Michelle Layman was signed up first to speak on items from the public, about a kayak dock that she wants to put at the Raymond dock.
"I have the opportunity to apply for a grant. I would like to with your approval apply for a grant for a kayak dock. I need your consent to put it on the dock in Raymond down by the amphitheater," Layman said.
The dock itself is a rubber platform that one can paddle up onto, just to ease the entrance and exit into the water. There is currently one on the South Bend dock that functions slightly differently than the one Layman is requesting. Layman sites that she currently already has her eyes on a potential $2,500 grant, and is willing to apply elsewhere to get matching funds. The dock would be beneficial, and not just to locals, and would be something that would draw people, since kayaking has been getting popular.
Another member of the public spoke. Coach Gregory Hinz stood before the council to inquire about the progress on his "RCO number" for his multi-sport complex. The council responded saying that they hadn't begun the process of acquiring it, and is to start soon.
Mayor Jason Dunsmoor then discussed a "five year load test" that is to be performed on local elevators and how the council is currently seeking a company to contract to inspect local elevators in Raymond.
Raymond Fire Chief Todd Strozyk reported on a new ambulance for north Pacific County. "The North Pacific County EMS District is giving me the go-ahead to begin the process of replacing one of our ambulances. The great big one that roles out to car accidents that has all of the cutting tools is at the end of its appreciation life, so we're just in the process of designing a new vehicle," said Strozyk. "Hopefully, by this fall I'll be able to show off a new ambulance to you guys."
Raymond Police Chief Chuck Spoor had a similar report about a 2009 Ford F-150 that the Raymond Police Department just acquired. The vehicle was surplussed by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.
After the meeting was adjourned, the city council went into Executive Session.
You can catch the next Raymond City Council meeting Tuesday, Feb. 17 at Raymond City Hall.