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After a seven-month retirement, patrolman Ken Wong has returned to the Kalama Police Department.

Police Chief Ralph Herrera swore Wong in during Thursday’s City Council meeting.

Wong left the department on July 1 after 22 years of law enforcement service. In a post on the department’s Facebook page said he decided “protecting and serving wasn’t quite out of his system yet.”

Wong will replace officer Caitlyn Neill, who has taken a position with the Cowlitz County Sheriff’s Office, Herrera said. The department is once again fully staffed.

In other business, the council passed an ordinance vacating a portion of Eighth Street between Cedar and South Date streets to the Kalama School District.

The change will allow the new school and athletic fields to be built on the same site. The school district will develop a portion of Ninth Street as part of the project.

The council also approved a contract with Columbia Pacific Construction of Woodland to replace a segment of waterline on Old Pacific Highway South from Vincent Road to the Rebel Truck Stop.

The low bid came in at $339,697, about $300,000 less than the engineer’s estimate of $650,000. Public Works Director Kelly Rasmussen said the low bid is a result of the slow winter season. Construction should begin in about a month or so, he said.

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