March 14, 2019

Council present: Mayor Kevin Newland, and Councilmembers Scott Mortimer, Raymond Kelby, Kellie Ribail, Debbie More, and Keith Jensen.
Staff present: Kaci Anderson.

  1. Open Meeting: Mayor Kevin Newland called the meeting to order at 6:02 pm and led the Pledge of Allegiance.
  2. Minutes: Motion made by K. Ribail, seconded by K. Jensen, and carried to approve February 14, 2019, meeting minutes.
  3. Grant County PUD presentation regarding proposed mural: Ryan Holterhoff and Chuck Allen with Grant County PUD thanked the Council for their time and consideration. After a brief explanation of the PUD’s fiber program, they discussed the intent behind possibly having a mural painted in town – to raise awareness of the fiber program within the town of Wilson Creek, outside print media without placing a billboard, banner, etc. They discussed how they came to discover a building owned by a Wilson Creek resident they thought would be a suitable place for a mural. Key points of the project included the desire for the council and mayor to be comfortable with the design, and the goal to partner with the school to include students (with a PUD staff member/graphic artist to supervise), and possibly donate to a school program. Other possible locations were discussed if the proposed location does not work out. Two design options were provided and the council overwhelmingly agreed that the second, more neutral and natural-colored design was preferred over the bright blue and yellow design, due to concerns of maintenance regarding color and sun fading, etc., as the PUD would not be involved in maintenance after the initial project is completed. The Council agreed that the mural as presented would be acceptable in town. Mr. Holterhoff and Mr. Allen thanked the Council for their time and left the meeting at 6:29 pm.
  4. Public Comment: None.
  5. Council Concerns:
    • S. Mortimer discussed vegetation and weed control. Mayor Newland agreed he will look into S. Mortimer’s suggestion of attempting to handle the issues as much in-house as possible, and will seek bids for contractors other than the recently used business. Various products were discussed. S. Mortimer said he will conduct further research and notify the Town so advertisements can be placed if needed.
    • K. Jensen mentioned a stray cat problem. He has personally had to face the issue on his property. He also mentioned an unfriendly dog who is normally fenced in but sometimes manages to escape.
  6. Reports
    • Mayor’s Address
      • Update on Navar Street rehabilitation project: An ad for construction bids was placed in the newspaper with bids scheduled to be opened thereafter.
    • Clerk/Treasurer Report:
      • Motion made by K. Ribail, seconded by D. Moore, and carried to approve the Town’s current fiscal status and to pay the March 2019 bills as follows:
        • February 2019 Bills
          • Payroll checks 10086 – 10096 $1,262.09             
          • A/P checks 10097 – 10107 $4,030.99             
          • EFT payments $291.18             
          • Total $5,584.26
        • Current Account Balances
          • US Bank $110,814.52
          • Grant County $109,547.15
          • Total $220,361.67
        • K. Anderson noted that two checks, numbers 10040 and 10064 in the amount of $22.94 each will also be voided for unattended meetings by councilmembers.
  7. Maintenance Report: None.
  8. Old Business:
    • Continue discussion regarding potential contracted services with Consolidated Disposal: The Council wanted to ensure there is a suitable exit clause in any potential contract with CDSI. K. Anderson noted that the rates as proposed are pre-tax. Mayor Newland said the Town’s rates to customers would increase as CDSI’s rates increase, but would never surpass CDSI’s individual rates. The Council wishes to see the proposed contract next month. A public hearing to further discuss this is scheduled for 5:30 pm on April 11, 2019, just prior to the next regular council meeting.
    • Approval of Lease Agreement for airport property with Fire District 12: The proposed lease agreement was passed around for Council review. Motion made by K. Jensen, seconded by D. Moore, and carried to approve the lease agreement as provided.

      Discussion regarding the history of the ownership of the end of the runway took place. It was mentioned that a lien could be placed on nuisance property regarding weeds, buildings, fire hazard.
  9. New Business: None.
  10. Adjournment: Motion made by K. Ribail, seconded by R. Kelby, and carried to adjourn the meeting at 7:45 pm. The next regular council meeting is Thursday, April 11, 2019, at 6:00 pm.

A PDF of these minutes can be viewed here: 2019-03-14 minutes