City of Tekoa COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES For November 20, 2017
A budget workshop was held at 6:00 p.m. to go over the 2018 preliminary budget.
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 and Dave Tysz. Kynda Browning, Clerk/Treasurer, was also in attendance. In attendance in the audience were Keith Andersson, Donovan Chase, Matt Korn, Debbie Groom, Bill and Diane Harp, Matt Morkert, Threasa Raines, Josh Sperber and Fred Wagner.
II. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE: Mayor Jaeger asked those present to join him in the Pledge of Allegiance.
III. PROFESSIONAL CONSULTATION: Diane Harp talked about a healthy youth survey the Healthy Tekoa Coalition did and shared the results with those in attendance. She reminded everyone about the Small Business Saturday that will be held this weekend.
Matt Morkert from Century West Engineering was in attendance and said the CDBG contract for $750,000 was sent to the city for the sewer line replacement. We did not get funded for Park Road from TIB this year. He also presented the engineering contract for the CDBG project. We will go out to bid this spring so it can be constructed before harvest.
IV. COMMENTS FROM THE AUDIENCE: Donovan Chase was in attendance to ask permission for Cascade Computing to put a twenty foot tower up inside the fence at the reservoir. In exchange they would give the city free internet service. Roy Schulz said we should put a value on it, so if we didn't have their service any more, we would know the amount to charge them. Roy Schulz made a motion to allow Cascade Computing to put a tower inside the reservoir fence in exchange for free internet service. Alyssa Heagy seconded the motion; all council members voted yes.
Josh Sperber was in attendance and asked about the status of the old city shop. Mayor Jaeger said we will advertise it is available, but we will need a plan from anyone interested in renting it.
V. CORRESPONDENCE: There was none.
VI. OLD BUSINESS:
A. COMMUNITY CENTER: Mayor Jaeger said with the help of the volunteers, it has been gutted. They will put lights in next, and then drywall.
B. TAX LEVY PUBLIC HEARING: Mayor Jaeger opened the tax levy public hearing. Browning explained we have $17,000 banked capacity. Resolution No. 17-05 was presented to the council with a 0% increase. John Giudice made a motion to approve Resolution No. 17-05 as presented. Roy Schulz seconded the motion; all council members voted yes. Mayor Jaeger closed the public hearing.
VII. NEW BUSINESS:
A. COUNCIL ASSIGNMENTS: This will be done when the election is certified.
B. NEW COUNCIL MEMBERS: We will do this at the December meeting.
C. APPROVE COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT BLOCK GRANT CONTRACT FOR SEWER LINE REPLACEMENT: The CDBG contract for $750,000 to replace sewer lines was presented to the council. John Giudice made a motion to approve the contract as presented. Roy Schulz seconded the motion; all council members voted yes.
D. MUSEUM/LIBRARY WEST WALL: Mayor Jaeger explained the back wall on the museum/library is falling down. He will have more information at the December meeting.
E. ANDERSSON BUILDING TIMELINE: Mayor Jaeger said Keith Andersson has until December 9, 2017, to appeal the decision made by the unfit dwelling committee.
F. COMMUNITY MEETING/WASTEWATER PLANT PROPOSAL - January 22, 2017, at the High School Cafeteria: Mayor Jaeger asked the council what time they would like to meet for this community meeting. It was decided to meet at 6:00 p.m. in the high school cafeteria and have our council meeting afterwards in the high school library.
G. STREET LEVY: Mayor Jaeger said he appreciated the fact the street levy passed. He said we will apply for the TIB Park Street grant again next year.
H. BUILDING INSPECTOR: Zach Lanham would like to resign as the building inspector. The council asked for a letter of resignation and to advertise the position.
I. JANUARY/FEBRUARY MEETING DATES: The council would like to have a meeting January 2, 2018, and January 22, 2018. We will set the February meetings next month.
J. SEWER/WATER RATE INCREASE: Mayor Jaeger said we will discuss this after we get information at the community meeting, but he does not think we will have a water rate increase.
K. APPROVE CENTURY WEST ENGINEERS CONTRACT FOR CDBG PROJECT: The contract with Century West Engineering for the CDBG project was presented to the council. The cost is $150,000 for design and construction engineering. Alyssa Heagy made a motion to approve the Century West contract as presented. Carol Sturman seconded the motion; all council members voted yes.
L. ORDINANCE AMENDING COMPENSATION FOR PERSONNEL: Ordinance No. 840 amending compensation for personnel was presented to the council. John Giudice made a motion to approve Ordinance No. 840 as presented. Alyssa Heagy seconded the motion; all council members voted yes.
M. APPROVAL OF CPI RAISE FOR EMPLOYEES: Information showing the CPI was presented to the council. They asked Browning to try to find something showing the rate for this area. After discussion, Roy Schulz made a motion to approve the 3% raise for the employees. Dave Tysz seconded the motion; all council members voted yes.
N. TEKOA SCHOOL WATER BILL REDUCTION FOR LEAK: The council asked the school to give us a letter asking to reduce their bill since they repaired the water leak. Ted Blaszak made a motion to charge them the cost of electricity and chlorine for the leak. Dave Tysz seconded the motion; all council members voted yes. Ted Blaszak presented a Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission Cooperative Agreement for Part of the Iron Horse State Park Trail/John Wayne Pioneer Trail for the City of Tekoa. He explained if they close this part of the trail, they have to get City approval to do it, and he said it opens up another pool of grants. John Giudice said he doesn't see any place where we would be able to tell the state what to do. Ted Blaszak said this would be a signed agreement between the city and the state. The State Parks would bring this to the city first, inside the city. There was discussion. Ted Blaszak made a motion to enter into the cooperative agreement with Washington State parks. Alyssa Heagy seconded the motion; all were in favor, except Carol Sturman abstained from voting.
A. MAYOR’S REPORT: Mayor Jaeger presented the lease agreements to the council. There was discussion about the old city shop. John Giudice asked us to make the lease agreements consistent across the board and asked to have this on the next agenda.
B. CLERK/TREASURER REPORT: Browning didn't have a report.
C. COUNCIL REPORTS: Ted Blaszak said since this is his last city council meeting, he would like to congratulate his opponent and said he enjoyed being on the council.
Alyssa Heagy reported on the places the Neighborhood Watch signs would be placed. She said their meetings are moving to Tuesday at noon.
D. COMMENTS FROM THE AUDIENCE: There were none.
IX. CONSENT AGENDA:
A. APPROVE NOVEMBER 6, 2017, MEETING MINUTES: Ted Blaszak made a motion to approve the minutes as presented. Roy Schulz seconded the motion; all council members voted yes.
B. APPROVE BILLS FOR PAYMENT: Ted Blaszak made a motion to approve payroll checks 13141 through 13152 and EFT payroll checks totaling $8,298.76 and check numbers 13153 through 13172 for $46,264.54 as presented. Roy Schulz seconded the motion; all council members voted yes.
X. ADJOURNMENT: Ted Blaszak made a motion to adjourn the meeting at 8:01 p.m. Roy Schulz seconded the motion; all council members voted yes.
APPROVED: ____________________________________ John Jaeger – Mayor