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Tuesday, November 09, 2010

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

Pledge of Allegiance

Councilor Trent led the flag salute.

Attendance

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

Absent: None.

1. Approval of Agenda - As Presented

MAYOR PRO-TEM CANADAY MOVED, SECONDED BY COUNCILOR FUND, THAT THE CENTRALIA CITY COUNCIL APPROVE THE AGENDA ...

COUNCILOR HENDERSON MOVED, SECONDED BY COUNCILOR COUMBS, TO AMEND THE AGENDA BY TAKING ITEMS 6E AND 6F OFF OF THE CONSENT AGENDA...motion PASSED...7-0.

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

2. Comments by the Public on Non Agenda Items

There were none.

3. Proclamations

a. Celebrating 100 Years of a Women's Right to Vote in Washington State

Mayor Thompson read the proclamation into the record and Lynn Ford accepted it.

4. Presentations

a. Recognition of the CERT graduates - Chief Berg

Mayor Thompson, Police Chief Berg, Fire Chief Walkowski and Carla Penley introduced the CERT graduates and presented them with a certificate.

b. Chehalis Watershed Festival Award Presentation - Kim Ashmore

Janell Spalding, Lee Napier and Kim Ashmore addressed the Council and awarded the City with a trophy and certificate for winning the water taste test at the festival.

c. Friends in Need - Joyce Barnes

Ms. Barnes addressed the Council and awarded the City with the final check from FIN in the amount of $5,795.75 to go towards the outdoor pool.

5. Reports

Rob Hill - reported he attended a FEMA meeting n Lynnwood today.

Emil Pierson - updated the Council on the OPUS project in the Port District.

Councilor Trent - reported he attended the Special Council meeting on the budget.

Councilor Coumbs - reported he has been working on the budget and attended Solid Waste meetings.

Mayor Pro-Tem Canaday - reported she attended transportation meetings, RFA, the Special Council meeting on the budget and flood meetings. She spoke briefly on FIN.

Councilor Fund - reported she attended flood meetings and the CDA Board meeting. She added that on December 11th there will be a 150 birthday celebration of the Borst Home.

Councilor Bates - reported he attended a Twin Transit and CDA Board meeting.

Councilor Henderson - reported that November is Veteran's Family Month and spoke on the strength of our community.

Mayor Thompson - asked that everyone think of the Veteran's this Thursday and thank them for all they do for the Country.

6. Consent Agenda

a. Voucher Approval for November 9, 2010 #109437-109594 #733,786.08

b. Payroll Approval for November 5, 2010 #125429 -125512 and direct deposits

#13644 -13791$1,041,535.17

c. Approval of meeting minutes for October 26, 2010

d. Notification of Claim for Damages 1)Tom Elam $1,051.23

e. Approval of Memorandum of Understanding -School Resource Officer

f. Approval of Contract with US Department of Agriculture and Wildlife

g. Approval of Bid Award - May St Substation Power Transformer

h. Approval of Change Orders #2, 3, & 4-Turbine #1 & #3 Generator

COUNCILOR BATES MOVED, SECONDED BY COUNCILOR COUMBS, TO APPROVE THE CONSENT AGENDA...motion PASSED...7-0.

6e. Approval of Memorandum of Understanding - School Resource Officer

MAYOR PRO-TEM CANADAY MOVED, SECONDED BY COUNCILOR HENDERSON, THAT THE CENTRALIA CITY COUNCIL APPROVE THE MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING BETWEEN THE CITY OF CENTRALIA AND THE CENTRALIA SCHOOL DISTRICT FOR THE IMPLEMENTATION OF A SCHOOL RESOURCE OFFICER AND AUTHORIZE THE CITY MANAGER TO SIGN ON BEHALF OF THE CITY OF CENTRALIA...

Chief Berg reviewed the history of the contract with the Council and requested they extend the contract.

Mayor Thompson called for a vote on the motion...motion PASSED...7-0.

6f. Approval of Contract with US Department of Agriculture and Wildlife

MAYOR PRO-TEM CANADAY MOVED, SECONDED BY COUNCILOR BATES, THAT THE CENTRALIA CITY COUNCIL AWARD THE CONTRACT TO THE UNTIED STATES DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE WILDLIFE SERVICES DIVISION FOR RODENT REMOVAL ON THE SKOOKUMCHUCK LEVEE IN AN AMOUNT NOT TO EXCEED $5,000...

Public Works Director Kahle Jennings reviewed the background of the levee inspection and noted that there was a rodent problem found. After brief Council discussion,

Mayor Thompson called for a vote on the motion...motion PASSED...7-0.

