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Tuesday, May 24, 2011

CITY OF CENTRALIA

RECORD OF COUNCIL PROCEEDINGS

SPECIAL MEETING

Tuesday - May 24, 2011 - 6:30 pm

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Mayor Thompson called the Special Meeting to order at 6:30 pm. In attendance were: Mayor Thompson, Mayor Pro-Tem Canaday, Councilor Bates, Councilor Fund, Councilor Trent, Councilor Henderson, Councilor Coumbs, Rob Hill, Candice Rydalch, Chief Berg and Deena Bilodeau.

1. Executive Session to discuss the Water and Wastewater Labor Contract pursuant to RCW 42.30.140(4)(a). Expected to last approximately 15 minutes.

MAYOR PRO-TEM CANADAY MOVED, SECONDED BY COUNCILOR TRENT, TO ADJOURN TO EXECUTIVE SESSION AT FOR APPROXIMATELY 15 MINUTES TO DISCUSS THE WATER AND WASTEWATER LABOR CONTRACT PURSUANT TO RCW 42.30.140(4)(A)...motion PASSED...7-0.

The Executive Session began at 6:32 pm and ended at 6:47 pm with no action taken at that time. The contract will be taken up at the 7:00 pm regular meeting.

 Submitted By: 

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Deena Bilodeau, City Clerk

Approve By: 

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Harlan Thompson, Mayor

City of Centralia

 

Regular City Council Meeting - May 24, 2011 

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

Pledge of Allegiance

Councilor Coumbs led the flag salute.

Attendance

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

Absent: None.

1. Approval of Agenda - As Presented

MAYOR PRO-TEM CANADAY MOVED, SECONDED BY COUNCILOR COUMBS, TO APPROVE THE AGENDA AS PRESENTED...

COUNCILOR HENDERSON MOVED, SECONDED BY COUNCILOR COUMBS, TO REMOVE ITEMS 5F AND 5G FROM THE CONSENT AGENDA...motion PASSED...7-0.

Mayor Thompson called for a vote on the main motion as amended...motion PASSED...7C0.

2. Presentations

a. Citizens Academy Graduation

Mayor Thompson, Chief Berg and Special Services Officer Carla Penley presented certificates to the graduates of the Citizens¨ Academy.

b. Special Olympics Torch Run

Detective Lee spoke on the Special Olympics Torch Run being held on June 3rd. He spoke on fundraising for the Special Olympics and noted that the money would be used to help families with expenses.

3. Comments by the Public on Non Agenda Items

Harold Hahnenkratt, Centralia, questioned aspects of the Events Center and was advised to set up an appointment with City Manager Rob Hill.

Jim Valley, Chamber, addressed the Council and spoke on the 4th of July Parade. He noted that the theme was "United We Stand" and the Grand Marshall¨s were the Aadland Family.

Neal Kirby, Centralia, addressed the Council and asked for Council support by way of a resolution to change the laws pertaining to timber money for schools.

Dick Larman, Lewis County EDC, addressed the Council and updated them on Economic Development in Lewis County.

Richard Jimenez, Centralia College, addressed the Council and spoke on a fundraiser project he and other college students completed which raised $522 that they are donating to the City for trees.

Judy Bell, Centralia, addressed the Council and spoke on the Seminary Hill Natural Area. She noted that the area is in danger from ivy and stated that there would be an ivy pull once a month for 4 hours.

4. Reports

Councilor Trent - reported he attended the joint meeting with the School District regarding the indoor pool, the Budget Workshop and a PDC meeting. He added that he and his wife welcomed a new son to their family.

Councilor Henderson - reported he attended the Budget Workshop and a Planning Commission meeting. He gave an update on graffiti and spoke on the indoor pool.

Councilor Bates - reported he attended the Budget Workshop, a Twin Transit meeting, CDA meeting and a Flood Authority meeting.

Councilor Fund - reported she attended the Animal Shelter Vaudeville Show at the Fox Theatre, the Town Hall meeting with Congresswoman Herrera-Buetler and a Flood Authority meeting.

Councilor Coumbs - reported he attended the train ride with Dean Dahlin, the Cancer Walk and noted he was working on Summerfest.

Mayor Pro-Tem Canaday - reported she attended the train ride with Dean Dahlin, the Budget Workshop, a Fire Authority meeting, transportation meetings, Keith Blackwell¨s retirement and the Public Works Appreciation event.

