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  City Council - Minutes     
Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Mayor Luond called the remote Workshop to discuss the Centralia Community CARES proposals to order at 6:00 pm.  All Council members were present.  Mayor Luond adjourned the Workshop at 6:52 pm.
 
Mayor Luond called the regular City Council meeting to order at 7:00 pm.  Due to the Governor's OPMA Proclamation 20-28.6, this meeting is being held remotely via WebEx.
 
Attendance
 
Present: Mayor Luond, Councilor Vogt, Councilor Staebler, Councilor Smith Johnston, Councilor McGee and Councilor Cameron.
 
Absent: Mayor Pro-Tem Abbarno (arrived during City Council reports).
 
1. Approval of Agenda - As Presented
 
COUNCILOR MCGEE  MOVED, SECONDED BY COUNCILOR VOGT, TO APPROVE THE AGENDA WITH THE ADDITION OF ITEM 3B-  COMMISSIONER FUND UPDATE ON FLOOD AUTHORITY ...motion PASSED...6-0.
 
2. Comments by the Public on Non Agenda Items
 
There were none.
 
3. Presentations
a. Centralia School District Levy - Dr. Lisa Grant, Superintendent
 
Dr. Grant spoke on the upcoming levy.
 
b. Flood Authority Update - Commissioner Fund
 
Commissioner Fund updated the Council on Flood Authority issues.
 
4. Reports
 
Councilor Smith Johnston - spoke on the Scrip Program.
 
Councilor Vogt - had no report.
 
Councilor Cameron - reported she went out and distributes Scrip program applications.
 
Councilor Staebler - spoke on the Scrip Program and the struggles of small businesses during this time.  She reported she attended a Twin Transit meeting.
 
Councilor McGee - had no report.
 
Councilor Abbarno - spoke on the upcoming school supply drive.
 
Mayor Luond - congratulated the CDA for their recognition of the Lighted Tractor Parade, spoke on Little League and spoke on the school levy and the new Superintendent Dr. Lisa Grant.
 
Bret Brodersen - spoke on the Lodging Tax process and updated the Council on utility accounts.
 
Kim Ashmore - updated the Council on the China Creek Phase 2 project and the ADA ramps on Yew and Gold Streets. 
 
Rob Hill - updated the Council on the Strategic Planning Process and noted there would be a kick off meeting soon.
 
5. Consent Agenda
a. Voucher Approval July 28, 2020 #226806, 226819, 226831-226986 $1,321,319.42
b. Payroll Approval July 20, 2020 #136613-136617 and direct  deposits #42174-42263 $127,565.00
c. Consideration of meeting minutes for July 14, 2020
d. Consideration of Amendment #1 to the Professional Services Agreement with Electric Power Systems for SCADA and Engineering Services for the Salzer and North Port Substations $60,000
e. Consideration of Amendment #2 to the Professional Services Agreement with Specialty Engineering Inc for Salzer Substation Testing and Commissioning $30,000 and extending the completion date to December 31, 2020
f. Consideration of final acceptance of small works contract-Line Tree Clearance Tree Trimming $240,400
g. Consideration of an Interlocal Agreement with Lewis County for cost sharing in the Chehalis River Basin Flood Warning System
 
MAYOR PRO-TEM ABBARNO MOVED, COUNCILOR MCGEE, TO APPROVE THE CONSENT AGENDA ...motion PASSED...6-0.
 
6. Public Hearing on the 2020 Electric Utility Load Resource Plan
 
City Light Director M.L. Norton reviewed the 2020 Electric Utility Load Resource Plan with the Council and public.
 
Mayor Luond opened the public hearing at 8:00 pm.  There were no public comments turned in the City Clerk.  Mayor Luond closed the public hearing at 8:00 pm.
7. Consideration of United Learning Center Development
 
City Manager Rob Hill reviewed the proposed project with the Council.  Todd Chaput spoke on the project and the need for this type of center in our community.  Emil Pierson reviewed the various options and how the City would use the facility.  Discussion followed. Mayor Luond read a letter of opposition into the record from Joyce Barnes.
 
MAYOR PRO-TEM ABBARNO MOVED, SECONDED BY COUNCILOR MCGEE, TO INVEST UP TO 1.9 MILLION DOLLARS OF REET FUNDS TOWARDS THE PROJECT OPTION 1A AND HAVE THE CITY MANAGER WORK WITH THE GROUP AND BRING IT BACK TO THE COUNCIL...
 
Councilor Smith Johnston stated that because she has a remote interest with the Boys and Girls Club she will not be participating in the discussion or voting.
 