7. Approval of a resolution declaring certain personal property surplus

MAYOR PRO-TEM CANADAY MOVED, SECONDED BY COUNCILOR HENDERSON, THAT THE CENTRALIA CITY COUNCIL APPROVE A RESOLUTION DECLARING CERTAIN PERSONAL PROPERTY TO BE SURPLUS AND AUTHORIZING AND DIRECTING STAFF TO DISPOSED OF SAID PROPERTY FOR THE HIGHEST AND BEST PRICE...

Chief Berg addressed the Council and noted that all but one of these vehicles were forfeited to the Centralia Police Department and the proceeds must be used in the enforcement of the Uniform Controlled Substance Act of the State of Washington.

Mayor Thompson called for a vote on the motion...motion PASSED...7-0.@

8. Approval of a resolution regarding a certified Local Government Grant with the Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation

COUNCILOR FUND MOVED, SECONDED BY COUNCILOR COUMBS, THAT THE CENTRALIA CITY COUNCIL APPROVE A RESOLUTION DESIGNATING AN APPLICANT'S AGENT FOR THE UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF ARCHAEOLOGY AND HISTORIC PRESERVATION GRANT PROGRAM...

Mr. Pierson addressed the Council and gave the background on the grant that was being recommended for approval by the Historic Preservation Commission. He noted that it was the recommendation of staff to deny the resolution and not accept the grant for a variety of reasons pertaining to the amount of the grant not being enough money to the lack of City Staff time available to monitor and administer the grant.

Roy Madsen, Historic Preservation Commission, addressed the Council and spoke in favor of the grant.

Daniel LaPlant, Historic Preservation Commission, addressed the Council and spoke in favor of the grant.

Mr. Hill addressed the Council and spoke on behalf of why the City was not in favor of accepting the grant, adding there were a number of "unknowns". He noted that he would like to have a meeting with Dr. Brooks to discuss the grant contract further. Council discussion followed.

City Clerk Deena Bilodeau read an e-mail into the record from Judee Smith of Timeless Treasurers opposing the acceptance of the grant.

Steve Kories, Historic Preservation Commission, addressed the Council and spoke in favor of accepting the grant.

Michelle Moline, Centralia, addressed the council and spoke in favor of the grant.

Lucy Page, Historic Preservation Commission, addressed the Council and spoke in favor of accepting the grant.

COUNCILOR COUMBS MOVED, SECONDED BY COUNCILOR FUND, TO AMEND THE MOTION TO INCLUDE HAVING THE CITY MANAGER CONTACT THE STATE AND ASSURE THAT $13,000 IS REASONABLE PRIOR TO ACCEPTING...

MAYOR PRO-TEM CANADAY MOVED, SECONDED BY COUNCILOR HENDERSON, MOVED TO TABLE THE MOTION TO THE NOVEMBER 23, 2010 CITY COUNCIL MEETING...motion FAILED...3-4 (Councilor Trent, Councilor Fund, Councilor Bates and Councilor Coumbs).

Mayor Thompson called for a vote on the amendment...motion FAILED...0-7.

Mayor Thompson called for a vote on the main motion...motion FAILED...0-7.

COUNCILOR BATES MOVED, SECONDED BY COUNCILOR FUND, THAT THE CENTRALIA CITY COUNCIL AUTHORIZE THE CITY MANAGER AND CITY ATTORNEY TO MEET WITH THE STATE TO WORK OUT THE DETAILS OF THE CONTRACT AND COME BACK TO COUNCIL AT THE NEXT MEETING FOR APPROVAL...motion PASSED...5-2 (Councilor Trent and Councilor Henderson).

Mayor Thompson called for a recess at 9:27pm. Mayor Thompson called the meeting back to order at 9:36 pm.

9. Public hearing on General Fund revenue sources, including consideration of possible

increases in property tax revenues

Mayor Thompson opened the public hearing at 9:36 pm.

Finance Director Brad Ford addressed the Council and audience and reviewed the proposed budget General Fund revenue sources, including cash balances, taxes, licenses and permits, intergovernmental, charges for services, fines and forfeitures, interest and miscellaneous. Mr. Ford reviewed the proposed 2011 property tax issues, including the allowable one percent increase of the regular property taxes and the fact that the City will not be levying the Emergency Medical Services property taxes per the agreement with Riverside fire Authority.

There was not public comment. Council discussion followed as to whether or not the Council should take the one percent increase.

Mayor Thompson closed the public hearing at 9:58 pm.

