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CITY OF SOUTH BEND - COUNCIL MEETING - March 28, 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 Williams, Councilor Neve, Councilor Webber, Councilor Hall, Police Chief Eastham, City Supervisor Houk, and Clerk/Treasurer Roberts. Councilor Olsen was 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 March 14, 2016 regular meeting. The motion was seconded by Councilor Webber. Vote: Ayes-4, Noes-0, Absent-1

Vendors – Check #41867 thru Check #41893 - $54,759.65

4. CORRESPONDENCE

None

5. ITEMS FROM THE PUBLIC

Citizen Greg Hinz was in attendance to see if the city had any additional information regarding his request to pursue a startup grant from the Cheney Foundation to establish a Sports Complex at Cheney (Community) Park. Mayor Struck advised Mr. Hinz that the city had not looked into the project. Councilor Neve mentioned that her only concern was the city’s liability. Clerk/Treasurer Roberts agreed to contact the Association of Washington Cities to see what the city’s liability would be.

6. DEPARTMENT HEAD REPORTS
  • Police Chief Eastham announced that his department had received a $17,000 grant from United State Department of Agriculture-Rural Development (USDA RD) for a new police car. This will cover approximately ½ of the cost of the car and is the fourth or fifth grant that his department has received over the years from USDA RD for a car.
  • Police Chief Eastham gave the council a brief overview of the happenings in his department since the March 14th council meeting.
  • City Supervisor Houk reported that he has been in contact with Gray & Osborne, Inc. (G & O). regarding the trenches on Central Avenue. G & O have been in contact with the contractor, NOVA Contracting, Inc. and the issues will be addressed, but no timeline has been established yet. Councilor Neve asked if April was still in line for resuming the Central Avenue project and she was advised yes, but City Supervisor Houk advised her that he did not have a specific date in April.
7. MAYOR’S REPORT

None

8. COUNCIL COMMENTS
  • Councilor Hall asked if there was a timeline when E. First Street between Jackson Street and Monroe Street would switch to one-way. City Supervisor Houk explained that the proposal has been submitted to G & O so their traffic engineer could look at it. The city is currently waiting for their response.
  • Councilor Webber ask Police Chief Eastham when the new coffee stand would be opening and he advised her that the planned opening date is April 10th.
9. ADJOURNMENT

The meeting was adjourned at 5:36 PM to meet again at 5:30 PM on Monday, April 11, 2016 for the next regularly scheduled meeting at South Bend City Hall.