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  City Council - Minutes     
Tuesday, November 24, 2020

Mayor Luond called the meeting to order at 7:01 pm.  Due to changes to Phase 3 from 50 people to 10 people and the regulations surrounding in person meetings, this meeting is being held remotely via WebEx.
 
Attendance
 
Present: Mayor Luond, Councilor Abbarno, Councilor Vogt, Councilor Staebler, Councilor Cameron and Councilor Smith Johnston.
 
Absent: Councilor McGee (arrived after approval of agenda).
 
1. Approval of Agenda - As Presented
 
COUNCILOR ABBARNO MOVED, SECONDED BY COUNCILOR VOGT, TO APPROVE THE AGENDA AS PRESENTED...motion PASSED...6-0.
 
Councilor McGee arrived.
 
2. Election of new Mayor Pro-Tem
 
City Clerk Deena Bilodeau reviewed the process with the City Council.  Ms. Bilodeau called for nominations for Mayor Pro-Tem.
 
Councilor Cameron nominated Max Vogt.  Councilor Staebler nominated Kelly Smith Johnston.  There were no other nominations.
 
Ms. Bilodeau called for a vote for those in favor of Max Vogt for Mayor Pro-Tem.  Mayor Luond, Councilor Abbarno, Councilor Cameron and Councilor McGee voted in favor.  With this being a majority, Max Vogt was announced Mayor Pro-Tem.
 
3. Comments by the Public on Non Agenda Items
 
Sarah Brumgartner, LC Public Health and Social Services, addressed the Council and updated them on events and programs.
 
Commissioner Edna Fund addressed the Council and invited them to a Legislative Roundtable on December 11, 2020 at 9:00 am.
 
4. Reports
 
Councilor Smith Johnston - spoke on COVID-19, limiting gatherings and wearing masks.
 
 
Mayor Pro-Tem Vogt - thanked the Council for electing him Mayor Pro-Tem, spoke to his comments regarding supporting the Police protective gear and noted he attended a Solid Waste Advisory meeting.
 
Councilor Staebler - reported she attended a Twin Transit meeting.
 
Councilor Cameron - reported that the Tractor Parade was cancelled and spoke on COVID-19 and being safe.
 
Councilor McGee - had no report.
 
Councilor Abbarno - congratulated Max Vogt on being elected Mayor Pro-Tem and announced his resignation from the City Council effective December 31, 2020.
 
Mayor Luond - thanked Peter Abbarno for all of his support and guidance and congratulated Max Vogt.  She added that the Borst Park lights would begin on December 4, 2020.
 
Emil Pierson - spoke on the Borst Park Lights and a scavenger hunt event in December.
 
Rob Hill - thanked Peter Abbarno for serving the City of Centralia.
 
5. Consent Agenda
a. Voucher Approval - November 27, 2020 #228372-228373, 228439-228580 $1,726,564.27
b. Payroll Approval - November 20, 2020 #136892-136898 and direct deposit #43199-43283 $113,990.00
c. Consideration of meeting minutes for November 10, 2020
d. Consideration of a small works change order # 2 (reduction of $5,410) and final acceptance for the 2020 Tree Removal - new project total $120,650.70  
e. Consideration of amendment #1 to Consultant Agreement for the Water System Plan Update - Extending completion date to December 31, 2021
f. Consideration of bid award-W Summa St and Woodland Ave Feeder Upgrade $116,351.79
 
COUNCILOR ABBARNO MOVED, SECONDED BY COUNCILOR MCGEE, TO APPROVE THE CONSENT AGENDA  ...motion PASSED...7-0.
 
6. Consideration of United Learning Center Umbrella Agreement
 
City Manager Rob Hill addressed the Council and reviewed the Umbrella Agreement.  He noted that it was a visionary document for the partners moving forward and was not a legally binding contract.
COUNCILOR ABBARNO MOVED, SECONDED BY COUNCILOR MCGEE, TO APPROVE THE UNITED LEARNING CENTER UMBRELLA AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE CITY OF CENTRALIA, UNITED WAY OF LEWIS COUNTY, BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB OF LEWIS COUNTY AND DISCOVER CHILDREN'S MUSEUM...motion PASSED...6-0 (Councilor Smith Johnston recused herself due to a potential conflict of interest).
 
