ILWACO — The Ilwaco City Council had just enough members to reach quorum Monday night as Mayor Mike Cassinelli announced the resignations of Gini Chin and Will Greene.

Councilman Gary Forner described the councilors’ departure as feeling like being hit in the stomach, and said, “I’m really going to miss these citizens that wanted to help their city.”

Cassinelli agreed, “It’s with a sad heart that I have to accept their resignations.”  

The city is now accepting applications to fill council seats #2 and #4.

The night’s business items included Cheri Diehl’s appointment to the Planning Commission and councilor David Jensen being appointed mayor pro tem. 

Among discussion items, councilor Fred Marshall brought back an ordinance and resolution to establish “regulations and fees for overconcentration of wastewater and related matters.” Penned by Marshall, the legislation, if approved, would allow the city to impose fees on facilities that discharge overconcentrated wastewater, which overloads the city’s treatment system and costs more to treat.

Jensen suggested that the city use an equitable process to determine which locations would be subject to increased fees. 

Marshall explained that it is common practice in other areas for the dischargers to tell the city if they think their discharge has a higher than normal concentration (above 250 milligrams per liter) of biochemical oxygen demand (BOD) or total suspended solids (TSS). 

“It’s very legitimate to charge for that overloading,” Marshall added.

The council agreed to have the city engineer and city attorney review the ordinance and resolution, and Cassinelli suggested that the next step should be to find out about portable monitors that the city could use to measure BOD and TSS.

During council reports, Marshall gave a summary of recent Transportation Advisory Committee and Pacific Council of Governments meetings.

Forner said he attended a meeting in regards to the U.S.-Canada tuna treaty, and presented the council with a possible way to fix the potholes in Vandalia. 

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