City to hear support for plastic bag bill

Feb. 12, 2011

The billowing political issue of plastic bags comes Hood River City Council's direction when it meets Monday starting at 6 p.m.

The council will hear a request from David Skakel, solid waste specialist of the Tri-County Hazardous Waste and Recycling Program, to support SB 536 which prohibits the use of single-use plastic checkout bags in Oregon. Under the bill, retailers would have to charge a 5-cent deposit on paper bags.

The council meeting will be the second one this week. The council met in special session Monday at noon to deal with the necessary steps in the $28-million water line project.

The council approved a $12,219,570 bid to low bidder Moore Excavation for phase two of the project, set to start as early as mid-March. In phase two, another 12 miles will be replaced, in two sections north of Dee, as well as an upgrade to the reservoir at Dee and a seismic upgrade for the 15 miles of line.

The $3.5-million phase one of the project, replacing three miles of line, started in April 2010 and is scheduled to be completed in March.

Also on Monday's agenda:

Fire Chief Devon Wells will report on the 2010 SAFER Grant received by the city. "SAFER" stands for Staffing Adequate Fire and Emergency Response. The SAFER Grant is a federal grant administered by the Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency.

In the 7 p.m. regular session, the council will consider an approval to go out to bid for fire station renovations, a bond-funded project approved by voters in 2009.

Also on the work session agenda, the council will consider an agreement with PacifiCorp for the Indian Creek Lift Station Project; the city needs to acquire a permanent easement for locating the lift station on PacifiCorp property and a temporary construction easement for constructing the lift station and stockpiling materials on the property.

This project is part of the city's capital improvement plan and is needed to be completed to accept the additional flows that are a result of the county's Windmaster sewer project.

According to City Manager Bob Francis, the project is also necessary to reduce the risk of sewage flowing into the Indian Creek from the main line that is currently located along Indian Creek Trail.

The council will also consider extension of the city's franchise agreement between the city and Charter Communications (Falcon Cablevision), which is due to expire March 16.

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