ILWACO - Long Beach Police Department Chief Flint Wright introduced the department's newest officer during the Ilwaco City Council meeting Monday. Casey Meling, 22, came to the Peninsula from Battle Ground and is now officially a full-time police officer with the department, Wright said.

During the meeting, Councilman Mike Cassinelli asked Wright if there was anything that could be done about cars parked facing the wrong way on city streets. Wright said if the council requests it, he will begin issuing warnings to owners of vehicles parked on the wrong side of the street.

Mayor Doug Hubbard reminded people of the April 29 fishing derby at Black Lake and said volunteers are always welcome to help out with the derby.

Hubbard also reminded council members of a workshop scheduled for April 24 at 4 p.m. to discuss funding for sidewalk repair and replacement in the city. The workshop will precede the regular City Council meeting.

Kim Patten of the Washington State University Extension Service office in Long Beach told the council about the ongoing problem with a noxious weed, Brazilian egeria densa, which is choking Black Lake and its irrigation pipes used for nearby cranberry bogs.

Patten said there are several options for aquatic weed control, including planting carp in the lake. The carp eat the weeds but state regulations won't allow enough of the fish to be placed in the lake to do the job. Herbicide use is also limited, he said, but new, experimental herbicides could be tried after a permitting process is completed. He said that after the cranberry harvest, barrels of the new herbicides could be placed on the north end of the lake "and we'll see what works. It's a serious problem," he said. "The egeria is filling the entire lake."

After the city's contracted planner, Mike DeSimone, recommended approval, the city council okayed the final plat of Phase 1B of the Discovery Heights development which contains 16 residential lots.

The council also approved closing streets and waiving vendor fees for the Loyalty Day parade in May.

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