10. Approval on first reading of an ordinance authorizing an increase in the Regular Property

Tax Levy

COUNCILOR HENDERSON MOVED, SECONDED BY COUNCILOR COUMBS, THAT THE CENTRALIA CITY COUNCIL APPROVE ON FIRST READING AN ORDINANCE AUTHORIZING AN INCREASE IN THE CITY OF CENTRALIA REGULAR PROPERTY TAX LEVY FROM WHAT WAS LEVIED THE PREVIOUS YEAR...motion PASSED...6-1 (Councilor Trent).@

11. Approval on first reading of an ordinance authorizing no change in the Emergency Medical

Services Property Tax Levy

MAYOR PRO-TEM CANADAY MOVED, SECONDED BY COUNCILOR TRENT, THAT THE CENTRALIA CITY COUNCIL APPROVE ON FIRST READING AN ORDINANCE AUTHORIZING NO CHANGE IN THE CITY OF CENTRALIA'S EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES PROPERTY TAX LEVY FROM WHAT WAS LEVIED THE PREVIOUS YEAR...motion PASSED...7-0.

12. Approval of first reading of an ordinance fixing the amount to be raised by Property Taxes

COUNCILOR COUMBS MOVED, SECONDED BY COUNCILOR FUND, THAT THE CENTRALIA CITY COUNCIL APPROVE ON FIRST READING AN ORDINANCE FIXING THE AMOUNT TO BE RAISED BY PROPERTY TAXES FOR THE 2011 BUDGET YEAR...motion PASSED...6-1 (Councilor Trent).

13. Approval on first reading of an ordinance approving the 2011 Budget

MAYOR PRO-TEM CANADAY MOVED, SECONDED BY COUNCILOR COUMBS, THAT THE CENTRALIA CITY COUNCIL APPROVE ON FIRST READING AN ORDINANCE ADOPTING THE BUDGET OF THE CITY OF CENTRALIA, WASHINGTON, FOR THE YEAR 2011, AND PROVIDING FOR THE EFFECTIVE DATER HEREOF...

Mr. Hill presented the City of Centralia 2011 Budget to the Council and audience. Mr. Ford reviewed the budget and budget process deadlines.

Councilor Henderson noted that he had issues with the Enterprise Fund portion of the budget. He would like to see no new vehicles purchased and the rain garden project and the purchase of Fin the fish cut. He added he was against the elimination of the City Managers Administrative Assistant, had questions with the indoor pool costs and would like to donate his salary towards the flower baskets.

Councilor Bates noted that he was against the elimination of the Administrative Assistant as well and would like to see the budget address flooding at some point.

Councilor Fund noted that she felt that Mr. Hill would not be eliminating his assistant unless he felt it was necessary. In response to her question as to losing funding for RSVP and who will handle the work they did, Mr. Pierson stated that it will be handled in house by his department.

Mayor Pro-Tem Canaday agreed with Councilor Fund on the City Manager's assistant and added that she would like to see the Prosecuting Attorney's contract looked into for possible cuts.

Councilor Coumbs noted that the budget was a working document. He added that the Park's Department was going to need more help and that possibly the City Council could take a cut.

Councilor Trent noted this budget was a step in the right direction, however, he felt it was not a balanced budget. He added that he too felt the rain garden and the fish needed to be cut.

Councilor Bates noted that he felt it was the City council's responsibility to equip the City Manager with and assistant to help him do the job well.

Mayor Thompson stated that it was the City Manager's decision to cut his assistant.

Mr Hill noted that he was not worried with himself in the elimination of the Administrative Assistant position, however, the community my suffer as some of the duties that position did will not be done anymore.

COUNCILOR HENDERSON MOVED TO ADD BACK IN THE ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT TO THE BUDGET AND ELIMINATE THE RAIN GARDEN AND THE FISH FROM THE BUDGET...motion DIED for a lack of a second.

Michelle Moline, Centralia, addressed the Council and asked questions relating to the Electric Revenue Fund, services and events, impacts due to hotel closures and the bond on the Streetscape Program. She added that the CDA was looking into fundraising for flower baskets. Mr. Ford answered all of Ms. Moline's questions.

Joyce Barnes, Centralia, addressed the Council and asked that the Council give credit to the City Manager for doing the necessary cuts needed. She added that the City, in her opinion, was overloaded with expenses due to employees.

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

Adjournment

MAYOR PRO-TEM CANADAY MOVED, SECONDED BY COUNCILOR TRENT, TO ADJOURN THE MEETING AT 11:05 PM ...motion PASSED...7-0. @

Submitted By:

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Deena Bilodeau, CMC City Clerk

Approved By:

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Harlan Thompson, Mayor

City of Centralia



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