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Winlock City Council Report

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Council members approved a $16,000 bid to repair Benton St. between Fir St. and Washington St. during the Jan. 28 Winlock City Council meeting.

The bid was submitted by Lewis County Department of Public Works and would involve crack and chip sealing the road and shoulders in front of Winlock Miller Elementary School.

“It’ll look like a new road,” said Winlock Public Works Superintendent Gregg Robinson, adding funding for the repairs would come from a $44,000 Surface Transportation Program account, not from the city’s road budget.

While reporting to the council, Robinson added workers repairing the floor of the Winlock Timberland Library discovered more dry rot than expected and additional lumber had to be ordered, but that the project as a whole should come in under budget.

Council members also approved funding for the removal of sludge from the sewer plant, estimated at a cost of around $7,000 by City Clerk Theda Curry based on previous sludge removal costs.

The last sludge removal required at the plant was in November and Mayor Glen Cook said normal sludge removal intervals should be around one year for a typical plant. Council Member Denise Green asked if mechanisms intended to concentrate the sludge were working properly and Cook said they were not, adding it may be less expensive at this time to continue paying to haul sludge than to repair the mechanisms.

Curry said the sewer budget does have funds for deferred maintenance and advised the council they could not wait for cheaper alternatives because of the dangers posed by accumulating sludge, and the council voted to approve funding for removal.

During public comment, resident April Pennington Farey requested use of the Community Building for a spaghetti feed and silent auction on Feb. 23 to help raise funds for Lewis County Fire District 15.

District Commissioners awarded their Medal of Honor to each of the six staff members who were killed defending students during the Dec. 14 attack at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., and plan to have the medals hand-delivered after they are completed next month.

Fundraising and private donations have produced around $1,000 toward the transportation of district representatives, and officials have said donations not used for travel and lodging will be given to funds set up to help survivors of the attack.

The Feb. 23 fundraiser will be taking place between 4 and 8 p.m. and there will be a $7 suggested donation for the spaghetti feed. Pennington Farey is currently seeking donations for the auction and all proceeds will be given to the Fire District.

The Winlock Lions Club also received permission to use the Community Building on Feb. 28 for a Lions Zone Meeting, though no Lions representatives were present to speak with the council that night.

On the agenda, Sterling Savings Bank Manager Cindy Malarz presented a request to the council to consider establishing and enforcing a time limit on the parking spaces along the south side of the bank.

Malarz said some motorists have been parking in the spaces for hours at a time, particularly the handicapped spot, and the majority are not bank customers.

“Some go to the library, some do banking, some go across the street,” said Malarz, stating the individuals who tend to park the longest come to Winlock to visit the bars.

Malarz said she was not seeking a specific limit for the spaces, just a limit that could be enforced by the police. She added she did not expect council action that night, but would like them to consider such a limit and the proper ways to enforce it.

Cook said he believed parking on side streets, such as the spaces in question, is not currently regulated with time limits, but said he would research city ordinances to see what was on the books and proceed from there.

The next council meeting will be Feb. 11 at 7:15 p.m. in City Hall. Those with questions or in need of accommodations may call (360) 785-3811.

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