Tony Reed
Del Norte Triplicate

The Crescent City Council said goodbye to one of its members and welcomed another at Monday’s regular meeting.

Darrin Short has been on the council since 2015 and is currently a battalion chief with Crescent City Fire and Rescue. Monday marked his last appearance behind the dais.

Short thanked the council and staff for “just being such a joy to work with.”

Mayor Blake Inscore presented Short a plaque for his service. He was also allowed to keep the name placard from the dais.

Both Inscore and Wright were sworn into office by City Clerk Robin Patch. Wright later said he’s looking forward to getting down to city business.

At the end of the meeting, the council voted to keep Blake Inscore as mayor and Heidi Kime as mayor pro-tem.

The council also directed staff to release a request for proposals for the contracted operation of the city’s wastewater treatment facility and lab.

City Manager Erik Wier said with increasing regulatory requirements and certification, the demand for a specialized operator has gone up. He said many cities, including neighboring Brookings, Oregon, have gone with third-party operators in order to meet that need.

Wier called it an ideal time to file since the city currently has an operator position open and the current utility manager is leaving soon. He said the RFP will include an employee retention plan to reduce turnover and maximize efficiency.

“We want a sustainable level of service to the community,” Wier said about the included Operational Management Plan. “We have an excellent level of service right now with our dedicated employees who work around the clock through emergencies. We want to make sure that, if we go that route, this would also be maintained.”

After little discussion, the council unanimously approved the request for proposals. Proposals go out immediately and tours of the plant will be offered. Requests are required to be returned by Jan. 25

The city also approved a request to affix 10 tile murals, each 30 x 40-inches, on the retaining wall of the Cultural Center located at 1001 Front Street. The display will be similar to that featured along 3rd Street between J and K streets. Wier said the proposal from Piece by Piece Pottery for five murals was approved by the planning commission Nov. 8. Wier said the planning commission will need to approve the additional five designs.

The council heard a presentation about proposed designs from artists Harley Munger. The council approved $1,000 in funding for the first phase of the two-part project.

The council authorized Wier to sign an agreement for an additional camp host at Shoreline RV Park and an agreement between the city and Del Norte County for the administration of a winter swim camp at the municipal pool.

The next council meeting is Dec. 17.