Name of Observer: Jane Ficalora
Observed Meeting: Langley City Council
Date of Meeting: 4/17/2023
Members present: Harolynne Bobis, Rhonda Salerno, Thomas Gill, Craig Cyr, Gail Fleming
Members absent: none
Others present (staff, media, public): Mayor: Scott Chaplin, Interim Clerk: Darlene Baldwin, Finance Director: Wanda Grone, Planning Director: Meredith Penny, Director of Public Works: Randi Perry, Chief of Police: Tavier Wasser, Chamber of Commerce Executive Director and Commissioner Port of South Whidbey
There were also members of public on zoom - they are not shown unless they make a comment.
Summarize the main issues discussed at the meeting:
-Chamber of Commerce Inge Morascini provided update on local business.
-Planning Director Penny presented interim zoning amendments for automobile detailing and Multi-Family performance standards for mixed-use development. Both amendments passed.
-Public Works Director Perry presented information on Water Use Efficiency Goal Resolution.
-Greg Easton, Commissioner for Port of South Whidbey was present to follow up on application that was submitted August of 2022. There is funding available for proposal of housing on fairgrounds but need zoning changes in timely manner or will lose money. Planning Director Perry explained the
application process was slowed because of tax issues with company processing application. It was decided as long as the Port has evidence of the proceedings in process that would suffice for near term. If tax issue continues longer, Penny will take up work on application until the tax matter is solved.
-Chief Wasser announced the police department was awarded a grant for training program. The department is developing recruiting effort to fill openings in the civil service commission that by law need to be filled. The department is searching for a new vehicle and pros and cons of using EV automobiles were discussed.
-Finance director Grone mentioned there is need to have a different person other than herself for accounts payable because it opens city to potential for fraud charges. Grone is currently working to close year-end balance as well and that is a time-consuming task. The director also mentioned that the city uses a lot of volunteers and there is a need for these hours to be recorded quarterly.
Do you recommend local League action or study on any of these issues? No
Was the meeting conducted in an open, business-like, and civil manner? Yes – All in attendance were polite and the motions were discussed and voted on in an orderly manner.
Consider the following questions and respond if relevant:
Was the agenda made available prior to and at the meeting? Yes -
Did members adhere to the provided agenda? Yes
Were any non-agenda items discussed? No
Was there adequate discussion of issues? Yes
Were any “Executive Sessions” called? No
Was there adequate opportunity for public input? Yes
Was background material available to the public? Yes – see council packet linked above.
Did any member recuse themselves during the meeting? No
List any other concerns or observations:
Observer E-mail: email@example.com Date submitted: 4/20/23