City receives $1 million for its Industrial Water Reuse Utility project
City administrator Tim Snead received news on Tuesday that the City of Quincy has been awarded $1 million by Washington State Community Economic Revitalization Board (CERB) for the city’s Industrial Water Reuse Utility Project, was the report at the city council meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 4.
“This was unexpected and a surprise,” said Snead. “I’m thrilled. It was very competitive.”
The city has applied to the governor for $2 million from the state capital budget for the project. If approved, the combined funds would match the $3 million in federal funds for the project.
The money the city received from CERB will allow the city to install the remaining primary piping infrastructure to connect the Quincy Water Reuse Utility to remaining system users and allow the city to provide services while the reverse osmosis facility is under construction, hopefully next year.
The city is working on the utility project because of a decision by the Bureau of Reclamation to not renew the agreement that allows the city to dump industrial discharge into the local wasteway. The agreement is set to expire in 2015.
In other news, Mayor Jim Hemberry presented a proposal to the council that would extend the existing fire services contract with Grant County Fire District #3, while performing a city-led study to obtain information about the cost and what would be needed if the city decided to open its own fire department and if there are alternate ways to work the fire district. The study was requested by the fire district as part of the contract extension. The council was in favor of the idea. It will have to be approved by the fire district commissioners later this month.
The council approved a proposal for the Quincy Police Department to enter into an agreement with the Grant County Prevention and Recovery Center for the purpose of carrying out alcohol compliance checks, party intervention patrols and source investigations. The agreement is needed for the Enforcing Underage Drinking Laws grant obtained by Communities that Care (CTC). The police department will be reimbursed for the time officers spend on the project.
During the meeting, Communities that Care recognized four Quincy youths, Carla Beltran, Braulio Garcia, Kassandra Jara and Antonia Valenzuela, for their leadership and commitment to living alcohol-free lives.
A contract with Quincy Towing for city-based towing services was extended to the end of 2015. The contract was set to expire at the end of this month.
The council approved the use of city vehicles for the first annual “Cops & Kids” event on Dec. 15. The purpose of the event is to build relationships between children and police while providing a positive experience and to help families that are struggling with the expense of purchasing Christmas gifts. Off-duty Quincy officers in full uniform will escort selected children to Target, one of the donators to the event. The number of children participating will determine if police cars or the city bus is used.
The Quincy Police Department presented a request to the council, which was approved, to hire two provisional officers to help fill gaps in the schedule due to the department being down by three officers. Hiring the two provisional officers would save the department approximately $3,000 a month.
“We are working with the mayor to back fill to keep as much double coverage as possible,” said Sgt. Paul Snyder.
The council approved a request to pay C&G Construction for work done on the ADA access ramps, curb and gutter, and sidewalk repair project and to accept and declare the project complete as of Dec. 4. They also approved a request to hire a contractor to perform repair work on an emergency project involving the industrial sewer line lift station located at Quincy Foods. The work will cost around $23,000.
A request to pay the Catholic Charities Housing Services around $214,000 was approved. The city is expecting reimbursement by the Community Development Block Grant-Department of Commerce. Building official Carl Worley said that the project is moving along well.
The council also approved the 2012 comprehensive plan amendment which corrected any inconsistencies in the existing plan.