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Posted on Feb 18, 2019

City Council OK’s payments on large projects

City Engineer Ariel Belino was busy at the Feb. 5 meeting of the Quincy City Council, as there were about 15 engineering items on the agenda for which he provided background information.
Those measures included: a pay request of about $150,000 for Holt Services’ work on the aquifer characterization well project; a payment for work on the new City Hall of about $770,000 and a payment of about $404,000 for the Public Safety Facility, both to DGR Grant Construction Inc.; and a payment to Advanced Excavation Inc. of about $258,000 for the Q Street SE Water Main improvements project.
Council member Josey Ferguson was absent from the Feb. 5 meeting.
Speaking about a city well project, Belino said Phase 1’s cost is covered by the state Department of Ecology in a grant for $1.225 million. The council approved a motion for Mayor Paul Worley to sign the contract.
The city received six bids for the roundabout project being planned for Highway 28 and 13th Avenue SW, Belino said. However, the motion before the council was to toss them all out as nonresponsive on a certain requirement about prevailing wage and rebid the project. The council agreed.
In other council business:
• Out of state travel was approved for Chief of Police Kieth Siebert to attend an educational conference in Virginia at a cost of about $2,200.
• Coleman Oil Co. was the low bidder for the city’s fuel contract for 2019 to 2021. Maintenance Supervisor Dave Reynolds said two bids were received. The City Council approved signing a contract with Coleman.
• A motion was OK’d to support a proposed expansion of the city’s urban growth area to include two adjoining parcels northwest of town, at the southeast corner of the intersection of Road S NW and Road 11 NW. The city will send a letter of support for the expansion to Grant County Planning Department. One of the parcels is about 73 acres, and the other is about 64 acres.
• Danielle Marchant, the city’s new attorney, spoke about two resolutions before the council, and they were both approved. The resolutions change the way the city will handle requests for police reports on accidents. The first resolution allows the city to charge a fee on collision reports. The second resolution removes the collision reports from the realm of public records requests and handles them as requests by interested parties. It is expected that the changes will require less staff time and add efficiency in processing requests and reduce the number of public records requests. The new fees include a charge of $6 for a copy of a report, $1 for a copy of a photograph and $6 for an electronic copy of a report.

By Dave Burgess,