By Boyd C. Allen

Pilot Staff Writer

Brookings council praises BHHS baseball and Azalea Park progress

The Brookings City Council feted the Brookings-Harbor Bruins baseball team at its meeting Monday night and commended the team, Coach Keith Wallin and all the coaches for accomplishments this season including: earning the rank of No. 2 during the season on the OSAA 3A ranking; being Far West League Champions; remaining undefeated in league play at 15-0; and gaining Wallin the title of Far West League Coach of the year.

Eight members of the team received all-league selections, and six received all-state selections.

Azalea Park

The council voted to approve a contract for $55,000 with the Dyer Partnership for designing the parking lot near the Capella in Azalea Park.

According to Public Works and Development Director Tony Baron, as part of Phase 4 of the master plan for the park, the contract covers design for the Capella parking lot, stormwater infrastructure and a picnic shelter near Kid Town.

Baron said Natures Coastal Holiday (NCH) –– the local nonprofit group that hosts its Christmas in the park light displays at Azalea –– had already paid $13,000 to provide eight light poles in the park’s lots, and was offering about $70,000 to help the city pay for a matching grant with the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department for the paving and other work.The city’s total share would be about $182,000.

Councilor Brent Hodges said it was unusual for a nonprofit such as NCH to use its money to help a city with a park in this manner.

“They really stepped it up here,” he said. “Kudos and thanks to them.”

Mayor Jake Pieper agreed saying it was a pleasure to be mayor at this time and see these improvements at Azalea “coming to fruition.” He complimented NCH as well for consistently working with the city to improve areas of the park.

Councilors Ron Hedenskog and Bill Hamilton thanked Baron and City Manager Janell Howard as well, especially noting their work on planning and grant writing.

Pieper and Hedenskog said a recent music performance was well-attended and both liked to see the park being used to its potential.

Work on the Phase 4 improvements should be completed in September, according to city documents.

Jacobs Engineering

The council welcomed Efrain Rodriquez, the new Northwest Region Operations Director for Jacobs Engineering. Jacobs operates the city’s wastewater treatment plant. The city renewed and amended its contract to run the plant with Jacobs at Monday’s meeting as well.

The amended contract for $1.3 million adds routine duties Jacobs performs at Salmon Run Golf Course and changes the length of the contract to 12 months to make it coincide with the city’s fiscal year.

Jacobs had performed routine operations having to do with the well and drinking water at Salmon Run previously, but they were not spelled out in the original contract. That contract ran for 15 months because it was instituted before the beginning of the fiscal year in 2018.

The new contract includes an increase of 1.75 percent based on an allowed annual adjustment, and it allows Jacobs to negotiate for increases greater than the consumer price index for electricity.

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