With focus on the current production of the plant providing good results, the latest change order is to ensure water flow between basins due to ground settlement.
“We are seeing good results from the plant production, but with the continued settlement, that will require additional pilings, another change order has come forward,” said Dean Parsons, Public Works Director.
The change order, Number 16, asks for an additional $355,000 to complete the work that will hopefully be a final request. A short discussion was prompted after the hesitancy of the city council to make a motion to approve the request. The realization that if the work is not completed could mean the previous work was all for not, finally went to vote with only one council member voting against the change order. It was approved.
Alternately, work at the water treatment plant has reached significant completion and was approved for a final payment of $32,000, coming in $4,000 under estimates, which will be used for additional projects. The council quickly approved and unanimously approved the payment, with little discussion.
During the Mayors Report, it was identified that the following meeting would be a selection process of a new council member. Four applicants have put in for the position and after interviews the council will move into Executive Session to recommend a choice and return to a public forum to vote and announce a new member.
Additionally, Mayor Jungar also identified that the annual Spring Cleanup will run from April 21-26 at an estimated cost to the city of $3-4,000 for garbage disposal.
Two city ordinances were approved; Ord. 1824, extending senior utility rates and Ord. 1825, Teen Advocacy Collation, which will place police officers in the schools for five hours a week. The hours will be overtime for the officers who are selected to participate. The program is meant to help bring law enforcement closer to the youth of the community by being available to then during the day. The selected time would be at the lunch hour, but may morph into a different program as it is instituted. The ordinance was quickly approved. All schools in the Raymond/South Bend communities will be participating in the program with County Sheriff’s available for Valley High School.
A few reappointments were voted on for the planning commission extending current positions. During department reports, council members praised the Raymond Fire Department for a busy week while being short staffed due to vacations and training.