MINUTES OF THE NEWPORT CITY COUNCIL MEETING ON
September 03, 2019

A meeting of the Newport City Council was held on September 03, 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  - Absent
David North Public Works Director  - Absent
Tom Metzger City Attorney  - Absent
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:  

The August law enforcement report was moved to the next meeting.  Councilmember Hein moved to approve the agenda as amended and the minutes from the August 19, 2019 Council Meeting; Councilmember Smith seconded.  Motion carried.

 MAYOR & COUNCIL COMMENTS:

Mayor Sands proclaimed the month of September Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. 

Councilmember Thompson attended the Qlipse’ River Fest at the Kalispel Casino and she stated that the music was great and she felt that it was very well attended for the first year.   

Mayor Sands gave her condolences to the family of past Mayor Dena Opp who passed away recently.  She was the first female Mayor of Newport

AUDIENCE PARTICIPATION:

OLD BUSINESS:    

NEW BUSINESS:

Councilmember Zorica moved to approve South Bench Water Reservoir Project USDA Pay Request No. 17 MWB Draw 11 in the amount of $406,557.88; Councilmember Hein seconded.  Motion carried.

Ray Hanson, Newport Rodeo President gave a recap of the Bull-a-Rama and Rough Stock Event.  He stated that the Rough Stock Event had the most contestants ever on Friday night, however the audience attendance was down.  The audience attendance for the Bull-a-Rama was up.  The Newport Rodeo will be June 26th and 27th next year.

CITY ADMINISTRATOR COMMENTS:

City Administrator Pelleberg spoke about a visioning workshop with the Council to discuss the Downtown Revitalization Project as well as give a rundown of the REDI Grant that was received that will assist in moving forward with building an Industrial Business Park.  The workshop is planned for the next meeting in September on the 16th at 5:00 PM prior to the Council Meeting.   

Mr. Pelleberg also stated that Washington State Department Of Ecology will be coming out to do an inspection of the Wastewater Treatment Plant.  He is working with an engineer on obtaining funding for planning grants to have upgrade plans in place before the big money can be obtained from grant funding for repairs and improvements.   

BILLS & PAYROLL:

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

CLAIMS CHECKS 62960-62986       $24,564.62
CLAIMS EFT 08/29/2019 Run 1-8    $7,584.42
   
PAYROLL EFTS EFTS 862-866 and Dir Dep Run 08/20/2019             

   $51,570.62

ADJOURNMENT:

The meeting was adjourned at 6:26 PM.

Attest:                                                                              By:

Nickole North, MMC, CPFA                                         Shirley Sands

Clerk/Treasurer                                                               Mayor