MINUTES OF THE NEWPORT CITY COUNCIL MEETING ON
March 04, 2019

A meeting of the Newport City Council was held on March 04, 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  - Absent
Kenneth Smith Councilmember
Nancy Hawks-Thompson Councilmember
Brad Hein Councilmember
Mark Zorica Councilmember - Absent
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 Hein moved to excuse Councilmember Zorica’s absence; Councilmember Campbell seconded.  Motion carried.  Councilmember Campbell announced that he would be out of the area and would be absent at the next Council Meeting.

APPROVAL OF AGENDA & MINUTES:

Councilmember Smith moved to approve the agenda as written and the minutes from the February 19, 2019 Council Meeting; Councilmember Thompson seconded.  Motion carried.

MAYOR & COUNCIL COMMENTS:     

AUDIENCE PARTICIPATION:

Phyllis Kardos of 2843 Scotia Road, Newport, WA was present and discussed her group “Responsible Growth NE Washington”.  She handed out some information and asked to be placed on a future agenda to discuss her group’s concern with the proposed silicon smelter. 

Michael Naylor of 121 N. Stateline Rd, Newport, WA spoke about the possibility of a college being built in Newport and asked if the City would have any interest in being a partner. 

NEW BUSINESS:  

Sue Scobby spoke about Who Let the Girls Out event and her request for hotel/motel tax money to help with advertising the event.  Councilmember Thompson moved to approve the hotel/motel tax request for Who Let the Girls Out; Councilmember Smith seconded.  Motion carried.

Councilmember Hein moved to approve Agreement NP2019-09 Information Technology Services Agreement between City of Newport and Pend Oreille County; Councilmember Campbell seconded.  Motion carried.

Councilmember Campbell moved to approve CERB Feasibility Study Pay Request #1 in the amount of $7,350.00 and Match #1 in the amount of $2,450.00; Councilmember Thompson seconded.  Motion carried.

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

STAFF COMMENTS:

Chief Duxbury gave a law enforcement report.  There were 156 calls for service in February 2019.

CITY ADMINISTRATOR:   

City Administrator Pelleberg stated that Hunden Partners were here last week for a kickoff meeting regarding the feasibility study.  There was great support at the public meeting.  Two hotels were toured with the owners being very supportive and one announced that their hotel was for sale. 

Mr. Pelleberg also spoke of planned improvements at the rodeo grounds as well as snow removal around the City. 

BILLS & PAYROLL:

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

CLAIMS CHECKS 62604-62627      $23,206.88
CLAIMS 02/28/2019 Run 1-8      $2,575.38
   
PAYROLL EFTS 790-794 and Dir Dep Run 02/20/2019

$50,512.00

ADJOURNMENT:

The meeting was adjourned at 6:37 PM.

Attest:                                                                                                  By:

            Nickole North, MMC, CPFA                                                          Shirley Sands

                     Clerk/Treasurer                                                                           Mayor