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City of Cascade Locks makes offers on administrator, old fire hall deal

— CASCADE LOCKS — City Council agreed Tuesday to offer the job of city administrator to Gordon Zimmerman of Oakridge, Ore.

Interim city administrator Paul Koch and city attorney Reuben Cleaveland are drafting a formal written offer, including a $60,000 annual salary, in a letter to be delivered before Thanksgiving.

Following negotiations, the goal is for Zimmerman to start work by Jan. 1, according to Koch, who will work through January. Koch was hired in August 2011 as the city’s second interim administrator (after Rich Carson) following the resignation of former City Administrator Bernard Seeger.

In other business this week, the council agreed to the sale of the old fire hall building on WaNaPa Street adjacent to the port property.

Architect Chris Williams of Corbett has made the offer, and plans to start a canoe and boat building business in the old fire hall.

Koch said the city is looking to have a real estate agreement in front of council to approve on Dec. 10, when a public hearing will be held on the decision to sell. The agreement could then be approved in January, but Koch said it is possible the council could take action Dec. 10 following the public hearing.

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