CP council begins to work on budget

By on Tuesday, October 5th, 2021 in Columbia Basin News More Top Stories

COLLEGE PLACE – The College Place City Council will meet virtually today (Tuesday) at 5:30 p.m. for a workshop to discuss the early draft of the fiscal year 2022 budget. No action will be taken. Several city departments have submitted budget narratives outlining goals and projects for the coming year.

The community development department wants to work with property owners in the Martine Airfield urban growth area to develop a suitable land use. Another project calls for coordinating with the cities of Walla Walla and Waitsburg, plus Walla Walla County to update the 1993 countywide planning policies. The cities of College Place, Walla Walla and Waitsburg, along with Walla Walla County, hope to apply for and receive a grant from the Washington State Department of Commerce to update these policies. Additionally, the community development department is prioritizing upgrades to city hall and the fire and police department buildings.

The College Place Police Department proposes an increased budget for 2022, mainly due to additional resources, training, equipment, and personnel because it is a growing agency. The police department is currently recruiting two officer positions. CPPD has also been asked to add an additional member to the regional SWAT team.

As for the city’s engineering department, significant activities, budget changes and requests include working with the city of Walla Walla on a solution to pedestrian crossing issues at Myra Road and Garrison Village Way, investigating improvements to the crosswalk in front of the College Place Post Office, and wrapping up work with the southwest wastewater trunk line and lift station construction.

Today’s workshop may be view on the city’s YouTube channel or via Zoom. The meeting ID number is 869 3225 4147.