Though it was a topic of discussion prior to the official start of the August 17 Raymond City Council meeting, it was brought up during council comments; speeding on Fowler Street.
The neighborhoods that call home along Fowler Street have been asking for more police presence or anything that may stop the fast pace of vehicles in the 25 mph zone.
Police Chief Chuck Spoor and Council Member Ray Robinson have been looking for a better solution to stop those who take advantage of the drive heading out to the Willapa Harbor Golf course but have yet been able to find any concrete solution. Residents have already taken to the streets and yell at those who are driving to fast, but drivers never seem to heed the warnings. With sidewalks filled with kids at play, school getting ready to go back in session, there is concern that it is only a matter of time before something tragic occurs. All they want is people to pay attention to the 25 mph speed zone down Fowler Street. Chief Spoor said that he will look further into the matter to see what else may be done to deter speeders through the neighborhood.
With two council members absent from the meeting, members Dee Roberts and Kaley Hanson, the council went on with city business. Initially public comment was quickly dispensed with as no one was present, but moved later down the schedule when Walt Mitchel arrived and signed in to speak.
Mitchel who is looking at developing his island purchased form the Port of Willapa several years ago, is back requesting that a bridge be built for the future 45 homes planned. With Raymond defaulting to Pacific County road specifications, a bridge would have to be at least 24 feet wide to span the 300 feet he needs for access. Mitchel is requesting that a 16 foot wide bridge be placed and was asking for city approval. Raymond City Council advised Mitchell of the specifications and that they were limited in what they would be able to do as the county follows Washington State Department of Transportation guidelines, but agreed to have a look at his designs.
Mitchel left unimpressed with the answers he received from the council.
Other business for the night consisted of a renewal agreement for city art. The Willapa Heritage Foundation is seeking the new agreement so that additional artwork can be furnished within the city, they hope to work under previous guidelines in that the city will own the artwork but the foundation will acquire the work and place it with the Cities approval. So we may soon see new pieces of art in and around the city.
The ballpark transfer was on the agenda again, this time to gain the mayor's signature. As it looks like the ballpark will come under new management by the Willapa Baseball Association.
Public Works Director M. Dean Parsons was next on the agenda with a new authorization for TIB grants.
"The application has changed and we need to have the authorization signed by this Friday," noted Director Parsons. The council approved Mayor Dunsmoor to sign. Director Parsons also spoke to a couple of future projects; Duryea Street which will have a similar facelift as the current construction going on along Commercial Street, and new roads for Franklin and Elm Streets.
Council Member Ian Farrell questioned why sidewalks could not be included with the Elm and Franklin Street projects, and was advised that money from those grants only cover streets and that the sidewalks would be next on the agenda.
During Council Comments, Director Parsons spoke again thanking the community with their patience with the Commercial Street Project and that everything is back on schedule. He commented that residents are being very accepting of the noise, vibrations and schedule.
During the Mayor's report it was noted that some damage had happened to the theatre and that the city will see a bill for repairs. The damage was just due to the age of the building. Mayor Dunsmoor also noted that a donation will be covering the cost of upgrading the Timberland Library who is in need of updating a passage ways for ADA compliance and general access.
The next Raymond City Council meeting is scheduled for September 8 at 6 pm.