Construction proposals have been coming in rapidly over the past few months, creating one of the busiest construction periods Othello has seen in recent years, Othello city planner Darryl Piercy said during a city council meeting April 22. "There are just a lot of things happening," Piercy said, adding that this is an exciting time for the city with the sheer number of inquiries into building projects. The Othello School District has been one of the most active entities seeking and completing new construction. Recently, the city has granted certificates of occupation for a new Alternative Learning Placement School and a high school addition. OSD is also moving forward to beginning a remodeling project of the their main office next month. New and current businesses are looking to expand in Othello, as well. Les Schwab Tire Center will be expanding its number of service and repair bays and a group is interested in bringing an O'Reilly Auto Parts branch to the northwest corner of 14th Avenue and Main Street. Piercy also said the Sacred Heart Catholic Church will be resuming construction now that weather is improving, while the new Nazarene church is approaching completion of its new site. He said his department has also issued them a certificate of occupancy and it should be "a great addition to the community." Piercy discussed a new proposal to develop 89 plots west of Walmart and the Cimmaron motel. The development would feature four commercial buildings and offer 85 lots for residential buildings, which would include a wide variety of building types, such as townhouses, high-end homes and everything in between. Council member Ken Caylor asked Piercy to have his department provide the council with monthly updates on these and other building projects. Piercy said they would work to do that by next month. The council unanimously approved an interlocal agreement for community usage of OSD facilities. They previously approved one March 25, but the school board asked them to add a line stating groups that use OSD facilities cannot charge entrance fees to attendees. Parks and recreation coordinator Molly Klippert presented the council with a list of fees that were unanimously approved, which would charge groups for using city property for their events. Groups will now be charged a $150 application fee and either an hourly or per-event use fee ranging from $150 to $400.