City Council Begins Year with Short Meeting

news_grant-st-bridge-wing42Following three months of working toward making some major cuts in the 2013 budget, the first Chewelah City Council meeting of the new year was light on business Jan. 2.

City Administrator Mike Frizzell updated the council on current work projects.

The project to repair the wing walls of Grant Street Bridge continues as Frizzell said he expected the walls to be formed and poured this week. Once the concrete cures for about seven days they will backfill the area with dirt to complete the project.

The city hall sidewalk project has been postponed until spring to finish backfill and sod. The concrete was poured in December.

Both projects are funded by grants.

Frizzell also said the city staff is looking into installing a roll up security window at city hall to consolidate all administrative staff to one office area on the north side of the building. The security window will allow business from the hallway and increase staff efficiency. The finance committee will meet on Jan. 10 to discuss available options.

Councilman Nick Lasko reported that the enforcement committee plans to meet in January and should have something to bring forward to the council soon on ways to make the city municipal code more enforceable.

Teresa Shannon, representing the Chewelah Chamber of Commerce, thanked the city for installing seasonal lighting along Main Avenue for the Christmas season. Frizzell said they will keep them up through the winter and will make sure the lighting department fixes the snowflake lights that are not working.

Gary McNiel, President of the Senior Citizens of Chewelah Valley, gave the city an annual written report of the services the organization currently offers. These include: managing the community food bank and local senior center, overseeing a 48 unit low income and disabled apartment complex, conducting weekly card parties, and hosting two potlucks per month that offer entertainment and informational programs. The Senior Citizens of Chewelah Valley has a membership of over 85 individuals.

No new business is expected for the Jan. 16 city council meeting and it is anticipated to be canceled. The next regular meeting will be Wednesday, Feb. 6 at 6:30 p.m.

By Kellie TrudeauBaumann Brothers Construction pour the wing walls for Grant Street Bridge (at Cozy Nook Road) with concrete from DTI Ready Mix on Thursday, Jan. 3. Jared Arnold photo, The Independent Staff

In This Photo: Baumann Brothers Construction pour the wing walls for Grant Street Bridge (at Cozy Nook Road) with concrete from DTI Ready Mix on Thursday, Jan. 3. Jared Arnold photo