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  City Council - Minutes     
Tuesday, November 27, 2012

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

Pledge of Allegiance 

Councilor Anzelini led the flag salute.

Attendance

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

Absent: None. 

1. Approval of Agenda - As Presented

COUNCILOR HENDERSON MOVED, SECONDED BY COUNCILOR BATES, TO APPROVE THE AGENDA AS PRESENTED...motion PASSED...7-0.

2. Comments by the Public on Non Agenda Items 

Johanna Jones, LC Historic Museum, addressed the Council and spoke on upcoming events and added that there was a full rental of the museum option available now.

Douglas Lukascik, Evergreen Playhouse, addressed the Council and spoke on the upcoming performance of Little Shop of Horror's and the Drive and Drop food drive.

Scott White, Historic Fox Theatre, addressed the Council and spoke on upcoming events at the Fox Theatre, including the lighting of the new marquee on December 7th.

Joe Dolezal, Centralia, addressed the Council and spoke on the upcoming food drive, the Drive and Drop, which will be held on December 1st.

3. Reports 

Councilor Anzelini - had no report.

Councilor Fund - reported she had turned in her letter of resignation to the City to be effective December 27, 2012. She added that she attended the tree lighting, a board of County Commissioners meeting and spoke on funding issues with the Historic Museum related to Hotel/Motel taxes.

Mayor Pro-Tem Coumbs - reported he attended the tree lighting, Santa breakfast and reported on the Borst Park lights.

Councilor Bates - reported he attended the Sports Complex ground breaking.

Councilor Henderson - reported he attended the Sports Complex ground breaking and spoke on the needs of the community.

Councilor Trent - had no report.

Mayor Canaday - reported she attended transportation meetings, Fire Association, Business After Hours at Washington Orthopedics, the Sports Complex ground breaking, tree lighting and Santa breakfast.

Rob Hill - announced the City Council opening.

Deena Bilodeau - reported that applications for the City Council Position #3 At Large are available at the City Clerk's office until 5:00 pm on December 14th. She noted that applicants must be registered voters and must reside within the city limits of Centralia and have continuously for at least a year.

4. Consent Agenda

a. Voucher Approval for November 27, 2012 #119472-119645 $1,391,375.96

b. Payroll Approval for November 20, 2012 #128345-128362 and direct deposits #19499-19587 $115,005.00

c. Notification of claim for damages 1)Thelma Joyce $1,255.00 2)Lance Oppelt $40,000

d. Consideration of meeting minutes for November 13, 2012

e. Consideration of WSDOT utility construction agreement $79,654.91

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

5. Consideration to ratify Resolution #2579 declaring a local emergency

MAYOR PRO-TEM COUMBS MOVED, SECONDED BY COUNCILOR ANZELINI, TO RATIFY RESOLUTION NO. 2579 DECLARING A LOCAL EMERGENCY...motion PASSED...7-0.

6. Consideration of grant agreement for regional decant facility

MAYOR PRO-TEM COUMBS MOVED, SECONDED BY COUNCILOR FUND, TO APPROVE THE GRANT AGREEMENT FOR A REGIONAL DECANT FACILITY...

Public Works Director Kahle Jennings reviewed the project and the loan terms with the Council. In response to Councilor Anzelini's question as to the condition of the current facility, Mr. Jennings stated that they could continue to use that facility with difficulty and he felt they would be forced to build a new decant facility eventually. Mr. Jennings noted that in addition to receiving a new facility of which the State would be paying 2/3, there was the option of other parties in the area using the facility on a fee basis. Councilor Trent noted that he did not feel this amount of spending was justified for this facility and that the resources should be focused in other areas. In response to Councilor Bates question on if the proposed rate increase in 2013 was a direct impact of this facility, Mr. Jennings stated that the rates would have to be increased not only to meet normal operating costs and build capital reserves, but this project would create an additional pressure to raise rates more. Councilor Anzelini noted that there were other immediate problems that needed to be solved, such as street flooding, that he would like to see taken care of first. Councilor Coumbs stated that if we do not accept this grant we haven't changed anything, however, this is an opportunity to solve some of our problems on a 3 to 1 investment. Discussion followed regarding the potential that the current facility could be closed down or we could be sited by another State or Federal agency. Councilor Henderson stated that until we have a warning or a requirement to build a new facility he felt we needed to hold off. Councilor Fund stated that since she does not know if there is a potential for incoming revenue from other agencies, she is hesitant to vote in favor.

