May 06, 2019

A meeting of the Newport City Council was held on May 06, 2019 at 6:00 PM in Council Chambers, City Hall, 200 S. Washington Avenue, Newport, Washington, with the following present:

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

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 Campbell’s absence; Councilmember Thompson seconded.  Motion carried. 


The Pend Oreille County Library District Annual Update was tabled to the next meeting and City Administrator Comments was added under Staff Comments.  Councilmember Hein moved to approve the agenda as amended and the minutes from the April 15, 2019 Council Meeting; Councilmember Thompson seconded.  Motion carried.



Mayor Sands reminded the Council that Candidate Filing Week is May 13-17th.  Council Position 1,3,4,5 are up for reelection this year.   

Councilmember Zorica complimented the fire districts that responded to a house fire in his neighborhood. 


Councilmember Zorica moved to approve South Bench Water Reservoir Project Pay Request #13 Mountain West Bank Draw #7 in the amount of $473,390.34; Councilmember Smith seconded.  Motion carried.

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


Police Chief Duxbury gave a law enforcement update.  There were 192 calls for service in the City of Newport in April 2019.  He stated that the good news is there was only one theft, one vehicle prowl and no burglaries.

Public Works Director North gave a public works update.  He stated that there will be a sanitary survey in July.  The Wastewater Treatment Plant lift stations continue to have issues.

City Administrator Pelleberg will be working on a Pavement Management Plan that will be completed in 2019.  He is anxious to try a new pavement repair to see how it works.  Mr. Pelleberg has been working on a South Bench development  with many property owners interested.  He is excited about several businesses coming to Newport.  The fire departments that responded to the house fire in Newport were thanked.  He has spoke with Mary from Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) to see if the crosswalks could be painted before August due to safety issues.  She told him that the state only has two employees for the whole region that paints these and they will get them done as soon as possible.  Mr. Pelleberg would like to use thermal plastic tape for crosswalks that the City normally paints.  It is more expensive but will last several years.


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

CLAIMS CHECKS 62709-62745  $98,405.30
CLAIMS 05/02/2019 Run 1-11         $10,286.76
PAYROLL EFTS 814-818 and Dir Dep Run 04/17/2019   



The meeting was adjourned at 6:18 PM.

Attest:                                                                                                  By:

            Nickole North, MMC, CPFA                                                          Shirley Sands

                     Clerk/Treasurer                                                                           Mayor