In the minutes - POMEROY CITY COUNCIL

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Pomeroy City Council members are Dennis Gillis, James Fuchs, Stephanie Newberg, Paul Miller and Donna Hunt. Mayor is Alan Gould. With Hunt absent Tuesday:

  • REPORTS: Hear monthly law enforcement report from Steve Krouse of Garfield County Sheriff's office. Kris Darby, Garfield County fire department and emergency management director presented a semi-annual report.

  • HOUSING AUTHORITY: Alecia Ruchert of Southeast Washington Economic Development Association recommended the city establish a housing authority to attract families to live and work in Pomeroy and to provide affordable housing. Ruchert said she will continue research on the matter.


  • BARKING DOG: A resident told the council he and his neighbors have made several calls to the Sheriff's Office to complain about barking dogs in the 1100 block of Main Street. The barking is continuous night and day, and the dogs are able to leave the yard, the speaker said. Miller said officers can impound the dogs if the problem is not corrected by the owner.


  • PIONEER PLAZA: Gould said the pergola is complete, memory bricks have been placed, and concrete will be poured Thursday. Restroom delivery is expected after Aug. 15 and awnings are ready for installation.


  • COMMENDATION: Learned the state Department of Ecology informed the city by letter that the wastewater treatment plant operations are outstanding.


  • SIDEWALK PROJECT: Learned no bids were submitted for the 10th Street Sidewalk Project. Before selecting a contractor from the city's small works roster, city officials will have to get authorization from the state Transportation Improvement Board to proceed with that option.


  • LIGHTING PROJECT: Voted to sign the standard consultant agreement with Riedesel Engineering of Lewiston for the engineering portion of the Downtown Revitalization Phase III. Vote was three to one with Fuchs voting no.

  • NIGHT OUT: Learned National Night Out is Tuesday, Aug. 2.


  • TRANSIT: Received copies of the Garfield County Transit Development Plan.


  • VARIANCE PROCEDURE: Discussed procedure for hearing variance requests. Variance requests are handled by the Garfield County Board of Adjustment, which is paid approximately $300 each time it meets to consider a request. The county planner also receives a fee. Gould suggested two options for the council to consider. One option would have the city charging $500 for each variance application within the city, which would then be paid to the county. The other option would have the council serving as the hearing board for future variance requests. Council will continue discuss of the matter in August.

  • NUISANCE: Learned new letters are to be mailed Wednesday to property owners having junk vehicles or excessive vegetation on their property.

  • SANITATION: Learned Gary Slaybaugh accepted $6,000 for 1.38 acres surrounding Biehlmeir Springs. The city wants the land for sanitary control. The city will make two payments of $3,000 each in 2011 and 2012 with 5 percent interest. The payments will be made from the water fund.


  • SIGN CODE: Voted to amend the sign code to address electronic signs. The original intent of the ordinance was to prevent distracting flashing/blinking lights that could be interpreted as traffic revisions. Unanimous.

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