Friday, February 21, 2020 | Seaside Signal | SeasideSignal.com • A3 It’s ofﬁ cial: 45 properties annexed in south Seaside By R.J. MARX Seaside Signal Meet your new neigh- bors. Residents of 45 prop- erties on the south end of town are now ofﬁ cial resi- dents of the city of Seaside. The third and ﬁ nal read- ing of an ordinance annex- ing their property on east and west sides of U.S. Highway was unanimously adopted by City Council on Feb. 10. The annexation plan covers 45 properties on Avenue U to Avenue S, about two-thirds of those on the east side of U.S. High- way 101. “We all have to work together to get these things done and this is a big step forward,” Mayor Jay Bar- ber said. “The annexation of south Seaside is some- thing we’ve all been pas- sionate about because that is the welcoming corridor into our community.” A separate ordinance exemption allowing the existing Trucke’s RV Park to operate as it has before annexation also received a unanimous adoption. Driving the adoption of the annexation ordinance was the city’s longtime goal to eliminate “checkerboard zoning,” where neighboring parcels are served by differ- ent governments. Residents now under county jurisdiction would see an increase of about $1.80 per thousand of their home’s assessed value. Police service for non-emergencies would shift from the county sher- iff’s ofﬁ ce to the Seaside Police Department. Sewer, water and other infrastructure projects will be considered in coming months, Winstanley said. Any improvements or changes in the annexed area, however “are things that everyone who is annexed will have to pay attention to,” City Manager Mark Winstanley said. The most immedi- ate change, City Coun- cilor Tita Montero said, will be a decrease in water rates for annexed proper- ties, as they go from out-of- town customers to in-town customers. “We’re going to see improvements in that area as we come forward,” Bar- ber added. “It’s going to take time but we’ll get there. Change is difﬁ cult and it’s hard work, but it pays off.” City of Seaside Area of annexation in south Seaside. Activities director Grace Lee leaving Sunset Park and Rec District By R.J. MARX Seaside Signal Grayson Lee and mom Grace Lee. Lee announced her departure from the Sunset Empire Park and Recreation District at the Chamber of Commerce morning meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 12. Grace Lee is a big reason why “it’s easy to Seaside” — as manager of recreation and community programs at Sunset Empire Park and Recreation District, she programs and supervises sports leagues, ﬁ tness pro- grams, the farmer’s market — even pickleball. Lee, who came to Sea- side in 2014 after serving as recreation leader for the City of Astoria Parks and Recreation Department, announced plans to leave the North Coast. Lee will serve as special events director with the city of Hillsboro Parks and Recreation Department, where she will help open a new rec center. Her takeaway from ﬁ ve years in Seaside? “This was my ﬁ rst full- time job in park and rec, and I got to do amazing things,” Lee said. “Plan awesome events, and do a lot of new recreation activ- ities. And all the people who partnered with me and made it possible — just awesome people to work with.” Members sought for Sunset Empire Park and Rec District budget committee Seaside Signal The Sunset Empire Park and Recreation District is seeking district residents interested in becoming a Budget Committee mem- ber for the 2020-21 ﬁ scal year. The commitment is three hours per month (one meet- ing monthly) starting in April and ending with the budget adoption at the June meeting. Pick up an appli- cation at the front desk of the pool or at https:// www.sunsetempire.com/ board. Applications must be received by 5 p.m. on Friday, March 6, to be eligible. Contact executive director, Skyler Archibald at 503-738-3311, ext. 103, or by email sarchibald@ sunsetempire.com. 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After the mill burned down and the site’s new owner proposed a light industrial park at the site, the North Coast Land Conser- vancy began exploring the possibility of conserving the ponds, which are connected to Neawanna Creek and provide habitat for a wide range of wildlife, including migrating salmon. The conservancy acquired the site in 1999 and began extensive wetland restoration efforts. The Mill Ponds are now owned by the city of Seaside and managed for their natural values. According to Seaside Park Advisory Commit- tee’s chair Nancy Holmes, the 30.4-acre park will be more available to the pub- lic through ADA-compli- ant trails and parking area, allowing people with dis- abilities to access the trails for the ﬁ rst time. Other fea- tures include interpretive public art, historical and nature interpretive signage in a peaceful water setting. The park is the anchor of the Necanicum Estuary His- tory Park, which goes from the Mill Pond to Neawa- nna Point at the north end of Seaside. In addition to a celebra- tion at the Mill Ponds, each of Seaside’s 12 city parks will be open for guided tours, maps and quizzes from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Neca- nicum Watershed Council will be at Broadway Park on the Neawanna Creek. Committee members will present speakers, an art auction and plein air art- ists along the proposed trail, a barbecue and live music. 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