SOUTH BEND — The Pacific County Commissioners approved a request from Willapa Behavioral Health for $15,000 from Fund 127 to tackle a severe termite infestation at the agency’s triplex unit in Long Beach.

    Kathy Spoor, county administrative officer, ex-plained that Fund 127 is money the county receives to ensure affordable housing. The money is set aside by the Legislature to prevent homelessness.

    The triplex is about 15 years old and operated by Willapa Behavioral Health for low-income residents who are also served by their program, she said. While doing some remodeling, the agency discovered a severe termite problem and it cannot afford to address the issue.

    The motion passed 3-0.

    The board also approved the purchase of four new containers for used oil to replace the county’s deteriorating recycling tanks.

    Faith Taylor-Eldred, director of the Department of Community Development, said the tanks were nearly 20 years old and rusty. They had deteriorated to the point that you could put your hand through them, she said.

    “We didn’t want a spill, so we had to purchase new ones,” she said.

    Commissioner Steve Rogers quipped, “So you would have had to file a DCD complaint about DCD?”

    “Yes, exactly that,” Taylor-Eldred replied. “And that wouldn’t have looked good.”

    “Then I move we approve the request to dispose of four oil recycling bins in accordance with proper procedures,” Rogers said.

    The motion passed, as did the following motion to confirm the purchase of the four new containers for $5,029.99

    The commissioners also awarded certificates to three county employees. Coni Ruddell in the Treasurer’s office, and Frank Hodel and Mike Collins at the Department of Public Works were recognized for their 25 years of service.

    The next regular meeting of the Board of Commissioners is 9 a.m. March 12 at the commissioners meeting room of the Courthouse Annex, 1216 W. Robert Bush Drive in South Bend.


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