CITY OF SOUTH BEND - COUNCIL MEETING - February 8, 2016

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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 Olsen, Councilor Williams, Councilor Neve, Councilor Webber, Councilor Hall, Police Chief Eastham, City Supervisor Houk, Assistant Fire Chief Tim McGee and Deputy Clerk/Treasurer Porter.

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 January 25, 2016 regular meeting. The motion was seconded by Councilor Webber. Vote: Ayes-5, Noes-0, Absent-0

Vendors – Check #41738 thru Check #41776 - $200,756.92

Check #41652 thru Check #41694 voided and replaced with Check #41695 thru Check #41737

Payroll – Check #23985 thru Check #24000 - $95,451.71 Including Direct Deposits

4. CORRESPONDENCE

None

5. ITEMS FROM THE PUBLIC

South Bend resident Jan Davis asked about Department Head raises. Mayor Struck advised that it depends on the Union Contract. If the city employee’s get a percentage so does the Department Heads.

6. PERSONAL SERVICES CONTRACT – CHIEF OF POLICE

A motion was made by Councilor Williams to approve Personal Service Contract – Chief of Police. The motion was seconded by Councilor Olsen.

During discussion the councilors asked if Mayor Struck would let them know ahead of time when she was going to be conducting the evaluations on the Department Heads, so the councilors could give their input. Brief discussion followed.
Vote: Ayes-5, Noes-0, Absent-0

7. PERSONAL SERVICES CONTRACT – CLERK/TREASURER

A motion was made by Councilor Hall to approve Personal Service Contract – Clerk/Treasurer. The motion was seconded by Councilor Williams. Vote: Ayes-4, Noes-1 (Neve), Absent-0

8. PERSONAL SERVICES CONTRACT – CITY SUPERVISOR/BUILDING INSPECTOR

Mayor Struck advised the council that this contract has changed. The wage was increasing $24,000 plus 10% of what money comes in from building permits. The City Supervisor/Building Inspector is doing 2 jobs for the price of 1. Vote: Ayes-5, Noes-0, Absent-0

9. DEPARTMENT HEAD REPORTS
  • Council Hall asked Police Chief Eastham about pulling people over while talking or texting on their cell phones. Police Chief Eastham advised that they would give warnings first before a ticket was issued.
  • City Supervisor Houk advised that NOVA was going to be in town Wednesday, February 10, 2016 to do some patch work on 101.
  • City Supervisor Houk advised that they had purchased a new 2016 Chevy Silverado pickup. After selling an old pickup and using left over money from 2006 FEMA storm damage, we only had to pay approximately $5,500.
  • City Supervisor Houk advised that he and Mayor Struck met with Bob Burkle - Department of Fish and Wildlife, Mike Collins – Director of Pacific County and Steve Rogers – Pacific County Commissioner regarding the flooding/drainage issues on 2nd Street and Central. They have a short and long term plan. They will also be talking with Pacific Conservation District regarding salmon restoration project.
  • Councilor Hall asked what was being built at the old Exxon Station site. Police Chief Eastham advised that his wife Carolyn and son Jesse are opening up a drive thru coffee stand.
10. MAYOR’S REPORT

Mayor Struck advised that she went to the City Action Days in Olympia. She advised that the $2,000,000 sewer rate relief was dead in the water. They don’t do debt relief. Legislative Rossetti did advise other avenues that the city could look at for help on other projects. Mayor Struck invited the councilors that wanted to attend next year to do so and advised them to put their thinking caps on to put a list together of any projects they would like to see done in the city. She really enjoyed it.

11. COUNCIL COMMENTS
  • Councilor Hall passed out a handout regarding boat launch fees collected for 2015.
  • Councilor Neve asked how many park surveys have been collected. Mayor Struck advised that we’ve received about 41.
  • Councilor Neve advised at the Newly Elective Officials Conference she attended, be proactive with our legislators.
  • Councilor Williams asked how many yearly boat launch passes are purchased. Councilor Hall advised about 30-40.
  • Councilor Olsen asked how the slide area is on Hwy 101 just past A Street. City Supervisor Houk advised that it is stable.
12. ADJOURNMENT

The meeting was adjourned at 6:20 PM to meet again at 5:30 PM on Monday, February 22, 2016 for the next regularly scheduled meeting at South Bend City Hall.