Mayor Canaday called for a vote on the motion...motion FAILED...2-5 (Councilor Anzelini, Councilor Bates, Councilor Henderson, Councilor Fund and Councilor Trent).

7. Consideration of grant agreement for downtown revitalization rain garden

MAYOR PRO-TEM COUMBS MOVED, SECONDED BY COUNCILOR FUND, TO APPROVE THE GRANT AGREEMENT FOR THE DOWNTOWN REVITALIZATION RAIN GARDEN...

Mr. Jennings reviewed the project and loan terms with the Council.

Rebecca Staebler, owner of Hubbub, addressed the Council and spoke in favor of the rain gardens. A letter in opposition to the project from Ezra Cox Distillery and one in favor of the project from Woodford/Phoenix were read into the record. 

Councilor Henderson noted his concern with the water table issues. Councilor Anzelini and Councilor Trent both felt the funds could be better spent to assist in other areas to help with Stormwater issues. Councilor Bates noted that he was a little hesitant, however, he is in favor of this project at this time. Mayor Pro-Tem Coumbs stated that he liked the idea of having this in place and then having a committee formed with the businesses in this area to come up with a plan to present to the Council for a decision. Mr. Jennings stated that his first step in this process would be to form a committee of some sort of the property owners and businesses in that area. In response to Councilor Funds question as to the time frame the City had to make this decision, Mr. Jennings stated that the Council could take up to 6 or 8 months to look into the project and decide at that time not to proceed. Mr. Hill added that it was his understanding that a portion of the match could be staff time which would reduce the loan amount needed and Mr. Jennings agreed. Councilor Henderson

stated that there are far more affected parties other than the business and property owners downtown. 

COUNCILOR BATES MOVED, SECONDED BY COUNCILOR FUND, TO AMEND THE MOTION TO ADD THAT KAHLE JENNINGS WOULD MEET WITH THE BUSINESS OWNERS AND GET AN OPINION FROM THEM ON THIS PROJECT AND BRING BACK A REPORT TO THE DECEMBER 11TH MEETING...

After further discussion, both the maker of the motion and the second WITHDREW their motion with the understanding that a committee of some sort will be established down the road.

In response to Councilor Trent concern with maintenance of the project, Mr. Jennings stated that the committee and staff will need to look into that issue.

Mayor Pro-Tem Coumbs called for the question. Councilor Trent stated that "calling for the question" required a motion, second and a 2/3 majority vote in favor. Mayor Pro-Tem Coumbs withdrew his request.

Councilor Henderson stated that there will be ongoing costs that will be above and beyond the grant.

Mayor Canaday called for a vote on the motion...motion PASSED...4-3 (councilor Anzelini, Councilor Henderson and Councilor Trent).

8. Consideration of a resolution authorizing an interfund loan from the Water Fund to the Storm & Surface Water Fund

COUNCILOR FUND MOVED, SECONDED BY MAYOR PRO-TEM COUMBS, TO APPROVE A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING AN INTERFUND LOAN FROM THE WATER FUND TO THE STORM & SURFACE WATER FUND...motion FAILED...1-6 (Mayor Pro-Tem Coumbs, Councilor Anzelini, Councilor Fund, Councilor Bates, Councilor Henderson and Councilor Trent).

9. Consideration of first reading of an ordinance amending the legal description for the Kresky annexation

COUNCILOR ANZELINI MOVED, SECONDED BY COUNCILOR FUND, TO APPROVE ON FIRST READING OF AN ORDINANCE AMENDING THE LEGAL DESCRIPTION FOR THE KRESKY ANNEXATION...motion PASSED...7-0.

10. Consideration of first reading of an ordinance amending the 2012 Budget

MAYOR PRO-TEM COUMBS MOVED, SECONDED BY COUNCILOR BATES, TO APPROVE ON FIRST READING OF AN ORDINANCE AMENDING THE 2012 BUDGET...motion PASSED...7-0.

