November 6, 2017

A meeting of the Newport City Council was held on November 6, 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 6:05 PM, Mayor Sands called the meeting to order followed by roll call and the pledge of allegiance.


Councilmember Campbell moved to approve the agenda and the minutes from the October 16, 2017 Council Meeting; the continued meeting on October 23, 2017; the continued meeting on October 30, 2017; Councilmember Zorica seconded. Motion carried.


Mayor Sands thanked the Newport/Oldtown Rotary as well as the Newport Rodeo Association for donating money to help purchase supplies for the Downtown Trick-or-Treat. Mayor Sands stated that she was happy to see Pend Oreille County Sheriff staff present and walking through the area.

Councilmember Zorica congratulated the Newport High School football team on making it to state and stated that they will play Zillah Friday.


Nicole Dice of Newport, co-owner of Pend Oreille Paremedics, stated that they are fully operational and in business. She thanked the Mayor for the letter of support. She stated that they participated in the Downtown Trick-or-Treat and Who Let the Girls Out events to introduce themselves.


City Administrator King stated that he has hired a commercial 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 appraiser will also be looking at city owned property on the bench as well as privately owned property for a possible land swap. The appraiser is Stan Mo and he had to have surgery so was delayed. He stated that he will be on it now.

Councilmember Campbell and Councilmember Zorica gave an update on the law enforcement agreement and stated that they met with the County Commissioners today and the City should receive a response back tomorrow. Councilmember Zorica stated that this has been a team effort with himself, Councilmember Campbell and Mayor Sands. He wanted to assure the public that they will make sure that the citizens will be taken care of and it is their goal to do what is in the best interest of the citizens.


Councilmember Campbell was part of a board that reviewed Request for Statement of Qualifications (RSQ) for engineering services for the South Bench Water Reservoir Project. Councilmember Campbell moved to select Century West Engineering as the Engineer for the South Bench Water Reservoir Project; Councilmember Smith seconded. Motion carried.

A law enforcement update was provided for the Mayor and Council to review.

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

A copy of the preliminary 2018 budget was provided for the Mayor and Council to review.


City Administrator King gave an update on the South Bench Water Reservoir Project. Mr. King just attended a building code requirements training in Seattle. The Southeast Newport Street Revitalization Project was ranked #1 in the state for transportation projects. An award was presented to the City at the Infrastructure Assistance Coordinating Council (IACC) Conference in October. Mr. King gave a public works update and explained that the dirt streets have not been plowed yet this year due to the ground not being frozen.


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

CLAIMS CHECKS 61567-61600
CLAIMS EFT 11/03/2017 Run 1-8
PAYROLL EFTS 624-633 and Dir Dep Run 10/16/2017 & 11/01/2017


The meeting was adjourned at 6:26 PM.