City Council meets
The Cottonwood City Council voted to continue the Cottonwood Community Cleanup program again this year at their March meeting Monday, March 9.
Dates for the cleanup program are yet to be set and will depend on the weather. Once the dates have been set the city will place a rolloff near the new city maintenance building to be used for inert waste only.
The sanitation contract with Walco was approved for two years. Jack Duman voted no on the motion as he would have liked to see them go for 3 years.
The proposal to use the fairgrounds parking area as a year round RV park hit a snag as that area is all zoned as class A residential which prohibits such uses. Other areas zoned class A that it would appear shouldn’t be include the city park, football field, Prairie baseball field and the cemeteries. The matter was tabled and referred to the Planning and Zoning Commission.
Also referred to the P & Z was concerns about the building code. It appears the International Fire Code, at least by the ordinance, was also adopted when the International Building Code was approved. Mayor Denis Duman says he remembers the discussion at the time to not include the IFC.
City Attorney Joe Wright said to drop it from the city code you have to go through the same procedure as when you adopt it. That’s why the matter was referred to P & Z so they could get the hearing process going.
The city also adopted an extrication resolution. This allows the Volunteer Fire Department to continue with what they’ve been doing. They discovered the agreement they had been operating under wasn’t valid. The resolution allows the VFD to send the city extrication equipment and emergency vehicles out on calls as requested by the sheriff’s dispatcher or St. Mary’s Ambulance crew to at least the borders of the Cottonwood Rural Fire Protection District and gives the officer on duty, whether the fire chief or one of the captains, discretion to proceed outside the district if requested by the dispatcher.
In reports Jay Hinterlong reported the water pumped is very close to what was pumped last year. He said they had only one small leak reported in the past month.
In the street report Jack Duman said they got a new roller at very reduced cost. He said the cost was $3,000 plus $1,200 freight. It is in very good shape but had been setting unused for quite awhile.
He reported they should hear on the sign grant request on March 16.
He also reported bids for the cement work at the mag chloride storage site were opened with Wimer Corp. getting the bid. They haven’t heard yet about the grant to cover the additional mag chloride costs. Once the storage site is completed they should be able to store on site up to 30% of what is needed for the year making it much more readily accessible when things get dry and dusty and the mag chloride is needed.
Ron Grant reported they had just 1 fire call in the past month, a chimney fire. They have 9 or 10 firemen signed up to attend a fire academy training in Orofino.
Mayor Duman wanted the public to know that the City of Cottonwood hasn’t applied for any of the stimulus money but will continue to seek grant funds from some of the other government programs.
The council adjourned to an executive session at 8 p.m. The next regular meeting of the council will be Monday, April 13 at 7 p.m.