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Posted on Apr 27, 2019

Quincy council OKs water-related measures

Danna Dal Porto started off the April 16 regular meeting of the Quincy City Council with insights on managing solid waste and encouragement for the city’s compost facility.
Speaking in the large new room for City Council meetings in the new City Hall, Dal Porto relayed some of her concerns about trash during the public comment period. She is on the Grant County Solid Waste Advisory Committee and says the county landfill is expected to be full by 2035. It is difficult to create a new landfill, and alternatives are expensive, she said.
With those challenges looming, the city’s compost facility is a good example of how to extend the life of the landfill – it diverts some material away from the landfill and reuses it. Dal Porto concluded by encouraging greater use of the compost facility and for the city to continue to fund it.
Council member David Durfee Jr. was absent from the meeting.
Mayor Paul Worley then thanked four employees who stepped in during Executive Assistant Stephanie Boorman’s maternity leave and did a great job. The four who were presented Employees of the Quarter honors were: Laura Camacho, deputy finance officer/deputy clerk; Yoli Nunez, secretary receptionist; Justine Schwint, secretary receptionist; and Nancy Schanze, finance officer/city clerk. Mayor Worley presented each a certificate and gift card.
Moving along on the agenda, Dayana Ruiz of Quincy Partnership for Youth gave a slide presentation to the council updating the city on QPY’s work. Ruiz stated the organization has secured funding and is growing. She reviewed QPY’s objectives and program strategies for the council. She added that the Family Movie Night in George coming up was the first time QPY had done that in George.
Later, Maintenance Supervisor Dave Reynolds gave the council background information on a problem at a city well, Well 3, which is not producing water at the expected level, and a request to have an engineering firm, Gray & Osborne, to assess the situation. A motion passed to ask Gray & Osborne for a proposal.
A payment to Shoemaker Excavation was approved for work on the pipe-crossing project performed at the intersection of State Route 28 and 13th Avenue SW. The council approved the payment of about $118,000.
Three motions were approved regarding engineering of the city’s water reuse system. Another water-related measure, one with a big price tag, was also approved. It authorized awarding the Q1W Evaporation Pond Cell 5 project to Advantage Dirt Contractors Inc., with a bid of about $1.2 million.
The council approved a motion for the city to have Gray & Osborne perform engineering design and construction administration support for a project to replace the water main in the area of B Street SE and C Street SE.
The council approved a motion for the mayor to sign a lease with Cody Wilson to farm the city’s “reed bed” property, at 8821 Road S NW.
Later, during council members’ comments, Tom Harris spoke about the need to think about fireworks, ahead of the show traditionally associated with Farmer-Consumer Awareness Day.
And, during the staff reports, new city attorney Danielle Marchant talked about moving into her office in the new city hall. She invited council members to view her office whiteboard with her to-do list and schedule, and to put requests for her time on the board.
The city’s new deputy administrator, Pat Haley, was also in attendance, seated next to City Administrator Tim Snead, who is heading to retirement soon.
City Engineer Ariel Belino said the city is trying its best to keep traffic moving smoothly around the site of the roundabout under construction at State Route 28 and 13th Avenue SW.

By Dave Burgess,