The Astoria City Council voted Monday night to spend more than $126,600 on new point of sale and registration software for the city’s Parks and Recreation Department.
The recreation management system is expected to improve efficiency.
The City Council had approved $55,000 toward the new system in this year’s budget. Councilors decided Monday night, however, to shift about $72,000 in the budget for weed eradication at Ocean View Cemetery in Warrenton to help finance the new software.
Councilors in December chose not to release the money for weed eradication at Ocean View because some worried the funds would be wasted if parks staff did not keep up with maintenance.
In other business Monday night:
• The City Council, acting as the Astoria Development Commission, asked staff to study an amendment that would add Bond Street to the Astor West Urban Renewal District.
The move could help the city finance improvements and potentially reopen Bond Street to two-way traffic. The area has suffered through landslides.
• Mayor Arline LaMear and Police Chief Brad Johnston swore in Kevin Berry as a new police officer.
Berry is an Astoria High School graduate who has worked at the Oregon Department of Forestry. His mother, Diane Berry, is the owner of Bloomin Crazy Floral.