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Street upgrades, lease of tower space, LEAD agreement all gain city council approval

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Grandview Mayor Norm Childress listens intently as Police Chief Dave Charvet explains an interlocal agreement with the LEAD Task Force.

GRANDVIEW - Knowing each item on last night's agenda would benefit the city, the Grandview City Council unanimously approved each item on the table.

Included in the consent agenda, which received a 7-0 vote of approval, was a bid for the North Birch Street improvement project.

City Administrator and Public Works Director Cus Arteaga said there were a total of five bids received on the same day the city opened the process.

The lowest bid was submitted by A&B Asphalt for $909,079. That's 14 percent below the city engineer's estimated cost, according to Arteaga.

Because the project can be completed for less money, the city has the option of possibly returning some money to the water and sewer coffers that was committed to the project.

Granite Construction of Watsonville, Calif. and Hurst Construction of Wenatchee both submitted bids for the project. Those bids exceeded $1 million, which is closer to the estimated cost.

It was the bid submitted by A&B Asphalt, however, that received council approval.

Another project the city of Grandview has its eyes set upon is improvements to East Second and Elm streets.

The Grandview City Council agreed to a consultant agreement with Huibregtse, Louman and Associates.

Arteaga said, "This is a standard agreement for engineering services."

The project will involve grinding and new asphalt on the streets and will be completed with funding from a Transportation Improvement Board grant in the amount of $200,000.

An agreement that has taken some time to finalize was presented to the city council members last night.

That agreement is between the city and Cingular Wireless, which will lease space on the water tower at King and Velma streets. The space will be used to provide a cellular communications signal via an antenna to be installed by the communication company.

The city, said Arteaga, will receive $1,300 in monthly lease revenues.

Arteaga said it took a while to reach a final agreement because Cingular Wireless wanted to be the sole lessee.

"The city reserved the right to allow other companies to also use space on the tower," he said.

The city council approved the agreement by a 7-0 vote.

The council also approved an updated interlocal agreement for the LEAD Task Force. The Grandview Police Department has partnered with several other agencies to form the task force since its beginning, which was 1991.

That's according to Grandview Police Chief Dave Charvet, who said the agreement before the city council provides him the authority to sign confidential documents and other agreements associated with the task force. In his absence, Assistant Police Chief Mark Ware would have the authority to enter into agreements with the LEAD Task Force on behalf of the Grandview Police Department.

The new interlocal agreement, said Charvet, is necessary because of the many changes that have taken place with the task force.

"There have been agencies that have come and gone and come back again," he said.

The agencies that have been consistently involved in the task force include Washington State Patrol, Yakima County Sheriff's Office, Grandview and Sunnyside police departments, and several federal agencies, as well as the National Guard.

Each jurisdiction pays approximately 25 percent of the salary for its own representative.

Mayor Norm Childress said, "I understand as a lay person I don't need to be involved in seeing and signing confidential documentation."

He said it is for that reason he did not object to the agreement presented to the council.

No objections were made by any of the council members, who approved the agreement by a 7-0 vote.

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