City of Pomeroy

City Council Regular Council Meeting

September 4, 2018


Mayor Miller called the September 4, 2018, regular City council meeting to order at 7:00 p.m.




A silent roll call was done, and the following were present:


Present:   Mayor Paul Miller and Council members Adam Hodges, James Fuchs, Susie Bowles, James Harris, and Mike Cassetto.


Also present were City Superintendent, Kenny Landkammer, and Clerk/Treasurer Shaun Martin


Absent:  None




1.  Sheriff’s Report:  Sheriff Hyer thanked everyone who attended the National Night Out event last Monday.  He said citizens are being compliant in responding to nuisance ordinance letters.  His office will be advertising for another deputy, and he has hired two dispatchers.  He will be sending out the report for August calls in the near future


2.  Craig Robinson – Request for relief from water overage charges at 170 Fourth Street:  Mr. Robinson asked Council to grant him relief from water overage charges incurred on the June 1, 2018, billing.  Motion made by Harris to grant relief in the sum of $280.80, Cassetto seconded, and the motion passed unanimously.


3.  Don Brigham – Comprehensive Plan Update:  Brigham said that it has already been 10 years since the Comprehensive Plan has been updated.  He mentioned reviewing the urban growth area, reviewing policies, and developing a capital facility projects list. 


4.  Michelle Bly – Projects Update:  Discussion detailed under the Mayor’s Report.




1.  Sixth Street Bridge:

     a.  Project Report:  Epic Land Solutions continues to work with property owners on the right-

         of-way acquisition.  The right-of-way funding has been approved, and plans and specs have

         been submitted to Grant Morgan for comments

     b.  Motion made by Hodges to authorize the Mayor to sign pay request #25 in the amount of

         $36,087.42, Cassetto seconded, and the motion passed unanimously.

     c.  WSDOT – Additional Funding for ROW has been approved.



2.  Sunnyside Pump Station:

     a.   Project Report

     b.   Motion made by Fuchs to authorize the Mayor to sign pay request #8 in the amount of

          $70,673.83, Bowles seconded, and the motion passed unanimously (TD&H

          Engineering=$8,793.40, McClintock & Turk=$61,880.43).


3. Water/Sewer Plan Update:  Pay Request #1 in the amount of $7,358.50 has been received from TD&H, and clerk has requested reimbursement from the Port of Garfield.  Grant Morgan is anticipating having the plan updates available in October.  IACC meets October 24th and 25th, and Bly asked if the City wanted to have a tech team put together to attend this conference for possible funding opportunities on this project.  Mayor, Harris, Hodges, and Cassetto expressed interest in attending this meeting.


Lastly, Michelle has made several applications on behalf of the City for the Complete Streets program.


4.  Relight Washington:  Contract with Pacific Power & Light:  Motion made by Harris to authorize the Mayor to sign the Street Lighting Agreement with Pacific Power & Light in the sum of $46,246.81, Fuchs seconded, and the motion passed unanimously.


5.  Model Business License Ordinance:  The ordinance is being developed by Julie Norton at Ogden Murphy Wallace, and will be addressed at the October 9, 2018, meeting.


6.  Bicycle Rides Northwest, Inc. – Permission to Use City Park in 2019 for Event:  Jim Moore from Bicycle Riders NW is scheduling a bicycle trip in 2019 and asked if it would be possible for the bicyclists to use the Main City Park for the overnight.  He will be meeting with Landkammer on Monday, September 17, 2018, at 1:30 p.m. to visit the site.


7.  Funding Applications Submitted to TIB for:  Hill Street, Columbia, and 5th Streets: 


8.  Main Street Properties:  Mayor said that there was a question regarding buildings on Main Street that are owned, but not operational.  Mayor said that if the owners were not utilizing the property as authorized by ordinance, then the City could notify the owner(s) of this conflict.  Mayor said that these vacant buildings are not supporting the City water or sewer system.  It was discussed to charge a quarterly connectivity fee in an effort to encourage owners to open their facilities for business.









1.  Landkammer:

     a.  Nuisance Properties:  He continues to send letters to owner’s who are in violation of this

         ordinance.  He indicated that since the Sheriff was actively participating in the

         enforcement, that compliance has certainly increased.


Clerk asked Landkammer when to expect the bill from the General Contractor for the work at the football field.  He will check with the contractor and let the Clerk know his findings. Also, Clerk asked if the Capital Improvement Fund should pay for this water line replacement, or if this amount would be loaned to the water fund for repayment.  Council said that the CIP would pay for this work, and no loan will need to be repaid to the water fund.


2.  Martin:

     a.  Monthly Cash Reports

     b.  Age Analysis Reports



The Mayor asked if any items should be removed from the Consent Agenda for separate consideration.  Hearing no response, Mayor asked for a report from the Audit Committee.  Harris made a motion to accept the Consent Agenda, Fuchs seconded, and the motion passed unanimously.


 A.   Minutes of regular meeting of August 7, 2018.


 B.   Payroll Roster dated August 30, 2018, for $44,026.24, checks #5626-#2658, and

        IRS electronic funds transfer payment.


 C.  Claims clearing roster dated September 4, 2018, in the amount of $167,701.37,

       checks #5659-5687 (including Visa charges and State Excise Tax)




A.  Tenth Street:  Pataha to Columbia One-Way North:  Dotty VanVogt said that the Elementary School Principal and maintenance superintendent both had positive comments about the new parking/pickup/drop-off protocols.  Harris made a motion to rescind the original motion made at the June 20, 2018, continued meeting to designate 10th Street a one-way from Pataha to Columbia streets heading north, Cassetto seconded.  Those voting in favor were Cassetto, Harris, Hodges, and Bowles.  Fuchs abstained from voting, and the motion passed by majority.


B.  Vacant property utility fee:  The Clerk will be researching this topic and report at next month’s meeting.










At 9:29 p.m., Mayor Miller adjourned the meeting.  The next regular council meeting will be Tuesday, October 9, 2018, at 7:00 p.m.




                                                                    Shaun Martin, City Clerk/Treasurer






G. Paul Miller, Mayor

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