Castle Rock's end of year business
by Kennedi Collins
As the year of 2015 comes to an end the Castle Rock City Council moved their Council Meeting from the 28th of December to the 21st. following the official role call with all members in attendance the council immediately began the Department Reports.
Under Department Reports no one had any matters or concerns to report to the council. Moving into Council and AD HOC Committee Reports no reports were given until Councilman Lee Kessler notified the Council that the laptops had been ordered. Next Nancy Chennault Cowlitz Economic Dev. Council rep. came forward to give her report. In her report she brought up the topic of her years as the representative of the EDC and the search for a possible replacement.
Following these reports the Council looked to pause the scheduled meeting to move into a time for the Public Hearing.
This Public Hearing was "to take testimony on the proposed preliminary budget for fiscal year ending December 31 2016 including capital projects and the following proposed rate increases: utility water base rate an additional $1.75/month, water consumption rate an additional $.05/100 cubic feet of usage, sewer service base rate an additional $.75/month and a 2% increase in stormwater service rates." With no comment the Public Hearing was ended and the regular Council Meeting could resume.
Following the Approval of the Minutes the City Council went into the topics of Old Business. The first item under Old Business was the "Park Signage - Approval of Design." At this time Public Works Director Dave Vorse came forward and told the Council of the plan and design. After the explanations and discussions the Council moved to give the consent on this matter.
For the next item on the agenda the Council looked at the topic of "Request to purchase supplies for development of server room." Again the Council turned their attention to the explanation of the planning and funding for this. As they discussed the funding for the project they also looked over the funding for the various materials that would be needed. As the motion was made to approve the buying of supplies and materials the motion was seconded. With no members opposed the motion carried.
The next topic was "Ordinance No. 2015-13 an ordinance amending various funds for fiscal year ending December 31 2015 on seconded reading." City Clerk Ryana Covington notified the Council that she had needed to add the boat launch into this matter and that had been included into the topic. After this explanation the Council moved to approve this with no opposition the motion carried.
Continuing into the meeting the Council moved to the topic of "Ordinance No. 2015-14 an ordinance amending the Street Fund and Street Construction Capital Fund for fiscal year ending December 31 2015 on seconded reading." With no discussion the motion was made and carried with no members opposed.
Moving to the next topic was "Ordinance No. 2015-16 an ordinance amending Stormwater service fees effective January 2016 billing cycle on seconded reading." The motion was made soon after the reading of the title. After the motion was made the motion carried with no opposition.
As the list continued the next item for the council was."Resolution No. 2015-11 a resolution amending water and sewer utility rates effective January 2016 billing cycle on seconded reading." Again a motion was made and carried.
While the Agenda carried on and was making its way to the end the Council looked at the item of "Ordinance No. 2015-17 an ordinance adopting the budget for fiscal year ending December 31 2016 on second reading." When no discussion came forward the motion was made. While one member was in opposition the motion still carried with the majority.
The ninth item of the Agenda list was "Resolution No. 2015-12 a resolution ratifying the Declaration of Emergency Proclamation signed by the Mayor on December 8 2015." Following the establishment that this was on the second reading the motion was made to approve. With no further discussion the motion carried.
For the final topic on the list the Council looked at "Resolution No. 2015-13 a resolution designating authorized agents for the city to obtain federal and/or state emergency or disaster assistance funding for the December 2015 flood event on second reading." As there were no comments or question the motion was made and carried.
After the final motion was made and carried the Council moved to the time to "Administer Oath of Office." Under this the "Mayor and Council Positions 3, 4, and 5" were to be sworn in. Once all the members were sworn in Mayor Paul Helenberg wished everyone a Merry Christmas and a happy new year before moving the meeting into adjournment.