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 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 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.
Toledo Indians have done it again! On Saturday Toledo Indians beat out Tri Cities Prep Jaguars in a score of 34-23 advancing to the next round of semi-finals.
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