City also looking to potentially terminate legal counsel
The City of Napavine is suffering from an assortment of complex problems that the Napavine City Council hasn't been able to correct. The issues surrounding our little city on the hill range from allegations of fraud by a city official, to an uncooperative and defiant city attorney who refuses to go away.
This story begins with several city employees who wish to remain anonymous who reached out to the Town Crier with an allegation. The anonymous sources allege that they witnessed Mayor John Sayers use city personnel to work on his personal vehicle. While it is illegal for Mayor Sayers to require city employees to work on his personal vehicle, the seriousness of the allegation is compounded by the possibility it was done on city time, with city equipment. The Town Crier made inquires to Mayor Sayers regarding the allegations and he did not deny them.
Castle Rock FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America) has seven very bright young women going to state for their business projects. These club members are Kaila Harris, Katie Garr, Bella Warner, as well as all four FBLA officers: Emily Daniels (pictured far left), Sara Waldman (front left), Victoria DelSasso (back right) and Isha Patel (far right).
The Napavine Tigers Softball team came out focused and aggressive for their doubleheader Saturday against the Mountaineers from Rainier. They were dominant front to back in a game that was highlighted by two teams heading in different directions in the standings. Napavine is 7-3 in league and hoping to catch up with Adna in the standings and move into third place. Meanwhile, Onalaska is directly behind them and also hoping to climb in the standings, so the Tigers are well aware that they cannot allow a let down of focus to creep in.
Attorney Tonya Hebert explains why she's opted to relocate her practice to Winlock
The weekend of April 28 - 29 marks Ryderwood's Spring Town-Wide Garage Sales. Held twice yearly on the last weekends of April and August, it's an event for which the town has become a bit famous.
Homeowners throughout town set up business in the alleys behind their homes in hopes that some of the items they no longer need will end up finding new homes. Maps of known sale locations will be available at the Cafe.
The Women's Club will hold their Super Sale at Pioneer Hall. They have quite a selection this year. Lunch (Polish dogs and chili with all the trimmings) will be served in Community Hall.
Ryderwood is located at the end of SR 506 at I-5 Exit 59. More information is available at ryderwood.org.
Why did the City of Napavine ask Governor Inslee's office to interfere with the fiduciary responsibility of the county commissioners to appoint Napavine Council Members?
The Revised Code of Washington (RCW) 42.12.070 reads, "If a governing body fails to appoint a qualified person to fill a vacancy within ninety days of the occurrence of the vacancy, the authority of the governing body to fill the vacancy shall cease and the county legislative authority of the county in which all or the largest geographic portion of the city, town or special district is located shall appoint a qualified person to fill the vacancy."
Last week's Winlock City Council meeting began with Mayor Dowell discussing the sinkhole on the corner of Nevil Road and Highway 505.
Dowell stated, "county and state came in and assisted and it's basically a long-term band aid until we can get funding to replace the culvert. As long as the culvert is [less than] 60 inches the city is responsible for it inside the city limits."
The Lewis County Commissioners announced on Thursday, March 2, that Steve Mansfield has been named the Director of Emergency Services with oversight of both Emergency Management and E911/Radio Communications. According to the commissioners, the reorganization is in the best interest of the county organizationally and operationally as it coincides with long-range strategic planning goals and merges two disciplines with similar functionality. Steve Walton will continue to serve as Central Services Director and devote his time to oversight of the new finance system contract.
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