The Wahkiakum County Eagle - Established as The Skamokawa Eagle in 1891

Commissioners' Summary

Increase planned for ferry rates


November 9, 2017

Wahkiakum County commissioners addressed a variety of business at their meeting on Tuesday.

--Commissioners accepted the resignation of Sharon Lilja from the county planning commission. There are three vacancies on the board, one from each county commission district.

--Board Chair Blair Brady asked Public Works Director Chuck Beyer to prepare a new ferry rate schedule with a 20 percent increase, meaning the $5 fare would increase to $6. Public Works Director Chuck Beyer said the last increase had been in 2010.

Brady commented that the county's costs have risen, and that the county needs to show commitment if it expects good support in state support, which already covers 80 percent of operating costs.

--Commissioners approved their annual road construction program, the six-year road program, and the 14-year ferry operations plan.

Projects on the program for 2018 include replacing the Clear Creek fish passage under the Elochoman Valley Road and realigning the road for the new passage; an asphalt overlay for a portion of Columbia Street in Rosedale; and various projects on Steamboat Slough, East Valley, West Birnie Slough, Eden Valley, Altoona/Pillar Rock, and Jacobson roads. Also planned are several culvert replacement projects.


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