WALLA WALLA -- A week after having serious concerns about whether the joint city-county planning agency would open on time, if ever, the Walla Walla City Council this past week approved funding for the agency.
The move was an almost complete turnaround from last week's council meeting, where members and city staff voiced concerns after county commissioners voted 2-1 against moving forward with opening the Walla Walla Joint Community Development Agency to the public by Jan. 10.
But at a special council meeting this past week, city attorney Tim Donaldson reported the joint agency will be ready to open to the public Jan. 10, and should be under budget for the first year of operation.
The projected figures had been around $1.4 million, and Donaldson said the first year of operation is now project to be closer to $1.36 million.
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All council members were present.