Over 50 citizens attend Asotin Co. Commissioners 1st night meeting

ASOTIN, WA - The Asotin County Commission held its first night meeting Monday and more than 50 local citizens showed up to listen.

Public Works Director Jim Bridges announced to the packed house that the Nez Perce Tribe is working on a memorandum of agreement to get the Tenmile Bridge project moving forward.

"The tribe was very concerned with that amount of excavation as you know," said Bridges. "And we went back and met with our consultants and came away with a new design which only has about 890 yards of excavation left on the project."

When working on the site, cultural remains were found in the area that halted construction. He said the Tribe is happy with the new excavation plans that will minimize further disturbance to the area. The commissioners also extended the contract for the consultants on the project, Thomas, Dean and Hoskins Engineering of Spokane, until December of 2013. The approval included an additional $150,000 in funding for the consultants.