CITY OF SOUTH BEND - COUNCIL MEETING - February 13, 2017

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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 Kuiken, Councilor Williams, Councilor Neve, Councilor Hall, City Supervisor Houk, Police Chief Eastham and Clerk/Treasurer Roberts. Councilor Webber was absent. (Excused)

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

Prior to the approval of the agenda Mayor Struck requested an amendment – removing Item #6 – Contract for Boarding Prisoners.

A motion was made by Councilor Neve to approve the amended Agenda, the Consent Agenda and the minutes of the January 23, 2017 regular meeting. The motion was seconded by Councilor Webber. Vote: Ayes-4, Noes-0, Absent-1

Vendors - Check #42730 thru Check #42790 - $103,492.14

Payroll - Check #24200 thru Check #24214 - $87,660.22 Including Direct Deposit

4. CORRESPONDENCE

None

5. INTERGOVERNMENTAL AGREEMENT FOR INTEGRATED SOLID WASTE MANAGEMENT

Mayor Struck requested permission to sign the Intergovernmental Agreement for Integrated Solid Waste Management. A motion was made by Councilor Williams to authorize Mayor Struck to sign the Intergovernmental Agreement for Integrated Solid Waste Management as presented. The motion was seconded by Councilor Neve. Vote: Ayes-4, Noes-0, Absent-1

6. CONTRACT FOR BOARDING PRISONERS

REMOVED FROM AGENDA

7. ITEMS FROM THE PUBLIC

Citizens Daryle & Linda Buchanan (212 S Jackson) representing numerous people in the audience spoke regarding the current immigration issues that are presently front page news. Ms. Buchanan read a prepared statement from Citizen Jan Davis who was out of town and not able to attend the council meeting. “Many of you that know me know that the protection of our citizens in South Bend and Pacific County is very important to me. The recent deportation of Guadalupe in Arizona is in my opinion a warning shot to all undocumented people in the US. This policy will have great negative consequences for Pacific County. South Bend school for instance has a reported 42% Hispanic enrollment. Sure most of those students are American citizens but their parents and grandparents may not...have the documentation to remain in our Country. Those people have been a part of our community, allowed our schools to thrive and our local economy to stay afloat. They are our friends and neighbors and worship next to us. Our new President and most of his administration do not understand or for that matter care about the impact this will have on our small towns. Are we willing to make a stand to protect our friends?”

Ms. Buchanan then asked for the city’s response. Mayor Struck deferred to Police Chief Eastham. Police Chief Eastham who explained that the city has no intention of doing any type of immigration raids. He noted that even if he wanted to, which he doesn’t, he does not have the man power for that type of thing. Councilor Williams mentioned the staggering cost to get citizenship which is a deterrent for many.

Councilor Neve noted that at one time she worked for the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) which is located in Washington DC and she advised that you couldn’t ask for nicer group of attorneys. They would be willing to help anyone who is interested in getting their citizenship.

Citizen Sandy Harris mentioned that currently 30 counties and cities have established themselves as a “Sanctuary City” and was wondering if the city planned to do that. Mayor Struck advised her no, the city would be, but also would not be “rounding up” anyone. Ms. Buchanan suggested that the city consider some type of outreach program were undocumented citizens could talk to someone without concerns about deportation. Police Chief Eastham explained that as soon as Luis Gonzalez graduates from the police academy he plans to have Officer Gonzalez become the Teen Action Coalition (TAC) representative at South Bend Schools. Everyone agreed he would provide a great resource to the students. Mayor Struck noted that if anyone was concerned or worried about the city’s position on immigration they should come and talk to her and Police Chief Eastham. Councilor Williams asked if Police Chief Eastham had ever been notified by Immigration & Custom Enforcement (ICE). Police Chief Eastham explained that yes, sometimes but it depends on the particular situation. Additional discussion ensued.

8. DEPARTMENT HEAD REPORTS
  • Police Chief Eastham announced that Luis Gonzales will be graduating from the police academy on March 22, 2017.
  • City Supervisor Houk explained that the crew has been doing some maintenance at the Light Creek dam for the past week. This work should substantially increase the city’s water storage capacity.
  • City Supervisor Houk reported that the city had a mudslide at Martin Creek on the impoundment access road. Ashley Construction, Inc. will be doing the repairs within the next month.
  • City Supervisor Houk noted that the sewer pump on Harrison Street was recently replaced. Fortunately the city had a new pump on hand. Again, this pump was damaged by baby wipes that are being flushed into the sewer system.
9. MAYOR’S REPORT

Mayor Struck announced that she would be attending the Association of Washington Cities City Action Days in Olympia on February 15 & 16. There are a lot of promising things out there that would be advantageous for the city, but we will have to wait and see if things make it through the “chain”.

10. COUNCIL COMMENTS
  • Councilor Williams thanked everyone for coming in and expressing their concerns about the immigration issue.
  • Councilor Neve also thanked everyone for coming in.
  • Councilor Neve reported that during that day’s monthly chamber meeting is was announced that some new businesses were coming to town, but they couldn’t say yet what or who it would be.
  • Councilor Neve noted that the annual Chamber of Commerce banquet held on February 4th was wonderful and the winners were so surprised. (Citizen of the Year-Larry Bale, Person of the Year-Bobbie Harmer, Business of the Year-Elixir Café and Floral Design, Lifetime Achievement-Gary Dennis).
  • Councilor Hall noted that a new business is going into the old Jolly Rogers expresso stand. Per Police Chief Eastham it will be a bakery/sandwich shop. The person opening it is from Ocean Shores.
  • Councilor Hall asked if there had been an update or what the status of the homeless project on Broadway was (See September 12, 2016 minutes). Mayor Struck explained that she has not. She sent an email to Craig Dublanko 4 or 5 weeks ago, but did not receive a response. City Supervisor Houk noted that he had received a phone call from Adair Homes about two months ago regarding this project.
11. ADJOURNMENT

The meeting was adjourned at 5:57 PM to meet again at 5:30 PM on Monday, February 27, 2017 for the next regularly scheduled meeting at South Bend City Hall.