COUNCILOR CAMERON MOVED, SECONDED BY COUNCILOR STAEBLER, TO POSTPONE THIS ITEM FOR 2 WEEKS...motion FAILED 3-3 (Mayor Luond, Mayor Pro-Tem Abbarno and Councilor McGee).
 
Discussion followed pertaining to the length of the lease and the lack of public involvement.  
Mayor Pro-tem Abbarno and Councilor McGee agreed to retract the main motion and it was the consensus of the Council to bring this item back at the August 11, 2020 Council meeting.
 
8. Consideration of Centralia Community CARES Proposals
 
Finance Director Bret Brodersen addressed the Council and reviewed the proposals.  It was noted at the Workshop that the Chamber withdrew their application.  Discussion followed.
 
MAYOR PRO-TEM ABBARNO MOVED, SECONDED BY COUNCILOR MCGEE TO AWARD THE BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB OF LEWIS COUNTY $74,910 IN CARES ACT FUNDS...
 
Councilor Smith Johnston noted that she would not be discussing or voting on this motion due to being on the Board of Directors for the Boys and Girls Club.
 
Mayor Luond called for a vote on the motion...motion PASSED...6-0.
 
MAYOR PRO-TEM ABBARNO MOVED, SECONDED BY COUNCILOR CAMERON, TO AWARD THE CENTRALIA DOWNTOWN ASSOCIATION $55,750 IN CARES ACT FUNDS...
 
Councilor Staebler noted that she would not be discussing or voting on this motion due to being on the Centralia Downtown Association Board.  Discussion followed against the use of the funds on the 360 Tour program.
 
Mayor Luond called for a vote on the motion...motion FAILED...3-3 (Mayor Luond, Councilor Smith Johnston and Councilor McGee).
 
MAYOR PRO-TEM ABBARNO MOVED, SECONDED BY COUNCILOR MCGEE, TOO APPROVE THE CENTRALIA DOWNTOWN ASSOCIATION REQUEST AS LONG AS $20,000 IS MOVED TO THE E COMMERCE GRANTS MAKING IT $30,000, IF NOT THEN ONLY APPROVE AT $35,750, LESS THE $20,000...motion PASSED...6-0.
 
COUNCILOR VOGT MOVED, SECONDED BY MAYOR PRO-TEM ABBARNO. TO AWARD THE GATHER $50,000...motion PASSED...7-0.
 
Mr. Hill announced that staff will bring this back at the next meeting to address the excess funds.
 
9. Consideration on first  reading of an ordinance amending a portion of CMC Section 2.15.080 Appointment of Specially Commissioned Police Officers
 
Ms. Murphy-Olson addressed the Council and reviewed the proposed ordinance.
MAYOR PRO-TEM ABBARNO MOVED, SECONDED BY COUNCILOR  MCGEE, TO APPROVE ON FIRST READING AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF CENTRALIA, WASHINGTON, AMENDING CENTRALIA MUNICIPAL CODE SECTION 2.15.080 ENTITLED APPOINTMENT OF OFFICERS UNDER CHAPTER 2.15 ENTITLED POLICE DEPARTMENT AND REPEALING THOSE SECTIONS IN CONFLICT HEREWITH...motion PASSED...7-0.
 
10. Consideration on first reading of an ordinance amending the 2019-2020 Biennium Budget 
for Summer 2020
 
Mr. Brodersen reviewed the proposed budget amendments with the Council.
 
MAYOR PRO-TEM ABBARNO MOVED, SECONDED BY COUNCILOR MCGEE,  TO APPROVE ON FIRST READING AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF CENTRALIA, WASHINGTON, AMENDING THE 2019 - 2020 BUDGET BY INCREASING THE APPROPRIATIONS IN CERTAIN FUNDS FROM WHAT WAS ANTICIPATED AT THE TIME SAID BUDGET WAS ADOPTED...motion PASSED...7-0.
11. Executive Session to discuss Real Estate pursuant to RCW 42.56.110(1)(b). Expected to last approximately 20 minutes with nothing to report after
 
MAYOR PRO-TEM ABBARNO MOVED, SECONDED BY COUNCILOR MCGEE, TO ADJOURN INTO EXECUTIVE SESSION TO DISCUSS REAL ESTATE PURSUANT TO RCW 42.56.110(1)(B), EXPECTED TO LAST APPROXIMATELY 20 MINUTES WITH NOTHING TO REPORT AFTER...motion PASSED...7-0.
 
The executive session was called to order at 9:33 pm and adjourned at 9:53 pm with nothing to report.
 
Adjournment
 
Mayor Luond adjourned the meeting at 9:53 pm.
 
Submitted By: 
 
 
_________________________________ Deena Bilodeau, City Clerk
Approved By:
 
 
 
______________________________
Sue Luond, Mayor
City of Centralia


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