MINUTES OF THE NEWPORT CITY COUNCIL MEETING ON
July 1, 2019

A meeting of the Newport City Council was held on July 1, 2019 at 6:00 PM 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 
Kenneth Smith Councilmember
Nancy Hawks-Thompson Councilmember
Brad Hein Councilmember
Mark Zorica Councilmember
Keith Campbell Mayor Pro Tem

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 Campbell moved to approve the agenda and the minutes from the June 17, 2019 Council Meeting; Councilmember Smith seconded.  Motion carried.

AUDIENCE PARTICIPATION:

Troy Falardea of Newport spoke of a Veterans Stand Down event that will take place at the Newport High School on July 27th from 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM.  This is a regional event in support for Veterans.  He asked for City help with volunteering to make the event a success.  They are in need of 10 security volunteers.  There will be a meeting July 19th at 10:00 AM at  the Hospitality House to plan for the event.

MAYOR & COUNCIL COMMENTS:

Mayor Sands thanked City Administrator Russ Pelleberg for helping her broadcast the Newport Rodeo Parade, she stated that it was super fun!

Mayor Sands read a letter from Washington State Department of Ecology stating that the Newport Wastewater Treatment Plant had received the 2018 Outstanding Performance Award.  She congratulated the staff at the Wastewater Treatment Plant and thanked them for their hard work.  The award will be presented to them in the upcoming weeks. 

Councilmember Smith attended the Association of Washington Cities Annual Conference in Spokane.  He stated that it was well attended and a good event.  He also congratulated the Newport Hospital for the grand opening of their facility.

NEW BUSINESS:    

Newport Rodeo President Ray Hanson stated that the 70th Annual Rodeo was well attended.  Attendance was up Friday night and the weather was perfect.  Advance ticket sales were up and they had 70 years of past Rodeo Royalty as the Grand Marshal.  The dance after the rodeo was well attended as well.  Mr. Hanson thanked the City for really helping to make the event great. 

Michelle Nedved of the Newport/Priest River Rotary gave a recap of the Newport Rodeo Festivities in the Park.  She stated that they had a water gun fight instead of the silly string which worked out well and was a lot less messy.  The band was outstanding, and vendors had a record year.  There were no stick horse races this year and they would like to bring that back.  They would also like to bring some events such as car/motorcycle shows that will bring out the older citizens to help support the beer garden. 

A public hearing to discuss a request from Aluvus Co. to vacate a portion of 322 N. Warren Avenue and West Walnut Street (2019-PC4) was reopened after being continued from the previous meeting at 6:25 PM.  City Administrator Pelleberg stated that he checked with the Assessor and the assessed value of Commercial Property in Newport currently is $2.10 Sq. Ft. If the Council charges the applicants for the street vacations this amount it will cost Aluvus Co around $18,000; Alford $14,000; Mexican Restaurant $10,000 and New Health Programs Association around $33,000.  Gary Chantry and Carson Chantry with Aluvus Co. gave a presentation on what they are proposing for the street vacation.  They are working with property owner Everett Alford to come up with a solution that will be beneficial for all of them.  They requested that the hearing be continued to the first meeting in August so that they may work something out and have 100% of the adjoining property owners on board with the street vacation.  They are also talking about making both lots rectangle which would improve the access.  Gary Chantry asked the Council to consider the cost of removing the asphalt to possibly lower their cost to purchase their portion of the street.  He also stated that they are not asking for the alley to be vacated.  City Administrator Pelleberg recommended continuing this hearing as well as the upcoming continued hearing regarding New Health Programs Association request to vacate a portion of Spruce Street and North Spokane Avenue (2019-PC6 & 2109-PC7) until August 5th.   New Health Programs Association was not able to have anyone attend this meeting on their behalf, so they asked for their hearing to be continued.  Councilmember Smith moved to continue both public hearings to August 5th at 6:00 PM; Councilmember Hein seconded.  Motion carried.

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

STAFF COMMENTS:

Police Chief Duxbury thanked the Sheriff’s Office, Public Works Department, City Clerk, PJ from Pend Oreille County and Scott from Newport School District on helping with the Newport Rodeo Parade.  Next year he will get more Officer presence due to some issues with unruly drivers who didn’t want to obey the younger flaggers.  He stated that there were just a few minor issues offsite of the rodeo during the weekend.  He also gave a June law enforcement update and stated that there were 214 calls for service in June. 

Public Works Director North gave a public works update.  He thanked his guys for all the help they provided with the Rodeo.  He stated that they are having a lot of issues with the sewer lift stations and are working on getting two of them back online.  He is getting some paving quotes.  The parks are looking good.  There will be a water inspection in July.  There is a water shortage and conservation notices will be delivered throughout the City.  One well is currently sucking air.  He stated that Wastewater Superintendent Josh Howard and his guys are doing really well at the Wastewater Treatment Plant.

CITY ADMINISTRATOR COMMENTS:

City Administrator Pelleberg gave a shout out to the Public Works Department, City Clerk and Ray Hanson for help with the Newport Rodeo Parade.  He stated it was fun and he thanked the Mayor for inviting him to broadcast.  The South Bench Water Project is moving along, and new water should be online in September if all goes well.  He met with the Growth Management Consultant regarding updating the Urban Growth Area and is also working with Pend Oreille County on this as well.  He also attended the Association of Washington Cities Annual Conference in Spokane along with Councilmember Smith.  He stated that it was awesome, and he really encouraged the rest of the Council to attend.  He has a meeting with Senator Shelly Short and will be requesting money.

BILLS & PAYROLL:

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

CLAIMS CHECKS 62833-62857    $35,435.14
CLAIMS EFT 06/27/2019 Run 1-7 $5,875.78
   
PAYROLL EFTS 838-842 and Dir Dep Run 06/19/2019       

  $49,575.65

ADJOURNMENT:

The meeting was adjourned at 6:52 PM.

Attest:                                                                              By:

Nickole North, MMC, CPFA                                         Shirley Sands

Clerk/Treasurer                                                               Mayor