Blaine City Council roundup ...


The latest news from the March 11 Blaine City Council meeting …

BTAC appointment

Blaine City Council unanimously appointed Custer resident Doug Cornelsen to the Blaine Tourism Advisory Committee as the committee’s Blaine Chamber of Commerce representative. 

Cornelsen was the only applicant to apply for the seat. Cornelsen is treasurer of Blaine Chamber of Commerce and a mortgage loan officer at Blaine Banner Bank. According to his application, Cornelsen’s father graduated from Blaine High School in the ’50s and Cornelsen is involved with Christ the King Community Church in Blaine. 

Senior planner, building official join CDS

The city’s Community Development Services (CDS) Department has two important hires: a senior planner and building official.

CDS director Alex Wenger announced to city council that the city hired Mike Beck to start as senior planner Monday, March 18 and Clay Salzman to start as building official April 1.

Beck worked as planner at Skamania County Community Development in southwest Washington and Salzman worked as building official for the town of Tiburon, near San Francisco. 

The hiring signals the end of a difficult six months for the planning department as its staffing was nearly cut in half during that time due to departing department leaders and employees. The department will now operate at full staffing capacity, though the tourism and economic development coordinator position, which Wenger previously held, was consolidated into Wenger’s role as director.

City newsletter

In other city news, mayor Mary Lou Steward started a monthly newsletter on city announcements and updates. The first newsletter was published March 6 and included brief updates on the mayor’s decision to suspend oral comment at city council meetings, JIJ Corporation’s recent manufactured home park community meeting, and the city’s February 26 open house on its downtown revitalization project.

The newsletter is available on the city’s website and people can subscribe by clicking “notify me” to the right of the newsletter.


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