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City council rejects proposal to work with fire district to solve emergency services funding

The Quincy Valley Post-Register of Quincy, Washington

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Tuesday, the city council rejected, by a four to two vote, a proposal that would have allowed the City of Quincy and the Grant County Fire District #3 to pursue alternative means of working together on fire and emergency services.

"We seem to be at an impasse," said Mayor Jim Hemberry, in regard to price negotiations with the fire district. "The fire district would like to see the city join with them to look for a consultant to determine how to share fire costs."

Arenewal of the contract with the fire district would cost the city three times the amount it paid last year.

"They want to think outside the box and see if there is a different way to finance this," said Councilman Scott Lybbert.

"We know what we want," said Councilman

Jose Saldafia. "For that amount of money, we can provide our own services."

"Our object is the save the city money," said Lybbert. "If we are able to develop our own program for less, I understand that. But we need to know what other options are out there. We need to ask what's good for the community? Do we want to manage a fire department?"

The fire district contract is set to expire at the end of this year.

In other news, the council voted, almost unanimously, to approve a letter of intent to deliver water to Jack Jones and put him in charge of distribution of reclaimed wastewater to his and other properties on Beasley Hill along Road R NW.

Currently the city is putting reclaimed into the West Canal. However, that agreement with the water district is set to expire with no renewal.

The city is planning to pipe reclaimed water to properties north of the water district.

"We thought it would be in the best interest of the city to work with one person instead of multiple property owners," said City Administrator Tim Snead. "We hope to build a pond on DNR land. Jones has worked with DNR on other projects."

The council voted to raise the amount of property tax collected by 1 percent for 2013. The ordinance must be turned into the county by the end of the month.

The council approved a request that would allow the mayor to sign an agreement with the Grant County Health District that would contract them to do data collection for Quincy at a cost of $1 per resident.

Currently, the city pays the health district $2 per resident.

The council also approved a study to be study the feasibility of biogas, to determine if the city could co-generate electricity and sell it to the PUD or market the gas.

The council was able to view the Today in America video, which was filmed during the summer.

They also viewed a newscast by

KREM2 from Spokane that highlighted the efforts being made in Grant County gang prevention.

Michele Wurl, with the Quincy Valley Medical Center, and Russ Harrington, Quincy recreation director, presented DeDe Brown with a certificate of recognition, a clock, a gift certificate and a pen for being the winner of the Resident Division of the 21-week Q-Fit Challenge that took place this summer. Wurl mentioned that they had presented awards to the student and teacher winners earlier that morning during school.

The council also heard a progress report from Officer Fuller in regards to the GREAT program being taught in fourth-and seventh-grade classrooms.

"We are halfway through," said Fuller. "I think, so far, it has helped a lot. I am building relationships with the students. When they need to make a report, they want to make it with me. The schools have been super helpful and supportive."

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Original Publication Date: November 8, 2012

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