The city of St. Maries may soon purchase a new vacuum truck.

Mark Reynolds, public works director, told the council Monday a truck the city was interested in would be transported from California to Portland for an inspection. He estimated the price of the tuck to be around $225,000. He said the city may sell its vacuum truck, which has not been running.

Beer, wine and liquor licenses for 2020 were approved by council as was pay requests in regards to the bond project – one for $1,959.38 and $22,312.59.

The council decided to send a request from Dan and Pam Schiermeister for an alley/easement vacation and lot merger to planning and zoning committee before pursuing the application further. Ed Spooner said the legwork the committee does is usually very helpful to the council as they make decisions on such matters.

Mayor Tom Carver said he had heard from a couple interested parties that may want to serve on the planning and zoning committee as well to fill vacancies.

In other news, the city will apply for a $30,000 grant through the Local Highway Technical Assistance Council (LHTAC). If received, the money would be used to replace signage throughout the city and to purchase more radar speed signs.

A pay request for $5,822.59 for Walter Steed for work he’s done on the second USDA Block Grant was also approved. The city applied for a second half million dollar grant, which, if received, would also be used for portions of the sewer project.

After a relatively short 30-minute meeting, the council convened in executive session to consider the evaluation, dismissal or disciplining of, or to hear complaints, or charges brought against, a public officer, employee, staff member or individual agent, or public school student.

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