With a limited attendance from the public, there was no discussion about either of the agenda items and they will move forward into the second Public Hearing and should be instituted by early November.
The tax increase, Ordinance #1485, is estimated to generate $2,187 to the city, but also allows them to seek grants. The increase is exclusive of additional revenue resulting from the addition of new construction and improvements to property and any increase in the value of state assessed property, and any additional amounts resulting from any annexations that have occurred and refunds made.
The B&O Tax, proposed at the last South Bend City Council meeting, is noted to assist the proposed shortfall of the city budget for 2015. Residents can still write in comments about the proposed Business and Occupation tax via mail to: Clerk/treasure's Office, City of South Bend, P.O. Drawer 9, South Bend, Washington, 98586-0009. Comments may also be called in at 875-5571 or e-mailed to: dee.Roberts@southbend-wa.gov" dee.Roberts@southbend-wa.gov.
Approval was made toward the decommissioning of the former wastewater treatment plant. The project would remove all hard WWTP infrastructure, including the treatment building and other concrete and steel structures; screening of existing mixture of sand, shell fragments, sediment and bio-solids to remove inert objects; transport any found inert objects to an approved landfill for final disposal; grading of the lagoon berms into the lagoon ponds and regarding the site to establish a flat surface consistent with the surrounding area; capping and abandoning the outfall and river crossing pipelines; and fence the site, provide noxious weed control to allow reestablishment of native vegetation. The project location is on the north bank of the Willapa River in the city of South Bend.
During department head reports, City Supervisor Houk spoke that he is working on the request for a road project (Payne's Alley), to see just what can be done and what approximate cost it will be to the city. Several numbers were thrown out as estimates, with no one really concerned that the price would be too much to make the required repairs. Residents also along the "Alley" will be assisting with the project financially to help further the project along.
"Part of the issue is that even though it is ditched correctly, the road is pitched wrong, and that will have to be fixed," said Supervisor Houk.
Police Chief Eastham had the longest report of the night, first discussing a recent vehicle theft and then touching on a school incident that rose earlier in the day.
"We have sent everything to the prosecutors office and will have to wait and see what happens next," Eastham said. "We are not totally sure exactly what was involved in the incident, but the youth was removed from school and no one was physically harmed."
The incident was around a student who, using social media, made a threat to many people and posted a picture of a gun.
"I will have to say that the school handled it very well, as I was speaking to the school principal I got a call on my other phone from the superintendent, and he was in Seattle. I have to commend them for handling the situation so quickly and correctly."
No other items were discussed as the meeting lasted 20 minutes. The next South Bend City Council meeting will be held on November 10 at 5:30 pm.