Warrenton City Recorder Linda Engbretson was appointed city manager pro tem at Wednesday's City Commission meeting. Engbretson will fill in until Edward Madere arrives in a few days to take over the permanent position left vacant when Scott Derickson became Clatsop County Administrator. Jim Hough had been interim city manager in the meantime.
At Wednesday's meeting, the Commission learned from Alan Johansson, city engineer, that the Oregon Department of Transportation will cooperate with the city to replace a brittle, six-inch asbestos-cement water line at the Marlin Avenue intersection where ODOT is installing a traffic light. ODOT will replace it with 2,000 linear feet of 18-inch ductile iron water line. Cost to the city for "up-sizing" it now is $123,000, compared to more than $500,000 later. Funding for the water line upgrade comes from the city's capital improvement water fund.
Johansson also informed the Commission that a project to install a sidewalk along South Main Street from Warrenton High School to downtown is back on track. The ODOT project, in the works for many years, had been delayed again, but is now going forward. He said ODOT is adding another $100,000 to the project, which is expected to be finished this summer. Total cost of the sidewalk is approximately $500,000, with the city putting up 10 percent of the cost, Johansson said.
The Commission approved a plan for an addition to the Warrenton Library, proposed by the Friends of the Warrenton Library. Patrick Wingard, city planning director, said said the addition, especially a bathroom, will likely have to be made accessible to handicapped people under the federal Americans with Disabilities Act. He said the addition will cost less than $25,000, with money, labor and materials to be donated by FOWL.
A statue called "Tribute to the Timber Industry" will be placed at Seventh Avenue and Fort Stevens Highway in Hammond at a site formerly known as Gateway Park. The Commission approved $500 for a concrete pad and nameplate for the 1,200-pound wooden statue, which was carved by an artist using a chainsaw. The Warrenton Business Association is spearheading the project.
The Commission tabled an agreement to extend the city's water supply agreement with Gearhart, preferring to wait until the new city manager is on board.