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  City Council - Minutes     
Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Mayor Luond called the meeting to order at 7:00 pm.  Due to the Governor's regulations surrounding in person meetings, this meeting is being held remotely via WebEx.
 
Attendance
 
Present: Mayor Luond, Mayor Pro-Tem Vogt, Councilor McGee, Councilor Cameron, Councilor Staebler, Councilor Smith Johnston and Councilor Westley.
 
Absent: None.
 
1. Approval of Agenda - As Presented
 
MAYOR PRO-TEM VOGT MOVED, SECONDED BY COUNCILOR CAMERON, TO APPROVE THE AGENDA AS PRESENTED...motion PASSED...7-0.
 
2. Comments by the Public on Non Agenda Items
 
Edna Fund, Centralia, addressed the Council and                    .
 
Commissioner Swope, Lewis County, addressed the Council and gave an update on County issues.
 
3. Presentation
a. Lewis County EDC Update
 
Eric Sonnenberg addressed the Council and gave an update on the Lewis County EDC.
 
4. Reports
 
Councilor Cameron - had no report.
 
Councilor McGee - had no report.
 
Councilor Smith Johnston - thanked the Police Department for setting up Community Meetings, the Street Department for clearing the snow from the streets and the Light Department for keeping the power on.  She spoke on her "Learn, Run, Serve" program.
 
Councilor Staebler - reported she attended the Lewis County Commissioners meeting and a Twin Transit meeting.
 
Councilor Westley - spoke on Black History Month and the upcoming School Levy that will be on the ballot in April.
Mayor Pro-Tem Vogt - spoke on the Police Department Community meetings and body cameras.
 
Mayor Luond - spoke on flooding.
 
Bret Brodersen - updated the Council on the progress of the bonds.
 
Emil Pierson & Kim Ashmore - updated the Council on the roof collapsing on the old Safeway building on Tower Avenue.
 
5. Consent Agenda
a. Voucher Approval -February 23, 2021 #229541-229695 $1,611,275.59
b. Payroll Approval -February 19, 2021 #137033-137037 and direct deposits #43965-44052 $124,715.00
c. Consideration of meeting minutes for February 9, 2021
d. Consideration of change order #2 - reduction of $71,233.47 and final acceptance - 2020 Sanitary Sewer Pipe Bursting - new contract total $1,031,669.14
e. Consideration of change order #2 - reduction of $19,476.00 and final acceptance - Jefferson St Stormwater CIPP - new contract  total $427,174.44
 
MAYOR PRO-TEM VOGT MOVED, SECONDED BY COUNCILOR CAMERON, TO APPROVE THE CONSENT AGENDA  ...motion PASSED...7-0.
 
6. Consideration to amend Section  4.04  Development of the Agenda of the City Council Rules & Procedures
 
The City Council discussed moving their reports to the end of the agenda.
 
COUNCILOR STAEBLER MOVED, SECONDED BY COUNCILOR MCGEE, TO MOVE CITY COUNCIL REPORTS TO THE END OF THE AGENDA...motion FAILED...3-4 (Mayor Luond, Mayor Pro-tem Vogt, Councilor Smith Johnston and Councilor Cameron). 
 
COUNCILOR SMITH JOHNSTON MOVED, SECONDED BY MAYOR PRO-TEM VOGT, TO CHANGE THE CITY COUNCIL REPORT TIME LIMIT TO 2 MINUTES AND THAT IT BE ENFORCED BY THE MAYOR...motion PASSED...7-0.
 
7. Consideration of letter in opposition to WDFW Land purchase
 
City Manager Rob Hill addressed the Council and reviewed the background on the request from the County to sign a letter opposing the TransAlta land purchase by the Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife.  Commissioner Swope spoke to the Council regarding concerns with the land purchase.  Kessina Lee, Cynthia Wilkerson and Brian Calkins spoke on behalf of the Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife. Cody Duncan spoke on behalf of TransAlta.  Diane Dorey spoke on behalf of the Lewis County Assessor's Office.  Jonathan Myers spoke on behalf of the Lewis County Prosecutor's Office.  Councilor Cameron read a letter into the record from Ron Hill in opposition to the land purchase.  After discussion between the City Council, staff  and the speakers from the various involved parties, it was the consensus of the Council to compose a letter of their own regarding this issue.  
 
COUNCILOR STAEBLER MOVED, SECONDED BY COUNCILOR WESTLEY, TO DIRECT STAFF TO DRAFT A LETTER REGARDING WDFW PURCHASING THE TRANSALTA LAND AND TAKE PUBLIC AND CITY INPUT INTO ACCOUNT...motion PASSED...7-0.
 
Adjournment
 
MAYOR PRO-TEM VOGT MOVED, SECONDED BY COUNCILOR CAMERON, TO ADJOURN THE MEETING AT 9:19 PM...motion PASSED...7-0.
 
 
Submitted By:
 
 
_______________________________
Deena Bilodeau, City Clerk
 
Approved By:
 
 
 
______________________________
Sue Luond, Mayor
City of Centralia


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