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Deadline For Requests Is Oct. 5

Pool refunds to be given

The deadline for requesting White Salmon City Pool pass refunds for the 2011 season is noon Wednesday, Oct. 5.

A quorum of city councilors Clyde Knowles, Bob Landgren, Mark Peppel and Adrian Bradford made it so by unanimous decision last Wednesday during the City Council's second business meeting of September. (At the outset of the meeting, the council passed a motion that Councilor Ricky Marx's absence was unexcused.)

Peppel indicated the deadline recommended by the City Parks and Pool Committee was firm. "We're not going to drag it out," he said.

A final decision on pool refunds had been deferred from previous meetings. This time, though, City Administrator Pat Munyan and City Clerk/Treasurer Leana Johnson wanted a definitive direction from the council.

On a motion by Peppel, seconded by Landgren, the council voted to approve the following refund rates: $57.25 for individual passes, $171.75 for family passes, and 70 cents on the dollar for Pool Bucks.

Pool manager Suzie Willey told the council that the city had received three requests to date for pass refunds and had refunded Pool Bucks once.

In other action, the City Council:

Designated Dock Grade Road as a one-way uphill route after deferring action for two weeks due to a defective map accompanying the ordinance.

Munyan advised the council that an engineered map of Dock Grade does not exist. As a result, staff revised the ordinance so that a map wasn't a requirement.

Approved Pay Estimate No. 3 totaling $493,959.22 to contractor Tapani Underground for work completed on the Buck Creek Waterline Relocation Project.

Project manager Karl Enyeart, P.E., informed the council that Tapani had to date completed 71 percent of the project and used 70 percent of construction time.

Cost of the waterline relocation is being borne primarily by Portland, Ore.-based PacifiCorp. The utility is paying the majority of the contract as part of the decommissioning of Condit Dam.

Authorized the mayor and administrative staff to enter into negotiations with local Masons to lease parking space on Masonic Lodge property. The area to be discussed in the lodge's upper carpark.

"We need downtown parking," Munyan said in support of a lease agreement. "This would provide probably another 20 parking spots."

Poucher said staff would move ahead with negotiations and report back to the council with a proposal.

Renewed the city's lease of the downtown building that used to house the community library for two years with tenant New Building Institute. The lease will run through Dec. 31, 2012.

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