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Council Report July 24, 2017

         by Dixie A. Walter
        July 30, 2017

Citizens Comments

     After agenda approval, Louise Van Eaton commented, saying that when she looked at a copy of the council agenda, she couldn’t understand what Ordinance 2017-4 (”…acquisition of personal property…”) pertained to, and suggested the agenda items be briefly described in plain English, as is done in the voter’s pamphlet.

     The descriptions could also be posted on the town website prior to meetings. She also asked about those times when the council moves to pass an ordinance on the first reading (eliminating a second reading at the next meeting), often resulting in its passage the first time it comes before the public.

    Councilmember Bob Walter said he appreciated her concern about passing ordinances too quickly, and has voted against passing some ordinances on the first reading, that are not necessarily time-sensitive, and that are so important  they call for two readings. He added he has voted yes at times to passage of ordinances on one reading that are time-sensitive.

    David Babcock, owner of Sunrise Motors, also spoke, about letters sent by the Town administrator to property owners directing them to remedy nuisances such as tall grass and junk vehicles. He received a letter about each. He felt he was being singled out.

    Town Administrator Abby Gribi said three or four letters went out pertaining to  junk vehicles, and about 15 letters pertaining to tall grass and vegetation debris. Council member James Schrimpsher pointed out that according to state law, as a licensed vehicle dealer, if he erected a visual barrier fence around the junk vehicle property, he would be in compliance.

National Night Out Against Crime

    Police Chief Brian Witt reported there was a good turnout at the planning meeting/BBQ at the Visitor Center about the upcoming National Night Out [against crime] on Tuesday, August 1. He hoped there would be five or six block parties around town that evening, and said the department will be helping with street barricades and visiting the block parties to chat with residents. All the officers will be working that evening.

Available Water is Beginning to Concern Again

    In the public works report, Abby Gribi talked about the need for water conservation this time of year. “Right now we’re very close to what capacity we can produce in water. And with the heat that we’ve had, and irrigation systems going on, we’re just barely able to maintain the levels.

    We’re not ever really gaining any water levels in our reservoir. So just be mindful; turn off the hose if you’re not using it. I’ve talked with the schools; they had some sprinkler heads that were watering concrete, to help adjust down, that huge user…So it’s just something to be aware of, at what level of capacity that we can produce the water.

    In committee reports, Councilmember Jennie Hannah said the Public Utilities Committee reviewed the need for a third skid, or filter, in the water treatment plant, which was incorporated in its design since it was build. The two existing filters run at 85 to 90 percent capacity 24/7, so there is little opportunity to provide the level of maintenance they need, without that third skid being installed. The only time either of them can be brought offline is for the “wash cycle.” One of the filters is already in need of re-valving, but the focus this time of year by necessity must be on keeping them both online and filtering.

    A plan is needed to address repair and upgrades of the existing water system. Gribi said if one of the filters went down, it would require immediate, emergency water conservation restrictions until it could be brought back online. There is also the risk, if the reservoirs were depleted, of a backflow issue throughout the town. Surges in pressure related to low reservoir levels could also break seals in the system – another serious potential problem. Mayor Mike Schaub said without more redundancy – i.e., a third skid – that if one of the filters went down, the town would be “on its knees” and unable to provide water.

   Walter asked about the newest reservoir on the ridge above the Hamner Springs development being limited in terms of which areas it serves. Gribi said that is true, and that pressure relief valves would need to be installed before that reservoir could be connected to the water lines in the rest of town, because it is so much higher than the other neighborhoods. An engineering study would be needed to determine the cost effectiveness of such a step. Walter pointed out that if doing so was found to be cost-effective, at least storage capacity could be increased to supply peak periods.

    She added the older concrete reservoir in the Hilltop neighborhood serves 85 percent of the town. Schaub said the roof on the Hilltop reservoir is problematic, as it does not have support beams. The water superintendent has met with the mayor and administrator to discuss possible solutions. Schaub wants to start planning, saying “our ERU (equivalent residential users) capability is close to being maxed out without another water source.” About 70 ERUs will be all that are left after existing in-process developments are completed.

