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Buckley picks site for youth center

Council also OK's trash rate hike

By Shawn Skager

The Courier-Herald

Members of the Buckley City Council officially designated the lot south of the skate park as the site for the city's proposed youth center.

That decision came during the council's regularly-scheduled Jan. 24 meeting.

The center, which has secured funding from Pierce Country and landed a Federal Housing and Urban Development grant, is expected to be built this year.

The council voted unanimously to approve the site.

In other business the council voted 6-0 to appoint Council member Jan Twardoski as mayor pro tem. The mayor pro tem will function as a backup when the mayor is unable to perform her duties.

The council also voted 6-0 to approve an increase in waste collection charges.

In addition to having to deal with increased tipping fees from Pierce County, representatives from D.M. Disposal also cited increased fuel costs for the increase.

According to Keith Kovalenko of D.M. Disposal, the price of fuel for the company has increased 102 percent and runs as high as $2.60 a gallon.

Rates in Buckley for a one can curb collection will increase from $12.89 to $13.36 a month.

The council voted 6-0 to authorize spending $69,600 to complete construction management of the Dewatering Building portion of the city's upgrade of the wastewater treatment plant.

The Dewatering Building construction, already under way, is estimated to cost $578,840. The cost of construction management is 12 percent of that.

The next regularly scheduled Buckley City Council meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Feb. 14 at the Buckley Multipurpose Center, 811 Main St.

Shawn Skager can be reached at sskager@courierherald.com.

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