ILWACO — By mid-July, Ortelius Drive will look new.

At its May 28 meeting, Ilwaco City Council moved forward on Ortelius Drive improvements, a water agreement and residential projects.

Ortelius Drive

Councilors approved a change for the Ortelius Drive project. The project should be finished by mid-July.

The change increased the project’s costs by $52,636. The city will take $2,632 from its street improvements budget.

The cost increase is because Scarboro Lane South is added to the project.

Water agreement

The council approved an update to a water supply agreement between Ilwaco and Long Beach. The update raises the cost of water per 100 cubic feet from $0.47 to $2. The rate was last changed in 1996.

The cities’ agreement dates back to 1978. The water comes from a water intertie. The intertie hasn’t been used in recent years but is cleaned annually.

Council vacancies

Councilor Kenneth Sprague didn’t file to run for his council seat this fall.

“It was a tough decision. I’m glad I joined when I did,” Sprague said. “I can see myself back here later.”

Sprague said he may apply to join the city’s planning commission or parks and recreation commission.

Councilors Kristen Mathison and Matt Lessnau filed to run for their seats. No one else ran for either seats, so the pair will retain their spots.

In August, residents can apply to run for Sprague’s council seat.

The city is also accepting applications to fill a vacant council seat left by Jared Oakes.

Other action

The council approved a street vacation at Third Avenue, and denied one at Fourth Avenue. The approved vacation is for a right-of-way for residents Michael and Jennifer Colbach’s home. The avenues are situated between Main Street and Eagle Street SW.

Councilors decided to deny the proposed vacation at Fourth Avenue so neighbors could still access their properties. Third Avenue will become a private road.

Councilors approved a variance request to expand a garage. Former Mayor Mike Cassinelli requested the variance so he can build an extension to a detached garage on his property at Eliza Street SE. He will use the garage to store vehicles.


The council’s next meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. on June 10. The council will meet with the Port of Ilwaco at 5 p.m. Both meetings are open to the public and held at the city’s community room, 158 First Ave. N.

Alyssa Evans is a staff writer for the Chinook Observer. Contact her at 360-642-8181 or

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