The City was established in 1883 as a railroad stop that was called Palouse Junction. Later it became known as Connell, named after a Northern Pacific Station Agent, Joseph Connell. The City was officially incorporated in 1910.
The City of Connell serves the community offering many services; park facilities, water, sewer, contracted sanitation, Fire Department, Police Department, building permits, community center rental/usage, and dog license. If you visit City Hall you can get many services fulfilled there and also get general information about the City of Connell as well as the community.
The City of Connell has 22 permanent employees, 13 seasonal employees and 27 firemen. Their main goal is to keep the community safe. They have rapid response by well trained first responders and keep well maintained infrastructure. They are proactive in the maintenance of water, sewer and street systems. It is also understood that it is important to be financially stable, so that they can protect and enhance the City’s financial health and stability while maintaining appropriate and essential public services in a cost-effective manner.
The Police Department offers bicycle registrations – this helps in returning lost or stolen bikes that have been recovered. They also offer House Checks for residents when they are on vacation or out of town.
A bit of history….the first City Council meeting was held on December 13th, 1910 where W.H. Miller was appointed as the 1st mayor of the Town of Connell. Our current mayor is Lee Barrow and the Council members are John White, Pat Barrera, Joe Escalera, Kathy Silva, and Mayor Pro Tem Ray Minor. Council members serve a 4 year term. City Council meetings are held on the 1st and 3rd Mondays of each month at 6:00pm at City Hall. The public is always welcome to attend and participate in City Council meetings.
City Hall is located at 104 E Adams St in the center of Connell. They are open Monday – Friday 9am – 5pm. For service information or questions, you can call 509-234-2701 or check out the city website at cityofconnell.com