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KALAMA — The Kalama City Council on Thursday gave the go-ahead to begin planning a mural for the back of City Hall.

Resident Aaron Greenberg presented a preliminary plan to solicit artists to paint a mural on the backside of City Hall, which faces Interstate 5, to help draw in more visitors.

Councilwoman Rosemary Siipola suggested using a process similar to the one used last year to design the new city logo and flag to give the community a say in the design. The council created a volunteer committee, which designed two logo options for Kalama residents to vote on.

Councilman Jon Stanfill suggested Greenberg work with the newly-created tourism committee on the project. The plan will be brought back to the council for final approval.

In other business, the council received preliminary revenue estimates for 2020. City Clerk/Treasurer Coni McMaster said she expects the city to bring in about $10.2 million in revenue, including a 1% increase in property tax and a 2% increase in water and sewer rates. She said the staff also suggests a 2% inflation increase in stormwater fees and a 3 to 9% increase in garbage rates to keep up with the county.

McMaster also recommended the council consider an increase to water and sewer connection fees, which haven’t been increased since 2008.

A public hearing will be held on the fees for services and applications during the council’s next meeting on Oct. 17.

The council also approved an update to it’s mayor pro tem ordinance.

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