City Council meets
The water loss reported in last month’s Cottonwood City Council article is apparently not as bad as it appeared.
At the August meeting of the council it was reported that the telemetry readings off well number 5 have been inaccurate as it was indicating a lot more water was being pumped than actually was. Mayor Denis Duman reported he has been in contact with the vendor to get the problem fixed.
Streets commissioner Jack Duman reported that paving is to start Wednesday on the section of King Street from the carwash to the city park. Also, due to this project going over budget and time limitations, they will not get the project done on Front Street this year.
Jack also reported that the dust abatement program went very well.
The transportation plan is proceeding and at the next meeting of the Western Camas TAC, the final draft should be finalized.
He also reported the sign grant money has been received and many of the new signs have been ordered. They should start going up this fall.
Also he said the contractor should be starting Monday on the sidewalk change at the corner of the fire station. They’ll be putting in a “bubble” that will force traffic taking a right turn on Broadway off of Main to where it should be. Most try to cut that corner and get dangerously close to the fire hydrant.
Many of you may have read that backup police officer Joe Neumann has been hired as the Kamiah City Marshal effective Oct. 1. Neumann was in attendance and said it shouldn’t affect his status as Cottonwood’s backup officer. In fact it will make it easier for him to coordinate with Cottonwood Police Chief Terry Cochran as he’ll be able to set his own schedule.
Mayor Duman reported the city had been awarded an airport grant of $30,600 to sealcoat and stripe the runways. The council passed a resolution accepting the grant.
City attorney Joe Wright reported he has looked at Ferdinand’s abandoned vehicle ordinance and is trying to get hold of some from other cities. He’ll have a draft ready for the council’s review by the next meeting.
The lease for the trailer above the elevators that is in a street right-of-way was brought up and will be discussed further at the next meeting. The lease is expiring soon.
The tentative budget was discussed and apparently they’re coming up short in the tax supported parts of the budget. The council will have a budget workshop to try and see what can be cut to bring it into balance. The tentative budget will be published in the August 18 edition of the Chronicle.
Larry Kidd of Ida-Lew Economic Development was in attendance. He made a pitch for the city to keep their financial commitment of $2,000 per year to Ida-Lew to help keep it going.
The council adjourned at 9 p.m. The next meeting will be Monday, Sept. 12 at 8 p.m.