City of Tekoa COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES For July 18, 2016
I. CALL TO ORDER: Mayor John Jaeger called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m. Council members present at the meeting were Jaeger, Ted Blaszak, John Giudice, Alyssa Heagy, Roy Schulz, Carol Sturman, David Tysz, and Troy Wilson. Kynda Browning,Clerk/Treasurer, was also in attendance. In attendance in the audience were Matt Morkert, Diane Harp, Dan Hutton, Brett Meyers and other people who did not sign in.
II. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE: Mayor John Jaeger asked those present to join him in the Pledge of Allegiance.
III. PROFESSIONAL CONSULTATION: Matt Morkert was in attendance from Century West Engineering. He presented a contract with Century West for the CDBG Planning Only Grant for the I & I Reduction planning for $32,000. The grant is $24,000.00. Roy Schulz made a motion to approve the contract with Century West Engineering as presented. John Giudice seconded the motion; all council members voted yes. Matt Morkert also talked about the TIB grants that are due in August. The council asked him to write grants for Main Street, the sidewalk on Hwy 274 and to finish the Park Street Road. He will present the applications at the August meeting.
Diane Harp said the library just finished a babysitting class. She said she went to Olympia for the coalition. She did a presentation on a prescription take-back project. Ted Blaszak reported on the public safety committee. He said John Giudice did a training class on crime prevention. He said there will be a national night out at the Tekoa Ambulance on August 2, pulling together the different safety and emergency groups. Alyssa Heagy and he held office hours for input on a one-on-one basis. They had a low turnout but great feedback for short-term and long-term solutions. Some of the ideas discussed were citizen patrol and cameras, a speed sign with a flashing light, a nuisance house suit, and several other ideas. Sheriff Brett Meyers was in attendance and talked about keeping our community safe. He brought a list of the calls for 2016. He also brought more information about medical marijuana. IV. COMMENTS FROM THE AUDIENCE: Dan Hutton was in attendance to talk about the progress for the school purchasing the football field from the city. The mayor said all information the city has will be delivered to the school the next morning, and the council indicated the next step is up to the school.
Fran Martin was in attendance to encourage the council to look at the community and the resources already here to partner with the people we already have for the concerns with the public safety committee. Wendy Bretz talked about a group called Celebrate Recovery. It is a group for recovery from drugs and alcohol, or any other recovery issue. Joannie Disney talked about where she lives and said that she is a different person than the other Disneys. V. CORRESPONDENCE: There was none.
VI. OLD BUSINESS:
A. PUBLIC SAFETY COMMITTEE: This was done during the comments from the audience.
B. CLOSE WARREN STREET DURING SCHOOL HOURS: We received a letter from the school requesting permission to close Warren Street during school hours. Mayor Jaeger said we will continue to allow them to close it during school hours. C. DUANE GROOM RATE OF PAY: Ted Blaszak made a motion to increase Duane Groom’s pay by $4,654.56 per year, pro-rated, effective September 1, 2016, for a total salary of $54,209.76. Roy Schulz seconded the motion; all council members voted yes. D. ANIMAL ORDINANCE: Mayor Jaeger will meet with council members who have a concern about the ordinance.
