Winlock continues to see turmoil as the Winlock City Council clashes with the Mayor of Winlock, Don Bradshaw.
Winlock City Council members called a Special Meeting on December 4, 2018, at 1:00 p.m. On the agenda was a Motion to Terminate Hillier, Scheibmeir and Kelly, PS, attorneys for the City of Winlock. Other items on the agenda was a moratorium on all spending, termination of litigation against Toledo and cancellation of the budget workshop that was scheduled for December 6. Mayor Bradshaw was not in attendance due to a previous meeting.
A dine-in dinner was held on December 4 from 4:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. at Toledo High School in the commons, hosted by FCCLA. It was a proclamation for Family and Consumer Science Day, and the event is meant to pull families together for visitation and conversations while enjoying a meal.
The South Bend Library has endured a hard year after being closed in August and then Timberland Regional Library proposed the consolidation between South Bend and Raymond Library in their "Capital Facilities Plan." A number of libraries were proposed for closure and consolidation as part of the plan, but residents and their respective cities would have none of it.
As first reported in September, Timberland officials came to a City of South Bend City Council Meeting to update the city and residents regarding the state of the library. They made it clear to everyone in attendance they had no plan to close the library and we're exploring options. Four days later, Timberland released the proposed plan and it contradicted much of the statements officials had previously said.
The hot topic at the December 3 Raymond City Council Meeting ended up being Ordinance 1883 which would changed the rules in the city regarding RV parks and campground use. Currently RV and camp users are allowed to only stay 30 days in a 6-month-period but has been unenforced. The commission has recommended allowing up to 90 days along with stipulations for new parks or campgrounds.
The ordinance was designed to meet the regulations of the Pacific County Health Department Ordinance #5 that provides regulations to safeguard public health for RV parks and campgrounds.
The Town Crier received a letter of resignation from Landon Johnson, a member of the Winlock Planning Commission. In the letter he pointed out that it appears as though there are no plans for improvements of the downtown core.
The letter begins with "while I have enjoyed the conversations we have had, and I respect your ability to accomplish a wide variety of vital tasks in short order. I do not agree with the overall direction the City has prescribed."
On November 26, 2018, at the regular scheduled Winlock City Council meeting, Mayor Don Bradshaw walked out of the meeting over the amendments to the agenda which included adding back in public comments. City Hall had removed the ability for the public to comment. The tension came from a variance granted to Desarno's Treasures at the previous Winlock City Council meeting. At that meeting, Desarno's Treasures was given 14 days to pay to have her water meter connected or her building would be red tagged and she would not have been allowed to enter to retrieve her goods.
On November 31 anticipation filled the Napavine football players on their bus ride to the Tacoma Dome. Their worthy rival, Kalama would be a tough team to play. The seniors had high expectations of themselves, Benjamin Woodrum's hands were shaking in the midst of his classes at the high school. The freshmen were eager to see what it would be like, their first year in high school and already visiting the Tacoma Dome.
The Derik Nissell Toy Drive is now in its third year and continues not only his devotion to the toy drive, but also brings along his spirit for the holiday. His belief was, "each child should have a new toy to open on Christmas Day." The drive continues his belief thanks to the continuous devotion of many who feel the same and because of that donations continue to pour in.
Monday traffic in Pacific county got off to a slippery start with numerous crashes happening during the morning commute. Temperatures overnight dipped into the high 20's to low 30's that caused roadways to be covered with ice.
The Washington coast for the second time this year was under a tsunami alert after a strong 7.0 earthquake struck near Anchorage, Alaska on Friday, November 30.
The Winlock City Council meeting on November 12, 2018, at 6:00 p.m. started out as a usual council meeting. The flag salute started the meeting in motion but later in the meeting the audience erupted into clapping for Desarno's Treasures.
Desiree Bowers, owner of Desarno's Treasures, received a letter from city hall giving her 14 days to come up with almost $2800 to turn on her water and sewer per the Winlock ordinance that all businesses must supply public restrooms to customers. Bowers addressed the council and Mayor Bradshaw by stating, "I am here tonight to ask for a variance." Bowers opened her thrift store approximately 2½ years ago and was informed by the previous administration at that time that she did not need to connect to water and sewer even though the ordinance was in effect at that time.
The Lewis County "Walk and Knock" will take place this Saturday, December 1 beginning at 10:00 a.m. This is the largest food drive in our area and an important part of our local food banks.
Winlock, Toledo, and Vader will have their volunteers out in full force in the morning, collecting bags of canned food to keep the food banks open throughout the year. The bags will be delivered in your local community paper, and filled bags should be placed on your front porch by 10:00 a.m. If you have a no trespassing sign, bags can still be placed in front of your gate or you can drop them off at one of the drop off locations.
Napavine is headed to state, the Napavine Tigers beat out Adna by a 32-13 margin making their way to the Tacoma Dome on Friday after to play Kalama in the state finals at 4:00 p.m.
Senior Dawson Stanley was the hit of the evening. The senior succeeded on 8 out of 17 passes for 170 yards and two touchdowns. He also ran with the ball 36 times with a total of 237 yard and and additional 3 more scores.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Agency released their 2018 winter outlook in October. Most of the western United States is expected to see warmer than normal temperatures and a high likelihood of an El Nino phenomenon.
Several controversial initiatives passed by large margins during the November 6 general election. Two are expected to be challenged in lawsuits with lengthy court battles expected to ensue. Initiatives 940 and 1639 passed while 1631 was lone to fall short.
Initiative 940 now requires law enforcement agencies statewide to take specialized training in de-escalation to avoid deadly force encounters. Officers will be required to use "good faith" before they're able to justify using deadly force. The law will also require them to render aid to an injured suspect immediately.
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