At the Tuesday, September 24 North Bonneville City Council meeting there was a discussion about the possibility of creating a special purpose district to operate a retail outlet in North Bonneville for the dispensing of marijuana and related products. This Council conversation was prompted by the recent voter approved passage of I-502, a measure which allows for the licensing of marijuana businesses throughout Washington State as well as knowledge the Washington State Liquor Control Authority intends to permit two  of these dispensaries in Skamania County.
Fall has most certainly arrived. As I sit typing these words, Gary, Bryan and Richard are removing a fallen tree blocking Garrison Drive just west of Pioneer. A second, smaller tree fell just southwest of the big one but fortunately didn’t hit anyone or any streets, cars or buildings. Thanks go to our Public Works crew for working in the pouring rain to keep our streets open and safe.
- The State Auditor’s office will initiate our annual audit starting September 3, 2013.
- The City received three  proposals for use of hotel/motel tax proceeds – these submittals will be given to the newly formed tourism committee for their review.
- The City Council approved a contractual arrangement with Ken Craig of Shota Woodcarving to construct a main entry sign and a welcome kiosk map that will enhance the City’s visibility and promote business development. The signage will be funded through hotel/motel tax proceeds.
As we head into August we’re taking time to look back and ahead at the same time.
First I’d like to say good-bye and fair well. You are wonderful people living in a beautiful city – it’s been a great experience working for you. I am confident that Don, the council, and the new administrator will oversee continued improvements in the coming years! Please involve yourselves in city business – it only works well when people pay attention and voice their opinions!
“The only constant is change” is one of many variations of a quote attributed to a Greek philosopher named Heraclitus who predated Plato by about a century. Like a lot of quotes from the ancient Greeks it was pretty darn insightful and still holds true today.
It looks like summer has arrived and there’s a fair bit of activity in our town.
We are busy hiring a new Public Works Field Supervisor and a new City Clerk / Treasurer / Administrator – the lead position for our public works crew and the city’s chief operations officer. With the new people will come both the standard hiccups as we get them trained and the new opportunities as we take advantage of new talents!
As a longtime baseball fan, I always enjoyed hearing Harry Caray say, “Holy Cow!” And I shared that same sense of excitement and joy when I realized Gorge Days is only about a month away!
We are super excited to have Johnny Limbo & the Lugnuts back again. They will be performing a free concert from 4pm to 6pm to wrap things up Saturday night, but don’t miss out on any of the other fun, educational and/or stimulating events going on Friday, July 5th and Saturday, July 6th.
Spring has sprung and there is a lot of activity going on around here…
The Planning Commission/Heritage Trails committee will be holding an open house to get public input on the Big Foot Discovery Trails plan on May 7. In the meantime, please look over the materials on the large display in city hall – we would really like your input!