During the open public comment period two residents came forward to advise of upcoming events that will be staged in Raymond. Loupel Antiquiera of Brighton Rehabilitation gave additional information about their Duryea Block Party on Saturday. Previously in front of the council, Antiquiera verified that the date would be Sept. 6 running from 10 am to 8 pm. There will be food and family activities including a bouncy play house for kids.
Debbie Buchanan of Ugly Ed's, also looking to hold an event on Sept. 6, will be hosting what she is calling "phase 1" of a series of auctions. The first to be held out in front of the Ugly Ed's building on 3rd Street and Alder Street. Buchanan was requesting to have the street blocked off for the event. The only additional requirement fro the council was to have a fire lane available. The council approved her request.
Mayor Bob Jungar then explained Resolution 1229, The Greenhouse Gas Reduction Policy. "The purpose of this is, in order to get TIB grants, you need to get all the points you can get from the state system of giving grants and one of the things we can do to get an extra point is a greenhouse gas reduction policy." The Council voted on it and passed it.
The meeting moved into department head reports of which no one had any further information for the council, the Mayor gave his report.
Pending grants were needed to be signed to expedite them the following day, the Mayor advised the council that addition money was going to be request for additional street work, and was asking their vote to sign off on the requests. Mayor Jungar advised that new work was planned along Hwy 101 up to Ninth street along Commercial, that would include paving of the street and re-curbing, along with any repair work that was required for infrastructure. The city would be required to pay 5% of the $703,000 project. Additionally two future projects of similar road work would be scheduled next summer under the same budget.
Fowler Street sidewalk repair was the next project the Mayor was looking for approval of; the cost would be $14,500 of the $291,000 to the city. The project would enhance handicap access along Fowler Street. The council did not hesitate to approve the Mayors request to sign the dotted line.
Council comments brought out that Hava will hold a Dog Day Out on Oct. 18, from 9 am - 3 pm, and a question from local residents who had heard a rumor that the marijuana production in the port was given the right to direct dump into the port was quashed.
Councilman Ray Robinson was looking for verification that he had picked up from a resident and Public Works Director Dean Parsons assured councilman Robinson that no direct dumping would be allowed by anyone into the port, "That is not going to happen," spoke Parsons.
Council members also remarked at how they liked the look of the parks with the trees removed, that it has opened them up and makes the city look clean.
Members moved into an executive session to discuss real estate and labor negotiations. The formal meeting adjourned at 6:22 pm
The next Raymond City Council meeting is Tuesday, Sept. 2 at 6 p.m. at city hall.