"Nuisance" Letters Causing Controversy

    The contract [with the low bidder] for the Highway 161 [Washington Avenue] upgrade project will be on the agenda at the next council meeting on August 14. A new mower is being ordered, the current one having provided 14 years of service and reaching the end of its useful life.

    Councilmember Walter asked if the nuisance letters sent out were in response to complaints or just after observation by town staff. Gribi said several have been based on complaints, and residents are encouraged to report suspected violations. She added that Tim Lincoln, the building inspector, is also the inspector for code compliance, also watches for violations, and forwards them to the administrator. It’s the property owner, or the landlord in the case of rentals, who is responsible.

    Walter said he feels the maintenance of trees along the town right-of-ways should be something the town monitor, removing high-risk trees or branches near power lines. He asked Gribi if it made any difference as far as property owner responsibilities in maintaining grass and weeds, whether the street was improved with curbs and sidewalks, or was still unimproved. She replied there was no difference as far as who was receiving letters.

    Councilmember Bill Dunn asked if the letter is a form letter. Gribi said yes, it is, to which Dunn commented, if the first sentence, referring to complaints from surrounding property owners, was not replaced in those situations in which the violation was simply observed by the town, it would lead all those receiving the letter to believe it’s because of their neighbors’ complaints, irrespective of whether that is what generated it. He said it seems to be passing the buck on every complaint, to neighbor issues.

    Schrimpsher reported on the Finance Committee. He urged council members to view the punch list at town hall of capital projects needing to be addressed. He said the water superintendent has found a source for a new filter at a savings of $15,000, which the committee recommends purchasing. Also, purchasing a another vehicle for public works, and the new mower. The committee also discussed establishing a new position sharing duties in wastewater and other public works areas.

    In new business, Ordinance 2017-4 authorizing the purchase of another police vehicle and its financing contract, passed 4-1, with Walter voting no. Resolution 2017-V approved a small works construction project with Town & Country Paving for emergency pavement repairs. It passed with all in favor. Resolution 2017-W approved a janitorial services contract with Northwest Cleaning Service. It also passed with all in favor.

    The meeting was adjourned at 8:13 p.m.

May 22, 2017 Town Council Report...

       by Dixie A. Walter
       May 29, 2917

     Council members present were Jennie Hannah, Bob Thomas, Bill Dunn and Bob Walter.
Councilmember James Schrimpsher was excused as was Mayor Mike Schaub. Councilmember Hannah served as mayor pro-tem for the meeting.

Citizen Questions Lack of Fire Department Personnel as His Truck Burned...

    Town resident and former town council member Mike Gallagher commented on the lack of fire personnel at the Eatonville fire house. He said it would have been nice for the town, when it still had fire fighters stationed in town, to send them out and suggest to people to have a fire extinguisher at the ready in case of fire, because “they’re on their own.”

    Gallagher said, “My truck burned in the street here, a hundred yards from the fire house the other
day. Had there been somebody in the fire house that day, they could have come out and put the fire out. I’d have had several hundred dollars worth of damage done to my truck. As it is, it’s several thousand dollars damage to my truck. Burnt through the firewall, burnt the cab, destroyed the whole truck. Which it wouldn’t have done, had there been a timely response.

    “I’m just wondering how you all would have felt if I had died in that truck…Maybe  I have  my
seatbelt on, reading my mail, didn’t catch it fast enough, couldn’t get out, died of smoke inhalation. I mean that’s entirely possible. Right? I mean that’s not that far-fetched. And yet you people didn’t find it important enough to come to some sort of agreement with South Pierce [Fire & Rescue] to man that station.

    “And I know you’re going to tell me, that you don’t have the money. Well, none of us have any
money! We didn’t have any money back in the fifties and sixties and seventies, when Eatonville Fire Station was manned full-time…and we had plenty of volunteers….I wish you would really look at doing something. And EMS also. We’ve got a lot of old people, and I’m getting to be one of them. And the elderly are going to need EMS.”

