City names its choice for deputy administrator
As City Administrator Tim Snead approaches retirement, the city is in the process of hiring a deputy city administrator, a new position in Quincy city government. At the March 5 meeting of the Quincy City Council, the city announced the candidate it was working with is J. Patrick Haley.
The council approved a motion confirming the choice of Haley as deputy administrator, effective March 16.
Council member Josey Ferguson was absent from the meeting.
The meeting’s consent agenda included several appointments of Quincy residents to city commissions: James Harrington to the Salary Commission; Keith Anstine to the Salary Commission; Mark Pannek to the Civil Service Commission; Dave Dormier to the Planning Commission; and Mark Brown to the Planning Commission.
During the public comment portion of the meeting, Harriet Weber let the council know that March 30 is the grand opening planned for the Community Heritage Barn, starting at 1:30 p.m. She thanked the city for its support of the addition of the barn at the historical park. She also said a new grant application had been submitted and will be considered by the state legislature for funding for the museum archives to be housed in the new barn. So far, the project has cost $757,000, she said.
Russ Harrington spoke on behalf of Quincy High School Senior Class parents about the annual graduation night party, asking the city for funding for the all-night party. No action was taken.
Chief of Police Kieth Siebert then administered the oath of office for three new police officers: Abraham Guzman, Keldon Jardine and Rolando Guerrero. Later, Siebert said the three were hired at about the same time and recently completed police training together in Burien.
Two public hearings were on the council’s agenda, both regarding industrial developments of the Port of Quincy. Both hearings were continued, as Quincy Building Official Carl Worley said agreements for deferred public improvements had not been completed.
City Engineer Ariel Belino then gave some background information about a motion that would authorize the mayor to sign a revised contract with the Office of Columbia River for a grant for $600,000 toward a city well project, instead of the $1.2 million that was anticipated by the city earlier. The council approved it.
The council also approved awarding Tommer Construction Inc. the roundabout construction project with its bid of $1.56 million. Council member Tom Harris asked Belino what the city’s original estimate for the project, at the intersection of State Route 28 and 13th Avenue SW, was, and Belino replied that it was $1.8 million.
The new City Hall project is moving along, and the City Council authorized an agreement for purchase of an information technology network for the new structure. The agreement is with VisionMW for about $21,000.
In the Mayor’s Report, Mayor Paul Worley said he was “tired of winter” and praised the city’s crews for clearing snow well in this extended snowy winter, “no matter what you see on social media,” he said.
In her turn, Silvia Esparza, a council student representative, spoke about a mental health program she has developed along with Quincy Partnership for Youth.
Fire Chief Don Fortier also informed the council of a grant won by Grant County Fire District No. 3 that will go toward construction of a new fire station in the Crescent Bar/Trinidad area.
By Dave Burgess, firstname.lastname@example.org