Washougal considers outsourcing public works responsibilities

City Council discussion is expected Monday

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City of Washougal officials are looking into the possibility of outsourcing public works responsibilities.

Interim Public Works Director Jim Dunn said the city is looking at a private/public partnership for operation, maintenance and management of water, wastewater and storm water utilities and possibly facility upgrades of the wastewater treatment plant.

“We’ve made a management decision to look at the utilities, to make sure we’re running efficiently and cost effectively,” Dunn said yesterday.

“It is very, very preliminary,” he added. “We met with our staff. If it is something new, there could be a lot of angst. We are looking into it. We did not want rumors to swirl. We have not done a complete workshop with council.”

This topic is expected to be on the City Council workshop agenda Monday, at 6 p.m., in the council chambers at City Hall, 1701 “C” St.