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.
Don Stevens's blog
Fall doesn’t officially start until September 23rd this year but it looks and feels a lot like it’s here already. The much-needed rain we’ve been getting over the past several days and the brightly colored leaves blowing around town are clear signs summer is coming to an end. Among other things, the arrival of fall signals shorter days ahead, the imminent end of hot weather and the start of a new school year.
At a recent City Council meeting a resident asked what the siren we are all so used to hearing means and whether there were different durations or numbers of blasts to signify different things. I had to say I wasn’t sure but I would check into it and put the answers in the next newsletter and here we are.
As we move closer to summer, our City Council is making a change to their meeting schedule for the next few months. Instead of the regular meetings on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month, we are going to hold workshops at the first meeting of June, July and August in order to have more time to discuss topics and ideas relating to our community.
You may have noticed that the parking lots in our Central Business District are becoming less congested over the past few months. This has been an area of focus for us and our efforts are showing signs of progress.
Our next step is to begin enforcing the City’s overnight parking permit program for residents and business owners in the CBD. Our municipal code allows two (2) parking permits for each residential unit in the CBD and one (1) parking permit for each CBD business.
We still have a few weeks to go before spring officially arrives, but you wouldn’t know it by looking around our city. Flowers are blooming, trees are budding and I even had to mow the lawn last weekend, breaking my previous first mowing of the year record by at least two months.
As we head into February it’s starting to look like we won’t get much of a winter this year. I can’t say I’m overly disappointed to have missed out on shoveling snow this winter but it is a little unnerving to see how small the local snowpack is for this time of year. I don’t foresee any drought conditions in our near future but we certainly are living in some very interesting times.
Christmas came early for our city this year in the form of some generous donations made by a couple residents.
Lisa and Corey Jones gave us an incredible gift the week before Christmas, a copier that has been a pressing need for us for sometime now. Our old copier has been on its last legs for the past few years and figuring out how to acquire a replacement within the confines of our already very tight budgets has not been a successful endeavor.
The holiday season is here and it’s the perfect time for a reminder about our pets, both those who live with us now and those in our futures. Over the past several weeks we’ve rescued three dogs in our community. The first was an adorable Chihuahua who I happened to see running down the middle of the east bound lane of Cascade Drive, just in front of the Chevron station. I had just turned onto Cascade and saw him running behind a pickup truck as fast as his little legs would carry him.
As we enjoy the warm summer weather I’m seeing a lot of people taking advantage of all the outdoor activities available in our city. Tennis, basketball, disc golf, traditional golf, cycling and that old reliable walking are all in evidence everywhere I look. I find this very encouraging as exercise is an important part of staying healthy and is something to which we should all aspire.