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Council Committees

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Human Resources / Government
Member Susan Humbyrd*
Member Marilee McCall
Member Jennifer Heffernan

The charge of this committee is to review the current employee Personnel Policy, Hiring Policy, and salary step plans of the City of Woodland employees. This committee shall meet monthly with the Clerk-Treasurer to discuss these issues and report their findings at Woodland City Council meetings and make any recommendations in regards to new or amended ordinances concerning this area. In addition to the above at least one of the members of this committee shall be present at all collective bargaining sessions for the employees of the City.

Facilities

Member: Marilee McCall*
Member: Susan Humbyrd
Member: Scott Perry

This committee reviews and makes recommendations to the council for current short-term facility needs and future long-term facility needs and planning for all city departments. Facilitates in the planning for the construction of the new police facility, located at 300 E Scott Avenue, as approved by the voters in November 2011

Finance
MemberBenjamin Fredricks*
Member Marshall Allen
MemberAl Swindell

The charge of this committee is to review and to make a recommendation for approval to the Council of the City's vouchers each and every month of the fiscal year. Also to bring back to the City Council any that may be questionable, for further review. In addition, to assist in the review of the budgeting process based on the revenue projections over the past five to ten (5-10) years in order to better estimate the city’s revenue and therefore be better enabled to project expenditures. To also work with the Clerk-Treasurer on making the budget process more user friendly during the budget season.

Lodging Tax Advisory
Member Susan Humbryd*
Member (alternate) Benjamin Fredricks
Advisory/Non-voting James Misner, Cowlitz County Commissioner

The charge of this committee is pursuant to WMC 2.82 (Ordinance No. 1162) and RCW 67.28.1817. A lodging tax advisory committee shall consist of at least five members, appointed by the legislative body of the municipality. The committee membership shall include: (a) At least 2 members who are representatives of businesses required to collect tax under this chapter; and (b) at least 2 members who are persons involved in activities authorized to be funded by revenue received under this chapter. Persons who are eligible for appointment under (a) of this subsection are not eligible for appointment under (b) of this subsection. Persons who are eligible for appointment under (b) of this subsection are not eligible for appointment under (a) of this subsection. Organizations representing businesses required to collect tax under this chapter, organizations involved in activities authorized to be funded by revenue received under this chapter, and local agencies involved in tourism promotion may submit recommendations for membership on the committee. The number of members who are representatives of businesses required to collect tax under this chapter shall equal the number of members who are involved in activities authorized to be funded by revenue received under this chapter. One member shall be an elected official of the municipality who shall serve as chair of the committee. An advisory committee for a city or town may include one nonvoting member who is an elected official of the county in which the city or town is located. The appointing authority shall review the membership of the advisory committee annually and make changes as appropriate.

Any municipality that proposes imposition of a tax under this chapter, an increase in the rate of a tax imposed under this chapter, repeal of an exemption from a tax imposed under this chapter, or a change in the use of revenue received under this chapter shall submit the proposal to the lodging tax advisory committee for review and comment. The submission shall occur at least forty-five days before final action on or passage of the proposal by the municipality. The advisory committee shall submit comments on the proposal in a timely manner through generally applicable public comment procedures. The comments shall include an analysis of the extent to which the proposal will accommodate activities for tourists or increase tourism, and the extent to which the proposal will affect the long-term stability of the fund created under RCW 67.28.1815. Failure of the advisory committee to submit comments before final action on or passage of the proposal shall not prevent the municipality from acting on the proposal. A municipality is not required to submit an amended proposal to an advisory committee under this section.

Public Safety
Member Marilee McCall*
Member Benjamin Fredricks
Member Scott Perry

The charge of this committee will be to work with the Civil Service Commission on matters connected to the Woodland Police Department members and to the paid members of the Woodland Fire Department. They will also work with the Police Chief and the Fire Chief on matters connected with safety, protection, and emergency management for the citizens of Woodland, and bring these suggestions to the City Council for their consideration. In addition, review of the Woodland Fire, Rescue, and EMS Rules and Regulations that were last reviewed in 2003 and bring any recommendations to the City Council for consideration.

