Tonasket mayor sworn into office

Newly elected Tonasket Mayor Dennis Brown and council members Christa Levine and Jill Ritter recite the oath of office during a Jan. 9 meeting while Alice Attwood, city clerk, (far left) presides.

TONASKET — Newly elected Mayor Dennis Brown and council members Christa Levine and Jill Ritter were sworn into office during a regular meeting Tuesday, Jan. 9.

Brown defeated former Tonasket resident Patrick Plumb in the Nov. 7, 2017, general election.

In other business, the council:

•Approved a bid for city fuel services from Coleman Oil. Two other bids were received and opened during the meeting.

Police Chief Darren Curtis suggested the council also approve a bid from Whitley Fuel to serve as a contingency if Coleman Oil service were unavailable at any point in time. The council decided to do research before granting Whitley a contract, too.

•Agreed to surplus a sign in History Park. City Clerk Alice Attwood suggested the wooden sign may have been constructed by a local resident, therefore the city shouldn’t just scrap it.

“Get rid of it,” Ritter said. “Out with the old, in with the new.”

The council agreed to surplus it, with interested parties being able to purchase it.

• Agreed to hire Varela and Associates for the city’s engineering firm.

• Amended an agreement with Varela and Associates for the Parry’s Acres sewer rehabilitation project for $42,510, which will be added to the total project cost of $165,550.

•Approved a letter be written in support of Tonasket Parks Improvement Committee to proceed with a project at Little Learners Park.

• Approved appointments to various committees.

• Approved a contract with Highlands Associates for planning services.

• Learned a retirement party is planned for Hugh Jensen, former city superintendent. Darren Johnson has since been named superintendent.

• Heard various depart-ment head reports.

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