City Council meets
Jack Duman reported at the August meeting of the Cottonwood City Council that paving is expected to start on the Lewiston Street project on August 18 and be finished by August 20.
He said until then they will be working on grading the street in preparation for paving and finishing the last of the handicapped access corners.
Once the state-funded crew is done with their work the city crew will work on connecting up the sidewalks.
In other business there was discussion about an ordinance to ban trucks and vehicles with trailers from using Idaho St., which is the hilly street that intersects with Main St. at Bud’s Saw Service. City attorney Joe Wright shared his concerns about what needs to go into the ordinance and what would have to go on any signage. Action on the proposed ordinance was tabled to the September meeting.
The council also voted to terminate the airport lease for Terry Holubetz for non-payment. According to terms of the lease he is now given 60 days notice.
The city’s tentative budget for Fiscal Year 2011 was approved. The summary of the budget is elsewhere in this week’s Chronicle along with a summary of the amended budget for FY 2010. Hearings for the proposed budget and amended budget will be held September 7 at 7 p.m. in the Council chambers. Mayor Duman noted the budget is about half a million lower than last year, mostly due to the absence of capital outlay projects.
Shaun Riener reported they are still showing significant water loss with 4.94 million gallons pumped and 3.19 million sold. A couple of leaks were fixed during the month which likely contributed and Roy Uhlenkott said they also haven’t read the meter used by the road construction crew yet and they’ve been using a lot of water.
Ron Grant reported the fire department had only 1 fire in the past month, a rural call. In his sewer/stormwater report he said he will be attending a meeting in Grangeville on August 18 where FEMA will outline some preventative programs for disaster mitigation with stormwater systems included.
Members of the Citizenship Washington Focus group were in attendance. The group of young people will be observing local government during this year, state government next year and federal government in 2012 when they will get to make a trip to Washington, D.C.
The council adjourned to an executive session at 8 p.m.
The next regular meeting will be Monday, September 13 at 7 p.m.