IN THE MINUTES

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PORT OF COLUMBIA

Port of Columbia commissioners are Earle Marvin, Gene Warren and Dale McKinley. With all present Wednesday commissioners:

LEASES: Renewed Vertical Technologies lease. Unanimous.

MARINA: Learned Port Manager Jennie Dickinson would meet with representatives from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Blue Mountain Resource Conservation and Development, an engineer and the Lyons Ferry Marina operators to discuss a fishing pad project. Learned the Corps would conduct its annual inspection Thursday.

RAILROAD: Learned representatives of Columbia REA, the Port and PCCC Railroad have met to work out details for possibly developing an abbreviated permit system for crossings.

BLUE MOUNTAIN STATION: Learned the Blue Mountain Station received $750,000 from the jobs bill to construct the first building at the complex. Heard a presentation from architects working on the landscape plan for Phase I of the Blue Mountain Station. Dickinson had met with a business owner from Mexico who was interested in learning more about the station.

INDUSTRIAL PARK: Accepted quotes for HVAC and lighting for Industrial Building No. 1 to Total Comfort Solutions of Walla Walla and Walla Walla Electric. Total Comfort Solutions' quote was the lower of two submitted for the HVAC project at $7,431. Walla Walla Electric submitted a quote of $9,387, which was the lower of two submitted. Unanimous for both.

SPECIAL MEETING: Set a special meeting for April 23 at 8 a.m. to open quotes for improvements on Office Building #3. Unanimous.

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT: Approved a resolution to allow recreation use on Port property. Only bicycles and pedestrians will be permitted to use the trail, and only during daylight hours. Unanimous.

CHAMBER: Agreed to support the Dayton Chamber of Commerce promotions committee. The Port will contribute $5,000 to develop a new promotional plan for the area.

POMEROY SCHOOL BOARD

Pomeroy School District Board members are Paul Ruark, Lori Slaybaugh, Lori Flynn, Bart Gingerich and Ed Sullivan. With Flynn and Ruark absent Wednesday the board:

CONSENT: Approved bills and vouchers, and interlocal agreement with WAVA for state assessments. Unanimous.

ASB: Learned the advanced biology class will take a field trip to the Oregon coast. Also learned 27 seniors will go to Schweitzer Engineering Labs in Pullman for their senior exit interviews on April 23. New ASB officers were elected. They are Mike Wymore, president; Jeremy Burke, vice president, Megan Miner, secretary, Mitch McGreevy, treasurer; Wyatt Jenkins, senior representative to the school board, and Maria Meyers, junior representative to the school board.

FACILITIES: Learned the Junior-Senior High School modernization project is on schedule. Learned the district was awarded an $183,000 grant for the geothermal heating and cooling system.

INTERFUND LOAN: Approved moving up to $250,000 from the general fund to capital projects if needed for the modernization project. Unanimous.

PERSONNEL: Met in executive session to discuss winter coaching and negotiations. No action was taken following the session.

TRACK: Learned an assistant track coach will be hired because there are over 50 students participating in track.

BUDGET: Discussed the 2012-13 budget. Priorities are staffing, classroom budgets, curriculum adoption, technology, and athletics. Goals include preservation of a 5 to 7 percent reserve. The budget will be based on 275.5 full-time equivalent students, although enrollment is expected to be 295 FTE.

LEGISLATOR: Reviewed schedule of visit by state Rep. Susan Fagan on April 25. She will be accompanied by senior research analyst for the House Education Committee, Barbara McLain, and House counsel, Cece Clynch. She will have lunch with students, tour the new building, meet with staff and administrators and attend a 3:30 p.m. board meeting.

WESTON COUNCIL

Members of the Council are Bill Boyd, Lyn Delph, Julie Schuld and Juan Avila. Mayor is Duane Thul. With all present Wednesday the Council:

AUDIT: Learned in an audit report the city has a cash carryover of $545,000.

PUBLIC WORKS: Learned new water line was installed April 11, with less than two hours service interruption. There was a temporary interruption April 12 for another installation. Also learned city employees Scott Spendlove and Loy Knutzen attended short schools in March.

PERSONNEL: Learned Tina Schroeder is working part time at City Hall to assist the city recorder. The Council voted to change the part-time temporary position to permanent part time. Also approved hiring two part-time seasonal employees for public works. Unanimous for all.

FEE WAIVER: Voted to waive fee for the East Umatilla Fire District regarding the Horizon Project property. Unanimous.

PUBLIC AFFAIRS: Passed a resolution creating public affairs and information policy. Unanimous.

PUBLIC RECORDS: Passed resolution to adopt a fee schedule for copies of public records. Fees have not been set. Unanimous.

MISSION: Adopted a mission statement. The mission of the city of Weston is "to promote a safe and family friendly city that delivers services that preserve protect and enhance the quality of life while planning for the future and preserving our town's history." Unanimous.

PARK: Decided to seek legal counsel regarding the relationship between the Pioneer Association and the city. The Pioneer Association owns the Park Pavilion in the city park.

CREDIT CARD: Approved raising credit card limit to $3,000. Unanimous.

SURPLUS: Avila volunteered to begin the process to dispose of some surplus city equipment.

CLEAN-UP: Set May 5-6 for city clean-up days. Humbert Disposal will provide two large bins for trash and one for scrap metal. The city also hopes to find a towing company to remove junk cars. Unanimous.

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