MINUTES OF THE NEWPORT CITY COUNCIL MEETING ON
January 06, 2020

A meeting of the Newport City Council was held on January 06, 2020 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
   
Laura McAloon City Attorney
Kenneth Smith Councilmember
Nancy Hawks-Thompson Councilmember - Absent
Christian Meador 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.  Councilmember Smith moved to excuse Councilmember Thompsonís absence; Councilmember Campbell seconded.  Motion carried.  Clerk/Treasurer North swore into office new Councilmember Christian Meador as Council Position No. 3.

APPROVAL OF AGENDA & MINUTES:  

Councilmember Campbell moved to approve the agenda and minutes from the December 16, 2019 Council Meeting; Councilmember Meador seconded.  Motion carried.

MAYOR & COUNCIL COMMENTS: 

Mayor Sands stated that the next Council Meeting will be Tuesday, January 21st at 6:00 PM due to the Martin Luther King Jr. Day Holiday.   

Mayor Sands appointed Kevin Wright to the Planning Commission Position #1 effective immediately with a term expiring 01/02/2025.  This was confirmed by the City Council.

AUDIENCE PARTICIPATION:

OLD BUSINESS:    

NEW BUSINESS:

Councilmember Zorica moved to approve the hotel/motel tax request for the 2020 Veterans Stand Down, including the Moving Vietnam Memorial in the amount of $1,000.00; Councilmember Smith seconded.  Motion carried.   

Councilmember Campbell moved to approve the South Bench Water Project Pay Request #21 in the amount of $174,735.57 replacing Pay Request #20/MWB Draw #14; Councilmember Meador seconded.  Motion carried.   

Councilmember Smith moved to approve Resolution 01062020 declaring certain real property legally described as surplus to the Cityís needs, authorizing a method of disposition and authorizing the City Administrator to proceed with disposition; Councilmember Meador seconded.  Motion carried.   

STAFF COMMENTS:

CITY ADMINISTRATOR:

City Administrator Pelleberg stated that he had met with the Public Works Director regarding snowplowing and are mixing things up a bit with emphasis on sanding around the hills and schools. 

Mr. Pelleberg has submitted a letter to Mr. Willenbrock at the Public Utility District for funding the RV Park.  He is also working with Pend Oreille County on economic development.  He stated that during the AWC Cities Action Conference it is a great time to talk with legislators and get support at the state level.     

Hunden Partners will be meeting with a local party and their finance team to discuss the possibility of a hotel coming to Newport.   

Councilmember Zorica asked if there is a set snow plowing and sanding schedule.  Mr. Pelleberg stated that he will be working with Public Works to get a set route and schedule in place.  Councilmember Zorica asked if emphasis on sanding could take place on the hill coming down to Washington Avenue on 1st Street as well as the intersections around Concept Cable.  He stated that the business corridor is very thankful for the extra efforts on snow removal that the City has made.  He and Councilmember Smith both stated that the snowplow crew was doing an excellent job.   

BILLS & PAYROLL:

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

2019 CLAIMS CHECKS 63228-63251 $161,727.43
2019 CLAIMS EFT 12/30/2019 Run 1-7 $2,801,156.37
2019 CLAIMS DIRECT PAY 12/30/2019 Run 1 $15,660.00
2020 CLAIMS CHECKS 63252-63255 $7,439.40
2020 CLAIMS EFT 12/30/2019 Run 1 742.50
PAYROLL EFTS 910-914; DIRECT DEPOSIT 12/18/2019  $50,457.81

ADJOURNMENT:

The meeting was adjourned at 6:32 PM.

Attest:                                                                By:

Nickole North, MMC, CPFA                           Shirley Sands

Clerk/Treasurer                                                 Mayor