Quincy City Council makes Hemberry a legislative liaison
A familiar face was in attendance at the Feb. 19 meeting of the Quincy City Council – former Mayor Jim Hemberry, this time sitting with the public. He was there to hear what the council had to say about a volunteer role for him.
Sonia Padron was absent from the meeting.
Before getting into the regular council business, Mayor Paul Worley opened a public hearing on a proposal to defer public improvements related to industrial property being developed by the Port of Quincy in the northeast part of Quincy. Carl Worley, the city’s building official, gave some background information about the subdivision and frontage improvements.
Pat Connelly, a Port of Quincy commissioner, was in attendance and spoke up, saying he is for the proposal.
Later in the meeting, the motion to approve the deferred improvements plan along Columbia Way NE and M Street NE for a payment of $276,500 from the Port of Quincy was approved by the council.
Two other public hearings on the agenda, both on deferred improvements for other properties being developed by the Port of Quincy, in Industrial Park 2 and Industrial Park 7, were continued to the next council meeting.
Next, the council approved a motion to have Hemberry serve as a legislative liaison for the city in Olympia, to receive compensation for travel expenses and receive communications from the city and its legislative consultant.
Hemberry also serves on the city’s Salary Commission.
For the legislative work in Olympia, he is also a volunteer but will receive a per diem. He has been in Olympia many times over the years working for the interests of the city of Quincy, as a council member and then as mayor.
After the council meeting, Hemberry said that his goal is to get the state to put money into the budget of the Office of Columbia River, part of the state Department of Ecology. Funding of the OCR affects the city’s interests and projects.
“I am just going as a representative of the city to try and get the legislature to fully fund the OCR’s request” of budget funding, Hemberry said.
The council also handled a list of construction-related proposals, as usual.
One of the motions approved on Feb. 19 was to award a $120,000 project, the State Route 28 and 13th Avenue SW Intersection Irrigation Pipe Crossing project, to Shoemaker Excavation Inc. The piping project is essentially the beginning of the roundabout project, a preliminary part being done soon in order to install pipe before the irrigation district sends water through its system, explained City Engineer Ariel Belino.
Then followed eight engineering proposals, which were all approved by the council.
One was for about $5,000 for more work in the new Public Safety Facility to install three more manual activation stations for the building’s fire alarm system and to install two more Wi-Fi stations to improve wireless coverage in the building.
The last one was for the new City Hall under construction, a change order that began at $66,000. Most of the estimated cost was for large flat-screen monitors in the council chamber and their associated network cabling. The audio-visual system in the future council chamber was not part of the building’s construction contract, according to the city’s documentation.
This proposal garnered many comments and questions from the council. Discussion centered on the need for the screens, how many and where they were to be placed. The largest one mentioned, a 98-inch screen, that would have cost $12,000 was canceled.
Council member Josey Ferguson made a motion to limit the expense for the council chamber system at $55,000, and the motion was approved.
In staff reports, several comments were made in thanks for the job the city Public Works crew had done in clearing snow.
Lastly, Chief of Police Kieth Siebert provided information on an ordinance proposal regarding licensing dogs. The council approved a motion to adopt the ordinance, which repealed an earlier ordinance requiring that dogs be spayed or neutered. The earlier ordinance appeared to be discouraging some dog owners from registering them. Siebert said the new ordinance would allow dogs to go without being spayed or neutered but would increase the number of dogs being registered.
By Dave Burgess, firstname.lastname@example.org