SonBridge being considered to run youth programs

By on Tuesday, October 26th, 2021 in Columbia Basin News More Top Stories

COLLEGE PLACE – The College Place City Council will meet virtually today (Tuesday) at 7 p.m. for its regular board meeting to consider adopting a resolution to allow the SonBridge Center for Better Living to manage the city’s youth recreation program.

If approved, the term of the agreement will run November 1 to October 31, 2022, with the mutual intent to renew. The agreement provides for payment of $30,000 over the year to SonBridge. The project was identified as a priority for funding with the federal American Rescue Plan Act grant given to the city.

SonBridge will work with partners such as Camp Fire Walla Walla, YWCA Walla Walla, Blue Mountain Land Trust, Enable Art, and Valley Camps to implement youth activities program. For each partner that asks SonBridge to provide registration services, SonBridge will also provide scholarship service. SonBridge will directly provide programming if existing partners cannot meet the demand for services or scholarships.

The council will also consider awarding the bid for construction of well house number six to Nelson Construction Corporation in the amount of $2,640,877.88. According to city records, the well itself located near East Whitman Drive and Southeast Maple Street has already been drilled and the city needs to get this well up and running to ensure there is sufficient water supply now and into the future for College Place residents.

Another item on the agenda is a motion to approve a professional services contract with Paul Hartwig, former public works director who worked for the city for over 45 years. According to City Administrator Mike Rizzitiello, Hartwig has a lot of historical knowledge of the city and staff thought it was wise to have a standby contract with him to tap into that knowledge. If approved by the council, the contract will provide payment for $36 an hour if the city requests his assistance.

The meeting may be viewed on the city’s YouTube channel or via Zoom. The ID number is 832 9265 4851.