prior to the repayment of the surety. Discussion followed pertaining the current lease terms. Councilor Trent noted that he does not feel the City should be involved in this agreement and felt the City was in essence co-signing for a loan.

COUNCILOR HENDERSON MOVED, SECONDED BY COUNCILOR BATES, TO AMEND THE MOTION TO ADD THE COST OF EXPENSES TO THE VALUE TOTAL VALUE MAKING THE TOTAL $321,521.19...motion PASSED...6-1 (Councilor Trent),

Mayor Thompson called for a vote on the motion as amended...motion PASSED...6-1 (Councilor Trent).

8. Consideration of Hotel/Motel Lodging Tax funding allocations

MAYOR PRO-TEM CANADAY MOVED, SECONDED BY COUNCILOR BATES, TO APPROVE THE HOTEL/MOTEL LODGING TAX FUNDING ALLOCATIONS AS RECOMMENDED BY THE COMMITTEE...

Councilor Fund noted that the recommendation was as follows:

Centralia Downtown Association $ 5,000

ARTrails $ 10,000

City of Centralia $ 20,000

City of Centralia - Bond Payment $ 93,183

Mayor Thompson called for a vote on the motion...motion PASSED...7-0.

9. Consideration of agreement with WSDOT - Long Road Dike Tie-In Project

COUNCILOR HENDERSON MOVED, SECONDED BY COUNCILOR FUND, TO APPROVE THE AGREEMENT WITH WSDOT FOR THE LONG ROAD DIKE TIE-IN PROJECT...motion PASSED...7-0.

10. Consideration of a resolution approving the River Heights Annexation

COUNCILOR COUMBS MOVED, SECONDED BY COUNCILOR BATES, TO REJECT THE ANNEXATION REQUEST...

Councilor Coumbs stated that he was against the annexation due to the average acreage and lot size and that the taxes will not be enough to maintain the roads. He added that he would be in favor of allowing a petition to have this area eliminated from the Growth Management area. Councilor Henderson questioned if a waiver could be put in place to grant that area the ability be charged City rates if this annexation were denied. City Attorney Shannon Murphy-Olson stated that she would have to look into that issue. Councilor Trent stated that this area is governed without representation and has to pay the higher tax rates and the Council needs to move forward with this annexation.

Carl Hemenway, Centralia, addressed the Council and noted his opposition to the annexation due to having to maintain the roads and the wetlands and flooding.

Steve Wohld, Centralia, addressed the Council and noted that the residents in the area were all in favor of the annexation. He added that this was shameful that the Council was looking into denying the annexation.

Community Development Director Emil Pierson addressed the Council and summarized what the Council had before them in the packet. Discussion followed pertaining to whether or not this annexation forms an island or a peninsula, which was determined that it by definition does not.

In response to Councilor Henderson's question as to what the City's net gain or loss would be due to this annexation, Finance Director Brad Ford stated that there is not a clear answer. He reviewed the mitigation for loss of tax revenues from the interlocal agreement and noted that if an annexation is approved after August 1st of any year then the property taxes will not be received until the year after, however, the road tax would be paid with a percentage going back to the County for 2 years. He added that either way the amounts are not huge.

Chief Berg noted that from the law enforcement perspective, the concern was not a calls for service concern, but a response time concern.

Councilor Trent stated that this has been through the proper process, and he is concerned that there was no prior red flags to the petitioner. Councilor Henderson stated that he has had red flags all along. Councilor Bates stated that the only approval to date was to allow the petitioner to start the process.

Mr. Hill stated that it was the position of staff to remain neutral in these types of processes. He added that a decision can not be made until we see the results of the process. In response to Councilor Bates question as to if this can be placed on hold for a few months to get some answers on the UGA issues, Ms. Murphy-Olson stated that there was a 6 month shelf life and she would have to check to see when the start date was.

Councilor Bates called for the question.

Mayor Thompson called for a vote on the motion....motion PASSED...4-3 (Mayor Pro-Tem Canaday, Councilor Trent and Councilor Fund).

11. Consideration of second reading of the 2011 Budget Amendment #2 Ordinance

COUNCILOR TRENT MOVED, SECONDED BY MAYOR PRO-TEM CANADAY, TO APPROVE THE 2011 BUDGET AMENDMENT #2 ORDINANCE...motion PASSED...7-0.

Adjournment

COUNCILOR COUMBS MOVED, SECONDED BY COUNCILOR TRENT, TO ADJOURN THE MEETING AT 9:47 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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