In the minutes - POMEROY COUNCIL

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Pomeroy City Council members are Dennis Gillis, James Fuchs, Stephanie Newberg and Donna Hunt. One seat is vacant. Mayor is Alan Gould. All council members were present, with Gould present by speaker phone Tuesday:

  • HEARING: Conducted a public hearing on a variance request by Jeremy Maki. Maki wants a variance to the set-back ordinance to build a garage. Dean Watson is opposed to the variance. Later in the meeting the council voted unanimously to approve the variance.

  • REQUEST: Voted to relieve half Phil Rider's water overage for a total of $58.80. Unanimous.

  • PLANNING: Passed resolutions combining city and count planning and zoning, and using the Garfield County building inspector for city inspections. Unanimous for both.

  • BUDGET: Discussed proposed rate increases, with a decision to be made at the December meeting.

  • VACANCY: After considering four applicants for the vacant council position in closed session, voted to appoint G. Paul Miller to replace Michael Akers, who resigned in October. Miller was selected by voice vote, receiving three votes. He will be sworn in at the December meeting.

  • INSURANCE: Voted to deny a retroactive assessment invoice from Cities Insurance Association of Washington for $1,021.94. Unanimous.

  • ATTORNEY: Approved legal rates for 2011, as submitted by Ogden Murphy Wallace. Unanimous.

  • HEARING: Set public hearing to amend the 6-year transportation plan for 1 p.m. Nov. 16 in council chambers. Unanimous.


  • RV PARK FEE: Discussed need to have a fee structure for the construction of a new RV park and a new subdivision. A new fee schedule will be ready to present at the continued meeting Nov. 16.

  • PUMP: City foreman Mike Lockard told the council another sewer pump is needed as backup at the lift station. Estimated cost is $4,000. The pump would automatically come on if the first pump failed.

  • CEMETERY: Learned the lack of a requirement for cement vaults at the cemetery is creating sinking issues and difficulty for funeral homes in lowering caskets into the ground. The cemetery committee is studying the issue.

  • CONTINUANCE: Meeting will be continued at 1 p.m. Nov. 16

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