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Claims No. 49089 through No. 49094 and No. 49142 through No. 49202 were paid in the amount of $392,254.65.  Payroll No. 49095 through No. 49141 were paid in the amount of $130,242.85.

Items from the public not on the agenda

Ralph Ledesna voiced his concern regarding adding fluoride to the water supply and how it affects children. He cited information he has gathered from the Internet.

Etta Beck, representing Everybody’s, Subway, and Radio Shack, requested the council to wave to penalty assessed for late payment of the third quarter B&O tax for Everybody’s in the amount of $757. She stated that she did not receive the tax forms for that quarter. City clerk Gilleland stated she was aware of the situation but that staff is not authorized to waive such a large penalty. Councilman Flemetis asked if they had been late before. Clerk Gilleland stated she did not know. After some discussion, council members Vicki Flemetis and Jason Dunsmoor moved to excuse the penalty against Everybody’s. The motion carried with all members present voting aye.

Public Hearing: Ordinance No. 1809

Mayor Jungar opened the public hearing at 6:12 p.m. The purpose of the hearing was to receive public comment on the proposed adoption of Ordinance No. 1809, an ordinance relating to the growth management act, adopting procedures for the submission or amendments to the comprehensive plan and development regulations, compilation of the docket for amendment review, establishment of deadlines for submission of amendments, criteria for review and approval, establishment of the public participation program for review and approval or such amendments, description of public notice and public hearing procedures associated with such comprehensive plan and development regulation amendments, adopting a new public participation program for public distribution, repealing existing code provisions relating to the amendment of the comprehensive plan, and adding a new chapter to the Raymond Municipal Code. Councilman Flemetis asked Richard Curtis if he had anything to say. He responded by asking council how they felt about the public participation program and stated he felt it was a step ahead. No additional comments were offered and the hearing was closed at 6:17 p.m.

Ordinance No. 1809: Comp Plan

Adoption Procedures Etc. (second Reading)

By motion of council members Vicki Flemetis and Ray Robinson, council accepted Ordinance No. 1809 for second reading and adoption. The motion carried with all members present voting aye.

Department Head Reports

Acting Fire Captain Schwiesow reported interviews would be conducted tomorrow for the current opening in the Fire Department.

Police Chief Spoor reported that he was applying for funding from USDA-RD to purchase a police patrol vehicle. As advertised in the paper, the proposal is before council and the public for discussion at this meeting as required by USDA-RD. The program is the same as we have used before with a grant/loan. Council consensus approved on the chief’s intent to apply.

Chief Spoor handed out a sample code section from Elma dealing with garage sales. Councilman Randy Flemetis voiced concerns about signs. Councilman Farrell suggested allowing three days and three sales per year. Staff was directed to draft an ordinance.

Public Works Director M. Dean Parsons reported the pre-construction meeting with Award Construction would be held next Wednesday (Feb. 20). He also announced that David Frasier started work as Sanitation Truck Driver on February 1st.

Mayor’s Report

Mayor Jungar reported he is continuing to meet with transit and working with the DOE regarding a wash facility. Mayor Jungar also reported public works is looking into projects to TIB grants.

Mayor Jungar requested anyone interested in managing the theater should submit a letter of interest including their qualifications for the job, to him within the next couple of weeks.

The next Raymond City Council Meeting is Monday, March 4 at 6 p.m.
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