Pateros council approves Ives Landing costs, revised building fees

New member sworn in

Photo by Mike Maltais Pateros City Clerk Kerri Wilson administers the oath of office to new city council member, Mike Harding.
PATEROS – The City Council swore in a new council member, approved the plan and cost estimates for the expansion of Ives Landing Park, revised and adjusted the city’s building fees, and approved the second State Direct Grant for the city water system, among other business at its regular monthly meeting last Tuesday, Feb. 21. Pateros resident, Mike Harding, selected last Jan. 10 from among three prospective candidates to fill the council seat vacated by Ryan Greene, took his official oath of office from clerk-treasurer, Kerri Wilson.

PATEROS – The City Council swore in a new council member, approved the plan and cost estimates for the expansion of Ives Landing Park, revised and adjusted the city’s building fees, and approved the second State Direct Grant for the city water system, among other business at its regular monthly meeting last Tuesday, Feb. 21.
Pateros resident, Mike Harding, selected last Jan. 10 from among three prospective candidates to fill the council seat vacated by Ryan Greene, took his official oath of office from clerk-treasurer, Kerri Wilson.
City administrator, Jord Wilson reviewed cost estimates for additional RV and camping spaces in Ives Landing Park. Of the total project costs of $345,567.80, the Douglas County PUD will contribute $180,000. The total city contribution is calculated at $149,306.08.
“That leaves us an estimated budget shortfall of about $16,000,” said Wilson. “This is a very, very tight budget.”
Wilson said he built some flexibility into some line items that can be pulled out if actual construction bids come in higher than expected.
Council also approved an adjustment in the city’s building fees to align with those charged by Okanogan County. Following a meeting between city clerk-treasurer, Kerri Wilson and Pateros building inspector, Darren Moore with Okanogan county’s building inspector it was recommended that for the sake of clarity and conciseness, the Pateros fee schedule should mirror that of the county.
Council voted to enter an agreement with the Washington State Department of Commerce for grants funds for the city’s water system upgrade following receipt of a second State Direct Grant of $1,067,000. The city received an earlier State Direct Grant in the amount of $1,838,000.
The water system project calls for drilling two or three new city wells and adding 200,000 gallons of reservoir storage capacity.
In her report to council, Mayor, Carlene Anders said rebuilding is continuing in Phase 2 of the Okanogan County Long Term Recovery Group’s (OCLTRG) multi-phase plan but mud and road weight restrictions have called a temporary halt to current efforts.
Anders said OCLTRG currently has 124 active cases open with 20 of those in the Carlton Complex area.
“We’ve had a lot of secondary homeowners contact us,” said Anders. “We have not yet gone to secondary homes.”
One Deseret volunteer has been tentatively approved for one year to begin next August, said Anders, and application has been tendered for AmeriCorps volunteers.  
Anders put issued a request for volunteers to serve on committees for both the Pateros Museum and city beautification projects. The next meeting of the Museum Committee is at 2:30 p.m. Thursday, March 2. Interested volunteers for the Beautification Committee can contact city hall.

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