Wednesday, November 27, 2013
The debt dispute between the City of Hood River and Ryan’s Juice is all but over.
Company owner David Ryan paid the city $200,000 on Monday, forestalling any legal action by the city over $241,000 in sewer service fees owed by the company.
City officials were ready to take legal steps including a lien on Ryan’s property if the issue was not resolved by Nov. 25.
Ryan still disputes the $41,000 balance, comprised of fines levied by the city against Ryan’s Juice for exceeding biochemical oxygen demand (BOD) limits.
However, the council said it felt comfortable assigning City Attorney Dan Kearns to work with Ryan’s attorney, Michael FitzSimons, and Ryan agreed.
“So this is not such a special case anymore?” council member Mark Zanmiller asked Kearns.
“It’s far less special than it was,” Kearns replied.
In other business, the council canceled its Dec. 23 meeting, subject to change. The Dec. 9 meeting will be the last one for Don Otterman, interim city manager. Citing health reasons, Otterman announced last week he will step down Dec. 12.
Ross Schultz will become the new interim city manager, after action last week by council. The city is in the early process of searching for a permanent city manager, with a decision scheduled for spring 2014.
Schultz, from Sherwood, will be at work two days next week as part of the transition with Otterman. Schultz’s first official day will be Dec. 13.
Schultz had been interviewed last summer when the city chose 0tterman for the interim post, following the departure of former city manager Bob Francis.
Schultz served as Sherwood city manager from 2001-08, and had several financial management and information technology positions with the Port of Portland in the 1980s and 1990s.
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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