It's late, but here are the notes from the council meeting two weeks ago.
6 pm Special Meeting:
After agenda was approved, Mayor Pro-tem Huson asked the council to read the questionnaires and answers submitted by the mayoral applicants, then decide how to proceed. He said he, along with Wayne Stebner and Bryan Ficiala had withdrawn their names from consideration. That left Bruce Hopkins, Kim Wheeler and himself. After some discussion, it was decided that the council would read at 6 pm meeting, interview and make decision at 7 pm meeting. The special meeting was adjourned @ about 6:10 pm.
7 pm Regular Meeting.
The agenda and minutes from the previous meeting were approved 5-0.
Staff Reports: No police report. Fire Report: 7 calls in October, Santa will arrive on the fire engine on December 20th, and visit town hall from noon-2 pm.
Rural Metro Service: Council Member Stebner asked them to attend the meeting because they are thinking about stationing ambulance in
John Jabobs from Master Licensing Services gave a presentation. Their mission is to streamline licensing for businesses. The program was mandated by the governor several years ago. The town maintain regulator control. Several months of preplanning are needed before work could begin. The council made motion to allow questions from the public. Former council member Mary Joyce to asked question as did local business owner Lyle Hardin. Don Torbet, who owns Don’s Ruston Market noted that he uses service and it works very well. Since the council supports the concept, Huson will have the town attorney meet with MLS to develop the concept further.
Ordinance 1272 - Supplemental Budget for Engineering Services: Town Attorney Britton noted this was the second reading and public comment was required. No one commented and the ordinance passed 5-0
Resolution 425: contract for engineering services. There were some changes regarding mileage needed, so the clerk and attorney worked on it while the council moved on to other business.
Resolution 436 - Pierce County Fire District Interlocal Agreement for HazMat Services: Stebner noted that this was tabled at the last meeting so they could have Police Chief review it. He had not heard from Chief Resse although Huson was sure she had reviewed it. Stebner wants to hear from her specifically before voting, so the agreement was tabled again.
Resolution 437 - Infectious Waste Agreement: Approved 5-0
Huson explained process the council had set up and asked the applicants answer questions in public that were asked in the questionnaire. Wheeler and Hopkins were brought to seats up front. A brief summary of their qualifications - Wheeler: lots of background, familiar with town operations, direct experience in position, want to bring community back together. Bruce: respect for Transue, loves
After all the questions were reviewed, Hedrick thanked both and applauded the transparent process used to fill the vacancy this time rather than just showing up and voting. Hunt thank Bryan Ficiala for putting name in and then withdrawing to stay in planning commission. The public allowed to ask candidates questions: Jim Wingard: supported Wheeler and wanted to know if
Stebner then moved to appoint
Resolution 425: contract for engineering services was amended as read by attorney and approved 5-0.
Claims & payroll: approved 5-0
Public comments: Lyle Hardin thanked both applicants for applying, thanked the council for open process, thank Bradley for his time as interim mayor. Marla Miller thanked each elected official for what they do. Jim Wingard thanked for Bradley as mayor pro-tem and was concerned about
Mayor time: Huson noted he continued working on shoreline and comprehensive plan updates with the town planner, as well as the Point Ruston shoreline plan, electrical system and LID implementation.
He ended with this note of thanks for the kind comments for his time as mayor pro-tem and “most importantly thanks to the town staff. They are the true backbone of this town. With all the upheavals over the last year, the changes in personality and changes in administration they done their job calmly competently and with professionalism. We would be hard pressed to find better.”
Stebner wants to get the sewers done.
Huson wants to get 2009 budget discussions underway next Monday.
Hedrick was glad to see Mary Joyce at meeting. He thanked Huson for his time as mayor pro-tem time and noted he got a lot accomplished in his time in office.
Albertson was concerned that the proposed 2009 calls for removing $500,000 from surplus property fund to balance budget. He said the council should get copies of all building permits. He felt the street lights need to be repaired for safety of residents – wants something put in front of them to solve it. Huson said there are 3 solutions, tear out, temporary repair or replace fully. The council needs to let mayor know which approach they prefer.
Hunt asked to have a presentation at first meeting in December from the town electrical engineer.
Bruce Hopkins was then sworn in a mayor by the town clerk and the meeting adjourned.