Minutes - Columbia County - 8/7/13

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Columbia County Commissioners are Dwight Robanske, Charles Reeves and Mike Talbott. With Robanske absent Wednesday, the board:

ROAD PROJECT: Rejected all bids for the county’s Kellogg Hollow Road Project, because each of the lowest three bidders was missing at least one piece of required paperwork, and the fourth lowest bidder was $357,106 over the county engineer’s estimate for the project. The project will be re-bid, though that process will likely be delayed by construction on the Tucannon River Wind Project.

FRANCHISE AGREEMENT: Following a public hearing, approved franchise agreement with Renewable Energy Services America, which allows the company to operate in Columbia County on county right-of-ways. The agreement does not authorize RES to complete any specific projects or work, and the company will still have to apply for regular building permits in order to do so. RES is a company which is under contract with Portland General Electric to construct the Tucannon River Wind Project.

INTERLOCAL AGREEMENTS: Approved interlocal agreement with the Port of Columbia, which will allow the Port to seek reimbursement from the county for some of the costs for sewer line construction at Blue Mountain Station. The commission had previously approved $5000 in funding for this purpose at their March 20 meeting. Took no action on renewal of interlocal agreement with the City of Dayton, and commissioner Reeves said he would set up a meeting with the city to discuss specifics.

BUDGET: Approved 2013 salary schedule and budget amendments which reflect cost-of-living adjustment decisions made at the June 26 commission meeting. The total increase in the budget is $109,864.

WIND FARM PLANNING: Discussed cost reimbursement agreement between the county and Portland General Electric. Authorized county planner Kim Lyonnais to proceed with advertising for a Planning Technician/Permit Coordinator position provided that the position description can be changed slightly prior to hiring someone.

AGREEMENTS: Authorized Commissioner Reeves to sign bylaw changes to Greater Columbia Behavioral Health contract and Washington Counties Insurance Fund changes to HIPPA rules.

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