Page 4 The INDEPENDENT, September 15, 2005 Officer joins Police Department; fireworks discussed by council Mayor Sally Harrison presents the oath of office to Officer Mike Conner as Vernonia Police Chief Matt Workman observes. The Vernonia City Council got down to regular business on September 6, after holding a public hearing on the OA Hill Pedestrian/Bike Sidewalk Im- provements slated to start next spring from Texas Ave. to Riverside Drive. There was no testimony in favor and no testi- mony in opposition of the proj- ect. Peter O’Leary attended as a representative of the Vernon- ia Post Office to ask about the impact on mail deliveries. City Administrator Robyn Bassett responded that mail deliveries would be either at one com- bined location, on the street that runs behind the residences or a combination of both. The newest Vernonia Police Officer, Mike Connor, was sworn in by Mayor Sally Harri- son. Connor moved here from Toledo with his wife, Katrina, and their three daughters. In Topics from the floor, citi- zen Mike Orth with the CERT team, invited the council mem- bers to drop in to the CERT public meetings, held at the Vernonia Grange at 7:00 p.m. on the fourth Wednesday of each month. Mayor Sally Harrison ap- pointed Noni Andersen, Derl Roberts, Kala Cota, Brett Cost- ley, and Mike Pihl to the newly formed Tree City Committee. The Council denied a re- quest by School District 47J for credit on their system develop- ment charges (SDC) after the Community Calendar VERNONIA Alcoholics Anonymous Mondays 6:30 p.m., Head Start Bldg. Alcoholics Anonymous Saturdays 7:00 p.m., Head Start Bldg. American Legion Post #119 2nd Thursday 627 Adams Avenue Arts & Crafts Society 2nd Thursday 2:00 p.m., City Library Booster Club 2nd Wednesday 7:00 p.m., VHS Library Boy Scout Troop 201 Tuesdays 7:00 p.m., Scout Cabin Boy Scout Troop 860 Wednesdays 7:00 p.m., LDS Church Cemetery Beautification Comm. 2nd Thursday 7:00 p.m., Leonetti’s Grill CERT 4th Wednesday For Info Call 503-429-6033 Chamber of Commerce 2nd Wednesday For Info Call 503-429-6081 Community Coalition 2nd Monday 12:30 p.m. School District Ofc. Cub Scout Pack 201 Scout Cabin For Info Call 503-429-8133 Doll Club 4th Tuesday 1:00 p.m., Senior Center Friends of the Library 1st Tuesday 7:00 p.m., Vernonia Library Hands On Art Committee 1st & 3rd Thursdays 7:00 p.m., Head Start Bldg. Izaak Walton League 3rd Thursday For location call 503-429-7193 Lions Club 1st & 3rd Tuesdays 6:30 p.m., Buckhorn Restaurant Nehalem Valley Car Club For Info Call 503-429-4074 Pioneer Museum For Info Call 503-429-3713 Preschool Story Hour Mondays 10:30 a.m., City Library Upper Nehalem C.P.A.C. 2nd Tuesday 7:00 p.m., City Hall Venturing Crew 201 1st & 3rd Thursdays 5:30 p.m., Buckhorn Restaurant Vernonia Airport Committee 3rd Wednesday 7:00 p.m., City Hall Vernonia Cares Directors For Info call 503-429-1414 Vernonia City Council 1st & 3rd Mondays 7:00 p.m., City Hall Vernonia Community PTA 3rd Thursday 6:30 p.m., WGS Library Vernonia Grange 4th Saturday 10:30 a.m., Grange Hall Vernonia Health Center 2nd Monday 6:00 p.m., 510 Bridge St. Vernonia Planning Comm. 1st & 3rd Thursdays 7:00 p.m., City Hall Vernonia Pride 3rd Thursday 1:00 p.m., City Hall Vernonia Ridge Riders Last Thursday 7:00 p.m., Senior Center Vernonia RFPD Board 2nd Tuesday 7:00 p.m., Fire Station Vernonia School Board 2nd Thursday 6:00 p.m., District Office Vernonia Sr. Center Board 3rd Friday 1:00 p.m., Senior Center Vern. Volunteer Ambulance Assoc. 