CITY OF SOUTH BEND - COUNCIL MEETING - April 25, 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, Police Chief Eastham, City Supervisor Houk, and Clerk/Treasurer Roberts. Councilor Olsen and Councilor Hall 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 April 11, 2016 regular meeting. The motion was seconded by Councilor Williams. Vote: Ayes-3, Noes-0, Absent-2

Vendors – Check #41943 thru Check #41970 - $44,344.01

4. CORRESPONDENCE

None

5. PUBLIC HEARING @ 5:31 PM – CDBG GRANT PROGRAM – FLIESS CREEK

Mayor Struck opened the public hearing at 5:31 pm and pointed out that there were Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program handouts in the back of the room in English and Spanish. She also noted that there was a Spanish interpreter present if anyone in the audience needed assistance. The public hearing was part of the requirements for a Community Development Block Grant which the city is pursuing for Fliess Creek. South Bend Citizen and Pacific County Commissioner Steve Rogers applauded the city’s efforts, saying it was a very smart move. There was no additional public in attendance for the hearing and there were no additional comments. The public hearing was closed at 5:32 pm.

6. RESOLUTION #2016-05 – FEE SCHEDULE

City Supervisor Houk briefly pointed out the two new additional fees that were added to the fee schedule.

Councilor Williams made a motion accepting Resolution #2016-05 – Fee Schedule as presented. The motion was seconded by Councilor Webber. Vote: Ayes-3, Noes-0, Absent-2

7. ITEMS FROM THE PUBLIC

None

8. DEPARTMENT HEAD REPORTS
  • Police Chief Eastham gave a brief update of his department’s happenings since the April 11, 2016 council meeting.
  • City Supervisor Houk reported that the crew had jetted the storm drain that runs down the middle of Highway 101. It was jetted from Ferry Street to Coast Seafood and there was a great deal of debris found including LOTS of sediment and broken manhole covers to old coins and trinkets. City Supervisor Houk feels this should greatly help the drainage issues during the rainy season.
  • City Supervisor Houk explained that the crew ditched behind Cheney (Community) Park. They installed a 15” drain pipe which replaced an old 8” culvert which will substantially increase the drainage flow from the South Bend School to Highway 101 during heavy rains.
9. MAYOR’S REPORT
  • Mayor Struck explained that she had received an email from Ed Horvath of Three Rivers Mosquito and Vector Control explaining that he had been down larviciding and had dumped well over 100 buckets of water in various citizens’ yards that were full of mosquito larva. He asked that the city encourage citizens to remove all standing water from their property to help control the mosquito population. Mr. Horvath also advised that he would like to post some signs around town reminding people to dump standing water. He advised he would do the signs at this own expense, include putting them up. The city and council supported his suggestion of signs. Mayor Struck also noted that there had been some concern by citizens about the Zika Virus but she reminded everyone that we have the wrong climate for this type of virus. It requires a tropical environment.
  • Mayor Struck reported that, as required by the Department of Commerce to apply for the Fliess Creek grant, the City of South Bend hired Evergreen Rural Water to conduct an Income Survey of all Water Only (outside the city limits) users which was completed approximately two weeks ago. Those survey results were included with the income results for all others in South Bend with a result of a 51.5% income limit. The low to moderate income limit for a CDBG Grant is 51.0% or higher. Thankfully the city will qualify under the income portion of the CDBG grant.
  • Mayor Struck explained that the city’s insurance company, Association of Washington Cities (AWC), responded to the city’s request regarding Citizen Greg Hinz’s request to pursue a grant for Cheney (Community) Park to create a small sports complex at the park (See March 14 and 28, 2016 Council Minutes). AWC sees no issue with the request, but reminded the city that any “organization” that uses the park for sporting events needs to provide the city with a copy of their liability insurance. The city has contacted Mr. Hinz and told him he had the okay from the city to move forward.
10. COUNCIL COMMENTS
  • Councilor Webber spoke regarding the ongoing investigations that are part of Police Chief Eastham department including rape cases that Councilor Webber has sat through recently as part of her job. Councilor Webber explained that so many people don’t understand how much time – often 100’s of hours – it takes to work these cases and that they are always on going. They require specialized training and they are not easy cases to deal with. They are emotional and terrible and can take a real toll on the officers involved. Councilor Webber explained that she personally doesn’t know how Police Chief Eastham and his department handle these cases with the limited resources they have. Councilor Webber reiterated that the South Bend Police Department does an excellent job!
  • Councilor Neve congratulated Police Chief Eastham on the opening of the new business – Timber Grounds. Police Chief Eastham explained that the business was his wife’s and son Jesse’s, but thanked her.
  • Councilor Williams announced that he would not be at the next council meeting – May 9th.
11. ADJOURNMENT

The meeting was adjourned at 5:46 PM to meet again at 5:30 PM on Monday, May 9, 2016 for the next regularly scheduled meeting at South Bend City Hall.