A Goldendale School District bond measure was going down to defeat while three maintenance and operations levies in Klickitat County were being approved by voters after ballot counts in Washington last night. The Goldendale district was asking voters to approve a bond measure to generate nine-point-two million dollars, but it was being rejected by 51-point-four percent of voters, 1,112 saying no to 1,050 saying yes. In Glenwood, the school district’s maintenance and operations levy was being approved 84-to-60, the Klickitat School District M and O was passing 80-to-34, and the Centerville district measure had a count of 118 yes and 60 no. Under Washington state law ballots only had to be postmarked by Tuesday, so ballots will continue to come in over the next few days.
Pendleton 81, The Dalles 44
Hermiston 84, Hood River Valley 44
South Wasco 62, Horizon Christian 51
Columbia Christian 64, Dufur 52
Southwest Christian 59, Trout Lake 37
Pendleton 48, The Dalles 43
Hermiston 62, Hood River Valley 39
Horizon Christian 42, South Wasco 29
Columbia Christian 37, Dufur 31
Southwest Christian 45, Trout Lake 31
The Dalles City Council has formally approved a contract for Julie Krueger to take on the City Manager’s job. Krueger’s appointment was announced last week, after she had been in the position in an interim capacity following the termination of former City Manager Nolan Young’s contract. Krueger has been with the City since 1989, serving as City Clerk before taking on the City Manager’s position. Mayor Steve Lawrence says Krueger’s ascension to the job is triggering a bit of a reorganization within City administration as they are looking to fill a human resources position and Izetta Grossman moves from administrative secretary to City Clerk. Lawrence did confirm Krueger’s contract does contain a clause allowing her to return to the City Clerk position if at any time the Council wants to make a change in the City Manager job.
Wasco County Commissioner Rod Runyon has spent a lot of time in Salem since the Oregon Legislative session got underway, testifying for the Association of Oregon Counties on various bills under consideration. Runyon says a big concern for the counties is how much is being considered during the short session, and how little communication there has been between the state level and the county level. Runyon uses the minimum wage proposals as an example, pointing out no formulas have been provided to help counties determine potential costs they could face. Runyon noted Linn County believes if the minimum wage went up to 11 dollars an hour, the impact to their annual budget would be an increase of two million dollars.
Jay Waterbury, whose service to The Dalles Police Department stretches back to the seventies, is retiring from his job as the City’s police chief. Waterbury had hinted in recent months that he was going to step aside, and made the official announcement to The Dalles City Council on Monday. City officials had high praise for Waterbury, with Councilor Dan Spatz calling him the “epitome of public service.” Waterbury will be leaving the post effective July 1. That will bring to an end a lengthy period of service to The Dalles Police Department. Waterbury has spent over 40 years with the department, including two decades as its chief. In other business, the Council formally approved a contract for Julie Krueger to take on the City Manager’s job. Krueger’s appointment was announced last week, after she had served in an interim capacity following the termination of former City Manager Nolan Young’s contract.
The City of Hood River will be working on finding a way to bring a proposed subdivision into the City now rather than waiting for a later date. The Barrel Springs subdivision proposed by a Portland-area developer would include 20 homes west of the intersection of Belmont Avenue and Avalon Drive. In the past the City has simply asked developers for a letter indicating no objection to coming into the City at a later date in exchange for the sewer hookup, but City Manager Steve Wheeler says that’s been done for 25 years without any annexations taking place, and they would like to get away from it. Wheeler indicated there is a long-range question to be addressed about 125 homes in the urban growth boundary that are municipal sewer service but not annexed. The subdivision is scheduled for a Hood River County Planning Commission hearing on February 24 at 5:30 p.m. in the County Administration Building.
A Washington state 14th District legislator is firing back at Governor Jay Inslee over the Senate’s decision not to confirm the appointment of Lynn Peterson as head of the state Department of Transportation. Inslee, a Democrat, called the Senate vote an “election year stunt.” But Republican Representative Norm Johnson said in combination with the swirling controversy over a Corrections Department computer program problem resulting in the early release of some prisoners, the Governor needs to “clean his own house, and we shouldn’t have to clean it for him.” Inslee said Monday current Deputy Secretary Roger Millar is in charge of the transportation department, and there is no timeline for making a new appointment.
Hood River County Commission Chair Ron Rivers says he wants to make another effort to complete an unincorporated communities plan for Odell, and wants answers from the Oregon Department of Land Conservation and Development. Rivers says he has invited DLCD representatives to have a face-to-face conversation about what he feels are hurdles from the state that prevent the County from being able to complete a plan. Administrator David Meriwether says the issue has been how large an unincorporated area can there be in Odell, with the County wanting a larger area than the state. Both Rivers and Meriwether say that would be to accommodate future housing and growth needs. Last week, the County Commission approved sending a letter to the Oregon Legislature in support of removing a ban on inclusionary zoning in the state.
There will be a planned water outage in an area in the northwest part of White Salmon on Tuesday to facilitate work on the City’s water mainline on Northwest Spring Street. The outage will occur from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, and will affect Northwest Spring, Northwest Montana Drive, Northwest Cherry Hill Road, Northwest Moore Lane, Northwest Cherry Street, Northwest Michigan Street, Northwest Manly Street, Northwest Achor Street, and Schoolview Lane. Be prepared to have bottled water for drinking and stored water for toilet flushing, and the City recommends turning the power off to water heaters during the outage. When the water supply is restored, there may be air or discolored water in faucets, so turn the cold side of the faucet on until the water runs clear. Those with questions can call 509-493-1133, ext. 500.
A pair of public meetings regarding infrastructure projects in The Dalles will take place this week. On Tuesday there will be a public information meeting regarding the Thompson Street storm project and the impact it will have on traffic patterns in the area, beginning at 6:30 p.m. in The Dalles City Hall. Wednesday, a public workshop on an update to the City’s transportation system plan will be held at 6:30 p.m., also in The Dalles City Hall. The TSP serves as a framework to plan improvements to all modes of transportation in The Dalles.