Mayor Thomas Sims called the regular Council Meeting of May 11, 2015 to order at 7:30 P.M. Everyone joined in the Pledge of Allegiance.
Council Members John Ruymann, Angelo Cilluffo, Allan Palmerson, and Julie Zehe answered roll call. Motion was made by Councilperson Zehe and seconded by Councilperson Ruymann to excuse Councilperson Fallow. Motion carried.
APPROVAL OF MINUTES:
A motion was made by Councilperson Ruymann with a second by Councilperson Palmerson to accept the regular minutes of April 13, 2015. Motion carried.
PUBLIC HEARING: none
J. Crocker likes the new school signs and hopes to make the area safer with sidewalks and painted lines. She is also concerned with the lack of policing and rise in crime in this town and wishes The City had its own police force again or would find a better policing option that what we currently have.
V. Johnston spoke against the oil trains and wants The City to pass a moratorium on them.
Councilperson Cilluffo said that he did not think The City will stop the trains but we should consider developing an emergency response plan to prepare, should there be an accident.
Mayor Sims said he would get a copy of the moratorium for the council to look at.
J.Strong is a McCleary resident and also spoke out against the oil trains.
MAYOR’S REPORT: none
Port of Grays Harbor presentation was cancelled due to illness, will be rescheduled for next month.
Attorney Dan Glenn submitted a written report to the city council with his legal opinions on the current issues of the city and tonight’s agenda. He encouraged the council to wait on accepting a policing contract until the details are ironed out between the Policing and Jail Services contracts.
A monthly report of hours was submitted to the council and the officer noted that there is an error in the Policing contract on the table, section 7.6 regarding the Jail Services was not intended to be included.
Public Works Director, Dan Thompson updated the council on the projects and work being done around the city in the Water, Streets, Cemetery and Parks departments.
STAFF REPORT: none
Annexation – Council decided to move forward with the next step of the Annexation and will be giving the Notice of Intention to Commence Annexation Proceedings to each of the effected property owners. The property owners will then submit their request to be annexed to The City prior to a public hearing.
GHC Law Enforcement Contract - Motion was made by Councilperson Ruymann to accept the Contract by the GHC Sherriff as long as the details can be ironed out. Attorney Dan Glenn and Councilperson Cilluffo suggested waiting until we get the finished contract to accept it. Councilperson Ruymann rescinded the motion. The contract will be resubmitted at the next meeting with the details between the Policing and Jail Services worked out so that they will work smoothly together.
The City has not heard anything further from the Tribe regarding that Policing option. Tribal Officer Heller was in attendance and said that he would try to find out more information for The City.
CORRESPONDENCE: Response to Atoch Letter
A motion was made by Councilperson Ruymann with a second by Councilperson Cilluffo to accept the bid from Porter House Construction to replace the old handrail going to the upstairs offices. Motion carried. The Water Tank Cleaning bid is held for further review and explanation by Public Works.
ORDINANCES & RESOLUTIONS: none
Clerk-Treasurer Amy Durga, submitted: Checks #18074-18092 dated 04-29-15, in the amount of $5,945.12. Checks #18093-18107 dated 05-07-15, in the amount of $6,053.39. Payroll Checks #12320-12337 dated 04-30-15 in the amount of $12,996.06.
Motion was made by Councilperson Cilluffo and seconded by Councilperson Palmerson to accept the Clerk’s Report as presented for payment of the bills. Motion carried.
Councilperson Ruymann would like to see the truck that is for sale, that is parking near the East City Entrance sign, be taken care of. Councilperson Palmerson would like to get the Police Contract taken care of right away and not wait any longer to make a decision. Councilperson Zehe would like the Stop Signs around town to be in good repair, specifically the one on Newton St. that is broken.
EXECUTIVE SESSIONS: none
At 8:16 Mayor Sims adjourned the meeting.