Town Administrator Abby Gribi Tries
to Explain Lack of Personnel...

    Councilmember Bob Thomas asked, “What’s our manpower levels and shift schedules at the fire department?”

    Town Administrator Abby Gribi replied, “It’s 24 hours out of the Northwest Trek location…during
this 90-day period that they’re having some staffing issues. They’re short five staff. One has left to go work somewhere else, and the other four are out on FMLA (Family Medical Leave Act).” We have [Assistant Chief] Sam [Yount] when he’s here, for medical [calls], and volunteers whenever we can get them.”

    Police Chief Brian Witt reported a couple of apparently homeless travelers have been seen in town -
one with a goat, the other seen sleeping on town benches and roadsides. They have not broken any laws, and are being monitored. Witt has offered them rides and bus tickets to reach the services available in Pierce County. He asked town residents to report if they witness any illegal activity.

    Later during council comments the issues of the fire department was  discussed  again. Councilmember Thomas expressed concern about whether South Pierce Fire and Rescue, during the 90-day period in which staffing is being affected by the family leave being taken, was providing the manpower levels agreed to in the contract with the town.

    Gribi said there has also been reports that some callers have had trouble reaching 911,  and that using a cell phone to request help has added 10 minutes to the 14-minute average response time, though she couldn’t confirm that. She said South Pierce still provides 24-hour coverage to Eatonville, and has not vacated the station in town, and did have staff there several days last week. Also, when it is staffed, a call during any period in which the staff is out on another call, would require response from one of the other stations.

    Walter said it seems odd that the fire station in town, which had for decades relied on volunteer
firefighters, cannot still rely on them to fill in the staffing gaps in a situation like this. Gribi replied they’re utilizing volunteers as much as possible, but there is not the number of volunteers that there used to be, and many have day jobs. Also, that fire calls are relatively few compared to EMS calls.

    Councilmembr Dunn said in his view, the quality of service is the most important factor in fire and aid
responses, regardless of where they originate from. Thomas requested that the council be provided with information about what the communication problem was with the town phones not being able to reach 911. Chief Witt said he would check the phone logs to try to determine what the issue was.

    Gribi reported that street repairs will be done next week on Antonie Avenue near Ridge Road, and on Hilligoss Lane. The broken surfaces of the skate park half-pipe ramps are due for repair in the next two weeks, and the security cameras at the skate park are also due to be installed in early June.

Randles Gravel Pit Controversy...

    Gribi also reported attending the third public hearing, held in Tacoma on the morning of May 18, about the proposed Rim Rock Surface Mine. There were four school district reps present, and six town residents. She said if the county approves the proposal, “That’s when Eatonville really becomes a player. That’s when they bring us a plan…for us to approve or not, for them to move forward. It’s a very dark, black line, once they get into Eatonville, Eatonville has total say of what would happen on our road…

    "The hearing examiner planned on coming out and visiting the site again during, I  believe it was going to be school pickup time. I encouraged him to come through on Memorial Day weekend if he could. In lieu of that, he’s asked us to provide pictures, because there was some debate as to how much traffic during the holiday weekends comes through that intersection."

    Councilmember Thomas said his understanding was the May 18 hearing would include responses
from the county to the inputs from the citizens at the May 18 meeting. He asked specifically if they provided any feedback on the rail line option, the 140 trucks per day, and the dust generated. Gribi replied the county planner, Adonais Clark, emphasized there were numerous citizens pushing for the haul-by-rail option. They are estimating 42 trucks going in, and 42 trucks going out on a typical day.

Other Reporting...

    In committee reports, Hannah said the Utilities Committee reviewed electric rates and discussed the topic of a rate increase, among other things. Thomas reported on the Airport Committee meeting, saying that now that the Airport Commission is up and running again, creating some redundancy with the committee’s function, he will make a motion, possibly at the next council meeting, to dissolve the committee.

