At the April 20, 2015 City Council Meeting:
Council Hears Presentation on Disaster Recovery – Council heard a presentation from Jim Tierney, Executive Director of Community Action Team (CAT), regarding Small Community Disaster Recovery. Columbia County Flood Relief and CAT were instrumental in assisting the City of Vernonia and its residents after the Flood of 2007. Tierney told Council the community was able to secure funding and assistance totaling over $47 million from various sources during the recovery project. He provided information documenting the recovery effort and said the documents could be used in the event of a future disaster. Tierney noted that the immediate response by volunteers to gather data from damaged property owners led to 109 homes being lifted or bought out, four commercial buyouts and one commercial flood-proofing project. The community received $2.5 million in faith group labor and $250,000 in other volunteer labor.
Council Approves Spencer Park Fencing Plan – Council approved a plan presented by staff, and recommended by the Parks Committee, to install bollard and wire fencing around Spencer Park. Council approved the estimated $5,000 expense based on the funding being available from the Parks budget.
Council Approves WWTP Funding- Council approved Resolution 05-15, approving a State Revolving Fund Loan Agreement to fund the Waste Water Treatment Project.
Council Approves Funds Transfer-Council approved Resolution 06-15 for an interfund transfer in the Parks Budget in order to pay for new parks staff, pay for the major repair at Vernonia Lake, and install fencing at Spencer Field. A total of $25,319 was transferred from Building Operations and Maintenance, Advertising and Contingency line items to Salaries, FICA, Operational Materials and Contract Services.
Council Directs Lot Line Adjustment-Council directed staff to proceed with a lot line adjustment to establish a standard lot size for the former cemetery care taker house at the top of Bridge Street. The City is considering renovating and selling the home.
Council Offers Some Assistance on Water Bill – Council offered Jeff Harrison a 50% reduction on his water usage bill after he experienced a large and unnoticed water leak on his property on Springboard Lane. Harrison previously told Council he repaired the leak as soon as it was identified but still received a bill for use of 219,900 gallons of water totaling $950. Based on previous situations, Council offered Harrison a reduction of $457.29 and a payment plan for six months to pay for the water use during the leak. Read More