Mayor Michael Echanove called the Council Meeting to order at 7: Council members present were: Jeff Snook seconded the motion and the motion carried unanimously. Revenue sources and consideration of possible increase of Property Tax for collection in Mayor opened Public Hearing at 7: Palouse Chapel and Sex Offenders: The mayor stated that councilman McGehee voiced concern about further discussion on the Palouse Chapel without his presents and requested the discussion tabled.
Karen Fealy began discussion by handing out a flyer on an alleged Level II sex offender living in Palouse. Chief Zehm addressed this issue. Kathy Wilson stated that she spoke to the Sheriffs Department and Larry Young and stated her concern about sex offenders in Palouse.
Chief Zehm addressed questions about the internet web site for state registered sex offenders. This site is not updated and it seems to be unclear to the Chief who is actually responsible for keeping the site updated. Chief Zehm explained that for the three levels of sex offenders, only Level III is required to be posted and announced by the media.
Carmen Bolyard was questioning why Level II could not also be posted. Councilman Willmore suggested that the police department post notice of any sex offenders in town. Dave Caudle stated that the sex offender that Larry Young brought to the church a couple of weeks ago was only at the church minutes.
The boys will begin the project this weekend. They will need to talk to Byron Hodges about getting the culvert and gravel. The boys also spoke with John Sell about the type of equipment they would need for this project, he offered his assistance in running the needed equipment.
John recommended a mini excavator and a bob cat. The rental charges are more then the boys originally estimated and requested additional funds from the city. Schorzman complimented the boys on this project and Joyce Beeson asked the name of this project, Shawn said Shadylane Trail. Councilman Dillard seconded the motion and the motion carried unanimously.
Byron Hodges is on vacation this week. Councilman Willmore asked about the repainting of the crosswalks and center lines on Main Street. The Mayor stated that he had just called the state about the center line and discussed with Byron the realignment and repainting of the parking lines. Councilman Willmore also asked about the repainting of the crosswalk on West Alder at Division Street. This question will be passed along to Byron. Councilman Snook asked about the purchase deal with the Railroad.
The Mayor had spoken to Brad Snow and according to Brad the deal is still on, but sitting on his desk. He told the Mayor that he should have it ready to go by the end of the month. Chief Zehm reported that the National Night Out was again a success. The police Department is prepared for the Bike Club next week.
Councilman Sell reported that 7 bids went out for the Public Safety Building. Two came back and were incomplete. Most of the contractors that the bids went to were only able to bid on a shell of the building.
Doug Willcox is rewriting the specs for just the shell and then will send out for the sub contract work separate. No new business was presented. Bev Pearce presented the council with lease agreement from the city attorney, Stephen Bishop. No discussion followed, Bev would make copies of the agreement for council and the item will be put on the agenda for the next meeting. Linda Dillard The mayor presented the committee with a request from a property owner in regards to an alley way that is currently being used as private property and the requested party would like it to be open for alley way use.
Joyce also stated that now is the time to work on levies that will be put on the ballot. Councilman Schorzman requested a committee meeting. John Sell No Report.