   A proclamation was read proclaiming May as Hunger Awareness Month. Kylee Hutchings of the
Eatonville Family Agency (EFA) shared information about the level of need in the county, and reported that 3,428 more people were served by the Family Agency in 2016 than were served in 2015. She then shared some of the volunteer-driven activities such as the bread pickup and distribution program, the backpack program, harvesting from Mother Earth Farm in the Puyallup Valley, and others. Milk not consumed in the school district lunch programs is re-distributed, and Fred Meyer Stores also contribute food.

   Councilmember Walter said EFA director Alana Smith talked with him recently about the make-up of
EFA clients, many coming from outlying areas, a high percentage being seniors, and many from families that have at least one member who works at a paying job, but still need help getting to the next paycheck. Hutchings concurred, saying food is also taken to people in the Ashford area for whom it’s a hardship to make the trip all the way in to Eatonville.

    Resolution 2017-O confirms the mayor’s appointment of John Henricks, II to the  Airport Commission. Councilmembers Thomas and Walter both praised Henricks for the expertise and enthusiasm he brings to the airport issues and development. The resolution was approved, 3-0.

    Dunn also congratulated the EFA for the great work that they do in providing services to so many

   The meeting adjourned at 7:49 pm.


March 13, 2017 Town Council Report...

by Dixie A. Walter
March 17, 2017

All council members were present. Other than one Fire District 17 employee, there were no members of the public in the audience until late in the meeting, when two citizens came in and sat down.

Police Chief Brian Witt reported that the leader of a crime spree in town last summer has been convicted on five counts and given a sentence of 72 months.

Assistant Fire Chief Sam Yount reported on, among other things, conducting drug awareness education for Eatonville School District students.

Town Administrator Abby Gribi said the Nisqually Land Trust has gifted another parcel of land to the town, this one being along Alder Cutoff Road just beyond the Mashell River bridge, designated for open space. She also said the staff has set the regular meeting time for the Airport Commission to be the fourth Tuesday of each month at 6 p.m., at the community center.

The town is now participating in the “8-1-1, Call Before You Dig” program. Someone apparently emptied several five-gallon buckets of used motor oil along the side of Lynch Creek Road. The vactor truck and incident spill kits were used, and staff was able to clean up and arrest the spread of the oil, which had contaminated the ground for 150 feet down below the road.

Councilmember James Schrimpsher reported on the Public Safety Committee’s work bringing the town’s code up to date and streamlining it, including some of the penalty sections and general provisions. He urged the council to stay abreast of the progress of the proposed quarry expansion affecting Lynch Creek Road and others, including road maintenance, traffic impacts including tourism, and safety concerns.

Councilmember Bob Walter urged everyone to study the final environmental impact statement, and added that in his opinion, the best option to alleviate the traffic issues on Lynch Creek Road and at the intersection with Washington Avenue would have been for the applicants to work something out with private landowners between the existing quarry and the proposed quarry area, to enable the trucks to use Weyerhaeuser Road. Gribi said one five-acre parcel owner had refused to sell.

Gribi said two more public hearings will be conducted by County Planning, on April 19 and 20, the latter one in Eatonville.

Mayor Mike Schaub thanked Assistant Town Clerk Christina Dargan for her work ensuring the town once again qualified as a “well city.” There will be a council budget retreat on Saturday, April 29 from 9 a.m. to noon at the visitor center.

Business Conducted...

In unfinished business, Ordinance 2017-1, on its second reading, reducing the number of planning commissioners from seven to five, was passed unanimously..

In new business were three resolutions. Resolution 2017-H approved a utility bill late payment reversal and payment extension policy. Late payment penalties can be reversed or waived upon request of the rate payer once every 24 months, and in cases of extenuating circumstances. The waiver will have to be requested by the customer. Passed unanimously.

Resolution 2017-I approved a driving policy for town staff. Passed unanimously.

Resolution 2017-J approved a policy for the newly re-instituted airport commission. The policy  had been reviewed by the Finance Committee. Schaub apologized for the oversight in not allowing the Airport Committee to also review the policy before it was brought to council. Gribi said that though staff will create the agendas for the commission, just as they do for the planning commission, staff will work with commission members to included items they recommend for the agendas. Passed unanimously.

