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Posted on Mar 29, 2019

Quincy City Council hears about legislative outreach

At the regular meeting of the Quincy City Council on March 19, former mayor Jim Hemberry gave a brief presentation on promising meetings he and Scott Cave, a consultant working for the city at the state legislature, had with lawmakers.
Hemberry recently began volunteer work as a legislative liaison. The city is especially seeking funding for the Office of Columbia River that should translate to funding for Quincy’s Aquifer Storage and Recovery project. Hemberry said people he and Cave met in Olympia were “very supportive” of the project.
Council member Luke Garrison was absent from the council meeting.
During the public comment period, Arthur Patterson spoke to the council and staff about changes at a business in Quincy that he and his wife own, which has suffered repeated vandalism.
In other city business:
• A public hearing was held on an agreement with the Port of Quincy for deferred improvements in the port’s Industrial Park 2. Notably, the agreement will allow the sale to the city of a lot ($45,000 for the land) in the park where the city’s ASR well will be. The council voted to approve the purchase.
• The council approved a motion to award a project to remove an underground fuel storage tank to NWESTCO at a cost estimated up to $35,000.
• The council authorized staff to seek bids for a new sewer camera van that was budgeted at $190,000.
• The council authorized the mayor to sign a contract with Tommer Construction Co. for the roundabout project at about $1.6 million.
• The council approved a change order and a payment to DGR Grant Construction Inc. for the new City Hall. The city staff plan to open the new building on March 28 for residents making payments. A grand opening will be planned later for the City Hall.
• The council approved a change order and a payment to DGR Grant Construction Inc. for the new Public Safety Facility.
Council member David Durfee asked residents for patience during the construction of the roundabout. Likewise, City Engineer Ariel Belino asked locals for patience this year as there are many road construction projects in the works.
Maintenance Supervisor Dave Reynolds asked residents to move vehicles from streets to facilitate sweeping up dirt left from winter.

By Dave Burgess,