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Richland City Council New and Returning Council Members Sworn In Continued from page 1 2:00 p.m., the council had held a Special Meeting for the purpose of reviewing the 2010-2011 fiscal year with David Lindley, CPA for the City. The review identified that in the General Fund, city rev- enue had decreased: grant funding was lower than the previous year, and expenses decreased slightly In the Street Fund, the ending bal- ance was essentially the same and the Balance Reserve Fund was as well. The Water Utility Fund increased, largely due to the fact that there had not been budgeted transfers; user fees and charges remained pretty much the same as did expen- ditures. The Sewer Utility Fund expenditures and charges remained similar to the previous year though ex- penditures were slightly down. The City has a "Con- struction in Progress," bud- geted items had not been transferred and comparisons until the construction is com- plete will be unique to that budget Detailed information from the Reviewed Financial Statements of the City of Richland for the Year Ended June 30, 2011 is on file and may be viewed during busi- ness hours at Richland City Hall. City Departments City Maintenance Super- visor, Gary Chamberlin, ad- vised the council he had spo- ken with Baker County Road Master, Ken Helgerson, re- garding cost estimates for chip sealing on Second Place. Helgerson said he would be in touch with the city after the first of the year. City Recorder, Patti Crews, will send out letters of request for bids on snow removal. Harrison reported the Sewer Department and the Water Department were sta- tus quo In Old Business, Wilson informed the council she had, at the council's direction, con- tacted City Attorney, Dan Van Thiel, in regards to the request by the Eagle Valley Rural Fire Department to open discussions about a po- tential addition to the exist- ing City Hall building. The fire department needs more room for engines, storage and a training rodm and also would include some owner- ship of the building. Van Thiel advised against the initial proposal of two months ago. Wilson told the Council that following her discussion with Van Thiel, she contacted E.V.R.F.D. Board President, Ed Bow- man, with the information and reported that Bowman was understanding of the decision. Councilwoman Debi Duggan asked if anyone had any updates regarding the placement of a picnic table in front of the City Hall build- ing by Eagle Telephone Sys- tems It was thought the project would be postponed until spring. Elections Following the unanimous approval by the council of the Certification of Elec- tions, wherein Gloria Wil- son was voted in as Mayor of Soroptimist International Offers Opportunity and Fellowship Awards Soroptimist International of Baker County is offering Women's Opportunity and Fellowships Awards to help women in Baker County. Women's Opportunity Awards are cash awards given to motivated women who are the primary finan- cial supporters of their fami- lies. Recipients seek to im- prove their lives by gaining additional skills, training or education, but do not have the resources to do so. These cash awards are meant to help defray the costs of higher education, including tuition, books, supplies, transporta- tion or child care costs. Award amounts are $750 and the application deadline is Janu- ary 1, 2013. The Fellowship Award in the amount of $360 helps women in Baker County who are returning to school for post-graduate study to obtain an advanced degree. The ap- plication deadline is Janu- ary 10, 2013 Applications for both awards are available by e-mail from macyjoan@yahoo.com, Soroptimist Women's Oppor- tunity Awards Chair. Economic Development Director To Attend Northwest Food Expo Greg Smith, Director for +event offers unprecedented dealto offer businesses, and Baker County Economic De- velopment, will attend the Northwest Food Processors Expo in January. In its 99th year, it is the largest regional food pro- cessing tradeshow in North America. The event is held annually in Portland and at- tracts 3,000 industry pro- fessionals from around the world. In addition to featur- ing over 400 exhibitor booths in the Expo Hall, the networking and industry relevant educational ses- sions packed with leading- edge information. "My purpose in attending is to identify those busi- nesses which may be an ex- cellent fit in Baker County. I have an extensive back- ground in this area and it is a very good opportunity to find those companies that may be poised to expand and relocate. We have a great I will be sharing all of the resources and recruitment tools we have available to us, including financing op- tions," said Smith. Mike Kee, City Manager for Baker City said, "We have the pieces in place to recruit good businesses here. To be able to connect with hundreds of businesses in one location right in our back yard is valuable." Richland and Delores Den- nis, Lawrence Brown, Debi Duggan and Ed Edwards were voted in as council members, City Recorder Patti Crews facilitated the swearing in of offices. Delores Dennis was absent and will be sworn in at the next meeting. Mayor Wilson appointed Lawrence Brown to serve on the Water and Sewer Depart- ment with Councilman Jim Wilson, appo.inted Jeff Chamberlin to serve on the Street Department with Councilwoman Debi Duggan and appointed Ed Edwards to the Safety Committee. Debi Duggan was elected as Presi- dent of the Council. All ap- pointments and elections be- come effective January 1, 2013. Holiday hours were dis- cussed and the decision was made to close Richland City Hall all day Monday the 24th of December as well as December 25th. The office will be open on the 30th. The council set a Work Ses- sion and scheduled the an- nual employee evaluations, as well. The next meeting of the Richland City Council will be on Thursday January 10th at 7:00 p.m. The public is welcome and encouraged to attend. Is.Your Broker G,v, ng You the Cold Shoulder? At Edward Jones, the level of service you receive depends on your personal needs and preferences, not on the size of your investment portfolio If you'd like to experience exceptional personal service, consider Edward Jones. We offer solutions tor all your financial needs. Get to know us. Call today to schedule a free portfolio review. 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