Priest River council rejects Exbabylon agreement

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(Photo by JUDD WILSON) At a short city council meeting Aug. 7, Priest River city council members approved a pay request for the pedestrian pathway project and rejected an overarching service agreement with Exbabylon.

PRIEST RIVER — City council met here briefly Aug. 7 to approve a payment to Knife River and reject an Exbabylon service agreement.

Welch Comer senior project manager Necia Maiani spoke to the council to ask approval of a pay request from Knife River of $153,679.41. The amount covered expenses for the pedestrian pathway project. She said an overage of $5,700 resulted primarily from asphalt patching on the curbline to the state highway. The 11th Street intersection also got patched further towards the highway, she said. Maiani said Welch Comer is reviewing some additional reported expenses and will report back to the city with a second pay request, which should wrap up the project.

An Exbabylon master service agreement once again appeared before the council. In a previous meeting, city attorney Katie Elsaesser had recommended not adopting the agreement because it was a one-size-fits-all contract which lacked specifics such as a price or scope of work. Mayor Jim Martin said he didn’t understand why they’d want a service agreement for a one-day job which they performed for the city police department earlier this summer. With the advice of the city’s legal counsel, Martin said the city would simply send the agreement back unsigned.

The council briefly discussed a request by Stimson to extend an agreement struck earlier this year to take the company’s excess water. Council member Peggy George recommended extending it by a shorter period of time than the 12 months requested by Stimson.

Martin reported that the county is still working on the legal description for the city airport, and new director of public works Rex Rolicheck will be the city’s representative on the county airport board. Rolicheck participated in the Aug. 7 city council meeting and has been in the loop since his first day on the job, July 24. He’s working on water meters and a number of other local projects.

Timber Days was uneventful, reported Chief Drew McLain. He also advised the council that all of Priest River’s officers are now equipped with Narcan, a useful nasal spray for first responders dealing with opioid overdoses. Overdose deaths are on the rise, said McLain. All officers will have Narcan in their patrol vehicles, he said.

City clerk Laurel Knoles was away on her honeymoon. Council member Gary Stewart did not attend the Aug. 7 meeting.

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