The brass section gets with it Friday night under the direction of Justin Brumley on the side lines at Rosalia during halftime of the Tekoa/Rosalia football game with the Clark Fork Wampus Cats. The band, cheerleaders and the Timberwolves' mascot entertained fans during the halftime break. Football action will return to Rosalia this week when the Colton Wildcats return for a second non-league matchup between the two teams this season.
By Kara McMurray Gazette Reporter
The Port of Whitman is nearing completion of the sale of two buildings at the Port of Wilma, Port Properties and Development Manager Debbie Snell reported at the Port meeting Sept. 15. The two buildings – 1845 and 1847 Wilma Drive – are the last structures the Port has at Wilma. “That will make it 100 percent down at Wilma,” Snell told the commissioners and staff. “We have nothing left.” Earlier in the summer, the Port took 1847 Wilma Drive off the market, but it quickly went back on. The last tenant in that building was Hells Canyon Rock. “They’ve been gone for over a year,” said Snell. “It was purpose-built for Spacial Dynamics, which leased it.” Spacial Dynamics was a microwave research development firm. All previous tenants in the building had leased it. “Now it is finally being sold,” Snell commented. Snell said it will now be a machine shop. “It fits into the industrial zoning,” she said. The second building is the former site of Renaissance Marine, which moved to a larger building at the Port of Clarkston. Bennett Lumber Products leased the building and subleased it to Renaissance Marine. “They will terminate the lease on the building so we can sell the building, but lease the land,” said Snell. Both buildings will be sold, and the tenants will have site leases with the Port. “We don’t sell land on the river,” said Snell. “But leasing land allows a continual revenue stream to help maintain sites.” Snell added that the Port maintains the land. The sales are not yet finalized. “I believe it’s certain, but it’s never certain until it closes,” said Snell. “Both sales look pretty promising.” The sale of 1847 Wilma Drive has been signed, and it is expected to close on or before Nov. 1. That sale is for $250,000, which was a full price offer. The second building is currently in the document review stage and is expected to sell for $230,000. These sales, if they go through, will leave the Port with only one building, the Henley Court building in the Pullman Industrial Park. “We build buildings, and then we sell them,” said Snell.
By Kara McMurray Gazette Reporter
The Town of Rosalia last week received a $24,000 planning grant from the Washington State Department of Commerce. The money will go toward funding a wastewater facility plan amendment. “It’s planning for specifically in this case for their wastewater collection needs,” said Lane Merritt, project manager and engineer with J-U-B Engineers, which helped Rosalia with the grant process. “The plan will help them to identify needs and how to address them.” Jenna McDonald, town clerk, said the grant will cover the entire planning project. “It covers the whole thing, all of the expenses to get this done,” she said. “This will hopefully be the hurdle to do the actual funding for the construction replacement.” Merritt said the town’s plan will likely focus on a plan for improving wastewater collection. “It helps them address needs they’ve identified and are concerned about and make a plan for that,” he said. “It coordinates the efforts that have been ongoing to improve overall wastewater collection.” Merritt said the planning phase will get underway within the next month or so and be a year-long process. J-U-B will continue to work with them on the planning. “We’re the engineers that will be working with them on the project and helping them with the plan,” he said. Overall, the Department of Commerce awarded more than $10 million in Community Development Block Grants to 22 cities and counties throughout the state. They received 28 grant applications which requested $14 million. Nearby, Kahlotus received $741,300 for water system improvements and $20,000 for a community facility feasibility study.