One of Washington 's best kept secrets, North Bonneville is ideally located between the recreational attractions of the Columbia Gorge and the metropolitan Portland area, just 45 miles away.
The City received a $450,000 grant from the Transportation Improvement Board (TIB). The grant monies will be used to improve Evergreen Drive from SR14 to the Hamilton Creek Bridge. This improvement work will be completed the summer of 2016.
As we head into the last month of the year we find ourselves cleaning up after the worst storm I recall since moving to North Bonneville in 2005. While it will be some time before we get things back to normal, it was very heartening to witness so many of our residents pitching in during the storm to clear downed trees, unclog the catch basins that feed our storm water system and generally look out for each other.
As a kid growing up, whenever I made a bad decision my dad would tell me, “Everybody makes mistakes, next time make a new one.” I always appreciated him pointing out my errors while also reminding me that in many cases the lessons we learn through those mistakes tend to stay with us, hopefully preventing us from making them again.
- Cross the street at corners, using traffic signals and crosswalks.
- Look left, right and left again when crossing and keep looking as you cross.
- Put electronic devices down and keep heads up and walk, don’t run, across the street.
- Teach children to make eye contact with drivers before crossing in front of them.
- Always walk on sidewalks or paths. If there are no sidewalks, walk facing traffic as far to the left as possible. Children should walk on direct routes with the fewest street crossings.
If you intend to leave your premises for some extended time period (less than 180 continuous days in duration), the City will continue to charge you the bi-monthly water and sewer utility base rate in your absence. If you intend to leave your premises for an extended period of time [more than 180 continuous days] you may request the City shut off your water meter during this time period. The City will charge you a $60 turn-on fee but you will not be subject to the monthly base water and sewer rate during that time frame.
The recent wastewater system problem we experienced gave us another chance to use the Southwest Washington Public Alert system to notify our residents of the issue. The calls also asked us not to flush our toilets or run water down any drains until notified it was okay to do so. Our Public Works team was able to resolve the problem in a few hours and a second series of robocalls were made to notify us it was okay to resume using the system.
Fall doesn’t officially start until September 23rd this year but it looks and feels a lot like it’s here already. The much-needed rain we’ve been getting over the past several days and the brightly colored leaves blowing around town are clear signs summer is coming to an end. Among other things, the arrival of fall signals shorter days ahead, the imminent end of hot weather and the start of a new school year.
At a recent City Council meeting a resident asked what the siren we are all so used to hearing means and whether there were different durations or numbers of blasts to signify different things. I had to say I wasn’t sure but I would check into it and put the answers in the next newsletter and here we are.