WALLA WALLA - The number of applications for the city's first Infrastructure Repair and Replacement Plan oversight committee is so far less than what officials had hoped for.
As of Friday, five applications had been received for the committee, whose job will be to review various sewer, water and road replacement projects funded by the controversial infrastructure replacement plan.
Of the five applicants received, four are engineers and one is a CPA, said City Manager Nabiel Shawa.
"We sure would like to see a mix of citizens. So if anyone has an interest we would encourage them to apply," Shawa said, adding he hopes business representatives, homemakers and other representatives of the community will apply.
Earlier this year City Council approved the Infrastructure Repair and Replacement Plan, which will ramp up water and sewer rate 40 to 50 percent of the next five years to pay for up to two miles of new roads and underground pipes each year.
One of the promises city officials made to citizens to help gain their support was the development of the oversight committee, which would work to prioritize future projects and review completed projects for financial adherence and effectiveness.
Shawa expects the committee to meet three times per year in the fall for meetings that will last up to two hours. Meeting times will also be scheduled to accommodate committee members, he added.
Applications are available at City Hall, 15 N. Third Ave., or online at ci.walla-walla.wa.us.