Mayor Thompson - reported he attended the train ride with Dean Dahlin, the Cancer Walk and Keith Blackwell¨s retirement.

Emil Pierson - updated the Council on the Events Center progress and thanked the Raymond Leadership class for planting 810 petunias at Washington Park.

Mr. Hill - noted that he was working on naming rights for the sports complex, continuing discussions pertaining to the indoor pool, gave an update on the FEMA Working Group and Wilson Hotel and noted a Goal Setting Workshop will be scheduled for some time in June.

Mayor Thompson called a 10 minute recess at 8:25 pm. The meeting was called back to order at 8:35 pm.

5. Consent Agenda

a. Voucher Approval for May 24, 2011#112004-112168 $1,345,842.25

b. Payroll Approval for May 20, 2011 #126326-126345 and direct deposits #15218-15308 $112,520.00

c. Notification of Claims for Damages 1)Jaime Salazar $432.00

d. Consideration of meeting minutes for May 3 and May 10, 2011

e. Consideration of a Survey Consultant Contract with Foresight Surveying- $11,450 g. Consideration of small works bid award for Evergreen Nursing Home clean up-Scherer Trucking $14,890.20

MAYOR PRO-TEM CANADAY MOVED, SECONDED BY COUNCILOR COUMBS, TO ACCEPT THE CONSENT AGENDA AS PRESENTED...motion PASSED...7-0.

5f. Consideration of a Testing Services Consultant Contract with MTC $16,690

COUNCILOR COUMBS MOVED, SECONDED BY MAYOR PRO-TEM CANADAY, TO APPROVE THE CONTRACT WITH MTC FOR $16,690...

In response to Councilor Henderson¨s question as to what was being tested as a result of this contract, City Engineer Jan Stemkoski stated that all soils compaction testing for about 2.5 miles in addition to the compaction asphalt paving on the overlays and a few miscellaneous items.

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

5h. Consideration of a Consultant Services Contract with GeoEngineers- $150,000

COUNCILOR BATES MOVED, SECONDED BY COUNCILOR COUMBS , TO APPROVE THE CONSULTANT SERVICES CONTRACT WITH GEOENGINEERS FOR $150,000...

In response to Councilor Henderson¨s question as to the specific description of work on the task orders, City Light Director Ed Williams stated that this contract would handle emergencies or special requests from FERC on an as needed basis.

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

6. Consideration of Labor Contract with IBEW Local 77 for Water/Wastewater/Engineering

MAYOR PRO-TEM CANADAY MOVED, SECONDED BY COUNCILOR COUMBS, TO ACCEPT THE 3 YEAR AGREEMENT FOR WITH IBEW LOCAL 77 FOR WATER, WASTEWATER AND ENGINEERING...

Councilor Trent noted he did not agree with going with the CPI for the 2nd and 3rd year or the health contribution percentages and would be voting against the motion. Councilor Henderson noted that there needs to be some solutions and Councilor Fund stated she agreed with both Councilor Trent and Councilor Henderson, however, she would be voting in favor as good faith negotiations occurred on both sides.

Mayor Thompson called for a vote on the motion...motion PASSED...6-1 (Councilor Trent).

7. Consideration to either accept or deny the River Heights annexation petition

COUNCILOR COUMBS MOVED, SECONDED BY COUNCILOR HENDERSON, TO ACCEPT THE RIVER HEIGHTS ANNEXATION PETITION TO START THE PROCESS...

Community Development Director Emil Pierson stated that on May 3, 2011 a petition to annex approximately 35 property owners was submitted by Steve Wohld. He reviewed the details and the process if the Council should choose to move forward. Mr. Wohld addressed the Council and noted that the annexation entailed 47 properties, 35 owners and about 200 acres totaling approximately $10,000,000 in property values. He added that he was not in favor of the staff recommendation of allowing 60 days to elapse for additional signatures. After a brief discussion, it was determined that the 60 day time frame was not included in the original motion and was Council consensus that it not be included.

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

8. Consideration of update to Water System Plan

COUNCILOR COUMBS MOVED, SECONDED BY COUNCILOR FUND , CONSIDER THE UPDATE OF THE WATER SYSTEM PLAN AS PRESENTED...

