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.

Darlene Caird once again coordinated our city wide garage sales which not only were successful for the 44 sales but also resulted in proceeds which were shared between the North Bonneville Community Grocery and the Stevenson Veterinary Clinic.

There are so many people to thank there just isn’t space to do so here, but I do want to report that the spirit of community volunteerism is alive and well in our city. More good news for our city comes in the form of a new entrepreneur who has been remodeling the old Bears Den into the Dam Roadhouse. Although I’m not aware of an exact date for the grand opening, I know he is hoping to be open sooner rather than later.

In local government news, our city council recently passed a new ordinance regarding overnight parking in North Bonneville. These new rules will be implemented over the summer as we strive to clean up our streets and parking areas. We will not use draconian tactics but there will be some adjustments to reality that we will all have to endure.

Finally, as July winds to a close we bid adieu to one of our Deputy Clerks, Jim Runkles. Jim has been instrumental in reorganizing and improving the way we do things in City Hall. He and his wife Sharon will be moving to New Mexico to enjoy a few more sunny days per year. Our city will benefit from his efforts long after he’s gone and while I’m happy for them I will miss his steadying influence, copious store of knowledge and quick wit.