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Tuesday, October 13, 2015

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

Pledge of Allegiance

Mayor Pro-Tem Elmore led the pledge of allegiance.

Attendance

Present: Mayor Canaday, Mayor Pro-Tem Elmore, Councilor Greenwood, Councilor Ricks, Councilor Anzelini and Councilor Vogt.

Absent:. Councilor Coumbs.

1. Approval of Agenda - As Presented

COUNCILOR ANZELINI MOVED, SECONDED BY COUNCILOR GREENWOOD, TO APPROVE THE AGENDA AS PRESENTED...motion PASSED...6-0.

2. Comments by the Public on Non Agenda Items

Judy Bell, Centralia, addressed the Council and spoke on the Expanding Your Horizons program.

3. Proclamations

a. Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Mayor Canaday read the proclamation into the record and Tera Leno accepted it on behalf of the Human Response Network.

b. Disaster Preparedness & Emergency Alert Awareness Month

Mayor Canaday read the proclamation into the record and Chief Nielsen accepted it on behalf of the Centralia Police Department.

4. Presentation

a. Lewis County Update - Commissioner Fund

Commissioner Fund updated the Council on Lewis County issues.

b. Report on Governor's Work Group, Chehalis Basin Flood Authority - Jay Vanderstoep

Mr. Vanderstoep updated the Council on the Governor's Work Group. 

5. Reports

Councilor Anzelini - had no report.

Councilor Greenwood - had no report.

Councilor Ricks - reported he attended the Auditor's Exit Conference.

Councilor Vogt - reported he attended the CDA meeting, Auditor's Exit Conference, events at the Fox Theatre, toured City facilities, met with Southwest Washington Fair staff, the Chamber Forum and visited the new museum at the Shady Lady.

Mayor Pro-Tem Elmore - reported he attended the Centralia College Foundation Auction Dinner, the United Way Campaign Kick Off and the Lodging Tax Funding Applicant presentations.

Mayor Canaday - reported she attended the Auditor's Exit Conference, United Way Campaign Kick Off, ribbon cuttings, Chamber Forum, Mayor and Commissioner's meeting, a legislative meeting, tourism meetings, Chehalis Watershed Festival and judged the Lewis County Fire Poster contest. She noted that a memorial for Marty Coumbs would be held at the Centralia Christian School on October 17th at 1:00 pm.

Emil Pierson - updated the Council on the progress of the outdoor pool grant.

Kim Ashmore - reported on the Chehalis Watershed Festival.

Shannon Murphy-Olson - reported on potential restrictions related to fireworks.

Rob Hill - reported on the Transportation Benefit District ballot measure.

6. Consent Agenda

a. Voucher approval for October 13, 2015 #203208-203209, 203227, 203255-203473 $1,022,852.04

b. Payroll approval for October 5, 2015 #132006-132077 and direct deposits #27563-27717 $1,247,426.66

c. Consideration of meeting minutes for September 22, 2015

d. Consideration of final acceptance-Tree Removal Small Works $8,856

e. Consideration of change order #1-WW Decant Facility $68,349.47

f. Consideration of final acceptance-Harrison Ave Parking lot small works $3,942

g. Consideration of Amendment #1-Maintenance, troubleshooting and Testing of SCADA, PLC's and Radio System $6,000

h. Consideration of Amendment #1-Software Integration with SCADA $10,000

i. Consideration of Washington State Military Department Lease

COUNCILOR RICKS MOVED, SECONDED BY COUNCILOR GREENWOOD TO APPROVE THE CONSENT AGENDA...motion PASSED...6-0.

7. Presentation related to General Fund Revenue Sources and the 2016 Property Tax Levy

Finance Director Pam Nelson reviewed the General Fund Revenue Sources and the 2016 Property Tax Levy information with the Council and audience.

8. Public Hearing related to General Fund Revenue Sources and the 2016 Property Tax Levy

Mayor Canaday opened the public hearing at 8:18 pm.

There being no public comment,

Mayor Canaday closed the public hearing at 8:18 pm.

