At the December 15, 2014 City Council Meeting
Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) Gives Presentation About Lake- Council heard a presentation from Robert Bradley, a fish biologist with ODFW, concerning the potential for improvements at Vernonia Lake. Bradley has been working with a group of interested local citizens to address concerns about consistent water levels, bank access and controlling weed growth. Council asked Bradley to work with the Parks Committee and return with proposed solutions.
Scout Project Update- Brad Ely gave the Council an update on his Eagle Scout Project. Ely repaired and replaced eighteen interpretive signs at Vernonia Lake and along the Linear Trail. Ely told the Council the project is mostly complete.
Council Authorizes Spending for Tractor Repair-Council approved expenditures to rebuild the engine and fuel injector pump on a tractor/mower used at the Vernonia Cemetery. The mower broke down two years ago. Staff presented Council with an estimate of almost $8,000 for new parts. Council directed staff to look for other estimates and search for used parts on-line. If no better option is found by March 1, staff is authorized to move forward with the current bid.
Council to Explore Selling Cemetery House- Council heard a presentation from Casey Mitchell of Community Action Team about their Self Help Acquisition Rehab program. Council is considering selling the house the City owns which is next to the cemetery and formerly served as the cemetery caretaker’s house. The house is in disrepair. Mitchell told Council his program helps working class families become owners through USDA funding and sweat equity. Two citizens, Sally Harrison and Shirlee Daughtry spoke against selling the house. Council instructed staff to explore the potential of selling the house through CAT’s program. Read More