MINUTES OF THE NEWPORT CITY COUNCIL MEETING ON
January 18, 2019

A meeting of the Newport City Council was held on January 18, 2019 at 8:30 AM in Council Chambers, City Hall, 200 S. Washington Avenue, Newport, Washington, with the following present:

Shirley Sands Mayor
Russ Pellenberg City Administrator
Nickole North Clerk/Treasurer
Mark Duxbury Police Chief
David North Public Works Director
Tom Metzger City Attorney  - Absent
Kenneth Smith Councilmember
Nancy Hawks-Thompson Councilmember
Brad Hein Councilmember
Mark Zorica Councilmember
Keith Campbell Mayor Pro Tem

At 8:30 AM, Mayor Sands called the meeting to order followed by roll call and the pledge of allegiance.   

APPROVAL OF AGENDA & MINUTES:

Councilmember Hein moved to approve the agenda and minutes from the January 07, 2019 Council Meeting; Councilmember Campbell seconded.  Motion carried.

MAYOR & COUNCIL COMMENTS:     

Councilmember Smith moved to retain Councilmember Campbell as the Mayor Pro Tem for 2019; Councilmember Hein seconded.  Motion carried. 

Mayor Sands read a proclamation commemorating City of Newport School Choice Week as January 20-26, 2019. 

The Mayor and Council were reminded to file their PDF’s.   

POLICE CHIEF COMMENTS:  

AUDIENCE PARTICIPATION:

Mandy Walters of the Pend Oreille County Library District stated that they are looking for a new piece of land for a new library building.  The building would be approximately 13,000 sq. ft.  They would prefer it to remain downtown so that it is walkable.  She is requesting a letter of support to send to Senator Short for funding.  They are wanting to move the administrative office into one building, build a 200-person conference room for events and meetings as well as a computer lab.   

NEW BUSINESS:

Councilmember Hein moved to approve Ordinance 2059 annexing certain real property 2-56 W1/2S1/2 of Govt Lot 6, Section 19, Township 31, Range 46, Pend Oreille County Washington (GEO ID 463119060006) to said City, designating the zone of the annexed property, directing modification of the official zoning map and fixing the effective date of annexation; Councilmember Thompson seconded.  Motion carried. 

Councilmember Zorica moved to approve Agreement NP2019-07 with Hunden Strategic Partners, which include professionals from JUB Engineers for the traffic study scope, to perform a hotel/motel feasibility study; Councilmember Smith seconded.  Motion carried.   

Councilmember Campbell moved to approve Agreement NP2019-08 Community Economic Revitalization Board Contract #S18-790A0-148 for the City of Newport CERB Planning Grant for hotel/motel feasibility and traffic study; Councilmember Zorica seconded.  Motion carried.   

Councilmember Thompson moved to approve South Bench Water Reservoir Project Pay Request #9 in the amount of $109,648.30 (MWB Draw #3 for USDA); Councilmember Smith seconded.  Motion carried.

PUBLIC WORKS COMMENTS: 

Public Works Director North gave a public works update. 

CITY ADMINISTRATOR:  

City Administrator Pelleberg stated that he is working on the Rodeo Grounds layout/RV Park.  He has been working with the Newport School District and Adult Softball League to bring the softball fields up to speed.  He is hoping to include the Rodeo Association, Public Utility District, Chamber of Commerce, Newport/Priest River Rotary in the project as well. 

BILLS & PAYROLL:

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

2018 CLAIMS CHECKS 62506,62508-62519          $16,488.75
2018 CLAIMS EFT 01/17/2109 RUN 1-3 $16,493.82
2018 CLAIMS DIRECT PAY 01/17/2019 RUN 1-8 $310.00
2019 CLAIMS CHECKS 62507,62520-62539      $50,414.68
2019 CLAIMS EFT 01/03/2019 Run 1          $2,781.50
2019 CLAIMS DIRECT PAY 01/17/2019 RUN 1-6 $8,220.00
PAYROLL EFTS 771-777: Dir Deposit Run 01/07/2019

  $65,343.81

ADJOURNMENT:

The meeting was adjourned at 9:00 AM.

Attest:                                                                                                  By:

            Nickole North, MMC, CPFA                                                          Shirley Sands

                     Clerk/Treasurer                                                                           Mayor