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Bingen Lists Top 2009 Goals

List is more housekeeping

The city of Bingen has created a new list of "goals and priorities" for calender year 2009.

According to Bingen Mayor Brian Prigel, the list is more "housekeeping" this year as opposed to major building or infrastructure projects.

"We don't have money for bricks and mortar projects this year," Prigel said. "We'll update the sewer/water agreements and some of our zoning ordinances, that kind of thing."

There are a total of 14 items on the city's list, with the first one being completing several "carry-over" projects from 2008. These projects include:

Complete the Maple Street reconstruction project and have a "ribbon-cutting" ceremony.

Close out the West Steuben stormwater project.

Complete planning for Daubenspeck Park and the proposed community center.

Complete planning for the Gorge Heritage Museum.

Find potential solutions to the water odor situation in the city's water supply.

In other key priorities, the city of Bingen needs to negotiate new agreement with the city of White Salon regarding its sewer agreement and water system agreement; update its critical areas ordinance; review and update local zoning ordinance; review proposed amendments to the city's dog ordinances; create a list of possible "economic stimulus" projects (the Depot Street sewer line upgrade is listed as a top priority for these funds, with building of a community center also a key priority); have the Bingen Municipal Code professionally published; investigate new revenue sources for the general fund; complete a new franchise agreement with Charter Cable; negotiate a new contract for a building official; upgrade the city's water meters and conduct a leakage detection survey to find where water leaks are; and upgrade the city's water disinfection system.

City Administrator Jan Brending recommended that the water disinfection system be a major focus for 2009.

"This project is a safety issue and has been on the city's list of things to do for many years," Brending explained.

The cost for the "Sodium Hypochlorite Disinfection System" for the city's water supply is estimated at $28,800.

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