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. The fact North Bonneville offers so many options is not only a boon for those of us who live here, it’s also a fantastic draw to encourage visitors from outside our community to come and enjoy the amenities our city has to offer.

Another project we are hoping to get going on soon is the proposed pump track for bicyclists to use to hone their skills. The proposed location for the track is just south of the community garden which also allows it to serve as a gateway to the Hamilton Island trail as well as our many miles of paved pathways.

The Port of Skamania has graciously agreed to allow us to use dirt from the Cascade Business Park and we are in the process of finding volunteers who can help us move that dirt to the pump track location. If you or someone you know is interested in helping with this project please let us know at City Hall.

In other news, our Public Works crew has replaced 36 water meters throughout our city over the past month. We anticipate these new meters will more accurately record water usage which should help us reduce the amount of “leakage” we have experienced for years in our system. We anticipate the new meters will also result in a slight increase in the utility bills due to their improved accuracy.

 I know none of us wants to pay more for anything and I instructed our Public Works staff to include my meter in this first phase of replacements so that I can both share the pain and monitor the change. With approximately 350 utility accounts in North Bonneville, this represents about 10% of the total number of meters. Our long term plan is to replace at least another 10% next year and continue replacing them over the next several years until all the old meters are replaced.

If you have questions or comments about anything to do with our city you can reach me at 427-8182 or via don [at] northbonneville.net (subject: A%20message%20from%20North%20Bonneville%20website) (email).