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THE DAILY ASTORIAN • WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 12, 2015
Tour: ‘Just a little bit of improvement can really help’
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At a panel discussion that
followed, Michelle Lewis,
community programs super-
visor of Northwest Senior
& Disability Services, said
many senior citizens are just
one fall away from losing
their independence, so even
small barriers to mobility
should be taken seriously.
“Just a little bit of im-
provement can really help,”
she said.
Joshua Bessex/The Daily Astorian
Negative and positive
Even some areas that are
ADA-compliant can be im-
proved upon, DeLaTorre
said.
For example, the maroon
bumps on curb ramps that
warn legally blind people
when they’re about to cross
a street would work more
effectively painted yellow,
he said. Anecdotal evidence
suggests guide dogs and the
visually impaired discern
yellow better than darker col-
ors.
The “roll and stroll” —
another name for tours em-
phasizing the importance of
public accessibility for pe-
destrians and people who use
walkers and wheelchairs —
didn’t dwell on the negative,
though. DeLaTorre also drew
attention to some of the pub-
lic areas where planners got
it right.
The 13th Street path, a
mid-block alley connect-
ing Duane and Commercial
streets, has yellow foot prints
Councilor Drew Herzig points out a potential problem for
people crossing the road during the Roll and Stroll walk-
ability tour Monday.
Joshua Bessex/The Daily Astorian
People walk the streets of Astoria during the Roll and Stroll walkability tour Monday.
indicating a footpath. What’s
more, it is lit at night to pro-
vide rollers and strollers with
a sense of security.
‘Real challenges’
“Astoria has got some
challenges,” Herzig said,
“some small-city challenges,
some topographical chal-
lenges, and we’re just here
to call attention to them —
not to blame anybody but
just to say: These are some
of the things we’re going to
address if we’re going to be
a walkable city, not just for
old people like me, but for
anybody.”
With Baby Boomers retir-
ing and the senior population
‘Astoria has got some
challenges, some small-
city challenges, some
topographical challenges,
and we’re just here to call
attention to them.’
— Drew Herzig
city councilor
increasing each day, cities
and businesses have an in-
terest in listening to the sto-
ries of older folks and those
of the disabled — in gather-
ing feedback to make public
spaces as livable as possible.
“Those narratives are real-
ly important for understand-
ing the ins and outs of cities,”
DeLaTorre said.
Planning Commissioner
Jan Mitchell, who attended
the panel discussion held at
Joshua Bessex/The Daily Astorian
People walk along the sidewalk on 14th Street during the
Roll and Stroll walkability tour of Astoria Monday. Drew Her-
zig pointed out that the sidewalk was sloped downward to-
ward traffic, a potential problem for people in wheelchairs.
the Judge Boyington Build-
ing, said she ¿nds Astoria to
be “immensely walkable.”
“I think this is one of the
more livable places in the
United States,” she said.
“I’m not saying it’s terri-
ble,” Herzig said, “but I’m
saying that there are real
challenges here, and we
need to be real in addressing
them.”
Warrenton: ‘I would rather see grants going to economic development’
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proposed $5,000 to pay for the
Warrenton Food Bank Pan-
try’s operating costs, became
a donation through Clatsop
Community Action to spend
on perishable food items for
the pantry.
Though the city and
churches arranged feasible
solutions to the church-state
quandary — and though, the
commissioners agreed, the
association had noble inten-
tions — the incident raised the
question: Why should the as-
sociation undertake charitable
giving in the ¿rst place"
‘Heavy lifting’
Some of the association’s
board members expressed
such skepticism at a joint
work session last month de-
voted to clarifying the associ-
ation’s mission: “If it doesn’t
promote economic bene¿t,
it’s something we shouldn’t
even touch,” Paul Mitchell, a
board member, said.
“I don’t think the WBA
should be doing charitable
grants,” Commissioner Henry
Balensifer III said Tuesday,
“and the reason being: If those
businesses want to make
those charitable contributions,
they can with no restrictions
... They can give to whatever
organization they like.
“But, from a city stand-
point, I would rather see
grants going to economic de-
velopment activities or things
that align with what the city’s
already planning on doing,
like downtown revitaliza-
tion.”
To take additional pressure
off of the association, the city
may look into hiring a part-
na, an option left
time event planner
open for municipal-
to help organize
ities by Senate Bill
some of the events
460.
that the association
• Held a ¿nal
typically organizes,
vote, which was
including Christ-
unanimous, on an
mas activities and
ordinance prohibit-
the Fourth of July
ing vehicle parking
parade.
from 8 a.m. to 6
The association
p.m. on postal de-
has “done a terri¿c
Henry
livery days in front
job in keeping those
Balensifer
of mailboxes, or
traditions and cele-
brations going,” Mayor Mark places where mail is deliv-
Kujala said. “They certainly ered, except when necessary
have done heavy lifting for us to avoid conÀict with other
over the years in a number of traf¿c, comply with the law
different roles.”
or follow directions from law
enforcement, or momentarily
to pick up or drop off passen-
gers.
