WARRENTON - Mayor Jeff Hazen and his colleagues will hold a public hearing Wednesday on a proposed transient room tax increase from 7 to 9 percent. No decision is expected this week on the issue, city staff said.

With the matter already approved by local voters, the commission will consider a resolution authorizing the issue and sale of $320,000 in general obligation bonds for a new fire truck.

Because Wednesday's meeting is the last scheduled commission meeting before the end of the municipal fiscal year, a series of budgetary issues are on the agenda from a proposed $20,000 interfund loan from the general fund to the building fund to year-end budget adjustments.

Also slated is a presentation from North Coast Watershed Association, acquisition of Delaura Beach Road, upgrading police weapons, consideration of 9-1-1 survey and possible modifications for garbage pick up requirements.

Wednesday's meeting starts at 6 p.m. at Warrenton City Hall, 225 South Main Ave.

In other city news, it appears that the city's Main Avenue Sidewalk Project will be funded and could begin later this year, said City Manager Scott Derickson.

Commissioners recently approved a local agency agreement for the work with the Oregon Department of Transportation. Under the proposed agreement, the city is responsible for posting all federal match funds, to the tune of about $56,000, Derickson explained.

The proposed project is part of the Statewide Transportation Improvement Program. Last April, commissioners signed the first STIP local agency agreement. ODOT representative Ted Keasey said the city needed to sign the latest draft - which it did - for ODOT to request the federal funding needed for the project.

"Federal funding for this project is contingent upon approval by the Federal Highway Administration - although the project looks as if it will begin this year, there is no guarantee the project will be funded," Derickson reported.

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