After the slap of the gavel by Mayor Bob Jungar the council rose to pledged allegiance to the flag and set to work on the regular agenda items after approving the previous meetings minutes and the consent agenda. Councilman Kaley Hanson spoke about the upcoming Willapa Harbor Festival and made a request for the cities assistance, as like last year, in securing public areas prior to the event, the use of dumpsters, turning on specific areas for electricity to support festival activities in parks and associated areas and that there would be a new event this year. A mud run is being organized and will be a new event this year. Jessica Porter of Mud Town Fitness is setting up the course.With no correspondence to report the meeting went into public comment. A resident stood to ask a few clarifying questions about business and residents that are on city sewer and water systems and the legality of the new industry on the port utilizing those systems. After several set up questions to the council and councils response to her fishing for an answer the woman felt that it was illegal for the new business’ based on the fact that federal money was gained to build the sewer system. And had further concern that her PUD rate would increase by having the new industry located at the port.Several council members as well as City Attorney Penoyar, Public Works Director Dean Parsons and Mayor Jungar, took turns responding to her numerous questions.A return question to the resident was on council clarification not understanding how the utilization of either the city sewer or water could raise her PUD Rates. In the end, Attorney Penoyar put the discussion to rest.“Some of the things that you mention are in direct conflict with guidance we have received from the State Attorney General on the subject of legality between the city of Raymond, Washington State and the marijuana business,” said Penoyar. The council moved on to other business and suggested that the resident make inquires at the appropriate group, like the PUD.There was a second reading of city ordinance 1826, the Monohon Road Vacation, which was revised due to updated survey results that had little impact to the project.The only department head report came from Fire Chief Strozyk who reported that they had spent the $15,000 received by an earlier grant, on fire equipment and would have a display on hand for the next meeting. Mayor Jungar spoke on two items, one being the response to people helping out with the POOL organization and that all would be running fine for this year, and to draw attention about a newspaper article from the Seattle Times about the City of Raymond and the new marijuana business in the port and that it was a good read. The meeting adjourned at 6:27 pm. The next Raymond City Council meeting will be held on June 2 at 6 pm.
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