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C latsop C ounty ’ s I ndependent W eekly
www.thecolumbiapress.com
May 1, 2020
City considers selling old library
B y C Indy y Ingst
The Columbia Press
City commissioners want
to sell the former Hammond
Library, but not without get-
ting plenty of feedback from
residents first.
Many in the communi-
ty have high regard for the
building – or at least fond
memories – as it’s the sym-
bol of Hammond’s indepen-
dence and place in the city of
Warrenton’s history.
But the structure, estimat-
ed to be 100 to 120 years old,
isn’t in good shape. The city
was forced to move the li-
brary out of the building in
2017 when walls and floors
became unstable, partially
from the weight of the books.
All assets of the former
town of Hammond were
turned over to Warrenton
when residents voted to dis-
incorporate and join their
bigger sister city in 1991.
“It’s a sensitive piece of
real estate for the city,” May-
or Henry Balensifer said.
“There are many people who
have a sentimental attach-
ment to that building.”
I n theIr own words
Commission candidates talk
about county’s top issues
District 2 (Gearhart & south Warrenton)
Cindy Yingst/The Columbia Press
The city of Warrenton is considering selling the 1900-era building
that once served as Hammond Town Hall and, more recently, the
city’s library.
How to help
To donate to the VFW’s
effort, send a check to Fort
Stevens Post 10580, Atten:
building fund, P.O. Box 233,
Warrenton 97146.
Send comments of support,
opposition or recommendation
to City Recorder Dawne Shaw
at dshaw@ci.warrenton.or.us
or PO Box 250, Warrenton
97146.
A recent appraisal obtained
by the city set the value of the
small lot and building at
$90,000.
“I wouldn’t give you a
hundred dollar bill for
that,” Commissioner Rick
Newton said of the struc-
ture. “I’d like to be out from
under the load of owning
the building.”
In 2018, the local Veter-
ans of Foreign Wars post
proposed taking over the
building for use as a hall
and a community gathering
See ‘Building’ on Page 3
City, county extend emergency closure orders
The Columbia Press
Warrenton leaders extend-
ed until May 31 the city’s
emergency order that closed
hotels, campgrounds and
other temporary-stay lodg-
ing.
Clatsop County commis-
sioners also voted to extend
both the county’s emergency
declaration and the emer-
gency order closing hotels,
Vol. 4, Issue 18
vacation rentals and camp-
grounds to May 31.
Both closures were to end
April 30. Warrenton com-
missioners also chose to tie
their order’s timeline in with
the county’s in whatever fu-
ture decisions are made.
Representatives of the
county and the state phoned
in to Warrenton’s Tuesday
night commission meeting
to provide details of a three-
phased plan for reopening
commerce.
The state has required
counties to have a two-week
downward trend in corona-
virus cases, adequate testing
supplies, a way to track con-
tact spread, and adequate
personal protection equip-
ment and hospital capacity.
See ‘Closure’ on Page 3
s arah n eBeker
J ohn t oyooka
Age: Old
enough for
Social Security
and Medicare
Years in
county? 49
Occupation:
Incumbent Clatsop Coun-
ty commissioner, District 2
(includes portions of War-
renton); semi-retired small
arts business, and real estate
manager
Education: Studied busi-
ness management at Clatsop
Community College; studied
fine arts at Portland State
University; studied social sci-
ences at Linfield College.
Community
involve-
ment: More than seven
See ‘Nebeker’ on Page 4
Age: Left
blank
Years in
county? 24
Occupation:
Manager, Lum’s
Auto Center
Education: Bachelor’s de-
gree, U.S. Naval Academy
Community
involve-
ment: Past chair, Providence
Seaside Hospital Founda-
tion Board; member, Clatsop
Community College board.
Why should people vote
for you? I have business ex-
perience. Candidates need to
understand how a business
works, including budgets and
balance sheets.
I have leadership experi-
See ‘Toyooka’ on Page 4
District 4 (East Astoria, Knappa)
k athleen s ullIvan
Age: 61
Years
in
county? 14
Occupation:
County Commis-
sioner, office man-
ager, educator
Education: Master’s de-
gree in liberal studies, Hamline
University in St. Paul, Minn.;
bachelor’s degree in secondary
English education, Michigan
State University
Community
involve-
ment: Chair, Clatsop Coun-
ty Board of Commissioners;
chair, Northwest Senior and
Disability Services Board;
member, Forest Trust Land
Advisory Committee; mem-
ber, Ambulance Service Area
See ‘Sullivan’ on Page 8
C ourtney B angs
Age: 41
Years in
county? 13
Occupation:
Teacher and
head tumbling
instructor at
Encore Dance Studio
Education: Master’s de-
gree in agriculture education,
bachelor’s degree in Animal
Science
Community
involve-
ment: In addition to the
involvement that naturally
occurs through my work, I
serve on these groups vice
president, Clatsop chapter
of Oregon Women in Tim-
ber (educational nonprofit);
co-coordinator and volunteer,
See ‘Bangs’ on Page 8