Prior to convening in executive session to discuss personnel, the St. Maries Council addressed a short agenda of business.
The council approved the mayor’s signature on a letter to apply for a grant to redo sidewalks within city limits. The TAP grant (formerly Safe Routes to School) would allow the city to install and/ or improve 1,500 feet of sidewalk. The project would be approximately $527,540 with a city match of $38,721.
Mayor Tom Carver said the proposal includes addressing sidewalks alone Coeur d’Alene Avenue, from Jefferson to Main; along Jefferson, from 9th to 11th: and a portion of 2nd Street. If the grant is awarded, work would be completed next year, 2021. If the council gets the grant they could adjust what areas they feel need the most work.
Appointments approved by the council included Kriss Gibson as city clerk; Celia Sibert as city treasurer; and Mark Reynolds as public works director. Committees were also assigned. Amy Telford, Ed Spooner and Steve Dorendorf will continue to serve on the administration committee and Randy Saunders, Randy Willard and Laci Hanson will serve on the public works committee.
The city received its replacement vacuum truck and approved the payment. Mayor Carver said he spoke with Jack Buell, county commissioner, who indicated he feels he could have his crew at Jack Buell Trucking get the older vacuum truck running. No bids were received when it was listed as surplus. Mayor Carver is hopeful once it is running the city can sell it for a minimum of $25,000. The cost of the new truck was $225,000.
Finally, in other business, council approved a pay request for a progress report on Railroad Avenue in the amount of $2,616. The date for a public information meeting on the project is tentatively set for Feb. 18, 4 to 6 p.m.
A workshop to discuss dog regulations was set tentatively for 1 p.m. Feb. 12. Also, Mayor Carver said the city’s application for a second, $500,000 Block Grant from USDA for the sewer project made the shortlist, which is a good sign.