In councilmember comments, Walter pointed out this is National Canine Veterans’ Day, and that they have saved a lot of lives. He also reported on the February 28 Parks/Cemetery Committee meeting, saying the committee was happy to hear a surveillance camera will be purchased for the trailhead, funded by a grant from the Association of Washington Cities’ Risk Management Service Agency. He said this will help provide more security for trail users.

Councilmember Bill Dunn thanked the staff for their work in cleaning up the dumped oil on  Lynch Creek Road, and thanked the person, whoever it was, who reported the spill to town authorities.

The meeting was adjourned at 7:49 p.m.

February 27, 2017 Town Council Report
Study Session - Discussion of Hangers at Airport Hazardous Height According to Federal Aviation Administration
Planning Commission Reduced to Five Members

Study Session...

by Dixie A. Walter
March 3, 2017

The regular meeting was preceded by a study session at 6:45 to discuss the parapets or facades on the four-unit hangar at the southeast corner of Swanson Field. (Councilmember Bob Thomas, also chair of the airport committee, was absent from the study session and did attend the regular meeting.)

An attorney for Dan Simon and Pacific Northwest Land Development LLC spoke first. The parapets on the front wall of the four existing hangars could be removed, but they don’t feel that is necessary, and their team feels the hangars look more attractive, more like hangars instead of warehouses, with the facades.

She distributed handouts and displayed enlarged posters showing similar buildings at other airports for comparison. Removing the parapets would take about four and a half feet off of their height.

The applicant Dan Simon also said he is willing to remove the parapets, but he feels after talking with pilots that it would be unnecessary. He also said one of the reasons he has entered the purchase and sale agreement (the building and property are in receivership) is that he would like to acquire a plane some day, have a hangar for it, and get a pilot’s license.

The town clerk said she has prepared two versions of Resolution 2017-D (that was tabled at the last meeting) to enter an agreement between the town and the applicant for occupancy of the hangar units. The original version concerns the hangar as built; the second incorporates the amendment being suggested for consideration by the applicant (removal of the parapets).

Regular Meeting Convened, Lengthy Discussions Regarding Airport...

Once the regular council meeting convened, Mayor Mike Schaub mentioned  that councilmember Robert Thomas had told him he may not make it back in time from a trip to Montana to be at the meeting. Council then excused Thomas. During agenda review Councilmember James Schrimpsher moved to place the tabled Resolution 2017-D back on the agenda.

Before the vote on the motion, Councilmember Bob Walter objected to the move, saying, “I think it would be unfortunate for us to bring this resolution back and make a decision on it with Councilmember Thomas unable to be here, the chair of our Airport Committee, and very much involved in ensuring the future of our airport and the safety of it.” The motion passed 3-1, with Walter voting "No.".

Citizen Louise Van Eaton commented and asked about what was actually being considered tonight, and whether the hangars themselves, being hazardous because of their height, could be removed as a result of this vote, in adherence to the town’s mission statement that says, “…protecting the present and future health, safety and general welfare of the community.”

Schrimpsher replied twice to Van Eaton, first explaining that the tabled – and now untabled - resolution was a contract between the town and the applicant so he could have occupancy. Schrimpsher explained it had been tabled at the last meeting, “so they could do some research and possibly have some discussion about removing the facades.”

Van Eaton then said the resolution before the council is the reason she is commenting now, because it seemed that, by rejecting the resolution tonight, council would have an opportunity to remove the tall, four-hangar building and prevent further hazards at the site.

Schrimpsher then said, “It’s not about removing the building in its entirety. It’s about removing the façade – the humps at the front. That’s it. That’s what that resolution’s about.”

Walter said he wanted to be sure that he, and Citizen Van Eaton, understood the true scope of the resolution to be voted on, that it was not just about the facades. It was about whether or not to enter a contract with the applicant, who could then purchase and use the building according to the contract.

The proposed amendment just pertained to the parapets. But the status of the building itself hinged on the outcome of the vote on Resolution 2017-D, as updated.

The consent agenda was passed unanimously.

