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BCC balks at police budget increase

New council member to be sworn in

Maria J. Perez, the lone General Election candidate for Position 1 on the Bingen City Council, will be sworn in as the newest member of the council during next Tuesday’s business meeting. Perez, the only person who applied for the vacancy, will succeed Guillermo Fisch, who resigned last month. A former banker, Perez operates a small convenience store on Humboldt Street in Bingen. In other business conducted during its Aug. 2 meeting, the City Council: qCould not act on an additional appropriation of $8,180 for police services resulting from a proposed amendment to the city of White Salmon’s 2011 budget. Councilor Catherine Kiewit said she could not support the extra payment, which needed three Yes votes to pass, and Councilors Sandi Dickey and Laura Mann could not act due to the lack of a voting quorum. (Councilor Clinton Bryan was absent.) Kiewit suggested, as an alternative, that White Salmon pay the $8,180 or find additional savings in the proposed $781,449 police budget equal to that amount. Mayor Betty Barnes said she would inform White Salmon that Bingen would like to revisit the police budget amendment before the Aug. 9 council meeting. qApproved a proposal for professional services from consulting engineers Gray & Osborne to evaluate whether the city will need to updgrade its wastewater treatment plant’s capabilities to handle new sources of industrial waste. According to an administrative memo to Barnes dated July 29, “The fish plant located in the City of White Salmon appears to be coming online in the near future. The plant will be operated by Tribal FishCo LLC. A pilot test has been scheduled for September 2011 in anticipation that the plant will fully come online in 2012. Handling of the industrial waste may require the city to make upgrades to several components.” The scope of work outlined in Gray & Osborne’s $16,072 proposal calls for analyses of the plant’s older and newer oxidation ditches, and its aerobic digester and centrifuge, with recommendations and cost estimates “so the city can make the decisions on how to proceed.” Funding for the study will come from the city’s Treatment Plant Replacement account, which had a balance of $167,724 on June 30.


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