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Posted on Jan 15, 2019

Quincy council begins 2019 with variety of proposals

The first meeting of the Quincy City Council in the new year was fairly brief and had a mix of measures to consider.
All seven council members were present for the Jan. 2 meeting, held on a Wednesday instead of the usual Tuesday.
First, Mayor Paul Worley stood and recognized Deputy Finance Officer/Deputy City Clerk Laura Camacho and presented her with a gift certificate, city pin and paper certificate, congratulating her for reaching the 15-year milestone on the city staff.
Council members then discussed committees and assignments. The meeting agenda listed seven committees of council members: General Government and Finance; Community Planning and Economic Development; Public Safety; Culture, Recreation and Leisure; Public Utilities and Enterprises; Legislature; and Public Works.
The council approved a motion to post the position of a third clerk in the police department, a job that is part of the 2019 budget.
In another motion related to law enforcement, the council approved making up for lost funding of a detective position with the Interagency Narcotics Enforcement Team, or INET. Chief of Police Kieth Siebert explained that changes in Washington have reduced the ability of police officers to cooperate with Immigration, Customs and Enforcement, resulting in the U.S. Department of Justice taking away grant funding that partly covered the cost of the detective in INET. The proposal before the council was to supply the lost funding, estimated at $1,800 per month. Siebert said the grant funding might be reinstated at some point in the future.
In other council business, Tom Harris was named mayor pro tem, a role he held last year also.
City Administrator Tim Snead said the legislature committee had approved state legislative priorities for 2019, including: ecology of the Columbia River; long-term bond financing; support restoration of the Public Works Assistance account; and track legislative review and proposed reforms of state and local sales tax exemption for data centers.
The council also approved an ordinance that adds the deputy administrator position to the list of department heads in Quincy municipal code. The position was recently created as Snead’s retirement approaches.

By Dave Burgess,