MINUTES OF THE NEWPORT CITY COUNCIL MEETING ON
July 5, 2017

A meeting of the Newport City Council was held on July 5, 2017 at 6:00 PM in Council Chambers, City Hall, 200 S. Washington Avenue, Newport, Washington, with the following present

Shirley Sands Mayor
Raymond King City Administrator
Nickole North Clerk/Treasurer
Tom Metzger City Attorney
Kenneth Smith Mayor Pro Tem
Nancy Hawks-Thompson Councilmember
Brad Hein Councilmember
Mark Zorica Councilmember
Keith Campbell Councilmember

At 6:00 PM, Mayor Sands called the meeting to order followed by roll call and the pledge of allegiance.

APPROVAL OF AGENDA & MINUTES:

Councilmember Zorica moved to approve the agenda and the minutes from the June 19, 2017 Council Meeting; Councilmember Smith seconded. Motion carried.

MAYOR & COUNCIL COMMENTS:

Mayor Sands stated that we had great weather for the rodeo and the 4th of July. She spoke with some law enforcement officers and they stated that there were just a few minor incidents during rodeo. She also spoke with Rodeo President Ray Hanson and he stated that they had a record year attendance. He will be coming to a meeting soon to give a recap of how the rodeo went.

Mayor Sands reminded everyone that the free concert in the Newport City Park was taking place this coming Sunday. City Attorney Metzger stated that he had reviewed the insurance and endorsement for the event and it was very well done.

Councilmember Zorica complimented the Southeast Newport Improvement Project and stated that they had some nice streets in that area now. He also asked if the City Administrator could pass on to the State of Washington that the median by Mountain West Bank needs repaired. It is crumbling and in need of repair by vehicles hitting it over the years.

Councilmember Thompson mentioned that My Favorite Things is closing and she was sad to see that. City Administrator King stated that he believes the business is doing well but the owner and her husband are ready to retire and do some traveling.

AUDIENCE PARTICIPATION:

OLD BUSINESS:

After much discussion, the Council agreed unanimously to authorize City Administrator King to hire a certified appraiser to obtain a sale price as well as a fast food lease price for the city-owned property located at 230 N. Washington and the property located next to Golden China on State Route 2 in Newport. The Council would like to make a decision with these properties that would provide jobs and sales tax revenue for the City.

NEW BUSINESS:

A public hearing to discuss the City of Newport’s intent to file an application for federal financial assistance with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Rural Development, Rural Utilities Service was opened at 7:14 PM. City Administrator King stated that if the City receives grant funding from the Community Development Block Grant (CBDG) for the water project on the bench a loan would need to be applied for in order to have adequate funds to complete the project. The project includes improvements to the water distribution system including a new reservoir, transmission main and water treatment plant. There was no public comment. The public hearing was closed at 7:16 PM. Councilmember Hein moved to allow Mr. King to apply for a loan from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Rural Development, Rural Utilities Service if the City is awarded a grant from CDBG for the water project on the bench; Councilmember Smith seconded. Motion carried.

Councilmember Campbell moved to approve Agreement NP2017-13 - Fuel Tax Grant Agreement with Washington State Transportation Improvement Board (TIB) in the amount of $34,989 to make emergency repairs to some of the city streets; Councilmember Zorica seconded. Motion carried.

NEW BUSINESS:

Councilmember Smith moved to approve the hotel/motel tax request for the Pend Oreille Valley Relay for Life; Councilmember Hein seconded.

Councilmember Zorica moved to approve the hotel/motel tax request for the 10th Annual Newport Autumn Bloom 5K/10K Fun Run; Councilmember Thompson seconded. The Council agreed that they would like for anyone asking for hotel/motel tax funds to attend the meeting to discuss their event and why they need the funds. In addition they would like for them to attend the meeting after the event to discuss how successful it was or if there were any issues that need to be addressed.

A financial report was provided for the Mayor and Council to review.

CITY ADMINISTRATOR COMMENTS:

City Administrator King gave an update on the Southeast Newport Improvement Project. He stated that the tentative ribbon cutting for this project was July 17th.

Mr. King has been marking streets to get ready for the emergency paving Transportation Improvement Board grant the City received. These repairs must be made by the end of August.

A public works update was given as well.

BILLS & PAYROLL:

Councilmember Hein moved to approve the bills and payroll; Councilmember Zorica seconded. Motion carried.

CLAIMS CHECKS 61347-61367
$4,143.99
CLAIMS EFT 06/30/2017 Run 1-7
$2,067.72
PAYROLL EFTS 582-585 and Dir Dep Run 06/21/2017
$35,228.43

ADJOURNMENT:

The meeting was adjourned at 6:42 PM.

Attest: By:
Nickole North, MMC, CPFA Shirley Sands
Clerk/Treasurer Mayor