Vernonia City News

At the April 1, 2013 City Council Meeting:

Council Hears Presentation on CC Rider Reductions-Council heard a presentation from Transit Director Janet Wright on service reductions to Columbia County Rider that began April 1st.  According to Wright, the county was forced to make reductions due to a loss of state funding and a mandated reserve fund that needs to be established.  Wright says the County General Fund is is unable to continue to support public transportation at the same level.  Cuts are being made throughout the system.  Bus service in Vernonia has been cut from five to three days a week and the mid-day route has been eliminated; Dial-A-Ride Service has been cut to two days a week.

Council Hears Presentation From HS Leadership-Council heard a presentation from Lane Sullivan representing the Vernonia High School Leadership Class on a project to select a name for the Wetlands.  The Wetlands Mitigation Project was created on the O-A Mill Site by the Vernonia School District  to replace wetlands damaged by the construction of the new school campus.  The School District is using  maintenance of the area as a learning project.  The Vernonia Parks Committee asked school students to chose a name for the new wetlands area.  Sullivan explained tthat he Leadership Class held a naming contest, reduced the choices submitted and made a final recommendation to the Parks Committee.  The name the class chose is “Old Mill Marsh.”  The Parks Committee approved this name and will bring a formal recommendation to Council at their April 15 meeting.

Council Hold Public Hearing on ADU’s- Council held a Public Hearing, based on a recommendation from the Planning Commission, for a proposed  Legislative Amendment to the Title 9 Vernonia Land Development Code.  The change would add a new provision for Accessory Dwelling Units (ADU’s) in areas in the city that are residentially zoned for single family dwellings, allowing an additional, self contained unit that is secondary to the main residence.  The change in code would limit the size of these units and require compliance with setbacks and other building standards. Four citizens testified in favor of the changes, non against.  Council approved the proposed changes with minor amendments and voted to direct staff to prepare an ordinance.

Council Accepts Resignation from Dailey-Mayor Josette Mitchell and Council accepted the resignation of Nancy Dailey from the Planning Commission.

Council Endorses Columbia 9-1-1 Levy-Council voted unanimously to endorse the Columbia 9-1-1 Communications District proposal to renew the operating funding levy for the next five years that will appear on the May 21, 2013 general election ballot.  The 9-1-1 District Board of Directors has proposed renewing the levy at the same rate as the last five years.  In 2008 the operating levy received a 70% yes vote.