Mike Hogg, Chris Kambich and Diana Smith were honored with the 2012 Mayor/Council appreciation award during the Dec. 17 Winlock City Council meeting.
Mayor Glen Cook said all three have played a pivotal role in volunteering time and resources to help the city, most notably the construction of Volunteer Park in Downtown Winlock, and were given plaques in appreciation for their service, though Hogg was not present during the meeting.
The council also accepted a donation of classroom space from property owner Joc Davis for the 2013 Police Reserve Academy.
The cost of the room, on the 200 block of First St., is estimated at $4,000 for the five months of the school, which is expected to take place between February and June.
Council Member Denise Green reported she had contacted the Lewis County Department of Health earlier that day regarding health code violations she observed by temporary city employees replacing water lines on First. St., stating she saw three water meters being connected to the same one-inch line.
DOH later contacted City Hall via email and on Friday Cook said no violations have been identified, stating DOH was satisfied with his account of meter installations.
The Toledo City Council will be applying for a Community Development Block Grant (CDGB) by Jan. 31 to help fund the construction of a new sewer plant.
Detailed during a public hearing at the Dec. 17 City Council meeting, the application will be for monies from a general purpose grant fund of $9.75 million available to all qualified entities within Washington. If approved in May, Toledo will receive at least $750,000 toward the $9.6 million sewer project, though greater amounts can be given at the will of grant evaluators.
Mayor Jerry Pratt said, while it is his goal to reopen City Hall at its normal operating hours the beginning of next year, the city budget is continuing to be reevaluated and it is not certain when or for how long regular hours will be restored.
The Toledo School District Bard voted Thursday to add a maintenance and operations levy of $950,000 to the February ballot. If passed, the levy would last 2 years and cost property owners $1.95 for every $1,000 of assessed value.
Council Member Earl Queen said he wanted more council involvement in the budget process during the Dec. 17 Castle Rock City Council meeting.
Mayor Paul Helenberg had composed the 2013 budget prior to council consideration and replied the budget the mayor’s responsibility, but said he would add an extra meeting next year for the 2014 budget process.
Nancy Chenault, volunteer landscaping director, reported on the decorating of Cowlitz St. and the surrounding area next summer, adding volunteers will be testing new flower baskets that retain water.
Officer Charlie Worley reported Shop With a Cop went very well, with five children each from Castle Rock and Toutle participating. Gift vouchers for $100 to Cascade Select were also provided to participants’ families.