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Lind hires new public works crewman

LIND – Council members and Mayor Paula Bell held an executive session during their June 8 meeting, after which councilwoman Kathy Vedder made a motion to offer Steven Thompson the fulltime position with the City Public Works Crew at $23 per hour with full benefits. While new to employment with the town, Thompson is not new to Lind; as he grew up there and is a lifelong resident.

Council also approved increasing City Public Works Crew member Cagney Wills' wage to $16 per hour, following reports she is doing excellent work. Wills' responsibilities include mowing the parks, sweeping the streets, watering and recording well numbers during weekend rounds.

In other town work news, Bell said a company will be doing the crack sealing in town through Adams County Public Works, with the town of Lind purchasing the sealant product.

Bell said she reached out to Adams County Juvenile Court to have them bring some juveniles who need to work off some community service hours to pull weeds, paint stripes, wash vehicles and perform other chores for the town.

In unfinished business, Steve Nelson of Century West Enginnering reported the Community Development Block Grant project has one final payout, after which a notice of completion will be completed. A public hearing will need to be held for the final closeout. The hearing, not yet scheduled, will possibly take place during the first council meeting in July.

Nelson also reported a tech team will be needed to complete the aquifer study, and funding will need to be pursued.

Nelson is working with the Dept. of Ecology to complete the land permit for the Wastewater Treatment Plant to dispose of biosolids by spraying them as fertilizer on land near the wastewater treatment plant.

The Burlington Northern San Francisco rail line has submitted a request for waterline relocation. Nelson said he hoped the waterlines are already buried at a depth of six feet; a new requirement for any waterlines buried under railroad tracks, which Lind's are. A field inspection will need done to determine the depth of the water lines.

In other news, town council

– Approved an amendment to the 2021 budget affecting the water fund after it was discovered some of the water projects were duplicates.

– Heard the park bathrooms were vandalized, so they will be closed until new soap dispensers can be purchased.

– Heard the city is seeing an increase of residents' past due utility bills being paid.

– Were introduced to new resident of Lind, Henry Thoma.

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Katie Teachout, Editor

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Katie Teachout is the editor of the Ritzville Adams County Journal. She has more than a decade experience covering Eastern Washington, including the Upper Kittitas Valley, the Methow Valley and Okanogan and Ferry counties.


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