E. TANNER LOTS FOR SALE: Mayor Jaeger said we will get an appraisal and discuss it at the August meeting.
F. WATER LINE RESPONBILITY: There was discussion, and it was decided to add it to the August agenda. G. PUBLIC HEARING FOR SIX-YEAR TRANSPORTION: Mayor Jaeger opened the public hearing. Troy Wilson read the list of projects that were approved last year. Roy Schulz made a motion to approve the projects listed and approve Resolution No. 16-06 as presented. John Giudice seconded the motion; all council members voted yes. Mayor Jaeger closed the public hearing. H. SPEED SIGN BY RUHL PARK: Stephen Bishop said we can reduce the speed by Ruhl Park to 20 mph. We will talk about it at the next meeting. I. GOLF COURSE LEASE: Mayor Jaeger passed out the updated golf course lease. The city provides water for the club house, and we changed the wording to renew the leases automatically on a yearly basis. We will approve it next month. J. AWC LOSS CONTROL GRANT FOR REST AREA: John Giudice made a motion to approve applying for an AWC Loss Control Grant to purchase and install a security camera at the rest area, up to $5000. Ted Blaszak seconded the motion; all council members voted yes. K. LIST OF PAVED ROADS: Troy Wilson read a list of paved roads, in order of priority, to the council. The list they put together: Line Street to the cemetery, Leslie Street, between Park and Main Streets, Washington Street north of Highway 27. The streets that need to be paved are north Sheridan, Alder, north Crosby, north Ramsey, also, Lebo and Truax Streets. L. FIRE RATING: Ted Blaszak spoke with the person who decides our fire rating. He was told if the fire department does a better job keeping records, the rating could go to a six. VII. NEW BUSINESS: A. BID DESCRIPTION FOR .09 GRANT: Mayor Jaeger said we need to advertise for the remodel of the community center for the .09 grant. The bid will include putting a handicapped ramp and handrail connecting the theatre and the community center, a handicapped restroom and forced air heating system in the community center. Ad alternates will be replacing the paneling with dry wall on the north wall, including insulation and additional outlets, and the second ad alternate will be repairing the ceiling by securing the falling plaster or removing the plaster from the ceiling and insulating it. Contractors must come and do a walk-through before they bid. Sealed bids will be opened at the August council meeting. B. CLARIFICATION OF HOLDAY PAY HOURS: Mayor Jaeger asked the council how many hours each employee will receive for holiday pay. The council clarified it is to be eight hours. C. PUBLIC HEARING FOR STREET LEVY: Roy Schulz made a motion to approve Resolution No. 16-04 asking for a street levy for $50,000 to be on the November 2016 ballot, as presented. Dave Tysz seconded the motion; all council members voted yes. D. NATIONAL NIGHT OUT RESOLUTION: Resolution No. 16-05 was presented for a National Night Out. John Giudice made a motion to approve Resolution No. 16-05 as presented. Dave Tysz seconded the motion; all council members voted yes. E. COHN TRUST - EXECUTIVE SESSION: The council adjourned into executive session at 8:35 to discuss the legalities of the Cohn Trust for 30 minutes. The council re-adjourned into session at 9:05. VIII. REPORTS: A. MAYOR’S REPORT: (Mayor Jaeger) Mayor Jaeger presented RCW 46.55.113 about removing a vehicle with expired registration, etc. The council asked that the code enforcement office tag the vehicles for 90 days. The school sent a letter with a concern about a lot across from the high school that has a hole where the basement was located. They feel it is a possible risk to kids. The Mayor will contact the owner of the property and ask him to secure it. Alyssa Heagy asked about a levy to hire our own police. The council said we would have had to have something prepared for this meeting in order to get it on the ballot. B. COUNCIL REPORTS: Ted Blaszak said they will be opening the high school library and are looking for some volunteers and donations for kids to come and read in the mornings. Ted Blaszak announced that Avista will put out 200 charging stations in the state for electric vehicles. It was announced that Mary Verneer will come to Eclairs Friday at 9:00 a.m. Ted Blaszak talked about the trail. IX. CONSENT AGENDA: A. APPROVE June 6, 2016, MEETING MINUTES: Roy Schulz made a motion to approve the June 6, 2016, meeting minutes as presented. Dave Tysz seconded the motion; all council members voted yes. B. APPROVE BILLS FOR PAYMENT: Roy Schulz made a motion to approve payroll checks 12322, 12323, 12376, 12392 through 12403 and EFT payroll checks totaling $32,623.90; and check numbers 12377 through 12391, and 12404 through 12435 for $44,294.48 as presented. Dave Tysz seconded the motion; all council members voted yes. X. ADJOURNMENT: Roy Schulz made a motion to adjourn the meeting at 10:00 p.m. Dave Tysz seconded the motion; all council members voted yes. APPROVED: ____________________________________ John Jaeger – Mayor ATTEST: ____________________________________ Kynda Browning – Clerk/Treasurer