7. Consideration of the City of Centralia Strategic Plan
 
Mr. Hill reviewed the plan with the Council.  Councilor Staebler noted she would like to see Green Energy Technology and Arts and Entertainment included. Council discussion followed.
 
COUNCILOR ABBARNO MOVED, SECONDED BY COUNCILOR CAMERON, TO APPROVE THE CITY OF CENTRALIA STRATEGIC PLAN 2021-2025 WITH THE ADDITION OF ART & ENTERTAINMENT COMMUNITY AS AN ECONOMIC DRIVER UNDER ITEM 1...motion PASSED...7-0.
 
8. Consideration on first reading of an ordinance adopting the General Sewer/Facility Plan
 
Public Works Director Kim Ashmore addressed the Council and reviewed the Plan.   Wastewater Department Director Rick Eaton spoke to improvements and project.
 
COUNCILOR ABBARNO MOVED, SECONDED BY COUNCILOR CAMERON, TO APPROVE ON FIRST READING AN ORDINANCE ADOPTING THE GENERAL SEWER PLAN...motion PASSED...7-0.
 
9. Consideration on first reading of an Ordinance amending the 2019-2020 Budget
 
Finance Director Bret Brodersen reviewed the ordinance with the Council.
 
COUNCILOR ABBARNO MOVED, SECONDED BY COUNCILOR CAMERON,  TO APPROVE ON FIRST READING AN ORDINANCE AN ORDINANCE 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.
 
 
10. Consideration on second reading of an Ordinance Finding a Substantial Need for the allowable 1% Property Tax increase  
 
COUNCILOR ABBARNO MOVED, SECONDED BY COUNCILOR MCGEE, TO APPROVE ON SECOND READING AN ORDINANCE FINDING SUBSTANTIAL NEED FOR THE ALLOWABLE 1% INCREASE IN PROPERTY TAX LEVY AND BANKING IT FOR LATER...motion PASSED...6-1 (Councilor Cameron).
 
11. Consideration on second reading of an Ordinance setting the 2020 Property Tax Levy
 
COUNCILOR ABBARNO MOVED, SECONDED BY COUNCILOR MCGEE, TO  APPROVE ON SECOND READING AN ORDINANCE SETTING THE LEVY AMOUNT AT $724,886.34, BANKING THE 1% INCREASE AND ALLOWING FOR FUTURE NEW CONSTRUCTION...motion PASSED...7-0.
                                                                                   
12. Final Public Hearing on the Proposed 2021-2022 Biennial Budget
 
Mayor Luond opened the public hearing at 8:22 pm.  
 
Mayor Luond read written comments from the following citizens noting their opposition to the purchase of protective gear by the Police Department and asked that it be removed from the budget.  Rachelle Peterson, Dominique Delfin, Rebecca Green, Michael Green, Ibrahim Dembelle, Usha Sahadeva-Brooks, Mary Larson, Erik Voie, Natalia Velazquez, Karan Wright, Justice Keeper, Elise Charles, Lujan Rodriquez, Robert Johnson, Riley Dolan, Sarah Brown, Kyle Wheeler, Kieran Dong and Justine Pense.
 
Mary McHale, Centralia, addressed the Council and spoke against the Police protective gear.
 
Council discussion followed.  Chief Denham addressed the Council and spoke to the protective gear and noted that he felt it should be pulled from the budget at this time to allow for more discussion with the City Council and public.
Mayor Luond closed the public hearing at 9:23 pm.
 
 
13. Consideration on second reading of an Ordinance on Proposed  2021-2022 Biennial Budget
 
COUNCILOR ABBARNO MOVED, SECONDED BY COUNCILOR MCGEE, TO APPROVE ON SECOND READING AN ORDINANCE ADOPTING THE 2021-2022 BUDGET FOR THE CITY OF CENTRALIA WITH THE $15,000 FOR POLICE DEPARTMENT PROTECTIVE GEAR BEING PULLED AS REQUESTED BY THE POLICE CHIEF STACY DENHAM...motion PASSED...7-0.
 
Adjournment
 
COUNCILOR ABBARNO MOVED, SECONDED BY COUNCILOR MCGEE, TO ADJOURN THE MEETING AT  9:24 PM...motion PASSED...7-0.
 
 
 
Submitted By:
 
_________________________________
Deena Bilodeau, City Clerk
 
 
Approved By:
 
 
______________________________
Sue Luond, Mayor
City of Centralia


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