MINUTES OF THE NEWPORT CITY COUNCIL MEETING ON
October 1, 2018

A meeting of the Newport City Council was held on October 1, 2018 at 6:00 PM in Council Chambers, City Hall, 200 S. Washington Avenue, Newport, Washington, with the following present:

Shirley Sands Mayor - Absent
Russ Pellenberg City Administrator
Nickole North Clerk/Treasurer
Mark Duxbury Police Chief
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:

City Administrator Comments was added to the agenda.  Councilmember Campbell moved to approve the agenda as amended and the minutes from the September 17, 2018 Council Meeting; Councilmember Smith seconded.  Motion carried.

MAYOR & COUNCIL COMMENTS: 

Mayor Sands reminded everyone that the Downtown Trick or Treat will be taking place on Halloween, October 31st from 3-5 PM.  She will be asking the Newport/Priest River Rotary and the Newport Rodeo Association for donations again this year to help fund the event.  She asked the Council for help as well.   

Mayor Sands also stated that the Association of Washington Cities Regional Meeting will be taking place October 10th in Spokane Valley, WA.  Councilmember Thompson will be attending. 

Councilmember Hein stressed that everyone needs to be civil when attending events such as the Department of Ecology Scoping meeting regarding the Silicon Smelter.  It doesn’t matter whether you are for or against it, at the end of the day we are neighbors and it is important to be civil to one another.  

Councilmember Smith stated that there will be two more SPORT train rides and then it will be over for the year. 

POLICE CHIEF COMMENTS:

Chief Duxbury stated that a new lateral police officer has been hired and will start October 16th.  He will be at the next Council Meeting to be sworn in. 

A law enforcement statistic report was provided for review.  There were 226 calls for service in September 2018. 

PUBLIC WORKS COMMENTS:

Public Works Director North gave an update on street paving repairs.  He will be starting tomorrow on Scott Street and the hospital will be paying for half of the repair.  He and City Administrator Pelleberg will be attending an upcoming School Board Meeting to ask if the school district would consider paying for half of the street repairs on 7th Street due to bus traffic damaging the street.

AUDIENCE PARTICIPATION:

Aaron Adams was present with Boy Scout Troop 630.  They offered to volunteer for any city projects coming up.   

Gretchen Koenig of 429311 SR 20, Newport, WA encouraged the Council to make comments regarding the Department of Ecology Scope comment period.  She believes that the smelter going in should be a high priority for the City of Newport because it will impact the City in her opinion. 

Tracy Morge of 292 Country asked the Council if there was any update to the Washington State Department of Health letter regarding the water project on the south bench.  Clerk/Treasurer North stated that she had checked with the engineer for the water project the last time that she had inquired about this letter and he stated that he would be responding to Department of Health.  Ms. North stated that she would check back with the engineer again and see what the status is. 

CITY ADMINISTRATOR:

City Administrator Pelleberg gave his sincere thanks to the Mayor, Council and Staff, his wife and family and friends for supporting him throughout his illness.  He is excited to be here and has some ideas for the City.  He stated that there will be some changes coming in the next couple of years. 

NEW BUSINESS:

Jenny Smith and Lori Stratton of Newport Hospital and Health Services were present and gave an update on the 2018 Newport Autumn Bloom Run.  They had a record number of attendees with a 32% increase in runners.  173 runners started and finished the race with 3 Bloomsday qualifiers.  The run this year was dedicated to long time resident Danny Woelk who passed away earlier this year.  A huge thanks was given to the Police Chief and his officers for their assistance during the event.  Thanks to all the volunteers that helped with the race as well.  The race was completed by noon. 

Councilmember Smith moved to approve Agreement NP2018-21 to provide hearing examiner services; Councilmember Campbell seconded.  Motion carried. 

OLD BUSINESS:

Clerk/Treasurer North stated that there was one bid on the land sale of city owned land at 230 North Washington and it was far below the minimum bid, so it was rejected.  City Administrator Pelleberg asked that he have a chance to look at revenue possibilities for this land and not to sell it at this time.  The Council agreed to hold off on the sale of this property at this time.

Clerk/Treasurer North stated that she had been working with Gregg Dohrn on the city owned property next to Golden China.  He suggested that a lot line adjustment be done with Golden China instead of a Short Plat.  J.A. Sewell Engineering has completed a new survey of the property and legal description.  There were meetings earlier today with administration and discussions took place regarding this property being a revenue source for the City as well.  City Administrator Pelleberg asked that the sale of this property be put on hold at this time.  The Council agreed to hold off on the sale of this property at this time.   

BILLS & PAYROLL:

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

CLAIMS CHECKS 62262-62289

$14,391.08

CLAIMS EFT 09/27/2018 Run 1-6          $2,113.09
   
PAYROLL EFTS 734-737 & DIR DEP 09/18/2018

  $43,395.51

ADJOURNMENT:

The meeting was adjourned at 6:35 PM.

Attest:                       By:

            Nickole North, MMC, CPFA                                                          Keith Campbell

                     Clerk/Treasurer                                                                       Mayor Pro Tem