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OUR 109th YEAR • June 26, 2015
Seaside City Council approves $37.8M budget
By R.J. Marx
Seaside Signal
The process began March 3
with budget worksheets to depart-
ment heads, and concluded Mon-
day, June 22, at a meeting of the
Seaside City Council. There was
no additional comment from the
audience or members of the coun-
cil unanimously voted to approve
cal year 2015-16.
“It’s been a very good year,”
said City Manager Mark Win-
stanley said after the meeting.
“Revenue has been better than
we expected it would be. Tax col-
lections have been better than we
expected them to be. Room taxes
have been about 2 percent bet-
ter than we expected them to be.
From a revenue standpoint, it’s
been a very good year.
Winstanley attributed a num-
ber of reasons for the robust num-
bers. “The weather’s been very
good for us,” Winstanley said.
“Lower fuel prices are very im-
portant to us. And I’m not sure
if people in this area are ready
to take trips to Europe or trips to
Disneyland. But they do seem to
want to vacation, and we seem to
be an area they want to come to.”
Expenditures stay steady
The budget committee held
several meetings throughout
the proposed budget at its May 12
Expenditures in the city’s Gen-
eral Fund, composed of mayor,
council, city attorney, business
Center, stand at $1,784,773, a re-
duction of 4.3 percent from the
2014-15 budget.
The tax rate for the Downtown
Maintenance District will contin-
ue at the same level.
The 2015-16 budget allows for
an assistant city manager position
starting in January 2016. This will
rector position, which the city has
The city will forgo any water
or sewer rate increases for the
third year in a row, as increased
usage continues to provide for
costs and additional reserves.
See Budget, Page 9A
Sex ed conference
organizers plan next
step after cancellation
communicate with youth on
topics of health, wellness,
safety and sexuality.
The Adolescent Sexu-
ality Conference, held at
the Seaside Civic and Con-
By Katherine Lacaze
vention Center for multi-
Seaside Signal
ple years, originally was
scheduled for April 13 and
After canceling the Ad- 14 this year. However, in
olescent Sexuality Confer- early March, the confer-
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and planning their next Task Force, announced the
step, while the recently conference was canceled
formed Clatsop Teen Well- for 2015.
In an email to partici-
ness Coalition seeks to
provide a similar service pants, the task force men-
of educating those in posi-
See Conference, Page 9A
tions of authority on how to
Locals form coalition to
assist educators, others in
communicating with teens
Apartment plan hopes
to address shortage in
workforce housing
Cars lined Broadway in Seaside for the Muscle & Chrome Show, Saturday, June 20.
Awards given for ‘Hottest
Flames,’ ‘Class Act’
The 12th annual car show, put on
by the Seaside Downtown Develop-
ment Association and sponsored by
NAPA Auto Parts, started June 19 with
By Katherine Lacaze
registration and a cruise down U.S.
Seaside Signal
Highway 101, starting from Thousand
Trails RV Campground.
The following day, June 20, car
owners lined up their vehicles for a
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and factory performance ve- ing pedestrians to meander the street,
hicles from 1979 on, painted a wide checking out the vehicles and talking to
array of colors, made for an impres- owners. One of the “strongest” vehicles
sive lineup down Broadway during in the bunch was a tank displayed by the
the 2015 Seaside Muscle & Chrome United States Army National Guard.
car show during Father’s Day week-
of bringing people to the downtown
From a bright red 1964 Chevro- area,” said Tita Montero, executive di-
let Chevelle Malibu to a blue 1966 rector of SDDA.
The show’s signature car was a
Ford Mustang with spotless white
racing stripes, the show featured a 1967 Cougar XR7, owned by Rod
little something for almost anyone Fobert, who teaches high school En-
glish in Troutdale. His Cougar, the
with a taste for muscle cars.
event’s poster car, was used to adver-
tise for the annual car show and depict-
ed on shirts sold by SDDA. Fobert has
been attending Muscle and Chrome in
Seaside since 2006. He’s owned his
Cougar since his senior year of high
school in 1982; the car’s original own-
er was his high school English teacher.
