City of Placerville
City Council Meeting
August 15, 2020
Mayor – Brian J Davies
Council – Jim Wells, Dennis Waters, Rick Barber, George Butters
City Clerk/Treasurer – Julie Randolph
CALL TO ORDER 10:07 AM
ESTABLISH QUORUM by City Clerk
PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE Led by Mayor Davies
APPROVE AGENDA (action item)
A motion to approve the Agenda was made by Councilman Butters, Councilman Barber 2nd. Motion passed.
Approve Minutes: July 11, 2020 (action item)
A motion to approve the July Minutes was made by Councilman Wells, Councilman Barber 2nd. Motion passed.
Address Change for McKenzie (action item)
A motion to approve the address change per the McKenzie proposal was made by Councilman Wells, Councilman Barber 2nd. Motion passed.
Building- preventive maintenance funds (action item)
Council discussed creating a building fund due to deterioration of the city buildings.
A motion to use the forgone amount to establish a building fund plus continue to contribute to the fund in future budgets was made by Councilman Butters, Councilman Wells 2nd. Motion passed.
August Finance Report (action item)
A motion to accept the August Finance Report was made by Councilman Barber, Councilman Waters 2nd. Motion passed.
FY 2020-2021 BUDGET HEARING (action item) 10:21 AM
A motion to accept the budget was made by Councilman Wells, Councilman Waters 2nd. Motion passed.
Mayor Davies discussed some cleaning up of road issues involving water. Road work on Soward and Bledsoe has been completed.
Road signs have been quoted at $117 for stop signs and 3 speed limit signs for $173.
Councilman Barber turned to Clark and Phoebe Cassell for the report. It was reported that Karen and Tom Andreason have been amazing so would like them appointed to Historical.
The jail is deteriorating and needs structural support. Historical Preservation has been asked about a grant. There is a grant that is available but is due end of September and has some guidelines to follow. An historical engineer can be sent out at no cost to historical or the city. Gary Jones looked at the area and gave some suggestions about how to support the area. He gave a quote for the support structure. A contractor is needed to install the support. Councilman Wells would like to hear the engineer’s suggestions before the support is built. The engineer can suggest what needs to be done immediately and what can be done in stages which may allow for grants to help with each stage. There was a discussion about selling, as a fund raiser, pieces of the Mercantile walls that have been falling apart.
Commission Appointments (action item)
Mayor Davies appointed Tom and Karen Andreason.
Councilman Wells shared that there was a big leak in the pond. It was shut off. After an investigation it was discovered that a moose had stepped on a pipe which caused the leak. Councilman Wells discussed having other councilmembers learn the system in case of emergency.
There are some issues with the pump house that will need to be addressed this fall.
There was a discussion about a water meter that was installed previously. There is now a $150 a year fee. There is a weekly reading that is being requested. There was a discussion about water rights and how that might affect the city. There are a lot of items in the air about water rights. Fire protection is still allowed.
Mayor Davies addressed the buried aluminum line that comes down to the pumps that needs replaced. Previously, Matt White and Mayor Davies cut the lines and put new lines in. Water was running down the old lines. There needs to be a trench from the power line to the pump house and a new line with conduit replacing the old line installed soon.
In the next couple of years there is root penetration that needs to be addressed.
Councilman Waters has gone through the cemetery plots to match and correct the city records. He would like to see unmarked graves marked with something. Council discussed different options.
The cemetery has been raked but piles need to be removed.
The restrooms will be pumped next week.
There is a Thank You note for Core & Main’s Dan Hawkins who has been very helpful with the irrigation work that has been done.
Mayor Davies brought up the business license. Council discussed ideas.
Councilman Butters discussed the fire. So far, things have been going well. The local agency will be in charge in a few days. There will be more trucks coming into and out of Placerville. The IC post will be moving into this area. The danger level is lower now. There will still be air support and work on containment lines. If you have any questions ask Councilman Butters. He is attending the fire briefings.
Councilman Wells wanted to discuss meeting spacing during the colder months.
Phoebe wanted to know when the pipe behind the Merc would be moved.
Clark had a question about the speed limit signs.
ADJOURN MEETING 11:33 AM