Public Utilities
Member Al Swindell*
Member Scott Perry
Member Marshall Allen

The charge of this committee is very broad with regards to the city’s infrastructure, water treatment, wastewater treatment, streets, curbs, gutters, sidewalks, and street lighting. Another area is the city facilities which includes building and maintenance issues that would need to be addressed by the Council. Also, land use issues, such as comprehensive land use planning, storm water run-off planning, critical areas planning, and environmental and zoning issues. A future task of the Committee & Public Works Director is to look into the possibility of creating a fifth department for the City of Woodland, consisting of Building, Planning, and Engineering and make a recommendation to the Council.

The overall charge of the Public Works Committee is to assess the needs of the city’s infrastructure, facilities, and land use elements and to bring to the Woodland City Council recommendations for any new or the updating of current ordinances. In addition to the above responsibilities one of the members of this committee, to be determined by the Chairman, is to be assigned to work with the Horseshoe Lake Management Committee covered under Title 2 WMC, Chapter 2.80, as a non-voting member, and to report their findings and requests at council meetings.

Parks & Recreation
Member Al Swindell*
Member Susan Humbyrd
Member Jennifer Heffernan

The charge of this committee is to assist with recommended improvements, operation and maintenance of the City of Woodland Park systems. Work with the City’s Community Development Planner and Public Works Director in the acquisition and development of new open space for parks, plan for pedestrian and bicycle paths throughout the City, and make recommendations for the enforcement of reasonable rules and regulations necessary in the operation of parks. Also to assist in the development of the annual Park budget, staffing levels to maintain the park system, and forward this information to the Council for its consideration. In addition the Park & Recreation Committee shall co-coordinate and communicate issues where parks may be involved with projects in relation to the Downtown Woodland Revitalization Committee and to the Horseshoe Lake Management Committee and to work as a unit to move these projects forward.

Ad Hoc Committees

Community Gardens - dormant
Member[Vacant]

This committee is dormant.

AWC/Legislative
Member Al Swindell

A resource committee for the Woodland City Council, to keep the Council informed of their lobbying efforts on behalf of cities, up coming training sessions, workshops, and annual convention for elected officials.

Comprehensive Plan (50 year) Review
Member Marilee McCall
Member Marshall Allen
Member Scott Perry

This committee should shall consist from five to nine members and their charge would be to advise the Woodland City Council and Planning Commission, on issues of growth, growth management, environmental, open space, critical areas, transportation, and zoning. They should be residents from within the Woodland Zip Code area. Councilperson Marilee McCall and the Mayor are to form this committee.

Cowlitz Wahkiakum Council of Governments (CWCOG)
Member Susan Humbyrd
Alternate Al Swindell

This committee consists of at least one elected official as well as the Public Works Director and/or Community Development Planner. This Committee meets at least once per month in Kelso, and the City of Woodland is represented by at least one member.

Woodland Quality Community Coalition
Member Jennifer Heffernan
Member Scott Perry

This committee meets quarterly, along with the other membership which consists of the Woodland School District, Port of Woodland, Cowlitz County Commissioners and City of Woodland. It’s membership may also include the Downtown Woodland Revitalization and Chamber of Commerce. This committee shall review common citywide issues that affect the community, look for ways to consolidate resources, communicate with the citizens and coordinate events when possible.

Water Sewer Advisory - dormant
Member [vacant]*

This committee shall meet and make recommendations to the council on water and sewer rates, along with the Public Works Director.

This committee is currently dormant

Community Committees

911 Communications

Member: Mayor Laseke
Alternate: Benjamin Fredricks

This committee meets quarterly in Kelso at the Hall of Justice. Reviews and recommends items pertaining to 911 Communications and the annual budget.

Downtown Woodland Revitalization
Member Tom Golik, Chair

Reports to the Council concerning issues and needs of this committee, which is a private group of citizens.

Cowlitz Government Summit

Member: Susan Humbyrd*
Member (alternate): Scott Perry

This committee meets quarterly with other entities in Cowlitz County to discuss group coordination and looks for ways to partner together for cost savings throughout the county.

Regional Information

Member: Susan Humbyrd

 

Woodland Chamber of Commerce

This committee reports to the Council and the City concerning issues and events of the business community. The Chamber appoints one of their members to do this.