Avista franchise, letter to NFIP approved by SC

The political season seems to have silenced those attending Shady Cove City Council meetings. Certainly that as true last week at the study session as well as the regular council meeting, where the majority of those in attendance were either candidates or their spouses.  
The agenda was equally quiet. The item that brought the school principal to the meeting was postponed, so like Avista representative-after the issue of interest, they each left the short meeting.
The council approved the Avista franchise. The city will receive a five percent franchise fee, payable quarterly. This is currently an industry standard. City Administrator Elise Smurzynski said Avista estimates income to the city could be $500-$600 a month as the system is introduced with revenue increasing when  more people hook into the system. The city requested, and received, a change from a  30 day notification period to 90 days for renewal of the contract.   
The council approved a resolution declaring the city’s intent to fully comply with National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) requirements. This is recommended as part of the comprehensive report to FEMA that is being developed.
The contract with Rogue Valley Council of Governments was renewed.
It was noted by a member of the audience that some $7,000 was raised in the Fire District No. 4 yard sale.
By Nancy Leonard
Of the Independent


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