9. Consideration on first reading of an Ordinance setting the 2016 Property Tax Levy

COUNCILOR ANZELINI MOVED, SECONDED BY COUNCILOR GREENWOOD, TO APPROVE ON FIRST READING OF AN ORDINANCE SETTING THE 2016 PROPERTY TAX LEVY INCREASE AT 0%...motion PASSED...6-0.

10. Consideration on first reading of an Ordinance Finding a Substantial need for the Allowable 1% Property Tax Increase

Ms. Nelson addressed the Council and explained that this ordinance would essentially "bank" the 1% for future use.

COUNCILOR ANZELINI MOVED, SECONDED BY COUNCILOR GREENWOOD, TO DENY ON FIRST READING AN ORDINANCE FINDING A SUBSTANTIAL NEED FOR THE ALLOWABLE 1% PROPERTY TAX INCREASE...

Discussion followed pertaining to the potential need and whether or not wording in the ordinance could be changed.

Mayor Canaday called for a vote on the motion...motion FAILED...2-4 (Mayor Canaday, Mayor Pro-Tem Elmore, Councilor Ricks and Councilor Vogt).

COUNCILOR RICKS MOVED, SECONDED BY MAYOR PRO-TEM ELMORE, TO APPROVE ON FIRST READING THE ORDINANCE WITH SOME MODIFIED LANGUAGE TO COME BACK TO US IN TERMS OF WHETHER OR NOT WE CAN MODIFY IT FOR SECOND READING...motion FAILED...3-3 (Councilor Vogt, Councilor Greenwood and Councilor Anzelini). 

11. Presentation on the Proposed 2016 Budget

Ms. Nelson noted that she had already gone through the General Fund in a previous item and took this time to review the remainder of the funds.

12. Public Hearing on the Proposed 2016 Budget

Mayor Canaday opened the public hearing at 8:52 pm.

There being no public comment,

Mayor Canaday closed the public hearing at 8:52 pm.

13. Consideration on first reading of an Ordinance on Proposed 2016 Budget

COUNCILOR RICKS MOVED, SECONDED BY COUNCILOR GREENWOOD, TO APPROVE ON FIRST READING OF AN ORDINANCE ON THE PROPOSED 2016 BUDGET...

COUNCILOR RICKS MOVED, SECONDED BY COUNCILOR ANZELINI, TO AMEND THE MOTION TO ALLOCATE A $200,000 CARVE OUT OF THE BUDGET TO A CAPITAL PROJECTS FUND DESIGNATED SPECIFICALLY TO STREETS ON A REOCCURRING BASIS YEAR AFTER YEAR...

Councilor Ricks noted that one of the cities strategic priorities is to improve the condition of the streets and this would be an aggressive approach to building up a fund allocated specifically for streets. Councilor Anzelini stated that he did not feel the "reoccurring" portion of the motion would be allowable in a budget ordinance, and noted it should be a separate policy.

COUNCILOR RICKS MOVED, SECONDED BY MAYOR PRO-TEM ELMORE, TO AMEND THE MOTION TO USE $200,000 AS A ONE TIME USE OUT OF RESERVES TO PURCHASE SOME STREET EQUIPMENT...

Discussion followed regarding how much of the unreserved ending fund balance was left over and if there were any ramifications of using it.

Mayor Canaday called for a vote on the second amendment...motion PASSED...6-0.

After further discussion and a recommendation from City Attorney Murphy-Olson, Councilor Ricks agreed to take the reoccurring portion out of the motion, however, he wanted a policy to come to the City Council regarding future years.

Mayor Canaday called for a vote on the first amendment...motion FAILED...3-3 (Mayor Canaday, Mayor Pro-Tem Elmore and Councilor Vogt).

Mayor Canaday called for a vote on the main motion as amended to include the additional $200,000 out of reserves for street equipment...motion PASSED...6 0.

Adjournment

COUNCILOR ANZELINI MOVED, SECONDED BY COUNCILOR GREENWOOD, TO ADJOURN THE MEETING AT 9:22 PM...motion PASSED...6-0.

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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