Nearly 100 people applied to serve on the city of Longview’s water quality committee, and the City Council is expected to appoint a dozen of them to the group at its meeting Tuesday afternoon.
The city’s water quality contractor, CH2MHill, nominated 12 people for the committee, which is a central part of the city’s $217,000 study of water quality concerns arising from the switch to the Mint Farm water wells two years ago. The committee will meet monthly with engineers and city officials to discuss remedies. The study is expected to last well into next summer.
Also at Tuesday’s meeting, the council will vote on the city’s 2015-16 budget following a final public hearing on the $208 million spending plan. That’s a decrease of $3 million, or 1.4 percent, from the 2013-2014 budget.
A first hearing was held at the council’s Dec. 11 meeting following months of staff and council work. Savings are found in fewer big capital projects, while spending on police and other services is increasing.
Sales tax revenues are projected to rise, and property values are on an upward swing following a crash during the recession. Finance Director Kurt Sacha has said he is “optimistic” about the city’s financial future.
Council members also will vote on the city’s five-year capital plan following the budget vote.
The meeting starts at 2 p.m. at City Hall, 1515 Broadway. The council’s normal Thursday meeting was moved up two days to avoid Christmas Day.