City Council Roundup | Feb. 6, 2018
Posted on 02/09/2018


The Newcastle City Council roundups offer a digest of notable items for those who can't make it to the regular meetings. Listen to the audio from the Feb. 6 meeting here and view the meeting agenda packet here.

The Newcastle City Council elected a mayor and deputy mayor at its Feb. 6 meeting. Mayor Allen Dauterman and Deputy Mayor Linda Newing will each serve two-year terms.

Mayor Dauterman was first elected to the City Council in 2015. Prior to that, he was on the Planning Commission from 2010-15, and served as the group's chairman 2014-15. He's lived in Newcastle since 2007. Learn more about Mayor Dauterman here.

Deputy Mayor Linda Newing was also elected to the City Council in 2015. Prior to that she was on the Community Activities Commission from 2013-15, and served as the group's vice chair from 2014-15. She's lived in Newcastle for 15 years. Learn more about Deputy Mayor Newing here.

The City of Newcastle operates with a council-manager form of government. In this structure, the council elects its mayor and deputy mayor from among its members. The mayor presides at all council meetings and is recognized as the head of the city for ceremonial events. The deputy mayor functions as mayor in the event of the mayor's absence. All legislative and policymaking powers are vested in the council. The council employs a professionally trained city manager to carry out the policies it develops.

Other Notes

Surface Water Management Fees: The Newcastle City Council considered a proposed rate increase and a change to the methodology for calculating fees that would generate more revenue. Staff presented analysis showing additional revenue is required to fund operations and capital projects. After discussion, Councilmembers made no change to the methodology for calculating fees, and took no action to increase rates.

Currently, properties in the "very light" category, which applies almost exclusively to The Golf Club at Newcastle, are billed on a per parcel basis. A change in the way fees are calculated from a per parcel to a per acre basis would provide additional revenue. Any decisions affecting how fees are calculated would need to be made prior to a March 1 deadline. The Council may consider rates at meetings later this year.

SWM fees fund the SWM Division of the city's Public Works Department, a utility that manages surface and storm water to reduce flooding of streets and property and to reduce the impact of polluted water to the natural environment. Additional background information can be found in the agenda bill here.

Solid Waste Management Contract: The council continued discussing options to deliver the best possible waste-hauling services to residents and businesses as the city's contract with Waste Management expires in mid-2019. The consultant guiding the city through this process will be at the Feb. 20 meeting, when city staff members hope to receive council direction on the desired approach for the expiring contract. Read more about the solid waste contract options in the Jan. 16 council roundup here.

Relight Washington: The Newcastle City Council approved an agreement that will bring energy-efficient LED bulbs to all city streetlights. Learn more about the Relight Washington Program here.

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