The November 14th, 2011 regular Council Meeting was called to order by Mayor Charles Norskog at 7:30 P.M.
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. Motion was made by Councilperson Carsten and seconded by Councilperson Hawkins to excuse Councilperson Fallow. Motion carried.
Councilperson Fallow arrived a minute late.
APPROVAL OF MINUTES:
Motion was made by Councilperson Carsten and seconded by Councilperson Fallow to approve the minutes of the regular meeting of October 10, 2011 as written. Motion carried.
2012 Budget and Tax Levy Hearing. Mayor Norskog opened the public hearing at 7:32 P.M. There were no comments from the audience therefore the public hearing was closed at 7:33 P.M.
The final public hearing on the 2012 Budget was set for December 12, 2011 at 7:30 P.M.
Bernard Meile stated that he was expecting comments from the council regarding the negative hours mentioned on Lt. Porter’s last report. Councilperson Carsten brought up the point that there have been several months when more hours were spent and Councilperson Fallow mentioned the yearly average is still above. Mayor Norskog believes this is important and is not something Council will be remiss and allow it to continue to happen on a regular basis.
The City Attorney submitted a written report of legal activities as of November 14, 2011.
Attorney Glenn brought Council up to date regarding the purchase of water rights. Clarification of the initial transfer of water rights was explained. The sum of twenty acre feet plus one-half of the acre feet in excess shall go forward and the contract will have a “right of first refusal” clause regarding the excess of acre feet.
Dan Thompson read a written report of activities for the period from Oct. 11 to Nov. 10, 2011.
Discussion regarding the emergency generator and making sure that it is prepared for emergency.
The backhoe needs the steering arms replaced. Cost for the parts is approximately $600. Motion was made by Councilperson Fallow to have the backhoe repaired up to $750.00. Seconded by Councilperson Carsten. Motion carried.
Chehalis Basin Flood Control Authority Update. The hydraulic modeling on the lower river basin between Grand Mound and the mouth of the Chehalis River project will be completed by February 2012.
The fish study report will be available in December of this year. The Army Corps of Engineers will be doing a Lidar radar fly over on the lower basin during December.
The Early Warning System is complete and on line. An article will be in the Cruiser alerting people of its existence and information on how to access it via the internet and what kind of warning information is available and to prepare the Oakville citizens for flood related emergencies. This information will be on the city’s web site also.
Water Rights Sales Agreement - Tabled for the workshop December 28, 2011.
LeMay Enterprises, Inc. letter dated November 8, 2011 requesting the garbage and recycling rate adjustment effective January 1, 2012 as set out in Resolution #364. Council will review the contract.
Grays Harbor Council of Governments asking for the continuation of membership dues in the amount of $2,100. Motion was made by Councilperson Hawkins and seconded by Councilperson Carsten to fund the dues for 2012 for the Grays Harbor Council of Governments. Motion carried.
Letter from Columbia-Pacific Resource Conservation & Economic Development District (COLPAC) requesting the renewal of the 2012 membership.
Timberland Regional Library District letter of May 31, 2011 requesting a letter of support for a new library and community center. Motion was made by Councilperson Hawkins to give the Timberland Library a letter of support. Seconded by Councilperson Carsten. Motion carried.
2011 Budget Amendments showed to council for review.
Preliminary Budget Council. Councilperson Hawkins asked that this be put on the workshop agenda November 28, 2011 for further review prior to the public hearing.
Teamsters Contract Renewal. This is something the Negotiating Committee will review prior to renewal.
ORDINANCE & RESOLUTIONS:
Ordinance 587, 2012 Tax Levy. Councilperson Hawkins made a motion and Councilperson Carsten seconded to authorize the 1% increase in the regular property tax levy to be collected in the 2012 tax
year. Roll Call vote: Richard Hawkins, yes; Traci Fallow, yes; Thomas Sims, yes; Brian Carsten, yes; and John Ruymann, yes. Motion passed unanimously.
Resolution 377, A Resolution Establishing Policies and Procedures governing the Disposal of Certain Categories of Surplus Properties. Motion was made by Councilperson Carsten and seconded by Councilperson Fallow to adopt Resolution 377. Motion carried.
The City Clerk presented Checks #16682 thru #16697 dated 10-27-11 in the amount of $20,328.87. Checks #16698 thru #16720 dated 11-10-11 in the amount of $17,640.28. Payroll Checks #11596 thru #11611 dated 10-27-11 in the amount of $13,026.09. Motion was made by Councilperson Carsten and seconded by Councilperson Hawkins to accept the Clerk’s report as presented. Motion carried.
To understand the CPI, Dan Glenn stated Council should go on the MRSC.org web site, go to subjects, down to finance, then below that consumer price index section.
Dan Glenn informed the Council that the County has accepted the defense on the Bill Henry claim against the City with the exception of the Atoch matter. CIAW is handling the Atoch aspect of the claim.
Meeting adjourned at 8:20 P.M.