Council holds first session of 2013

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Council holds first session of 2013

Staff photo/Kathy McCarty


    CRAIG GREEN, who was elected to a four-year term on the Presque Isle City Council last November, was sworn in by City Clerk Bev Labbe during the first Council meeting of 2013, held Jan. 7 at City Hall.

By Kathy McCarty

Staff Writer

    PRESQUE ISLE — City Council met Monday night for its first session of 2013, with councilors Peter Hallowell, Micah Desmond, Randy Smith and Craig Green present to make decisions on a number of annual matters.
    Randy Smith presided as chair, in the absence of Emily Smith. Councilors Bruce Sargent and Dick Engels were also absent. Deputy City Manager Martin Puckett sat in for City Manager Jim Bennett.
    The first order of business was the swearing in of Craig Green as councilor. Green, who was elected in November to serve a four-year term, had been sworn in following his election to fill the vacancy left by the resignation of Councilor Jessica Chase-Smith. That term ended on Dec. 31.
    Councilors also approved the following re-appointments:
• Emily Smith as Council chair for 2013;
• Randy Smith as deputy chair for 2013;
• Hugo Olore as city attorney;
• Bev Labbe as city clerk;
• Emily Smith and Hallowell to one-year terms on the Audit Committee;
• Hallowell and Randy Smith to one-year terms on the Finance Committee;
• Engels and Randy Smith to one-year terms on the Presque Isle Development Fund Board of Trustees; and
• Engels to the Presque Isle Industrial Council Board of Directors for a term of three years or until the councilor’s elected term ends, whichever is less.
    Councilors also set City Council’s regular meetings for the first Monday of each month, beginning at 6 p.m., at City Hall in Council’s chamber, unless otherwise specified.
    Councilors unanimously approved the policy on treasurer’s disbursement of warrants for employee wages and benefits, as well as municipal officers’ policy on disbursement of municipal education costs.
    Discussion then turned to the Presque Isle Industrial Council, with councilors accepting the PIIC 2012 meeting minutes. Councilor Engels was approved as a director. Ray Hews was selected as director at large.
    Larry Clark, PIIC executive director, then presented a review of the past year and what the future holds for the organization.
    Council then resumed its regular business, with the renewal of several ordinances, including: Chapter 1, City Seal; Chapter 3, Council Procedure; Chapter 5, Traffic Regulations; Chapter 9, License and Public Hearing Fees; Chapter 18, Fire Prevention Code; Chapter 23, Pawnbrokers; Chapter 24, Sidewalk Snow Removal; Chapter 35, Curb Cut; Chapter 36, Domesticated Animal; Chapter 38, Floodplain Management; Chapter 40, Conduct in Public Parks, Recreation Areas and Facilities; Chapter 41, Bike/Walker’s Path; Chapter 41A, Special Amusement; Chapter 46, Addressing; Chapter 47, Restricting Vehicle Weight on Posted Ways; Chapter 49, Administration of Government; Chapter 50, Advisory Board; Chapter 55, Pet Welfare; and Chapter 56, Changeable Sign.
    Councilors voted to table discussion on one ordinance — Chapter 28, Hawkers, Peddlers, Itinerant Venders & Transient Sellers of Consumer Merchandise — until the deputy city manager could provide more details as to what types businesses and services the ordinance pertained to.
    Consent agenda items were handled individually. Councilors approved the minutes for a regular meetings held on Dec. 3 and Nov. 7 of 2012 and workshop meeting minutes for Dec. 5 and 10, 2012. They also approved 2012 warrants 44-48 totalling $1,217,528.97.
    Councilors also appointed:
• Bennett, Clark and Airport Director Scott Wardwell to one-year terms as ex-officios on the Airport Advisory Board;
• Librarian Sonja Plummer-Morgan and Finance Director Priscilla Webb to one-year terms as ex-officios for the Library Board of Trustees; and
• Bennett to a one-year term as ex-officio on the Presque Isle Development Fund Board of Trustees, as well as the PIIC Board of Directors.
Two public hearings were set for Jan. 23 and Feb. 4 to discuss rezoning of a section of Academy Street.
Councilors tabled once again appointing someone to the Sewer District Board of Trustees, to allow a candidate to be interviewed.
Under new business, councilors learned of the vacancies available on various boards and committees. Candidates are being sought for the following openings:
• Airport Advisory Board — three seats for four-year terms;
• Audit Committee — one seat for a one-year term;
• Board of Assessment Review — three seats for three-year terms expiring Dec. 31, 2015; and one alternate seat for a one-year term expiring Dec. 31, 2013;
• Downtown Revitalization Committee — two seats, for four-year terms;
• Library Board of Trustees — three seats for three-year terms;
• Planning Board — two seats, for three-year terms;
• Presque Isle Development Fund Board of Trustees — three seats, for three-year terms;
• Presque Isle Development Fund Board of Trustees — annual appointment, two seats for one-year terms;
• Recreation & Parks Advisory Committee — one seat, for a four-year term; and
• Zoning Board of Appeals — three seats, three-year terms.
    Interested individuals can obtain more information or submit a letter of interest by contacting City Clerk Bev Labbe.
    Planning and Development Director Ken Arndt provided an explanation of the Health Main Street grant, with councilors voting to accept it as presented.
    Councilors closed the evening by authorizing the city manager to purchase a used 1997 Cat M320 from Chadwick-BaRoss for $75,000 and to authorize the City Council chairperson and finance director to secure a $60,000 loan for four years at 3.25 percent, with the balance of the purchase price coming from the Public Works account.
    In the manager’s report, Puckett recognized Webb, presenting her with an award as representative for her department for their preparation of the city’s comprehensive annual financial report which recently received the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting presented by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada.
    Council’s next meeting will be held Jan. 23 at 5 p.m. at City Hall. The public is welcome and encouraged to participate. For more information, visit or call 760-2785.