No one can remember the last time there was a joint meeting of the Bingen City Council and the White Salmon City Council, but there will be one next week.
On the evening of Tuesday, Aug. 3, the two councils will meet for a special session at White Salmon's council chambers in the White Salmon Fire Hall. The meeting gets started at 7:30 p.m.
The agenda of the unusual session reveals that the council members will deal mainly with police and related issues. Included among the agenda items were topics ranging from vehicle policy and scheduling for the officers to civil service and ways to reduce law enforcement costs. Also to be discussed: How Bingen and White Salmon will share costs for police coverage.
White Salmon Mayor David Poucher said he hoped there would be strong public turnout.
"The meeting will be open to citizens of both cities, or anybody, for that matter," Poucher said. "It's important for people to let the City Council members know what is important to them. Concerned citizens should be there."
Poucher added that public comments will be taken at the end of the meeting.
Bingen City Administrator Jan Brending said the Bingen City Council would begin its regular council meeting at Bingen City Hall at an earlier time than usual, starting at 6 p.m. After about an hour, the meeting will be adjourned and reconvened at 7:30 p.m. in White Salmon as a special joint meeting.