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    2A • May 15, 2015 • Seaside Signal • seasidesignal.com
Wallace retiring from Public
Works Director position
City currently
reviewing in-house
candidate for his
replacement
By Katherine Lacaze
Seaside Signal
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Creek high on Boneyard Ridge.
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ed Ecola State Park. NCLC
is helping to advance that
vision by creating a con-
nected, conserved region of
more than 3,500 contiguous
acres stretching from the
summit of Tillamook Head
to the Necanicum River val-
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ardship goal for this prop-
erty is to allow it to mature
into a complex rainforest of
the kind that once character-
ized headlands all along the
northern Oregon coast.
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ty are asking $1.8 million
for Boneyard Ridge. To
date NCLC has secured
$560,000, including the
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servancy received word
that it has been selected
to receive $524,000 from
the Oregon Watershed En-
hancement Board toward
purchase of Boneyard
Ridge, a 360-acre parcel
of commercial timberland
threaded with salmon-bear-
ing streams on the northeast
slope of Tillamook Head.
Boneyard
Ridge
is
tucked between conserved
lands in Ecola State Park
and NCLC’s own 364-acre
Circle Creek Habitat Re-
serve south of Seaside. Pur-
chase of this property will
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seeking additional funds
from a variety of sources,
including public agencies
and private foundations. The
land trust plans to complete
acquisition of Boneyard
Ridge by the end of 2016.
Based in Seaside, North
Coast Land Conservancy
has been working since
1986 to conserve and con-
nect the landscape of the
Oregon Coast from the Co-
lumbia River to northern
Lincoln County. The pri-
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works to ensure that this
extraordinary region is a
place where healthy com-
munities of people, plants
and wildlife can all thrive.
For more information, visit
NCLCtrust.org.
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Seaside Public Works
Director Neal Wallace
will retire his post, effec-
tive June 30, after serv-
ing the city of Seaside for
about 17 years.
Wallace, who is li-
censed as a professional
land surveyor and has a
degree in forest engineer-
ing, joined the department
as the senior surveyor/en-
gineer in February 1998.
He worked under former
Public Works Director
Chris Davies, and then as
interim director for a lit-
tle while after Davies re-
signed in 2003.
He hadn’t given much
thought to taking the Pub-
lic Works Director posi-
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former City Councilor
Stubby Lyons, Wallace
said, “who pulled me
aside one day and gave
me that coach pep talk”
about stepping into the
Outgoing Public Works
Director Neal Wallace
role permanently. He was
hired as the director Nov.
10, 2003.
The city has started its
search for Wallace’s re-
placement. The position
was advertised in-house
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plied. City Manager
Mark Winstanley will re-
view the application that
was received in-house,
and if that person is not
hired, the position will be
opened to the public for
external applicants, City
Administrative Assistant
Kim Jordan said.
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nal say in who is hired.
As for retirement, Wal-
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looking forward to it, but
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there weren’t some things
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bly.”
He especially has en-
joyed working with “cre-
ative people in the com-
munity” to develop ideas
and see them to fruition,
or the community build-
ing aspect of the job.
“That process of seeing
projects from a thought
process to being a com-
pleted project and being
able to present those to a
community, that’s some-
thing very, very special
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that,” he said.
Wallace
currently
serves as president of the
South Clatsop County
Food Bank board of direc-
tors and plans to continue
serving that organization.
He also hopes to use the
skills he’s developed in
other volunteer capacities
in the community.
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