In their first meeting of 2015, the Port Orchard City Council also held a 15-minute executive session to discuss finalizing the purchase of property at 640 Bay Street.
In June, the city entered into a purchase and sale agreement to purchase the property. The city has not closed on the property for several reasons, according to Development Director Nick Bond.
Bond said during demolition of the building on the property, a building that abutted the property was damaged.
After the executive session, the council directed interim City Attorney Carol Morris to draft a letter to Turnaround Inc., of Gig Harbor, who demolished the old Los Cabos restaurant in October.
During the executive session, council members reviewed claims by a nearby property owner who has questions about property lines and other issues.
According to a letter to the city, Dave and Denise Jeffcoat, who own the building at 632 Bay Street, claimed that during demolition a concrete wall was removed and exposed old wood on the wall on their building.
The Jeffcoats are asking the city to repair an exposed section of the wall and place new siding.
The property owners also raised questions about an exterior staircase in the rear of their property.
Turnabout Inc. is asking the city to split the cost to repair the property so that the sale can be finalized.
In another development, Councilwoman Bek Ashby to serve as mayor protem for the upcoming year at the Jan. 13 meeting. The council voted unanimously for Ashby.
Ashby, who has served one year on the council, won the seat held by longtime council member Carolyn Powers, who retired in December 2013.
During the meeting, the council:
• Approved at contract with Progressive Landscapes, LLC for parks maintenance services not to exceed $9,600 plus tax.
• Approved contract with Grette Associates, LLC for environmental consulting services not to exceed $20,000.
• Approved contact with Babcock Laboratories, Inc. for UCMR3 assessment monitoring not to exceed $12,252.