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June 11, 2018

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CITY OF SOUTH BEND - COUNCIL MEETING - June 11, 2018

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1-2. CALL TO ORDER AND PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

The council meeting was called to order by Mayor Struck at 5:30 pm followed by the Pledge of Allegiance. Members present: Councilor Buchanan, Councilor Neve, Councilor Davis, Councilor Little, Police Chief Eastham, City Supervisor Houk. Clerk/Treasurer Roberts and Councilor Williams were absent.

3. APPROVAL OF AGENDA, CONSENT AGENDA, AND APPROVAL OF MINUTES

A motion was made by Councilor Neve to approve the Agenda, Consent Agenda and the minutes of the May 30, 2018 regular meeting. The motion was seconded by Councilor Davis.

During discussion Councilor Buchanan asked about the payment to Skid Steer Solutions. City Supervisor Houk advised that it was related to equipment previously purchased.

Councilor Buchanan asked about the payment to Creative Community Solutions. City Supervisor Houk and Mayor Struck advised that it’s an on-going consulting service/resource. Expenses are usually covered by grants and or according to the fee schedule for those seeking permits. Vote: Ayes-5, Noes-0, Absent-1

Vendors – Check #44141 thru Check #44179 - $92,628.95

Payroll - Check #24441 thru Check #24456 - $99,927.98 including Direct Deposit

4. CORRESPONDENCE

None

5. LETTER OF SUPPORT – NEW PACIFIC HARDWOODS

Mayor Struck explained that this allows her to write a letter of support to Community Development Block Grant supported by the Port of Willapa Harbor to apply for a grant to request upgrade and revitalize the new Pacific Hardwoods Mill that will benefit South Bend and Raymond with as many as 50 full-time jobs. A motion was made by Councilor Neve allowing Mayor Struck to write a letter of support to request upgrade and revitalize the new Pacific Hardwoods Mill. The motion was seconded by Councilor Davis. Vote: Ayes-5, Noes-0, Absent-1

6. ITEMS FROM THE PUBLIC

Kelsey Hopstead from Road to Resiliency (R2R) is an arm of the Department of Health and have been operating since last August. Their meetings are held the first meeting of every month in the Commissioners Meeting Room. They spoke of their goals to reduce drug use and promote wellness with a program that covers the entire Pacific County. They work closely with the South Bend Police Department who have been instrumental in the recent drug take-back program. The USDA requires law enforcement participation.

R2R also informed that they have a class action program including student’s freshman and above that involves reading actual affidavits of offenses and sentences. It provides a peek into the reality of the consequences of behaviors. The South Bend Police Department were given the Rock Star award for their efforts in this area.

Jessica Verbooman with True North ESD 113 Agency works with South Bend School District and is the Prevention Intervention Treatment Specialist that focuses in the areas of drug and alcohol abuse. Mrs. Verbooman spoke of the importance of the involvement from the South Bend Police Department in the school. She explained that lots of the kids refer to the resource officers by their first name and many kids have a negative reaction to police officers because of experience or perception. These officers get to know the kids and show themselves to be trusted mentors and friends.

Mayor Struck thanked the Police Department for what they do for the community and for coaching a baseball team.

Citizen Linda Buchanan asked what the policy was on fireworks. Police Chief Eastham advised “legal” fireworks are allowed from 10:00 am to 10:00 pm on July 3rd, and from 10:00 am to midnight on July 4th. “Legal” fireworks are those sold within the city limits. Everything else is considered illegal, disorderly conduct and will be ticketed if caught in the act.

7. DEPARTMENT HEAD REPORTS
  • Police Chief Eastham advised in coordination with City Supervisor Houk, that he’s notified 8 people regarding overgrown grass or derelict boats. He explained that he’s received 2 responses back and the rest will receive a letter to be followed with a ticket if no efforts are made in cleaning up. If there is no action, the city will cut the grass which will result on a lien against the property.
  • Police Chief Eastham advised that there was a traffic emphasis this last weekend with graduation. There was a total of 19 hours between 4 officers. They had 65 traffic stops and wrote 25 tickets.
  • Police Chief Eastham recounted how in 2003 the police department went from having 4 officers to 3 due to budget cuts. He informed that it was exhausting time until the 4th officer was approved in 2006.
  • City Supervisor Houk advised that Washington State Department of Transportation is due to begin work on the Highway 101 overlay project on June 18th.
  • Councilor Buchanan asked City Supervisor Houk if the sidewalk alongside the river is part of the plan. He was advised that there might be an amount set aside.
8. MAYOR’S REPORT
  • Mayor Struck thanked Councilor Neve for taking the minutes while Clerk/Treasurer Roberts and Deputy Clerk/Treasurer were out.
  • Mayor Struck advised that she will be attending the Association of Washington Cities conference at the end of the month.
9. COUNCIL COMMENTS
  • Councilor Buchanan was happy to see the Comprehensive Plan on the website. He would like to see more public participation.
  • Councilor Buchanan was happy to listen to Police Chief Eastham’s input regarding police department personnel that cutting without a plan just does not work.
  • Councilor Davis noted that she was disappointed about how the “slush fund” just seemed to disappear without notice. Mayor Struck advised how the city did not replace certain key employees and by putting a Business and Occupation Tax in place. Other cuts have taken place along the way. The revenues are not keeping up with expenses.
  • Councilor Little advised he remembers the 2003 police department cut back and that it was a big mistake that should not be repeated.
10. ADJOURNMENT

The meeting was adjourned at 6:07 PM to meet again at 5:30 PM on Monday, June 25, 2018 for the next regularly scheduled meeting at South Bend City Hall.

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