From the Mayor's Desk - January 2014

As we welcome the New Year it’s a good time to recap a few of the events of 2013 as we look towards the future.

We experienced a fair amount of change in our staff at City Hall over the past 12 months with Steven Hasson, our new City Clerk/Treasurer/Administrator, and Richard Lafayette, our new Public Works Field Supervisor both coming on board. Steven and Richard have worked diligently to ensure our city continues to run smoothly while they learn the numerous duties and details their jobs require.

Our city is very fortunate to have employees who truly care about our community and are willing to regularly put their care and concern into action on all of our behalf. I want to take this opportunity to publicly express my thanks to Heidi, Annette, Jim, Tom, Bryan, Gary, Richard and Steven for all they do to preserve and enhance the quality of life we all enjoy. Please join me in thanking them the next time you come into City Hall or see them around town.

In addition to the personnel changes, we also finalized an agreement with Skamania County that will result in the Skamania County District Court providing municipal court services for North Bonneville beginning this month. We expect this move will have little or no financial impact on our budget but we will enjoy a positive overall effect by allowing our Deputy Clerk to use the time she has been expending to maintain court operations to spend more time on other areas that will ultimately benefit our city.

We are also in the final stages of negotiating a new collective bargaining agreement with our employees’ union and look forward to having a new CBA in place by the end of this month. I’ll close with my annual reminder to renew your business, dog and golf cart licenses as we head into 2014 and add in a reminder of what Sergeant Esterhaus used to say on Hill Street Blues, “Hey, let’s be careful out there.”

As always, I am happy to address your questions, comments and concerns regarding all aspects of our community. You can reach me by  email  and the phone number here at City Hall is 427-8182. I’m not always in my office but I will get back to you as quickly as possible.