The eight-minute Raymond City Council meeting started at 6 pm at the Raymond City Council Chambers, with a quorum in place to conduct the business at hand.
Making prior arrangements, council members Betty Sovereign and Dee Roberts were the two council members not present for the July 20 meeting.
With a quick slap of the gavel Mayor Jason Dunsmoor brought the meeting to order and got a motion with a second for approval of the scheduled agenda previous meeting minutes and the consent agenda in the amount of $525,824.
With no communications to report from City Clerk Hester Gilleland and no one wishing to address the city council during public comments, the meeting went right into the Department Heads Reports. Not one of the Department Heads had anything that needed to be brought up during the city council and the Mayor's Report was just as vacant as the previous reports.
During Council Comments, member Ray Robinson gave his thanks to Raymond Fire Chief Todd Strozyk for assisting him over the weekend. The details of the event were not discussed, but Robinson felt an additional thank you was due to the chief and his crew and noted the professionalism of the Raymond Fire Department.
There was also some discussion about "dirty water" that some Raymond residents experienced over the past weekend; it was attributed to possible flushing of fire hydrants.
Others commented that they two had seen a quick spurt of dirty water and observed the streets being wet from hydrant flushing.
Council member Robinson further questioned about what might possibly be done in the future to aid as a warning to residents especially those who may have compromised immune systems.
Public Works Director M. Dean Parsons told the council that South Bend had requested some water late last Thursday afternoon so the rate was doubled from 500 gallons per minute to 1,000 gallons per minute with an increase to the pounds per square inch. The dirt was from the increased flow of water through the system impacting some of the residents.
Director Parsons explained that the systems would now be flushed at least every three months. And, if that is not good enough, Public Works will increase the frequency up to once a month, to try and eliminate the problem, though he did advise that it would never be 100% during a flush of the system.
Mayor Dunsmoor also spoke on the issue while advising the council that he had made a future request with South Bend that if required in the future that systems should be flushed earlier in the day and both South Bend and Raymond should do the flush simultaneously.
Council member Kaley Hanson spoke about the kid train that is being built for Willapa Harbor Days and wanted to know if a permit would be required if the vehicle pulling the train was a riding mower or a 4x4 vehicle.
Raymond Police Chief Chuck Spoor thought that it would not be needed if they kept the "Kiddy Train" within the limits of the closed off section of Third Street.
It was also noted that the Carriage Museum will be providing carriage rides and that some coordination was needed to make sure the kiddy train and horse drawn carriages do not cross paths. Council member Hanson said he would get with the museum to let them know of their projected schedule.
The next scheduled Raymond City Council meeting will be held on August 3 at 6 pm at the Raymond City Hall.