Pomeroy Council members are Dennis Gillis, Donna Hunt, James Fuchs, Alesia Ruchert and Kaye Carlson. With Carlson and Gillis absent Tuesday, the council:
LIGHTING PROJECT: Heard report from county engineer Grant Morgan about the downtown lighting project. Poles have arrived and will be installed this week, and Morgan said about $27,000 remains for repairing courthouse sewer pipe, courthouse ADA accessibility, installing an irrigation system for planters and a downtown speaker system. Mayor Miller said he was concerned about the mess downtown and asked Morgan to develop a list of cleanup needed. Council unanimously authorized Miller to sign an agreement with the Garfield County Port District for $2,000 to be used for the project.
WATER STUDY: Heard report that city has received a letter from the state Department of Health indicating the city will receive comments on their water study update within 30 days. The city has received a bid for $3,300 for repairs to Sunnyside reservoir and will wait to review options until comments have been received.
VARIANCE REQUEST: Authorized variance request for Sandy Dixon, who is building a home with setbacks that are shorter in front and back than required in the city’s building codes. The variance will be supervised by the city’s building inspector.
RV CODE: New policy on RVs was tabled until the next council meeting.
PUBLIC COMMENT: Shelly Denton said there is not enough play equipment for toddlers at city parks and asked that the speed limit along Main Street from Thirs Street to Pomeroy Grain Growers be reduced to 25 mph from 35 mph. She also said many street signs are missing. Councilmember Ruchert volunteered to look into grants for play equipment. Kenny Landkammer, public works superintendent, reported he has a list of missing signs, which could cost $4500 to replace. The council decided not to take action on the speed limit issue.