Thursday, November 3, 2005
Photo by Christian Knight
Allyson Pate will now be able to host 70 guests until 8 p.m. or dusk, a decision with which she is reasonably satisfied.
By JANET COOK
July 9, 2005
The Hood River County Commission voted Tuesday to grant some of the conditions in an appeal by Lakecliff Bed & Breakfast owners Allyson and Jim Pate regarding weddings held on their property, but changed others in order to “protect property rights in a residential neighborhood,” Rodger Schock, commission chair, said.
The outcome of Tuesday night’s quasi-judicial hearing means that the Pates can continue to have weddings at their Westcliff Drive estate as they have for several years until their neighbors to the west obtain a building permit and begin construction on their property. The neighboring property is owned by Hood River Cliff, LLC, whose manager is Michael Hilb.
Specifically, if Hood River Cliff gets a building permit and begins construction by Sept. 15 of any given year, the next year the Pates must scale back the size of their weddings to 70 guests and the events must end by 8 p.m. or dusk, whichever comes first.
The Hood River County Planning Department had recommended that weddings at Lakecliff, located at 3820 Westcliff Dr., end at 6 p.m. It also had recommended that the Pates scale back their weddings, which currently average 129 guests, to 70 guests starting next year. The planning department’s action resulted from complaints by Michael Hilb and other family members involved in Hood River Cliff about weddings disrupting the residential neighborhood — and specifically their ability to enjoy their property, which borders the Pates’. The Hilbs have not yet begun development on their property, but Michael Hilb said they plan to proceed with lot preparation this summer.
“We’re just continuing as we were,” Hilb said. “We haven’t really been swayed by this whole thing.” He said he didn’t know whether Hood River Cliff would begin construction by this year or not.
Allyson Pate said she felt “relieved” that her wedding business will be able to continue in a viable manner.
“It’s not ideal, but given the commissioners’ feelings on protecting the rights of homeowners, that was the best I was going to get,” she said.
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Parkdale third graders sing "12 Disaster Days of Christmas"
Welcome to your sing-able Christmas gift list. What follows is an emergency rendition of “12 Days of Christmas” – for outfitting your home or car in case of snow storm, earthquake, flood or other emergency. Read it as a simple list, or sing it to the tune of “12 Days” – you know, as in “ … and a partridge in a pear tree…” Not to make light of it, but the song is a familiar framework for a set of gift ideas that you could consider gathering together, even if the recipient already owns items such as a bunch of coats, tire chains and flashlights. Stores throughout the Gorge are stocked up on all these items. Buying all 12 days might be prohibitive, but here are three ideas for checking any of the dozen off your list (notations follow, 1-12.) The gift items needed to stay warm, dry and safe are also coded to suggest items in your abode (A) in your car (C) or both (B). 12 Gallons of Water (A) 11 Family meals (B) 10 Cans of propane (A) 9 Hygiene bags (B) 8 Packs of batteries (A) 7 Spare coats (B) 6 Bright red flares (C) 5 Cozy blankets (B) 4 Tire chains (C) 3 Flashlights (B) 2 cell phone chargers (B) 1 And a crush-proof first aid kit (B) Price ranges? Here’s a few quotes for days Three, Two, Four and Nine: n A family gift of flashlights (three will run $15-30, Hood River Supply, Tum-A-Lum) n Cell phone chargers (two will run $30-60) n Tire chains (basic set, $30, Les Schwab, returnable if unused for the winter) n Family meals ($100 or so should cover the basics for three or four reasonably well-fed days) n The home kit should be kept in a handy place near an exit, and remember that water needs to be replenished every few months. If you have a solid first aid kit already, switch out the gift idea with “and-a-sto-o-u-t- tub-for it-all …” Otherwise, it’s a case of assembling your home or car kits and making sure all members of the family know what the resources are and how to use them (ie flares and propane). Emergency situations are at worst life-threatening, at best deeply uncomfortable if you and your family are left without power for an extended period, or traveling and find yourself in a situation where you need to wait out a storm, lengthy traffic delay, or other crisis. Notes on the 12 gift ideas: 12 – Gallons of water: that’s one per person in a four-member family to last for three days, the recommended minimum to be prepared for utility outages. 11 – Easy-open packaged goods, energy bars, dried food and nuts are good things to include for nutrition. Think of what your family of four needs for three days to stay fortified and hydrated (see number 12). Can-opener also recommended 10 – If you have a propane camping stove, keep extra fuel handy. 9 – Hygiene bags: put packaged moistened towelettes, toilet paper, and plastic ties in large garbage bags (for personal sanitation) Resource list courtesy of Hood River County Emergency Management, Barbara Ayers, manager/ 541-386-1213. The county also reminds residents to Get a Kit, Make A Plan to connect your family if separated, and Stay Informed. See www.co.hood-river.or.us to opt-in for citizen alerts. Enlarge