Councilmember Thomas arrived during department head reports. Town administrator Abby Gribi
reported that the Association of Washington Cities awarded the town a grant for $5,000 to purchase two more surveillance cameras to add to the new system.

They will be installed at the Bud Blancher Trailhead and at the water plant. She’ll be getting bids in the next few days for setting those up. Mayor Schaub explained those grants are from their risk management division.

Schrimpsher reported on a finance committee meeting, which looked at the driving policy, the late-bill-pay policy, and the airport commission policy, to mirror the planning commission policy.

Councilmember Jennie Hannah reported on a utilities committee meeting, discussing the utility deposit, the late payment policy verbiage, and reviewed some of the water code.

Councilmember Thomas reported on an airport committee meeting, discussing the hangars, top-coating the runway and security. Two airport commission members were also present. The committee and commission both share concern about there being no restrictions in Resolution 2017-D on use of the hangars.

Thomas said he had no problem with their being occupied, as long as it was in compliance with Washington State DOT (Department of Transportation) guidance on appropriate use of a building with regard to that particular zone. He also felt, and the committee consensus was that $3 million liability coverage was insufficient to cover the town in that location.

Mayor Schaub said that Phil Beach and his wife have moved, and he has resigned after many years on the planning commission. Schaub said he emailed Beach thanking him for his service and expertise on the commission.

The cold weather has hindered the success of the cold patch on some of the potholes; more patching will be done as the weather warms. He reported that he, Gribi and Walter all attended the Pierce County Regional Council assembly ten days ago.

In unfinished business was the un-tabled Resolution 2017-D, which would approve a contract allowing the purchase and use of the four-unit hangar on Tract C at Aviator Heights, under certain conditions. Pacific Northwest Land and Development Company LLC has assigned its interest in a purchase agreement on the property, which is in receivership, to Garage Plus Storage Aviation LLC.

Schaub shared with the audience that the study session prior to the meeting concerned the proposal by the applicant Dan Simon to offer, as an amendment to the resolution for council to consider, the removal of the four facades, or parapets, from the front of the hangars, reducing their height by about 4 ½ feet.

The staff report prepared by the town attorney for the February 13, 2017 council meeting  states, in part, “The FAA determined the existing hangar would be a hazard to air navigation because it exceeds the transitional surface area and the visual traffic pattern protected airspace by 23 feet.

"The FAA’s determination is advisory only and the FAA has no power to prevent development. Instead, the authority to prevent construction lies with the Town which in this case issued a construction permit and certificate of occupancy.”

The applicant received supportive testimony from a pilot based at Kapowsin Field, Eric Matthiessen, who has flown many types and sizes of airplanes, and has flown into Swanson Field numerous times over the years. Thomas asked him if he has ever navigated “short final” into Swanson Field with the hangars there and an easterly cross wind, which he, Thomas, says has bounced him around as a result of the facades on the hangars. The Matthiessen said he has not landed in cross winds over 10 or 15 miles per hour, since he avoids landing here in a strong cross wind.

Thomas said he respected the man’s opinion that the parapets do not have a measurable effect on turbulence, but added that it’s all anecdotal evidence and speculative. Matthiessen asked, didn’t the FAA approve it? Thomas replied the FAA did not approve the hangar as is; the developer was working on the principle that it’s better to ask forgiveness than to beg permission.

He then added that, as the council beat the subject to death in the Aviator Heights discussion, and as he understands it, it’s a Washington State land use violation, and a FAR 77 violation for airspace.

Matthiessen again asked didn’t the FAA resolve it. Thomas replied, “The resolution is a waiver, and you put flashing red lights on all four corners so that the hazard to navigation is obvious.”

The commenter then mentioned there are similar situations at Clover Park and Thun Fields, and a lot of airports have that. He then mentioned an airfield in San Diego where a parking garage was built, “on short final.” Thomas quickly responded, “Now you’re advocating bad government because you’re advocating building a hazard that we’ll later have to spend money to mitigate. So why would we want to do that?”

