Weekly Review: Board of Commissioners
Posted on Tuesday November 06, 2018
This document is a weekly review of the Board of Commissioners regular meeting, Tuesday, November 6, 2018.
Information on agenda changes, Consent Agenda, and Public Comment can be found on County website.

Main Topics Discussed
Request to Become a Coordinating Agency for Columbia Snake River Irrigators Association (CSRIA) – Darryll Olsen, CSRIA Board Representative
CSRIA is requesting that Benton County become a coordinating agency in an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) process in relation to potential dam breeching on the Columbia and Snake Rivers. In June 2018, CSRIA invited federal and state lead agency representatives to the Tri-Cities to discuss this issue with local irrigators. No obligations would be placed on the County that are apparent at this time and becoming a coordinating agency would allow more information to be passed to CSRIA. Board gave direction to staff to prepare a letter on behalf of the Board requesting to be a coordinating agency. 

2019 Historic Preservation Grant – Shyanne Faulconer, Community Programs & PR Coordinator
The 2019 Historic Preservation Grant RFP was opened September 4, 2018 and closed September 28, 2018. The RFP received three (3) proposals from two (2) entities, with a total funding request of $17,582.00. The White Bluffs Quilt Museum had two programs: Fiber Fest ($1,200) and Preservation & Display of Historic Textiles ($3,382). The City of Kennewick Historic Preservation Commission submitted an application for a Survey of East Kennewick Homes for inclusion on historic registers ($13,000). The available yearly budget for the Historic Preservation Grant is $50,000. The Historic Preservation Grant Review Committee recommends to the Board of Commissioners fully funding each program’s request. Commissioner Small moved to approve the Committee recommendation as presented, with agreements to come before the Board at a later date for further discussion. Commissioner Delvin seconded. Motion passed.

2019 One-Year Road Program and Equipment Rental & Revolving (ER&R Fund) Non-Road Purchases – Matt Rasmussen, County Engineer
WAC 136-16-010 requires that the County Engineer annually submit a one-year outlook for the County Road fund for expenditures on maintenance, administration, capital projects, and equipment purchases. The County Engineer has also prepared an overview of planned expenditures for the ER&R Fund, which includes new vehicle and equipment purchases for all departments participating in the replacement program. The anticipated non-Road Department expenditures from the ER&R Fund for 2019 is $2,579,200, and the Road Department anticipated expenditures are $25,000. The Road Program has an anticipated 2019 revenue of $21,376,840 and anticipated expenditures of 17,970,543. No Board direction or vote.

Fairgrounds Lease Agreement with Benton-Franklin Fair Association Discussion – Loretta Smith Kelty, Deputy County Administrator
The Fair Association is currently in the middle of contract negotiations with the County for their 2019 contract. Their current (2018) contract is $170,000 per year ($150,000 for lease and $20,000 to go to capital improvements at the Fairgrounds). Staff is recommending that the annual fee start at $186,938 in 2019, with a rate increase to follow CPI-West each year. The 2019 rate does not take into account any previous capital improvements provided by the County to the Fairgrounds (Buildings 2, 3, and 4, restrooms, expanded RV parking, infrastructure connectivity, etc.). in the past, the County has continuously lost money on the Fairgrounds, investing more than what is being received in revenue. The closest to “breaking even” occurred in 2009 (-$83,138) and 2010 (-$89,772). Board gave direction to staff to move forward as recommended.
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Contact: Shyanne Faulconer
Community Programs & Public Relations Coordinator

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