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WAITSBURG CITY COUNCIL

Council member are Kevin House, Orville Branson, Marty Dunn, Karl Newell and Scott Nettles. Student representative is Fletcher Baker. Mayor is Walt Gobel. With Baker absent Wednesday the Council:

BMX TRACK: Decided to delay a decision on removing the BMX track until the Council consults the Lions Club, which constructed the track several years ago. The track is located between First Street and the Touchet River west of Main Street.

BALLOT BOX: Approved a request from the Walla Walla County Elections office to put a drop box in Waitsburg to collect ballots. Unanimous.

RAILWAY LINE: Voted to have the city's attorney draft a letter to Alpine Industries of Waitsburg demanding payment for materials removed from the city-owned railway. The railway is abandoned. Vote was 4-1 with Dunn voting no.

TRANSPORTATION: Decided to move forward with the process to establish a transportation benefit district. The district is a car tab initiative that could generate as much as $20 per car tab in revenue for the city's street improvement. The process will include a public hearing in the next month or two.

ADMINISTRATOR: Passed an ordinance creating city administrator position. City Clerk/Treasurer Randy Hinchliffe will assume his new title beginning Oct. 27. Unanimous.

ROOSTERS: Approved an update to the municipal code designating crowing roosters as a nuisance. Unanimous.

UTILITY RATE: Voted to amend an ordinance to prorate utility rates based on one date in the month, rather than on a daily basis. Unanimous.

PAYMENT: Approved payment to Sharpe & Preszler for the West Seventh Street project. Vote was 4-0 with Dunn abstaining.

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