City council meeting: $700,000 water transmission line project approved, BHS students recognized and more

Banks – The Mayor and city council met on Tuesday, April 10 for the monthly city council meeting to discuss, among other things, repealing and replacing the city’s sign ordinances, authorizing a proposal by Kennedy/Jenks Consultants to replace the main water transmission line on Sellers Road, and more.

The meeting started with a replay of the Banks High School film class video that was played at the State of the City address on March 1. In the video, Mayor Pete Edison (portrayed by Max Merritt) is shown wrestling with a decision to vote on the annexation of land into the city of Banks.

Mayor Edison recognized the students and teacher responsible for the video with certificates of appreciation, including Gunnar Partain, Jacob Moore, Jared Sandhagen, Max Merritt, Ronny King, Trask Bailey, and Banks High School teacher Kristina Passadore.

The city council then heard a variety of reports from the contracted Washington County Sheriff’s Office, the Banks Economic Development Commission, and a city manager report.

The Banks City Council then unanimously passed the “consent calendar,” a set of agenda items considered routine.

A notable item on the consent calendar was a proposal from Kennedy/Jenks Consultants to replace the main water transmission line on Sellers Road that supplies the City of Banks with water. The proposal, which includes design and construction and other activities associated with the transmission line project, has a price tag of $701,881.

A discussion surrounding Ordinance 2018-04-01, which would repeal and replace the city’s sign ordinances then began. Councilor Stephanie Jones started the discussion, stating her concerns about language in the proposed new sign ordinances that would restrict the materials used to construct a temporary sign. Jones contended that it doesn’t matter what material a temporary sign is constructed from, but rather that the definition of a temporary sign should just be the length of time the sign is placed.

Eventually, the first reading of the ordinance was passed, with two changes to the proposed ordinance: some temporary signs will only be allowed to be in place for 45 days, and language regarding signage material was removed. The ordinance will be read at the upcoming May 8 council meeting before it is fully approved.

The council touched on a few more items during a roundtable discussion, and Mayor Edison adjourned the meeting.

The next Banks city council meeting is scheduled for May 8 at 7 p.m. in the council chambers, located at 13690 NW Main Street.

This article has been updated to clarify that the cot of the water transmission line project includes design and construction and other associated costs.

Sources and more information: 

On-scene reporting from Banks Post Editor Chas Hundley
City of Banks April 10 meeting agenda packet