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Mabton City Council approves purchasing agreement with Washington state

MABTON - In an 11-minute Mabton City Council meeting last night, the city entered into an intergovernmental cooperative purchasing agreement with Washington state.

"This will allow us to buy equipment at a state rate," Mayor Velva Herrera said.

The mayor explained that before the agreement, the city would have to get three bids before purchasing any type of equipment for the city.

"This way the state is doing the work for us," she said.

The city will be able to buy equipment now at an already agreed upon price the state has worked out.

The city has been looking for a street sweeper and found one in California for $53,000. That wasn't including transportation costs, though. Herrera said the city will start looking locally for a street sweeper now.

The agreement with the state will cost the city of Mabton $200 a year due to the fact the city's budget is less than $3 million.

The council also approved a resolution Tuesday night authorizing Pacific Power & Light Company to supply power to the city's pump house for well No. five. Electrical work is all that's remaining to bring the well online with the city's other wells. The mayor said the work should be completed by the second week of June.

The only other business conducted at Tuesday night's meeting was a change in the contract with Fowler General Construction, Inc. on the well No. five project.

A new water line under SR 97 was too close to the city's sewer line. The new water line had to be encased in concrete until there was a separation of 10 feet between the two lines. This work cost the city an additional $5,500 and the job has already been completed.

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