By Jared Arnold/The Independent Staff
The Chewelah City Council unanimously approved the city’s 2017 budget, along with a list of other year-end necessities, at its December 7 regular meeting. In addition to the budget issue, the council renewed lease agreements with municipal building tenants, a contract for city attorney services, and a contract for planning services.
Mayor Dorothy Knauss was absent from the meeting; mayor pro tem Sharon Ludwig presided over the meeting in her absence.
The approved 2017 budget of approximately $7.6 million includes the following expenditures: General Administration $1,695,112; Street $301,941; Hotel/Motel Tax $16,928; Real Estate Excise Tax $75,090; Pioneer Cemetery $4,000; Capital Projects $1,053,400; Electric $1,913,801; Water $940,225; Sewer $912,751; Garbage $482,953; Utility Deposits $50,000; Shop $117,476.
The council unanimously renewed lease agreements with the following tenants in the municipal building at a rate of 75 cents per square foot plus utilities (12 cents per square foot) and leasehold excise tax (12.84 percent); McGrane and Schuerman – 724 square feet; Brad Haslam – 562 square feet; Tom Bristol – 401 square feet; Tara Borders Dollar – 157 square feet; Julie Aadland – 117 square feet.
NEW Alliance Counseling Services will lease 3,942 square feet from the city at a rate of 55 cents per square foot plus 12 cents per square foot for utilities.
A contract for city attorney services was renewed with McGrane and Schuerman Law Firm for $17,400 in 2017.
An agreement with the city’s contract planner, Studio Cascade, was renewed by the council for 2017. The city will pay Studio Cascade $30,000 to “provide application review and processing, long range planning efforts (comprehensive plan updates, annexations, grant writing), and acting as staff to the Chewelah City Council and Hearing Examiner.”
The council also approved an agreement with Rural Resources Victim Services for 2017. For $4,500, Rural Resources Victim Services will provide: trained staff to assist victims of domestic violence and/or sexual assault crimes 24 hours a day, seven days a week; community education and awareness to prevent domestic violence and sexual assault crimes; recruitment of volunteers and providing them the state mandated training to assist victims; assistance to the police department when officers identify victims in need or request assistance; and provide the city with an annual report summarizing the services provided by the program.
The council elected councilwoman Carra Nupp to serve on the Local Firefighter Board of Trustees for the coming year.
The next regular meetings of the Chewelah City Council are scheduled for Wednesday, December 21 and Wednesday, January 4, 6:30 p.m. at the City Hall Council Chambers.