For the second and final meeting of the month, the Winlock City Council met to discuss the matters of the city for that night. Prior to the meeting the City Council had met for the Lewis County Multi-Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan.
After the formalities that take place at the start of the meeting Mayor Lonnie Dowell notified the Council that he had forgot to add the discussion about electing a new council member. Once this was added to the agenda and the agenda was approved the Council continued into the time of Old Business. Mayor Dowell told the Council the backhoe had been ordered and the truck was still needing to be ordered. With nothing else under Old Business, the Council moved to the matter of "Mayor and Council Comments."
Under "Mayor and Council Comments" no members had a comment so the audience gave their attention to Police Chief John Brockmueler. In Brockmueler's report he told the Council there had been 21 calls of service in the past two weeks. "Things are going really well so we're just doing what we do." Brockmueler said as he concluded his report.
For the first item on the agenda the Council was to look at "Winlock Improvement Network - Water Hookups and Abandoned Connections." At this time a representative came forward to ask about waving or reducing fees about the water and sewer rates for new businesses that are coming in and trying to get started. The man claimed he was looking for answers for the questions he had been asked by business owners. As the discussion continued and began to heat up, the Council had to remind the audience this matter was for discussion and not a debate. Before moving on to further items on the agenda City Attorney Erin Hillier explained the legality of this topic.
Next was the item of "Ordinance No. 1040 - Revised Parking Ordinance." This topic had been tabled from last meeting so the Police could review the changes. During the topic, the Police approved and the motion was made by the Council to approve the topic. Once the motion was made and seconded, it passed unanimously.
The third item on the agenda was "Resolution 2016-02 - Adopting the 2016 Lewis County Multi-Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan." Councilwoman Sarah Gifford made the motion to approve and Councilman Jerry Rader seconded. With no opposition from the Council, the motion carried.
Next on the agenda was the topic about "Public Officials Liability Training Workshop - February 22, 2016 - 5:00 pm." This topic didn't need any motion from the Council so the Council was notified of the presentation and they moved to the next topic.
Moving to the fifth topic, the Council discussed the "Open Government Trainings Act." The Council was told that this was a training that was to be taken online. For the final item on the agenda, the Council was notified that seven people had applied for the open Council position. The City Council decided the interviews would be held prior to the next meeting on February 9 at 5 pm.
With no further agenda items and after the Consent Agenda, the motion was made to adjourn the meeting.