The White Salmon City Council last Wednesday approved a proposal for professional engineering services in the preparation of a comprehensive water system plan.
Councilors Clyde Knowles, Bob Landgren, Adrian Bradford and Mark Peppel, on the recommendation of City Administrator Pat Munyan, retained Anderson Perry and Associates to perform a water system study with a budget not to exceed $65,000. (Councilor Ricky Marx was absent.) Anderson Perry has offices in LaGrande, Ore., and Walla Walla.
Under its contract with the city, Anderson Perry will provide technical expertise in the establishment of a water rights acquisition fund and appropriate development impact and connection fees, and an analysis of water user rates, among other things. (The City Council tabled consideration of ordinances creating a water rights acquisition fund and revising water system connection charges.)
“These are all important things that we’re prepared to get into right away if you’re ready to move ahead,” Anderson Perry vice president Alan T. Schroeder, P.E., told the City Council and Mayor David Poucher. “It seems like a good fit for us to try to help you.”
Schroeder pointed out that Anderson Perry will follow “a regimented planning process” established by the state Department of Health that also takes into account the city’s goals.
In other business, the City Council:
qAuthorized an interfund loan of $137,186.60 from Water Reserves to Refuse Collection for the purchase of a new Peterbilt garbage truck. City Clerk-Treasurer Leana Johnson said the loan is repayable over three years and carries an interest charge of one half of 1 percent.
She added, “The payments of $46,000 a year shouldn’t overly impact Refuse Reserves.”
qAdopted an ordinance clarifying the definition of garbage can rates to account for the different size containers.
Noted Johnson in a July 29 memo to the council, “To simplify and ensure that the ordinance matches the intent and current practice, we are updating the language in the ordinance. This has no impact to how we have been billing customers for refuse, nor will it impact future billings.”
qTabled consideration of an amendment to the 2011 city budget.
qAppointed local resident Karen Skiles to the City Operations Committee, as the request of committee members Peppel and Bradford.
qAdopted the Planning Commission’s recommendation to approve applicant Kevin Eichner’s short plat of property in the 100 block of N.E. Columbia Avenue.