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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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