City Council meets
The Cottonwood City Council held their November meeting Monday, Nov. 8 with Ron Grant presiding in the absence of Mayor Denis Duman.
The council passed Ordinance #223 which prohibits through truck traffic on Butler St. between East St. and Lewiston St. and on Lewiston St. from North St. to Foster St.
Kevin Chaffee was in attendance as an interested party as he lives on Butler St. He had a concern about a new neighbor with a logging truck that he fires up at 4 in the morning. This issue was not addressed by the ordinance as it isn’t through traffic. The council members said they would meet with the party involved to see if they could come to a resolution.
In other business Shelli Schumacher reported on a $1500 grant from Northwest Farm Credit Services to go toward the outside door replacement project on the Community Hall. Estimate for total replacement is $5,000. The council suggested replacing the side doors if no further funds become available as they are the ones most in need.
A resolution was read for Dust Abatement as the city will be the lead agent for the West Camas Transportation Group’s seeking of Mag Chloride grant money for the 2012 fiscal year.
They will also submit a letter of support for a sealcoating grant to benefit both Ferdinand and Cottonwood. Ferdinand will be the lead agent for that grant.
In reports Shaun Riener reported 23% loss in water pumped as opposed to metered but some of that is attributed to timing of the readings and the billings. He said they had no leaks reported in the past month and that everything is running smoothly.
Ron Grant reported they have stopped watering in the agriforest. He also reported he has been fighting through the FEMA stormwater grant process. They were unsuccessful in this round but another window will open in the future and he plans on getting started earlier with that one.
Jack Duman said there wasn’t much to report on in streets other than the Dust Abatement and Sealcoating grants mentioned above. He and Roy Uhlenkott will be attending the highway district convention in Coeur d’Alene.
Schumacher reported that electricity has been connected to light up the north entrance “Welcome to Cottonwood” sign. She also reported there has been vandalism at the park and police chief Terry Cochran is working on some things to combat that. See his letter elsewhere in this week’s Chronicle.
She said she also met with the person involved in a grant that would help clean up around the portion of Cottonwood Creek running through downtown. She said it looks good for getting some funding.
Grant reported the only fire department call in the past month was a false alarm. They are looking at doing some training this winter with the EMT’s.
The council adjourned to an executive session at 8:45 p.m. The next regular meeting will be Monday, December 13 at 7 p.m.