He attended the show with his Cougar
and other members from their mutual
car club, “The Unlimiteds.”
The public portion of the event con-
cluded with a short Downtown Cruise
along Broadway, the Turnaround,
North Columbia Street, First Avenue
and Holladay Drive. The sound of
revving engines from the classic mus-
cle cars could be heard by spectators
parked along the sidewalk to watch
the colorful parade of vehicles go by
black, blue, purple and even pink.
See Cars, Page 6A
Cars in Seaside for
the 12th Annual Mus-
cle & Chrome Show,
Saturday, June 20.
that “is really starting to take
hold,” Barrett said.
Erin Barker, of Beach Prop-
erty Management, agreed that
in the 13 years she’s worked in
the industry she’s never seen
such a tight rental market.
By Katherine Lacaze
“I think it’s needed, so I’d
Seaside Signal
be strongly in favor of some-
The Seaside Planning thing like this,” she said during
Commission approved a a public hearing on the item.
The two-bedroom units
conditional-use permit that
could pave the way for a will be about 930 square feet
new 26-unit apartment com- and cost slightly more than
plex on the southwest corner $1 per foot, putting them in
of South Jackson Street and an estimated price range of
$900 to $1,000.
Avenue M in Seaside.
According to a staff report
Dale Barrett was the ap-
plicant on behalf of property by Seaside Planning Director
owner E3 Holdings LLC, of Kevin Cupples, the property
Lake Oswego. The vacant will be developed with one
property in question former- 12-unit building and one 14-
ly was used by Western Or- unit building; both would be
egon Waste and is currently three stories in height. There
]RQHG JHQHUDO FRPPHUFLDO will be parking lot access
Apartments are conditional- from both South Jackson
Street and Avenue M, with a
At its regular meeting total of 52 off-street parking
June 2, the commission unan- spaces provided.
The applicant’s plan also
imously approved the permit,
adding a condition that the calls for an open space to be
apartment complex include landscaped; drainage facilities
some sort of outdoor chil- to accommodate parking lot
dren’s recreational play area and building runoff; street and
sidewalk improvements based
for tenants.
The apartment complex is on direction from the Seaside
meant to provide workforce
See Housing, Page 5A
housing, which is a problem
Planning Commission
approves conditional-use
permit for development
Phillips to retire Miss Oregon executive director title
44-year program
volunteer plans to keep
raising scholarship
money for contestants
By Katherine Lacaze
Seaside Signal
Miss Oregon. Those two
words are extremely signif-
icant to Dana Phillips. They
represent a longtime source
of pride, passion and, at
times, stress for Phillips,
who has served as execu-
tive director of the Miss Or-
egon Scholarship Program
since 1986 and seen many
young women she holds
dear to her heart succeed
through the program.
That will change June
29, when 65-year-old Phil-
Although Dana Phillips is
proud of what she’s accom-
plished during her decades
of volunteer service, she
looks forward to her im-
pending retirement.
lips retires her post and
hands the baton to three
former Miss Oregon win-
ners who together will
take over. But Phillips’
ardor and enthusiasm for
the program — which has
provided approximately $2
million in scholarships to
young women over the past
15 years — runs deep, and
she plans to reroute her fo-
cus to the Oregon Scholar-
ship Foundation in an effort
to increase the monetary
awards given to contes-
What Phillips is taking
with her is a sense of pride
in having led a program
that gives young women
often, a chance to achieve
the improbable.
“This program means a
great deal to me,” Phillips
said. “It’s changed so many
young ladies’ lives, and it
isn’t just because a crown
goes on their head. It’s all
the young ladies that have
gone through and have had
the opportunity to go to
colleges that they wouldn’t
have because of scholarship
opportunities. We’re not
asking anything other than
for them to believe in them-
selves and set goals and try
to achieve those goals. And
we open the door and allow
them to walk down that
road. It’s so rewarding for
all of us.”
A change of heart
Although her parents
both were involved in the
program — her mom was
chaperone to Miss Oregon
in 1959 and her dad ran
See Phillips, Page 11A
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