Elma City Council meeting notes

Elma City Council meeting, Nov. 6, 2017

Elma Police Chief Susan Shultz reported to the Elma City Council on Nov. 6 that a home-based narcotics distribution operation had recently been shut down by the U.S. Marshals Service and the Grays Harbor Drug Task Force.

Shultz described the operation as significant in size and declined to give the specific location of the home because the investigation is ongoing.

“A significant amount of heroin and methamphetamine were taken from the home, as well as a large amount of cash,” she said.

Shultz also reported that crime statistics for the city increased significantly over the past year and an inordinate number of indecent exposure incidents were reported in October.

Other business

• The council voted unanimously to pass an ordinance allowing for a 1-percent property tax increase.

• The Elma Chamber of Commerce requested lodging tax funds to help pay for the Elma Winter Wine Festival. It was noted that the festival, which requires 60-70 volunteers to put on, brings in considerable outside money and tourism to the community. The council voted to authorize $21,000 in lodging tax funds to be put toward the festival.

• A public hearing was held on the city’s 2018 final draft budget. No public comment was heard.

• Several versions of proposed new city seals were presented to the council. No selection has yet been made.

• City building inspector Joe Chrystal said he believes there are several businesses interested in Eagles Landing that are waiting for a major store to commit.