JANUARY 28, 2010

Orofino City Council

New business plans to open in Orofino

By Alannah Allbrett

   A company called Mall of Infinity, founded by Orofino resident Katherine Sell, plans to open a call center employing over 300 people. The Barnett-Thompson building located at 122 Johnson Avenue, Orofino, would house the business.

Nez Perce street inventory

    City Administrator, Rick Laam, stated the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA), in order to obtain funds to improve roads and improve access to tribal members, wants to place in their inventory a number of roads belonging to Orofino.

    The letter of request by BIA was not received in time to meet their Jan. 22 deadline. Their inventory would not change ownership but may provide a cooperative for improvements and repairs needed to the roads.

Community complex

    Dennis Harper gave a detailed update on the eight-year process of trying to fund a community center for Orofino to house a swimming pool and skate park.

    To date, funding has not been found for completion of the proposed complex. Many avenues, including grants, have been researched. Five acres of ground is dedicated to the complex. $14,000 remains in the escrow account as well as monies raised for commemorative tiles. He said that a million dollar cushion is needed. “It needs to be safe and complement the community,” he said.

Economic development

    Joe Pippenger said that the position vacated by Chris St Germaine, ED Specialist, will need to be filled by mid March. They are drafting a letter to all legislators to fund a salary of $41,500 and advertising to attract qualified candidates. He commended St. Germaine for the vital job she did in expanding revenue for this area.

Water plant

   City Administrator, Rick Laam said he has given the railroad the date of May 1, as the last possible date for them to respond concerning the land proposed for a new water plant along the Clearwater River. A motion was passed for “pre-application” funding.

Surplus property

   Resolution 10-408 was passed allowing sale of a 1990, Chevrolet Blazer listed as surplus property. It is not longer needed for fire protection.


   Ordinance 764 was passed allowing sale of a strip of property located across Orofino Creek. Sealed bids will be accepted Friday, May 14, at 10 a.m. at Orofino City Hall.


   Monthly statistics from Oct. 1, 2009 through Dec. 31, 2009 were submitted on behalf of the police department. Statistics may be viewed at City Hall.

   Zack Ward will be joining the OPD. The department remains one officer down in staffing.

   The Council meets every second and fourth Tues. at 6 p.m. at the City Council chambers, 217 1st St.