The Dalles City Council met last night (Monday night) by Zoom. First toping on the agenda was swearing in the newest city council member, Scott Randall, who was selected to fill the seat emptied by the resignation of councilor Russ Brown. Randall is a 1978 graduate of The Dalles High School, served in the US Navy and has a bachelor’s degree from Oregon State. He currently works for The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at John Day Dam.
His first meeting was a busy one with a pair of public hearings and several action items. The hearings centered on the city’s budget for the new fiscal year that starts July 1, and on the proposed use of state revenues during that time. A staff memo on the budget notes the budget committee made more than 30 line item cuts totaling more than $949,000 in the new budget, due to current and anticipated lower revenues. Total budget for the year is proposed at $73.8 million.
Action items on the agenda included approval of a general liability coverage proposal, an exempt employee cost of living adjustment, and authorization of grant application. City Public Works Director Dave Anderson reported on the recent rain event.
Anderson said that was well above what the regulations require of the city, and with recent upgrades planned to take the city through the year 2036, the city can pump up to 13.2 million gallons a day into the plant, he said, but haven’t yet matched that with the capacity to pump out