The amendment to the mu-
nicipal code grants a 15-foot
buffer on both sides of curb-
side mailboxes, allowing mail
carriers a 30-foot comfort
zone to access them.
• Unanimously voted to af-
¿x the mayor’s signature to a
letter for Gov. Kate Brown’s
consideration supporting Or-
egon Brigadier General Todd
Plimpton for adjutant general
of the state of Oregon.
The letter details Plimp-
ton’s contributions to the
North Coast community, es-
pecially the help he provided
during the Great Coastal Gale
of 2007. “Many of my citi-
zens are alive because of the
response from Camp Rilea,
which Todd commanded at
the time,” the letter reads.
• Granted Coastline Chris-
tian Fellowship a permit for
ampli¿ed sound that will
occur during a large service
event scheduled for Aug. 23
at Quincy & Bessie Robinson
Community Park.
Regular meeting
At the regular meeting that
followed, the commission:
• Considered an ordinance
prohibiting licensed medical
marijuana dispensaries from
selling recreational marijua-
Seidel: Man says he hopes to have an
attorney by his next court appearance
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Chief Deputy Prosecutor
Ron Brown told the court the
expanded restrictions were to
protect the individual safety
of city councilors.
Brown said Seidel had
a conviction in San Miguel
County, Colo., for obstructing
governmental operations last
year and a burglary in Wood-
land, Calif., in 2007.
One of the city councilors
— Cindy Price — is married
to District Attorney Josh Mar-
quis.
Some at the city are unsure
what to make of Seidel —
whether he is a misunderstood
activist or an unstable threat.
He has alleged a conspiracy
between the city and the inÀu-
ential Friends of the Astoria
Column to move the commu-
nications tower off Coxcomb
Hill. As part of the agreement,
Verizon
Communications
would build a new tower the
city and the company could
use at Reservoir Ridge, east
of Coxcomb Hill, and erect a
monopole at Shively Park to
improve cellphone coverage.
When the City Council
approved the deal with Veri-
zon earlier this month, Seidel
could be seen across the street
from City Hall at the Garden
of Surging Waves.
Judge Avera, like judges
at Seidel’s previous court ap-
pearances, strongly recom-
mended Seidel get a lawyer to
represent him.
Seidel argued he should
have the ability to speak to
city councilors. “I believe that
I was a witness to a crime and
that I have a right to obtain ev-
idence,” he said.
After watching Seidel
serve as his own attorney,
Avera was blunt.
“I do have some concern
about your mental state, quite
frankly, given what I’ve seen
here today,” the judge said.
Outside the courtroom,
Seidel, who said he is from
Missouri but had been living
in Colorado before coming
to Astoria, said he hopes to
have an attorney by his next
court appearance later this
month.
He said he was nervous de-
fending himself in court and
described the judge’s com-
ments about his mental state
as unfortunate. “It was just
kind of rude,” he said.
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ordinance is written, it could
be interpreted to restrict or
prevent in-home personal or
patient gardens outside in-
dustrial zones, which Fairless
does not think was the legisla-
tion’s intended purpose.
If a grow site is run pri-
marily as a hobby, it could
be exempt from having to
get a business license or
from city siting limitations,
she said.
For growers interested in
larger-scale businesses, she
said, they likely would prefer
to set up shop in a designat-
ed space in an industrial zone
anyway. The city might have a
hard time getting small-scale,
in-home growers to come for-
ward, and their information is
mostly kept con¿dential by
the state, she said. There is no
public database for growers,
and Health Insurance Porta-
bility and Accountability Act
guidelines inÀuence some of
the privacy around the indus-
try.
Fairless said she would
appreciate the council hold-
ing a work session to further
discuss the topic and Àesh out
these details.
“Everybody, but especial-
ly city councilors and police
of¿cers who are going to be
creating and enforcing laws,
need to educate themselves as
much as possible,” she said.
Licensing fees
The city has not discussed
the licensing fees that will
apply to medical marijuana
grow sites, Cupples said. In
general, the cost for a busi-
ness license varies based on
which category the business
falls into: general; lodging;
food service, restaurant,
lounge, tavern, bar; vending
and distributing; arcades and
sole proprietorship. Fees also
depend of factors such as
number of employees or oc-
cupants.
City Manager Mark Win-
stanley said fees have not
been addressed yet. The city
also seeks to clarify whether
growers will need a business
license only, or an additional
license as a medical marijua-
na production processing site.
City staff ¿rst was waiting to
see if council “would even al-
low grow sites” in city limits,
Winstanley said.
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