11. Final Public on the 2013 Budget

Mayor Canaday opened the public hearing at 9:29 pm.

Ms. Nelson reviewed the 2013 Budget, including some modifications that were incorporated after the November 13th public hearing. She stated that the total was decreased to $53,590,493.

Alicia Bull, Chamber, addressed the Council and requested an additional $5,000 from the City's Hotel/Motel Tax funding to help the Chamber be open to the public on Saturday's. 

There being no further public comment,

Mayor Canaday closed the public hearing at 9:41 pm.

12. Consideration of second reading of an ordinance adopting the 2013 Budget

MAYOR PRO-TEM COUMBS MOVED, SECONDED BY COUNCILOR BATES, TO APPROVE ON SECOND READING AN ORDINANCE ADOPTING THE BUDGET OF THE CITY OF CENTRALIA FOR THE YEAR 2013...

COUNCILOR ANZELINI MOVED, SECONDED BY COUNCILOR HENDERSON, TO AMEND THE BUDGET BY REMOVING THE $750,00 FOR THE DECANT STATION...motion PASSED...7-0.

In response to Councilor Fund's question as to the balance of the Hotel/Motel funding, Ms. Nelson stated that if the funds come in as anticipated, and with the allocations authorized, there still should be the recommended cushion of approximately $276,000 left.

Mayor Canaday called for a vote on the main motion as amended...motion PASSED...5-2 (Councilor Anzelini and Councilor Trent).

13. Consideration of second reading of an ordinance authorizing an increase in the Regular Property Tax Levy

MAYOR PRO-TEM COUMBS MOVED, SECONDED BY COUNCILOR FUND, TO APPROVE ON SECOND READING OF AN ORDINANCE AUTHORIZING AN INCREASE IN THE REGULAR PROPERTY TAX LEVY...

Ms. Nelson reviewed the ordinance that authorizes a 1% property tax increase in addition to increases resulting from new constriction and improvements. Councilor noted his opposition to the increase. Councilor Trent noted that he was against the increase and added that the City of Chehalis did not take the increase.

Mayor Canaday called for a vote on the motion...motion FAILED...3-4 (Councilor Anzelini, Councilor Bates, Councilor Henderson and Councilor Trent).

14. Consideration of second reading of an ordinance fixing the amount to be raised by Property Taxes

MAYOR PRO-TEM COUMBS MOVED, SECONDED BY COUNCILOR FUND, TO APPROVE ON SECOND READING AN ORDINANCE FIXING THE AMOUNT TO BE RAISED BY PROPERTY TAXES...

COUNCILOR ANZELINI MOVED, SECONDED BY COUNCILOR FUND, TO AMEND THE MOTION TO AUTHORIZE IT LESS THE 1% REGULAR PROPERTY TAX SINCE IT WAS NOT INCREASED...motion PASSED...7-0.

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

15. Executive Session to discuss Real Estate pursuant to RCW 42.30.110. Expected to last approximately 30 minutes with possible action to be taken after.

COUNCILOR ANZELINI MOVED, SECONDED BY COUNCILOR BATES, TO GO INTO EXECUTIVE SESSION AFTER A 5 MINUTE RECESS TO DISCUSS REAL ESTATE FOR APPROXIMATELY 30 MINUTES...motion PASSED...7-0.

The Executive Session was called to order at 10:10 pm. The Executive Session was adjourned at 10:25 pm. After waiting out the remainder of the 30 minute time frame given,

MAYOR PRO-TEM COUMBS MOVED, SECONDED BY COUNCILOR HENDERSON, TO ACCEPT THE INTERLOCAL AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE PORT OF CENTRALIA AND THE CITY OF CENTRALIA FOR THE ACQUISITION OF PROPERTY...7-0.

Adjournment

COUNCILOR BATES MOVED, SECONDED BY COUNCILOR TRENT, TO ADJOURN THE MEETING AT 9:52 PM...motion PASSED...7-0. 

 

Submitted By: 

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Deena Bilodeau, City Clerk

 

Approved By:

 

 

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Bonnie Canaday, Mayor

City of Centralia



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