The Raymond City Council was quick to adjourn after only 13 minutes of taking care of city business.
Previous meeting minutes and the payment of over $175,000 in claims and payroll was approved before the less than active agenda items.
With no communications to report and no public in attendance, Resolution 1234 was put into future action with the establishment of a public hearing for a part of the alley between Ellis and Dureya Streets between Fourth and Fifth Streets, for the local Public Utility Department. With the Raymond Planning Commission set to meet on August 11, the council granted the resolution to be placed before them and established the September 8, public hearing.
The motion was passed by unanimous vote.
Both Rayomnd Police Chief Spoor and Raymond Fire Chief Strozyk were out on vacation which cut down on the Department Head reports. Only Public Works Director M. Dean Parsons had anything to report and he spoke on the Willapa Harbor Festival.
"I just wanted to let people know that it all worked out fine during the festival," said Director Parsons.
Council member Ray Robinson echoed the comments from Parsons and said that everyone involved should be given a big "Atta Boy" for the success of the festival.
Council member Kaley Hanson gave a small report about the festival again thanking the city for all the work in preparation and during the event to make it as successful as it could have been.
"There was only one real complaint that I am aware of, and that was that the street was possibly closed down a little too early on Friday," noted Hanson.
Robinson recanted that he had come into town during that time and even though he was unaware of the closure he only had to detour a couple of blocks to get where he needed to go and it really was not that much of an inconvenience.
Hanson continued his report saying that it all went really well this year and he estimated that at least 4,000 people were lining the streets for the parade.
"This is the most amount of people that I have seen in town," recalled Hanson.
The council generally agreed that the Willapa Harbor Festival was a grand success and cannot wait until next year to see what the committee will bring.
For the Mayor's report, Jason Dunsmoor spoke about the progress of the leasing of the Eight Street Park to the Raymond Little League and said that it should all be established soon as it looks like the park and ball fields are separate lots, there just had to be some legal language added to the new agreement.
"I hope to have more information at the next council meeting," said Mayor Dunsmoor.
The Mayor also spoke about the start of construction along Commercial Street and said that the priority will be by the school to get finished as much as possible prior to the start of the school year, but the entire project had a late October finishing date.
"The crews will be working four ten hour days from Monday to Thursday during the week," said Mayor Dunsmoor.
With no other council comments the meeting adjourned at 6:13 pm.
The next Raymond City Council meeting is scheduled for August 17 at 6 pm.