At the Raymond City Council several items were discussed to include the sale of the ballpark to the Willapa Harbor baseball Association, the latest City Bench Permits and the probable sale of city lots.
At the May 4 Raymond City Council meeting attended by all members of the city council, Mayor Jason Dunsmoor took the council into Executive Session to discuss the possibility of the city selling off an estimated eight city owned plots ranging from just over $20,000 to just under $4,000.
The city council returned to announce that they had decided that the sale was in the best interest of Raymond and with a vote of all in favor, save one abstention from city council member Kaley Hanson, they approved the sale of the city owned properties.
The areas all will be set up for sale in the very near future.
"They are set a fair market value," said Mayor Dunsmoor. "There will be a minimum offer set for all properties."
It has been noted that the vast majority of the lots available for sale are currently vacant and that they are not being sold for back taxes, but just the current value each plot possesses. The lots will appear in local newspapers and announcements when all is finalized and the city is ready for the sale.
The regular meeting went quickly through the posted agenda items with Public Comment spent around the the new "Bench Permitting" process, as civic groups are looking to place at least one new bench in the city limits. Drafted by Public Works, the process requires any new benches within city limits to be made of a heavy duty plastic or concrete with a design mix to provide 3000 psi concrete. Benches may also be made of cast aluminum ends that can be black with recycled plastic boards in concrete gray.
A concrete pad must also be designed for each new bench with specific dimensions and must not collect water. The benches will also fall under a color scheme of concrete gray or neutral light brown for plastic.
Benches will be considered public areas and therefore no smoking will be allowed on them. Each bench will also have a litter container located next to them or within close proximity, and must match the pre-described color scheme. The city will not purchase any materials to make a bench, the litter container or be responsible for the installation or property associated for the bench. Any person or group wishing a bench will have to contact the city and fill out the proper request form to be considered. The cost is $35 for the permit.
Tim Martindale was on hand representing the Willapa Harbor Baseball Association requesting the progress of the decision to purchase the Raymond ballfield utilized by youth Little League, Babe Ruth and the youth football. Martindale advised that if the city was looking to move forward that the association would not be making an offer on the city park due to the additional insurance that that would require. But that any buildings and the ball fields would be the lots they are specifically looking at.
During discussion it was decided that after City Attorney Will Penoyar had time to draft up a proposal that it would move forward and that the city had no problems after the lots had been surveyed to insure the proper boundary lines had been drawn up.
A public hearing will be set up for the June 1 meeting to discuss an upcoming street vacation, and will be officially announced prior to the meeting.
The annual Poppy Day Proclamation was read into the city record announcing the fundraiser by the American Legion. May 22 will be the day that you will start to see the little lapel poppies being worn to commemorate those who have served our country.
The city spent additional time discussing the plan to pay the county for the latest addition to the PACCOM radio system. It was decided that the best course of action was to take an interfund loan from the Water Department at a .5% interest. The first payment is not due until the end of the calendar year.
Water rates will be on the rise and the city is looking at the best possible solution on how to administer the cost overall for residents. In its first reading in front of council, many changes have been proposed and it looks like a reverse of what had been done in the past is a possible solution for the new rate structure. What use to be the more you use the less you pay, will turn into a system of the more you conserve the less you will pay. With the draft proposal "Red Inked" with the various changes, the city is looking at revamping the structure with rate increases for meter shut-off, meter removal, new service (depending on size of system) and meter replacement, among other things. Service fees include water and sewer services. Rates may be impacted as early as June of this year.
The city is also looking for a person, elected official or citizen, to sit on the Regional Wastewater Council. Any one interested should contact the city.
The next regular scheduled Raymond City Council meeting is set for May 18, at 6 pm at the Raymond City Council.