First, a word of caution!!! Someone took it upon themselves to spray some of the wild blackberries that grow around town on public lands. This action was not authorized by the City. We do not know who sprayed the plants or what chemicals might have been used for spraying purposes. The City staff placed signs near the bushes advising against eating them - so please refrain from consuming these sprayed fruits.
As we enjoy the warm summer weather I’m seeing a lot of people taking advantage of all the outdoor activities available in our city. Tennis, basketball, disc golf, traditional golf, cycling and that old reliable walking are all in evidence everywhere I look. I find this very encouraging as exercise is an important part of staying healthy and is something to which we should all aspire.
This year’s Gorge Days was another successful event with hundreds of beautiful cars on display, wonderful food and craft vendors, engaging programs for kids of all ages and a wealth of other activities to entertain all who attended. This year we enjoyed 3 different live music acts: Mo Phillips played to the kids on Friday afternoon, New Shilling entertained over 100 diners at the Farm to Table Benefit Dinner Friday evening and Hit Machine rocked the crowd after the car show Saturday.
On July 22, 2014 the City Council passed Ordinance 1040. This Ordinance amends the North Bonneville Municipal Code, Chapter 12.08 which deals with overnight parking on public streets, rights-of-ways and municipal parking lots and other related matters.
It’s July and that means Gorge Days is just around the corner. This year’s event promises to be even bigger and better than last year, which is no small feat.
Here is the latest news concerning our sewage lift stations.
I am currently applying for a Community Development Block Grant from the Department of Commerce for an amount between $350,000 and $400,000 to replace Lift Station #3. (These are Federal funds from the Department of Housing and Urban Development which are allocated to the states for distribution.) This lift station, located next to Greenleaf Lake, has failed 38 times in the past 10 months alone. This has cost the city over $30,000 in maintenance costs.
June started off with a scary situation that was quickly handled by a member of our Public Works department. A distraught mom called our City Hall over the weekend and fortunately found Steven Hasson, our City Administrator, working on a day off. She quickly explained her toddler had somehow managed to lock themselves into a room on the second floor and they could not get the door open. Steven called Public Works and Bryan Henrichsen dropped what he was doing and took a ladder tall enough to allow him to climb through the second story window and open the door.
Ladies and gentlemen: I would like to encourage each of you to attend the City Council meeting Tuesday evening May 27 at 7: 00 P.M. to offer support or testimony to help the City demonstrate you are behind the City’s efforts to pursue a Community Development Block Grant [CDBG] application. This support action will enhance the City’s prospects of receiving a grant to replace the City’s three  aging lift stations –which collectively break down on average every six days reflecting the fact they are on their last legs.
I know Spring officially started over a month ago but with the sound of lawn mowers becoming a more regular occurrence and a run of sunny days it’s actually starting to feel like we’ve made it through another Winter.
With our current mix of sun and warmer weather the grass is growing so fast you can almost watch it happen. This means frequent lawn mowing is required to keep our yards looking neat, which leaves all of us lawn-mowing individuals looking for somewhere to dump our grass clippings.
There is good news and bad news in City Hall.
First the bad news. Annette Taylor, who has worked here for the past 15 months has resigned. Annette did an outstanding job with our Municipal Court and was instrumental in ensuring the smooth transfer of the court functions to the County. We will miss her smile and warm competence.