Tuesday, January 9, 2007
By SUE RYAN
News staff writer
December 16, 2006
The Cascade Locks City Council heard a somewhat tearful farewell at its Dec. 11 meeting.
Hood River County Commissioner Carol York has represented the community as part of her position for the west end of Hood River County. Her term ends Dec. 31 when Barbara Briggs takes her place.
“I think we built a lot of bridges within the last 10 years that didn’t exist before and helped put Cascade Locks on the map regionally,” York said.
She thanked the city for the great working relationship. York said she still intends to work on promoting Cascade Locks.
As part of her address to the council, she talked about the county’s goal planning session held Dec. 9.
She said among the top 10 goals for the year are to review the county’s forest management plan and how to handle the county’s Measure 37 claims.
“We have had 100-plus of these in the last six months alone,” York said.
She asked for someone to step up to fill the Cascade Locks representative slot on the county’s budget committee.
The council also heard a presentation on the town’s audit report for 2005-06 from accountant Ken Onstoff.
One of Onstoff’s recommendations was to provide more adequate information to the city recorder for record management. He said there were many different people working on various grants which resulted at times in a lack of communication.
“The feds are very strict on the financial administration of grants so it is important to record what is spent on grants and what is not,” Onstoff said.
In other business, the city council:
* Appointed Karen Sype to the city’s budget committee and Brad Lorang to the planning commission.
* Approved $8,460 for public works to proceed with chemical injections at the wastewater plant to deal with underloading issues.
* Approved a renumbering
system for addresses.
* Approved a 3.55 percent rate increase for garbage collection.
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Lawnmower torches Arbor Vitae on Portland Drive
The riding lawn mower driven by Norma Cannon overheated and made contact with dry arbor vitae owned by Lee and Norma Curtis, sending more than a dozen of the tightly-packed trees up in flames. The mower, visible at far right, was totaled. No one was injured; neighbors first kept the fire at bay with garden hoses and Westside and Hood River Fire Departments responded and doused the fire before it reached any structures. Westside Fire chief Jim Trammell, in blue shirt, directs firefighters. The video was taken by Capt. Dave Smith of Hood River Fire Department. Enlarge