Public Works Director Kahle Jennings addressed the Council and stated that State regulation require that the water system plan be updated every 6 years. He noted that it was the recommendation of staff to enter into an agreement with HDR to handle the update. Mr. Jennings added that the Department of Health has contacted the City to consider adding in some private well systems areas onto City water. Those areas will add approximately $10,000 to the cost for which grant money will be sought. After brief discussion,

COUNCILOR TRENT MOVED, SECONDED BY COUNCILOR HENDERSON, TO AMEND THE MOTION TO MAKE THE OPTIONAL WATER HOOK UP WORK CONTINGENT UPON FUNDING FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH...motion PASSED...7-0.

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

9. Consideration of an Interlocal Agreement with Lewis County-Vader Water System

COUNCILOR BATES MOVED, SECONDED BY COUNCILOR FUND, TO APPROVE THE INTERLOCAL AGREEMENT WITH LEWIS COUNTY TO PROVIDE BACK UP WATER TREATMENT PLANT OPERATOR FOR VADER...

Mr. Jennings addressed the Council and noted that this was before them at the request of the Lewis County Public Works Department to assist with coverage for due to vacation, illness or emergency. He added that the County would reimburse for actual costs and administrative costs incurred for this service.

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

10. Public hearing related to the surplus of personal property

Mayor Thompson opened the public hearing at 9:17 pm.

Mr. Jennings addressed the Council and stated that the property being surplus tonight was a metal building, wood frame building and a chevy pickup. He added that it was determined that there was not present or future value for the property. After a brief discussion on the wood framed building on Floral Street, Mr. Jennings noted that nothing would be immediately done with that building.

Joyce Barnes, Centralia, questioned what condition the vehicle was in. Mr. Jennings stated that the vehicle was not in working condition.

Mayor Thompson closed the public hearing at 9:23 pm.

11. Consideration of a resolution declaring certain personal property to be surplus

COUNCILOR TRENT MOVED, SECONDED BY COUNCILOR HENDERSON, TO APPROVE THE SURPLUS RESOLUTION AS PRESENTED...motion PASSED...7-0.

12. Consideration of first reading of an ordinance adding a new section to the Centralia Municipal Code 10.46-Fighting in Public

COUNCILOR BATES MOVED, SECONDED BY MAYOR PRO-TEM CANADAY, TO APPROVE FIRST READING OF AN ORDINANCE ADDING A NEW SECTION TO THE CENTRALIA MUNICIPAL CODE 10.46-FIGHTING IN PUBLIC...

Chief Berg reviewed the background and stated that calls associated with tavern/bar owners, after school incidents and neighborhood/family incidents are becoming a problem to charge. He stated that incidents of fighting in public unreasonably disturb the peace, comfort and repose of the public and the police department is in need of a stronger tool to address the problem. Councilor Trent noted he was opposed to this ordinance and felt that if two people wanted to fight each other then it was their right to do so. He felt there were other laws currently in effect for disturbing the public. Brief discussion followed.

Mayor Thompson called for a vote on the motion...motion PASSED...6-1 (Councilor Trent).

13. Consideration of first reading of an ordinance amending the 2011 Budget

COUNCILOR COUMBS MOVED, SECONDED BY COUNCILOR FUND, MOVED TO APPROVE THE ORDINANCE AMENDING THE 2011 BUDGET...

Finance Director Brad Ford addressed the Council and reviewed the proposed budget amendment for the General Fund and Street Department and detailed the revised revenues and expenditures for each. After Council discussion pertaining to structural deficit, the grant pass through, vehicle replacement and streets,

Mayor Thompson called for a vote on the motion...motion PASSED...5-2 (Mayor Pro-Tem Canaday and Councilor Trent).

14. Executive Session to continue the City Manager¨s Evaluation process pursuant to RCW 42.30.110(1)(g). Anticipated to take approximately 30 minutes with no action to be taken after.

COUNCILOR HENDERSON MOVED, SECONDED BY MAYOR PRO-TEM CANADAY, TO GO INTO EXECUTIVE SESSION AFTER A 5 MINUTE RECESS FOR APPROXIMATELY 30 MINUTES TO DISCUSS THE CITY MANAGER¨S EVALUATION...motion PASSED...7-0.

The Executive Session began at 10:06 pm and ended at 10:36 pm with no formal action taken.

Adjournment

Mayor Thompson adjourned the meeting at 10:36 pm. 

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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