Summer is coming and the days are getting nicer and longer so we can all enjoy the improving weather.
In January, I said here in the newsletter that I would not be seeking reelection as Mayor of The City of North Bonneville. Nothing in the ensuing months has changed my mind so I’m here again to encourage my fellow residents to give serious consideration to who would make a good next Mayor.
The reason I bring this up now is May is the month in which candidates must file with the Auditor’s office in Stevenson to run for elected office in Skamania County and North Bonneville.
As we head into April the weather is finally giving us a break with reduced amounts of rain and some occasional sunshine. Along with the usual thoughts this time of year calls to mind (like the rapidly approaching lawn mowing season) the longer and brighter days are giving us a better view of all the storm damage still waiting to be cleaned up.
March is looking a lot like February so far, which looked a lot like January, which was a lot like January, we all get the point. Winter is not in any hurry to leave yet and there are still tons of tree branches all over our city.
There has been one formal cleanup day so far and we will be getting together again this month to do more work, but it’s still very disconcerting to see all the damage around town.
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.