Welcome to Oakville City Hall

Oakville, Washington USA

May 09, 2011

The May 9, 2011 Council Meeting was called to order at 7:30 P.M. by Mayor Charles Norskog.

Everyone joined in the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.


Mayor Charles Norskog, Councilpersons Richard Hawkins, Thomas Sims, Brian Carsten and John Ruymann answered roll call.  Let the record show that Councilperson Traci Fallow arrived prior to a motion to excuse Councilperson Fallow.


Motion was made by Councilperson Carsten and seconded by Councilperson Ruymann to accept the minutes of the regular meeting of April 11, 2011 as presented.  Motion carried.


Deborah Baker Reciniello, Timberland Library, gave a brief presentation of the different activities the library is doing. 

Attorney Chris Crew spoke to Council regarding his client, Lisa Van Dalsen’s request for the improvement to her building at 104 S Center.  The City’s Building Inspector has been in contact with Ms. Van Dalsen for quite some time in an effort to resolve the present situation and to adhere to the City’s Zoning Codes.


Mayor Norskog has been working out of town the past month and he wished to commend Councilperson Hawkins and Council for their assistance in running city business.

In this month’s Cruiser there is an interesting article regarding “Trashpooling” and the Mayor encouraged everyone to read it.


Councilperson Hawkins stated that at the last Council Meeting, he had asked Dan Thompson to see about contacting someone to brush hog the scotch broom in the cemetery.  Motion was made by Councilperson Hawkins to authorize Dan Thompson to hire someone to brush hog the new cemetery up to a limit of $200.  Seconded by Councilperson Ruymann.   Motion carried.


The City Attorney presented a written report of legal activities as of April 8, 2011 along with a supplement report dated May 9, 2011.

Councilperson Hawkins brought up several matters that Don Terry brought to Council’s attention back in March regarding nuisances i.e. garbage cans out too long, free standing canopies, burn barrels, etc.  After discussion, the Mayor asked to put this on the workshop agenda May 23, 2011.


Lt. Porter distributed copies of the summary of hours for the month of April which was an uneventful month and there have been no significant issues.


Dan Thompson read a written report ending May 9, 2011 outlining the activities for the water, street and park departments.

Under Ordinance 586, establishing the permitting process for special events, Council set out an application filing fee of $50.00.  Motion was made by Councilperson Carsten and seconded by Councilperson Fallow to set the application filing fee at $50.00 by oral resolution to be completed in written form.   Motion carried.  The City Attorney is drafting a resolution to that effect.

The corrections crew is scheduled May 20 and May 27th to prepare the cemetery for Memorial Day.

He gave an update on the basketball court project along with a summary budget as of May 9, 2011.


A written flood authority update was included in the Council’s packets.  After review of the included correspondence relating to the Flood Authority’s Second Amended Interlocal Agreement, the Chehalis Watershed Cooperative Interlocal Agreement, and the memo from the Lewis County’s Prosecuting office, Mayor asked to table the issue at the next workshop for further discussion.


Water Rights Purchase.  Council is not satisfied with the counter offer made April 5th, 2011 by Mrs. Cox.  The Council has authorized the City Attorney to write a letter to Larry Fagerness, Attorney for Mrs. Cox, outlining two possible alternatives, one to accept the City’s original proposal, and the other alternative is for Mrs. Cox to perfect the rights and then purchase 20-acre feet at $2,000 per acre feet.     Motion was made by Councilperson Hawkins to send a letter to Mrs. Cox setting out the two alternatives for her consideration.  Seconded by Councilperson Carsten.   Motion carried.


The City has received a letter from Medical Marijuana Patient’s Services asking for a letter of intent to become a “Licensed dispenser and or producer” of medical marijuana.

There has been no approval given by Council to allow “Licensed Dispensaries and Licensed Producers” in the City of Oakville.

A copy of a letter written by Grays Harbor County Sheriff to Marcus Searls regarding the establishment and operation of marijuana dispensaries was given to the Mayor and Council outlining the enforcing of the requirements of ESSSB 5073 when it becomes effective.

The Mayor is writing a letter to Marcus Searls reiterating that he nor Council have given approval for a medical marijuana dispensary in Oakville.

Discussion regarding annual business licenses will be discussed at the next work shop May 23 2011.

The Board of County Commissioners has written a letter offering their support on behalf of the City for the downtown project when applying for funding through CDBG.


The City Clerk presented Claim Checks #16482 thru #16495 dated 04-22-11 in the amount of $5,601.50.  Claim Checks #16496 thru #16515 dated 05-05-11 in the amount of $17,474.40.  Payroll Checks #11502 thru #11518 dated 04-30-11 in the amount of $13,579.01.  Motion was made by Councilperson Carsten and seconded by Councilperson Fallow to accept the Clerk’s Report as presented.  Motion carried.


Councilpersons Ruymann and Sims both stated they do not condone the medical marijuana dispensary in Oakville.

Meeting adjourned at 8:26 P.M.