From the Mayor's Desk - April 2016

As we head into April there are plenty of things to get excited about beyond the improving weather and the sound of lawn mowers in the air.

Probably the most exciting thing to happen recently is the election of a new chief of the North Bonneville Fire Department. Jed Miller was elected by his fellow firefighters at a recent training session and subsequently confirmed by our City Council at their March 23rd meeting. Jed has been involved with our fire department since he was a teenager and brings a fresh outlook along with years of experience. Please join me in congratulating Chief Miller the next time you see him around town.

Nearly as thrilling as getting a new Fire Chief is the upcoming ColorDash 5K Run that will be taking place on May 28th. If you have never experienced a ColorDash Run, you don’t know what you’ve been missing. If you’ve never even heard of them, here’s your chance to see one, or even participate if you’re so inclined. The biggest difference between a regular running event and a ColorDash is (no big surprise) the colors. Runners start our wearing mostly white clothing and are showered with colors at several points along the route. When they reach the finish their outfits look more like Bill Walton’s t-shirts, with a mixture of all the colors of the rainbow. If you don’t feel like running you can still take part by volunteering to help. The colors are non-toxic and biodegradable and the city will receive half the proceeds from registration fees, which will go towards upgrading the playground in our city park. You can donate a little of your time or get more details from the Skamania Chamber of Commerce at 427-8911 or online at www.cd5k.com.

Lastly, although perhaps quite not as exhilarating as the preceding items, preparatory work is beginning on the Evergreen Drive resurfacing project. Core samples are being taken to determine how much grinding and removal of the old surface will be required, then the transite pipeline that feeds our city water system will be replaced where it runs under Evergreen so we won’t have to tear the road back up when the entire section is ultimately replaced in the future. Look for more info in upcoming newsletters.

As always, we want to hear from you on how we’re doing and what we can do to improve our community. You can contact me at don [at] northbonneville.net or by phone at 427-8182.