other city council business...
unanimously approved a change to city rules about who can
request a change in power service. We want it clarified
that there cant be any changes by anyone except the
owner or the owners authorized representative,
said city finance director Meredith Riley. There have
been problems in the past. The owner needs to know.
The only council member with any questions on the matter
was John Liebert. Have you had any questions about
why its the landlords business? I have,
he said. Riley said she had not.
Blaine police chief Bill Elfo got council signatures on letters
to U.S. Representative Rick Larsen asking for his support
under a new proposal from the federal Office of Wireless Management
to review whether Blaine police can stay on the border patrol
emergency dispatch system. The border patrol has for the last
50 or more years answered 911 calls in Blaine and dispatched
police and emergency personnel. In exchange, the local police
provide backup for border patrol agents.
A day never passes where our officers do not work hand
in hand, wrote Elfo, citing recent cases, one involving
a driver crossing the border with a pipe bomb and one a drug
seizure worth over $100,000.
Public works director Grant Stewart said that road chip-sealing
planned for this summer would be limited because extensive
road-bed preparation will be required on the most deteriorated
streets before the county can come in with chip-sealing crews
under contract to the city. Its only going to
be the more beat-up roads that get chip sealed this year with
the $50,000 we have to do it, Stewart said.