Walter asked Matthiessen to consider, given his flying  experience, a hypothetical situation in which this hangar was proposed at this location, and what his response would be. He replied that he might say move them a bit further away…but it wouldn’t affect his decision to come in.

Councilmember Bill Dunn asked if the hangar wasn’t there, would there still be an issue for, “the rather tall retaining wall” behind the hangar property.

Simon answered yes, adding that was the reason the FAA determined the hangar was not a hazard as long as it was better lit to be seen. Thomas corrected him by saying the FAA didn’t say the hangar wasn’t a hazard, but that the hangar had to be lit so that pilots were cognizant of the hazard.

Hannah asked Simon to define again, what uses he anticipates for the hangar units. “What the zoning currently allows,” he replied.

Mayor Shaub said those uses will be governed largely by business licensing. Thomas said whatever is allowed there must be consistent with the state transportation department’s aviation section, and what it says is compatible use in that zone.

Schrimpsher asked Thomas, if it’s controlled by our business licensing regulations, why we need to worry about a wrong type of use getting approved. Thomas replied that the Washington State Department of Transportation Aviation Land Use Guidebook shows what’s compatible and what’s not based on the zones around the airport.”

There are appropriate businesses and there inappropriate businesses, and quite frankly, would that get reviewed, during a business license review, in city hall? It doesn’t seem to have happened with the preliminary plat for Aviator Heights, so we don’t have a real good trend on doing that so far.”

Walter said that to him, eliminating as much as possible the absolute risk of the hangars is more important than the amount of insurance coverage on them or how they look (i.e. with or without the facades).

Schrimpsher said the finance committee recently reviewed the new outline for the reinstated airport commission, mirroring off the planning commission, and that that may alleviate Thomas’s concerns about control over uses in the airport zone in the future. Thomas said his immediate concern is these hangars, and the contract being entered allowing any type of occupancy, without any restrictions.

Thomas explained his concern in this way, “As I’ve stated many times before, you can be in compliance with Eatonville Municipal Code, and out of compliance with state law regarding land use around the airport. That’s been the core of my objections to most issues, and again, I don’t see any restrictions in this contract over what those hangars can and can’t be used for.”

Schaub said you would still have to get a building permit. Nothing says residential  is not allowed. “We’re taking an out-of-compliant runway, brought it into as a public facility, that was already out of your normal, what you would consider the compliance of what you would consider an airstrip. And we’re not trying to worsen that, but we are trying to hold it within our code. And we are dealing with what we have as a current code and current land use.”

A lively and at times heated debate continued for some time. In the end, the motion to amend the resolution to require the facades be removed failed by a vote of 2-3, with Thomas and Walter voting "Yes." The resolution to approve the contract for occupancy of the hangar units was then passed by a vote of 3-2, with Hannah, Dunn and Schrimpsher voting "Yes," and Thomas and Walter voting "No."

 In other Business...

Ordinance 2017-1 reduced the number of planning commission members from seven to five, and staggered the expiration dates. The recent resignation of Phil Beach brought the actual number of commissioners to five; it had been at six for awhile, with one unfilled vacancy. The ordinance passed unanimously. The number required for a quorum will now be three instead of four members.

Ordinance 2017-2 adopted interim regulations concerning flood damage prevention. This is a requirement of the Federal Emergency Management Association for municipalities to be in compliance. Since the deadline for compliance, including a public hearing to be conducted by the planning commission, is coming up soon, the council voted to pass the ordinance on the first reading. It passed unanimously.

Resolution 2017-F sets new rates for refuse and recycling collection, passing along the slight rate increases (ranging from sixty cents to $1.73 per month in the residential categories), being implemented by LeMay. It also passed unanimously.

Resolution 2017-G will surplus a bucket truck, an incident response vehicle and a police cruiser – all vehicles that have not been used by the town for some time.

In council comments, Walter asked Gribi for an update on the repair of the surface  of the half-pipe ramp at the skatepark. She responded the material is in hand, but staff has their hands full with severe weather concerns and other issues. When the weather warms a little, it will be installed.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:24 pm.

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