Aberdeen council considers money matters

The Aberdeen City Council Wednesday took several budgetary actions at its meeting Wednesday night at the recommendation of the council’s four-person Finance Committee.

The council heard a first reading of an action that would allow the city to increase its property tax collection by 1 percent, the amount allowed by state law. That would add an estimated $27,116 to the city’s revenue for 2014. The final figure depends on valuations being done by the Grays Harbor County Assessor’s office. Assessor Rick Hole said earlier that Aberdeen’s assessments will be ready by Nov. 8.

A supplemental budget that seeks an additional $64,827 be added to the 2013 budget general fund and another $34,539 be added for the Emergency Medical Services from the reserves also received a first reading.

The council also voted to spend $6,890 to contractors for Harbor Architects for work on the application of a $390,000 grant from the Department of Ecology. If approved by the state, the grant will help the city and Seaport Landing determine the extent of possible environmental contamination and the potential for redevelopment on the Landing’s former Weyerhaeuser property, the adjacent Pakonen boatyard and city property along the Chehalis River. The request was made by Community Development Director Lisa Scott.

“This grant will in no way obligate the (city) for any future cleanup of the property but will help provide us with tools for future redevelopment of the area if desired,” the payment request says.

Pakonen’s owners were consulted and have given permission to have their dormant property included in the grant, Scott told Council member Jim Cook in response to his question.