The city of Kennewick is moving forward on plans for a wine wastewater treatment facility at the city and Port of Kennewick's wine-inspired development along Columbia Drive.
Officials said they hope to have the facility and the first building for boutique wineries ready by crush in 2015.
Kennewick City Council unanimously decided Tuesday to hire Spokane's Cascade Earth Sciences to start planning the treatment facility.
The Port of Kennewick and city are working to jump-start a boutique wine village at Columbia Gardens, about six acres of port-owned land in the middle of Columbia Drive that used to be the home of Beaver Furniture and the Chieftain Apartments.
The city will pay the company, also called CES, $53,900 as part of the agreement, according to city documents. The city budgeted about $800,000 to design and build the wine effluent treatment plant.
City Manager Marie Mosley said CES will look at multiple options for the plan and then make a recommendation to the city.
The port is investigating remodeling two buildings at 211 and 421 E. Columbia Drive for boutique wineries and art incubator space, with construction to start as soon as this fall.
-- Two Kennewick residents who live near a proposed fire station on Kellogg Street told city council Tuesday that they still oppose the city's choice even after meeting with city officials last week.
The council earlier approved buying two properties on the corner of Kellogg Street and 10th Avenue for $400,000 for the city's fifth fire station.
The sale has yet to close and the city is still in the process of performing its due diligence on the property to make sure a fire station can be built there.
Chris Cataldo, who lives nearby, told the council he is concerned the city is buying another "overpriced" property for a fire station that would not be useable.
"I want good decisions," he said. "It's our tax dollars at work."
Neighbor Tia Marie Bewlay repeated safety and traffic concerns.
The city earlier bought a one-story home and an acre at 5500 W. 10th Ave. for $275,750 in hopes it could become the city's fifth fire station. Officials said then that the city would have to buy more land in order to build a station there, but the city was unable to find a willing buyer next to that property.
-- Kristi Pihl: 582-1512; firstname.lastname@example.org