One of Washington 's best kept secrets, North Bonneville is ideally located between the recreational attractions of the Columbia Gorge and the metropolitan Portland area, just 45 miles away.
Spring will officially begin this month, but it feels like we’ve been in spring cleaning mode for months already. Between all the downed trees and branches and other damage inflicted on our community by the storms in November and December, our public works crew has been burning their candles at both ends and the middle. In addition to all their clean up duties, they have also been manually regulating the reservoirs that supply our city water system.
It’s still a little early for spring cleaning but it is a good time to remind all residents of our Central Business District (CBD) that parking permits are required for overnight parking anywhere in the CBD area.
If you have a business in the CBD you are entitled to one (1) parking permit and if you are a resident in the CBD you get two (2) permits. If you have a business and reside in the same building you are entitled to both types of permits for a total of three (3).
As we start the New Year we often try to come up with a resolution or two to improve our lives or the lives of those in our circle of family and friends. Sometimes we are able to stick to our resolutions and realize some positive results, but other times we give it a try for a few weeks or a month before giving up so we can deal with all the duties and responsibilities in our lives and consider ourselves fortunate to just be here. If you are working to stay true to your resolution, I wish you all the best and hope you are successful in your endeavors.
The City received a $450,000 grant from the Transportation Improvement Board (TIB). The grant monies will be used to improve Evergreen Drive from SR14 to the Hamilton Creek Bridge. This improvement work will be completed the summer of 2016.
As we head into the last month of the year we find ourselves cleaning up after the worst storm I recall since moving to North Bonneville in 2005. While it will be some time before we get things back to normal, it was very heartening to witness so many of our residents pitching in during the storm to clear downed trees, unclog the catch basins that feed our storm water system and generally look out for each other.
As a kid growing up, whenever I made a bad decision my dad would tell me, “Everybody makes mistakes, next time make a new one.” I always appreciated him pointing out my errors while also reminding me that in many cases the lessons we learn through those mistakes tend to stay with us, hopefully preventing us from making them again.
- Cross the street at corners, using traffic signals and crosswalks.
- Look left, right and left again when crossing and keep looking as you cross.
- Put electronic devices down and keep heads up and walk, don’t run, across the street.
- Teach children to make eye contact with drivers before crossing in front of them.
- Always walk on sidewalks or paths. If there are no sidewalks, walk facing traffic as far to the left as possible. Children should walk on direct routes with the fewest street crossings.
If you intend to leave your premises for some extended time period (less than 180 continuous days in duration), the City will continue to charge you the bi-monthly water and sewer utility base rate in your absence. If you intend to leave your premises for an extended period of time [more than 180 continuous days] you may request the City shut off your water meter during this time period. The City will charge you a $60 turn-on fee but you will not be subject to the monthly base water and sewer rate during that time frame.
The recent wastewater system problem we experienced gave us another chance to use the Southwest Washington Public Alert system to notify our residents of the issue. The calls also asked us not to flush our toilets or run water down any drains until notified it was okay to do so. Our Public Works team was able to resolve the problem in a few hours and a second series of robocalls were made to notify us it was okay to resume using the system.