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City Council tours waste treatment plant
Members of the North Bend City Council tour the waste water treatment plant.

Council sees, smells treatment plant

Ordinance allowing alcohol sales until 2 a.m. given first reading

by Nathan Arneal
Published 5/26/10

The majority of North Bend’s city officials got a close look, and smell, of some of the town’s facilities last Tuesday night.

Following the May 18 city council meeting, most of the council toured the city’s sewage treatment plant and water pumps.

PeopleService regional manager Duane Grashorn led the tour along with Jay Erlandson, the PeopleService employee in charge of keeping North Bend’s water system up and running.

At the treatment plant, the city representatives saw the waste water enter the plant straight from the sewer lines and go through several steps of cleaning before being returned to the river.

Councilman Tim Blackmon, who is the chairman of the city’s sewer and water department, requested the tour to familiarize himself with the system, and several other councilmembers decided to tag along.

Business conducted at the council meeting included:
• Mayor Jeff Kluthe read the first of three readings of Ordinance No. 496, which would allow alcohol sales in North Bend until 2 p.m. The ordinance would take effect July 15.
• Resolution No. 404 created a permanent no parking zone starting at 13th and Locust street and running east to the Alltel cellular tower. The no parking zone runs north of the tennis courts and the baseball field.
The goal is to keep the driveway there clear for fire equipment in the event of an emergency at the grade school or during Old Settlers fireworks. The lane is often blocked by parked cars during baseball games. A chain gate will keep cars out of the no parking zone.
• Rick Elofson of Little Ricky’s Saloon asked to lease ground owned by the city west of his establishment to build a beer garden. The Council and Elofson negotiated a $75 per month lease starting June 1.
• The council agreed to draft an ordinance closing the city park from 10:30 p.m. until 7 a.m. The curfew would be in effect for people of all ages and would exclude organized events such as baseball games or Old Settlers.

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