Washington City Council

It was a short meeting for the Washington City Council and Board of Public Works and Safety Monday night. The two meetings collectively lasted less than 45 minutes.

During the council meeting, a first reading was held on an ordinance that would allow City Clerk-Treasurer Beth McGookey to use electronic funds transfers to pay vendors. Mayor David Rhoads said the city already uses electronic fund transfers for employee payroll. The ordinance will be up for adoption at the next council meeting.

Rhoads said due to the snow, not much was able to be done with the Business 50 project but now that the snow is melting, work should get back under way soon.

Council members also inquired about the work being done at the former Robert’s Furniture building on Main Street. Rhoads said Dusty Davis is remodeling the building and will be having apartments on the top floor and the bottom space will be rented for business use.

During the Board of Public Works and Safety portion of the meeting, a change order was approved for the wastewater treatment plant project.

“This will tie up some loose ends and we will be able to add some extras to get us closer to the full amount of the grant,” said Wastewater Superintendent Scott Rainey, who said the new pumps for the plant should be installed on Tuesday.

Two bids for asphalt paving projects for the year were reviewed.

Street Commissioner Bryan Sergesketter recommended the low bidder, M&B Paving, to complete the work.

Sealed quotes for the 2021 Sidewalk and Curb Replacement Program were also opened and awarded. The low bid came from Hard Rocks Concrete who has completed projects for the city in the past.

A request from the Cherry Ghost Coffee House for a parking place reserved for carry-out customers was tabled until more information could be gathered and the street department could observe the traffic flow in the area.

With Todd Church set to retire in the coming weeks, salary/position changes were made for three members of the police department.

“Everyone moves up and we create a spot for a patrolman,” said Rhoads, after the salary and position changes were approved for Steve Mize, Greg Dietsch and Barry Hudson.

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