1st Thursday 7:00 p.m., Fire Station Vernonia Volunteer Firefighters 2nd Monday 7:00 p.m., Fire Station WOEC Directors 3rd Tuesday 7:00 p.m., WOEC S 4 11 18 25 city’s legal firm advised that the school district does not qualify for the credit. Discussion of whether to hold future fireworks at Vernon- ia Lake took place after the council received a letter from Tom Ramsey (lead pyrotechni- cian) asking for permission to stage fireworks displays on Oc- tober 22 (his birthday), Novem- ber 11, possibly January 1, and during the 2006 Jamboree. The council also received a letter from citizen Clark McGaugh asking council not to allow fire- works at Vernonia Lake due to concerns about the impact on wildlife. Other locations where fireworks could be held include the school, Spencer Park and the airport (which may require approval by the FFA). Council decided to hold a workshop on fireworks at Vernonia Lake to get further information before making any decision. Council unanimously ap- proved a request from Helen SEPTEMBER 2005 T W T F 2 1 5 6 8 7 9 12 13 14 15 16 19 20 21 22 23 26 27 28 29 30 M S 3 10 17 24 S M 2 9 16 23 30 3 10 17 24 31 OCTOBER 2005 T W T F 4 11 18 25 5 12 19 26 6 13 20 27 7 14 21 28 S 1 8 15 22 29 Johnston to place a chain and a sign across Oregon Street,pro- hibiting automobile access to what amounts to a path. • Proclaimed October to be Disability Employment Aware- ness Month. Airport Committee volunteers needed The City of Vernonia has two positions open on the Air- port Committee. This commit- tee makes recommendations to the city council regarding needs, changes, policies and planning for Vernonia Munici- pal Airport and Airport Park. Those interested in serving on the Airport Committee may express interest in writing or by speaking with City Recorder Kate Conley at city hall be- tween 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. or by calling 503-429-5291. Letters should be sent to City of Vernonia, 1001 Bridge Street, Vernonia, OR 97064. S M 6 13 20 27 7 14 21 28 MIST-BIRKENFELD M-BRFPD Board Business Mtg. 2nd Tuesday M-BRFPD Board Workshop 4th Tuesday M-B Ambulance Drill 1st & 2nd Thursdays M-B Fire Drill 1st & 2nd Wednesdays M-B Helping Circle 2nd Monday M-B SAR Drill 3rd Wednesday M-B Volunteer Assoc. 1st Tuesday Natal Grange 2nd Wednesday T.O.P.S. Mondays Upr Nehalem Watershed Council For date call 429-2401 NOVEMBER T W 2 1 9 8 15 16 22 23 29 30 2005 T 3 10 17 24 F 4 11 18 25 S 5 12 19 26 7:00 p.m., Main Fire Station 7:00 p.m., Main Fire Station 7:00 p.m., Main Fire Station 7:00 p.m., Main Fire Station 7:00 p.m., Main Fire Station 7:00 p.m., Main Fire Station 7:00 p.m., Main Fire Station 7:30 p.m., Natal Grange Hall 6:00 p.m., Main Fire Station 7:00 p.m., Main Fire Station BANKS Alcoholics Anonymous Fridays 8:00 p.m., Methodist Church American Legion Post #90 2nd Tuesdays 7:30 p.m., Main Street Post Banks City Council 2nd Tuesday 7:30 p.m., City Hall Banks Fire District #13 2nd Wednesday 7:00 p.m., Station 13 Banks Planning Commission Last Tuesday 7:00 p.m., City Hall Banks School Board 2nd Monday 7:30 p.m., Jr. High Library Banks Youth Group Sundays, Wednesdays 7:00 p.m., UMC Youth Bldg. Chamber of Commerce 1st Thursday 12:30 p.m., Fire District Office CPO 14 3rd Monday 7:00 p.m., City Library Friends of the Library 2nd Tuesday 7:00 p.m., City Library Lions Club 1st & 3rd Mondays 7:00 p.m., Brown Derby Sunset Park Assoc. 3rd Wednesday 8:00 p.m., Gun Club T.O.P.S. Wednesdays 7:00 p.m., Administration Bldg. Women’s Aglow 2nd Thursday 7:00 p.m., City Library COLUMBIA COUNTY (All meet in St. Helens unless otherwise noted.) Board of Commissioners Wednesdays 10 a.m., Courthouse Citizens for Senior Justice 2nd Tuesday 7:00 p.m., Sunset Park Church Columbia Soil & Water District 3rd Wednesday 7:30 p.m., NRCS , 2514 Sykes County Fair Board 2nd Monday 7:00 p.m., Fairgrounds 4-H Bldg. County Parks Commission 3rd Monday 6:00 p.m., 1054 Oregon St. Mental Health Advisory Comm. 3rd Tuesday 10 a.m., 2nd Floor, Courthouse Comm. on Children & Families 3rd Thursday 5:30 p.m. OSU Ext., 550 N. Hwy. 30 Local Alcohol & Drug Plann. Comm. 2nd Tuesday 3:00 p.m., 2nd Floor, Courthouse Organizations and meeting dates not listed may be included by calling 429-9410 or by mail to The INDEPENDENT, 725 Bridge Street, Vernonia, OR 97064.