LONG BEACH — At its Oct. 15 meeting, Long Beach City Council moved forward on multiple projects, with focuses on zoning and the city’s biosolids treatment plant project. During the meeting, councilors:
• Discussed the city’s biosolids treatment plant. City officials recently visited Westport’s biosolids treatment facility to garner ideas for the city’s plant, which is expected to be completed by January 2020. The project should go to bid this winter, City Administrator David Glasson said.
• Proclaimed Oct. 22-26 as Code Enforcement Officer Appreciation Week. Tammy Engel is Pacific County’s code enforcement officer. Engel’s responsibilities include enforcement of local codes and ordinances for issues such as building, zoning, housing, animal control, environmental, health and life safety.
• Adopted Ordinance No. 959, which includes several zoning-regulation amendments. Changes include a definition on special event permits, setting minimum sizes for dwelling units throughout city limits and setting limits on the amount of time vacation rentals can be occupied by owners and personal visitors.
• Adopted Ordinance 960, which rezones six lots off Washington Avenue South at Block 84. Five of the lots are undeveloped and the sixth is home to a single-family unit. The lots were originally in the Old Town district and were changed in the early 2000s to provide for the possibility of more multi-family dwellings. The rezoning update classifies the lots under Old Town again.
• Approved Resolution 2018-13, authorizing the receipt of an state revolving-fund loan for the city’s biosolids treatment plant. The resolution is required before the city can receive the project’s final contract from the Department of Ecology.
• Approved Ordinance 961, raising Mayor Jerry Phillips’ monthly salary from $500 to $700. City Council approved the change when putting together the 2018 budget. The approval was necessary so city code would reflect the change.
• Awarded a contracting project bid. The building previously used as the Kite Museum has “considerable rot” in its foundation. City Council accepted the lowest project bid, which was by Carolina Co. for $7,628. Long Beach City Hall will likely require a similar project next year, Glasson said.
Long Beach City Council’s next meeting is at 7 p.m. on Nov. 5 in City Hall. The council meets regularly on the first and third Monday each month.