Administrator Report 11/27/12

Public Works

  • Bryan has been working with a contractor to look for leaks in our water system, but delays have pushed this project farther out. In 2011 our system records should a leakage rate of 37% -- the goal is about 10%.
  • We are still working with Riverside Electric to install 240-Volt service to the gazebo for use in future concerts/events.
  • Working with pump manufacturers and city engineer to scope a potential overhaul of one or more lift stations.
  • The Public Works crew is moving to a flex-schedule, with Gary working 3-10s and 2-5s (covering the weekend), and Russ working 4-10s.


  • Dave is busy following up on building permit issues.


  • No news.


  • Tom’s principally working on Shoreline Master Plan – Visioning and Goals.
  • Fielding various development inquiries
  • Assisting the Planning Commission


  • Had a great training session on how to respond to natural gas leaks.
  • Held a successful Turkey Bingo.
  • Fire Fighters Brad Hill and Christopher Samsel received plaques for their response to the drowning incident this past summer. They responded directly to the incident (without stopping at the fire station), thus savings 3 minutes of time and probably saving the boy’s life.
  • John is pursuing the refinance of the fire truck through the EDC.


  • Preparing for the 3rd round of negotiations (date undetermined).
  • Working on grievance resolutions.
  • Developed new job descriptions for the anticipated new ½ - time positions and requested concurrence from the union.
  • Prepared for special, exempt meeting of the council on union issues.

Planning Commission

  • Planning Commission is addressing the following issues:
    1. Temporary sign code.
    2. Creating of permanent tourism (bigfoot/heritage trails) signage at the entrance to the city.
    3. Replacing faded Heritage Trail signs
  • Planning commission is working on a large update of the Heritage Trails plan. This will incorporate the Towns-to-Trails plan elements.
  • They are in need of two planning commissioners and two alternates.

Finance / Administration

  • My “spare time” these days is pretty much dedicated to the 2013 budget.
  • Bob Bianchi is reviewing and rewriting our Emergency Management Plan, which was last updated in 2012.
  • Working with the EDC and Jim Runkles to apply for grants for the new well.
  • Began proceedings to foreclose on the Windwood property (Gorge Gym and apartments), but on 11/26 we received a final payment from Windwood LLC of $106,155 – this is great news and goes a long way toward rebalancing the our fund balances.
  • Represented the city on the Skamania County Solid Waste Advisory Committee (SWAC). They are facing severe revenue shortfalls and will likely be scaling back on services. They have removed the recycling fee due to public reaction and an increase in recyclables being mixed with garbage.
  • Arranged for the lease of a bedroom in a home to enable our temporary Utilities Operator to stay in town for on-call duties.

Sheriff / EDC / Chamber / Community Garden

  • No news