Don’t expect this meeting to last too long, maybe 45 minutes. All but one item will be considered on the Consent Calendar where they receive no discussion and one vote.

Check out the description for Item 5 on page 13 in the packet. Surplus property, a 6,704 sq. ft. unused right-of-way for Harding Street, is being sold for $39,556 ($5.90 a sq. ft.) to the companies converting the old Days Inn at 615 Jadwin into micro-apartments. Four LLCs, all with the word “Hosford” in their titles, are registered to an address in Beaverton, Oregon where Fortify Holdings, the original purchaser of the property, is located.

The city website with the minutes and agendas now has a good search feature so the Observer has not provided the page numbers (link above).

If you can’t make it to city hall for this 6 pm meeting, you can watch it live on cable channel 192 and also online at Richland City View. Usually the next day, Richland City View has a video available.

Agenda Items

1.National Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Week Proclamation

2. National Public Works Week proclamation

Public Hearing – you have three minutes to give your opinion on the following item.

3. Proposed amendment to the 2023 budget to include the 2022 Budget carryovers.

Public Comments – You have two minutes to talk about anything. If you have a question, ask for an answer as soon as possible.

Consent Calendar – each of them will be read by the city clerk, there will be no discussion and then all of them will be voted on together. Councilmembers can pull items off the consent calendar for discussion and a separate vote, but the last time the Observer can remember that happening was in 2021 when former Councilwoman Marianne Boring pulled an item.

4. Minutes from the May 2 meeting will be approved.

5. Resolution authorizing the sale of unused Harding Street to the owners of 615 Jadwin.

6. Declaring 1,651 square feet of property adjacent to 2619 and 2623 Falcon surplus and authorizing the sale. This is property along one of the trails.

7. Rejecting all bids for metalclad switchgear for the Stevens and Thayer Substation Rebuild Projects.”These substations contain two (2) of the City’s oldest metalclad switchgear assemblies which were constructed in 1948,” according to the packet of information.

8. Authorizing an agreement with Electrical Power Systems, Inc. for $678,288 for engineering design and inspection work for electrical distribution substations expansion and rebuild at Stevens and Thayer substations.

9. The Fire Department wants to apply for a $6,000 grant  If selected, the program would provide subject matter expertise on the development of community wildland protection plans, and the $6,000 would support development of public education content.

10. Authorizing an amendment to the contract with InfoSend, Inc. for utility billing and mailing services. This company just prints the bills and sends them out. They don’t have responsibility for the exorbitant bills residents have complained about.

11. The city will repeal its 2015 Small Works Roster as the state law has dated it. The roster allows the city more latitude in picking contractors for projects that will cost less than $350,000. The ordinance that is being deleted was for projects up to $300,000.

12. April checks

Items of Business

13. 2022 carryovers to the 2023 budget.

City Manager and Council blah, blah, blah,