(By Jared Arnold/Chewelah Independent)
Mayor updates council on flooding…
The Chewelah City Council voted unanimously at their April 5 meeting to give $1,000 from the Hotel/Motel Tax fund to Tri County Economic Development District (TEDD) for the development of a mobile tourism app, known as 468 Insider. 468 Insider is an app used on mobile devices, such as phones and tablets, that directs visitors to businesses and attractions in the community and rewards them with points. According to their website, points can be redeemed for discounts on goods and services within the community. TEDD, along with several other cities in the tri-county area, has contributed to the development of the app.
Mayor Dorothy Knauss updated the council on the flooding within the city. She said the city’s emergency declaration signed last month would remain in effect until county officials lift their own declaration. Knauss said that the Lincoln Ave. bridge near the park would remain closed until city crews are confident that no more flooding will occur and they have a chance to inspect the bridge for damage. They will also clean the mud and debris off the bridge before re-opening it. The Mayor estimated that the city has spent approximately $4,000 to address flood damage, mostly due to erosion of South 2nd Street West by Chewelah Creek between Main Avenue and King Avenue. She also indicated that the footbridge on the north end of the city park is “suspect” and may need to be repaired.
In other business, the council also approved Ordinance #909 which will allow city utility customers to pay their bills with credit and debit cards.
In response to a letter received from a city resident, the council authorized the Mayor and her administration to pursue grant funding for a “splash pad” in the city park. Although details were not discussed, splash pads are normally concrete pads with various nozzles and other water features for children to play with. Unlike swimming pools, splash pads have no standing water, eliminating the possibility of drowning and the need for lifeguards.
Knauss reported that Chewelah Police Department officer Matt Miller and his K9 partner, Rebel, will begin a 10-week patrol dog training program on April 17.
The city council’s next regular meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, April 19, 6:30 p.m. at City Hall.