The Napavine City Council met for the first time since the former city attorney resigned during a resolution to remove the firm Hillier, Scheibmeir and Kelly as the town's legal counsel.
A noticeable difference was new Interim City Attorney Jim Buzzard, who started the meeting with an executive session to discuss matters important to the City of Napavine.
Buzzard stated, "Napavine parted ways with the prior city attorney. Napavine needed legal representation on short notice and the law office of Buzzard O'Rourke is willing and able to help. The mayor and council will decide what they want to do on a permanent basis."
"I am impressed with how the council, mayor, and city staff interacted with each other," Buzzard continued. "There were no problems. Napavine is a great city. Buzzard O'Rourke is happy to be a part of it."
When the meeting resumed, Well 6, one of the biggest issues facing the City of Napavine, was discussed. Scott Collins, pastor of Bethel Assembly of God in Napavine, spoke on the issue of using ozone to remove the color from the water after reaching out to a couple of subject matter experts in the area of ozone and water. Collins has garnered a lot of knowledge on the use of ozone to remove color and spoke to the council about the hazards of using this process. Collins told the council that one of the specialists he talked to had stated that they should not make ozone their first option and instead it should be viewed as their best last option. Collins also spoke of the maintenance it takes to keep an ozone system up and running. The city council is looking for the safest possible means of getting clean drinking water to the Rush Road Exit (Exit 72).
Next, the council dealt with issues surrounding surplus city equipment, petty cash, and staff hours. The Napavine City Hall office hours have been changed to be open during the lunch hours; they are rotating staff in order to better serve the residents of Napavine.
This was the first city council meeting where officials were able to get through the entire meeting without any conflict.
The next city council meeting is scheduled to be held May 23 at 6:00 p.m. The citizens are encouraged to attend to hear what their new council is working on for the city.