RICHLAND -- Start of construction for a proposed boutique hotel to be called Lodge at Columbia Point in Richland will be delayed 90 days so a cultural resources survey can be done.
The Richland City Council learned of the unexpected glitch at its Tuesday workshop when Deputy City Manager Bill King said the issue recently came up during the shoreline permitting application process.
Developer Tom Drumheller of Cannon Beach, Ore., had planned to begin construction in July. He had agreed in a property lease for the site on city-owned land to break ground within 90 days after signing the contract.
King said the Confederated Tribes of Umatilla requested a cultural resources survey be done as a condition for issuing the shoreline permit. He said the contract for doing the survey could be signed by July, and it would take about 60 days to complete.
"We think it is very unlikely there will be anything of any significance found," King told the council.
King noted that it was assumed a cultural resources survey done in 1993, which found nothing that would interfere with development, would be sufficient for Drumheller's project.
Also Tuesday, the council heard:
* City attorney Tom Lampson discuss options for dealing with the medical marijuana issue. He recommended extending the moratorium another six months, noting that the current moratorium expires July 17. An extension would push any decision by the council about allowing collective gardens for medical marijuana beyond the November election.
* A report from Bob Hammond, Richland Energy Services director, about soon having to start purchasing wholesale power from green energy sources, or obtain eligible renewable credits as required by Initiative 397. The city could face a penalty of up to $50 per megawatt hour if it does not meet annual conservation targets beginning in 2016.