As we head into February we find ourselves cleaning up after one of the worst ice storms in recent memory. The wind storm that hit our area in November of 2015 resulted in more fallen trees but the overall amount of wood on the ground appears to be even larger this time around.
Happy New Year and welcome to 2017. I’m excited about the upcoming year for many reasons, including more repairs to our aging streets, getting closer to paying off our fire truck and my last year as mayor.
While it’s been very rewarding serving as mayor for the past 7 years, I am not a believer in career politicians and by the end of this year I will have served over 10 years between my time as a City Councilor and Mayor, which is far more than I ever thought I would.
December is here and another year is nearing its end. While we celebrated Thanksgiving last month, we recently received some news that ratchets our level of thankfulness up another notch. The Southwest Washington Regional Transportation Council notified us that our grant application in the amount of $800,0022 to continue resurfacing two of our main arterial streets, Evergreen Drive and Cascade Drive, has been approved. These two sections of our streets have been in need of repair for some time, but we have not been financially able to afford the costs on our own.
As we move into November, there are a couple happy announcements to share.
The first is the welcome return of Turkey Bingo! Our volunteer fire department will be hosting an evening of fun at the fire hall on Thursday, November 17th. The doors will open for early seating at 6:30pm with bingo commencing at 7:00. There will be hot dogs, chips, popcorn and drinks along with a silent dessert auction and the opportunity to donate nonperishable food donations for holiday gift baskets. We hope to see you there.
As we make the transition from summer to fall, our city can look back on several major accomplishments that were completed over the past couple of months.
As we move forward with the repaving project on Evergreen Drive, one of the next steps will be replacing the section of the old transite water main where it crosses under that section of the road.
Unfortunately, it will be necessary to shut off our city water supply on September 19th in order to replace that section of pipe. We anticipate the water will be shut off for a substantial portion of the day and want to make sure everyone in North Bonneville has enough advance notice to prepare for this water outage.
I just talked about the yard debris dumping areas in the June newsletter but in light of a recent change it’s worth revisiting the topic here.
By the time this newsletter gets published Gorge Days will be just a few days away. The weather was supposed to be nice and sunny but it’s starting to look like we may get some rain this year. I hope it won’t be enough to dampen anybody’s spirits or keep anybody away.
Welcome to summer! Our weather is still on the inconsistent side with almost daily changes from sunny and warm to cloudy and cool (with the usual showers thrown in for good measure), but overall it’s definitely feeling more like the cold, wet weather is behind us and the time has come to think about getting outdoors to enjoy the beauty that surrounds us.
As we move into May, we will see several city infrastructure projects getting started.