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From the Mayor's Desk - April 2015

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.

From the Mayor's Desk - February 2015

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.

From the Mayor's Desk - January 2015

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.

From the Mayor's Desk - December 2014

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.

From the Mayor's Desk - September 2014

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.

From the Mayor's Desk - August 2014

This year’s Gorge Days was another successful event with hundreds of beautiful cars on display, wonderful food and craft vendors, engaging programs for kids of all ages and a wealth of other activities to entertain all who attended. This year we enjoyed 3 different live music acts: Mo Phillips played to the kids on Friday afternoon, New Shilling entertained over 100 diners at the Farm to Table Benefit Dinner Friday evening and Hit Machine rocked the crowd after the car show Saturday.

From the Mayor's Desk - June 2014

June started off with a scary situation that was quickly handled by a member of our Public Works department. A distraught mom called our City Hall over the weekend and fortunately found Steven Hasson, our City Administrator, working on a day off. She quickly explained her toddler had somehow managed to lock themselves into a room on the second floor and they could not get the door open. Steven called Public Works and Bryan Henrichsen dropped what he was doing and took a ladder tall enough to allow him to climb through the second story window and open the door.

From the Mayor's Desk - May 2014

I know Spring officially started over a month ago but with the sound of lawn mowers becoming a more regular occurrence and a run of sunny days it’s actually starting to feel like we’ve made it through another Winter.

With our current mix of sun and warmer weather the grass is growing so fast you can almost watch it happen. This means frequent lawn mowing is required to keep our yards looking neat, which leaves all of us lawn-mowing individuals looking for somewhere to dump our grass clippings.

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