New Ilwaco council members

David Cundiff, left, and Jonathan Quittner repeat their oaths of office for Ilwaco City Council with Mayor Gary Forner on Monday, Dec. 23. Cundiff is a physician and Quittner is an attorney.

ILWACO — Ilwaco City Council’s newest members are official. David Cundiff and Jonathan Quittner were sworn into office at the council’s Monday, Dec. 23 meeting. The two will participate in their first council meeting on Monday, Jan. 13.

Councilor Kenneth Sprague, who Quittner replaces, thanked the council and citizens before the meeting finished.

“I really appreciate the opportunity you gave me,” Sprague said. “I look forward to maybe getting involved in another way somehow.”

Sprague decided against running for the 2019 election. He joined the council in August 2018 to fill a vacancy.

During the remainder of the meeting, the council focused on contracts.

City planner: Councilors approved a $5,000 contract increase for city planner Sam Rubin. His 2019 contract was originally budgeted for $40,000. This is the first contract increase for Rubin’s 2019 contract, bringing his 2019 total contract to $45,000.

Rubin said the $5,000 will pay for work he completes for the Port of Ilwaco. The pay increase also pays for his review of residential neighborhood development.

The city’s 2020 budget includes $40,000 for Rubin’s work.

Business and Occupation Tax: The council adopted a business and occupation tax. In 2019, the state legislature updated cities’ business license requirements.

The change could bring the city $10,000 to $15,000, according to Ilwaco City Treasurer Holly Beller. This increase would happen because the state’s updates make the tax more equitable.

2019 budget amendment: The council also approved a $2.5 million amendment to the city’s 2019 budget. This is required before the year ends so the city follows state protocol, said Mayor Gary Forner. It’s standard practice that cities adopt a budget amendment toward the end of the year.

Next meeting: The council’s next meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 13 at 151 First Avenue N.

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