The independent. (Vernonia, Or.) 1986-current, June 05, 2008, Page Page 5, Image 5

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    The INDEPENDENT, June 5, 2008
Page 5
Business Notes
Vernonia Business of the Year award County employment numbers show some increase
Columbia County’s season- little above the statewide rate 216 to 1,432. Total employment
goes to local Wauna FCU branch
ally adjusted unemployment (5.5%) and higher than the na- this April was 370 more than
Wauna Federal Credit Union
was named the 2007 Business
of the Year by the Vernonia
Chamber of Commerce at an
awards dinner on May 14.
The Business of the Year is
selected by members of the
chamber and is based on the
business’s contributions to the
community. Wauna Federal
Credit Union’s Vernonia branch
participates in events held by
the chamber, including the an-
nual Scarecrow competition
(which WFCU has won twice).
They also participate in the St.
Patrick’s Day and Jamboree
parades.
Participating
in
Chamber meetings and sup-
porting the “buy local” theme to
help Vernonia thrive, were also
considerations in determining
the Business of the Year.
“Celebrating our Successes”
is the theme chosen by the Ver-
nonia Chamber of Commerce
for the annual awards banquet.
In addition to recognizing the
Business of the Year, the event
is designed to bring together
civic organizations and area
businesses to share what each
organization has been doing.
Among those attending the
awards banquet were state
Senator Betsy Johnson, Co-
lumbia County Commissioner
Tony Hyde, and representa-
tives of Columbia County Flood
Relief, Vernonia Cares, Adair
Homes, Vernonia Grange and
Hands on Art.
DEQ requires D.A.D.S. relocation
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et. Council voted unanimously
not to renew that contract, with
Councilor Randy Parrow say-
ing he understands that volun-
teers have stepped forward to
run the center’s programs.
After telling Sandy DeWeber
of D.A.D.S. Recycling that they
value its contribution to Ver-
nonia and hope the DeWebers
can find private property for
their business, council voted to
discontinue their contract with
the DeWeber’s operation on
Lagoon Drive. The flood made
it necessary to move this busi-
ness, though DEQ has allowed
the transfer station to remain,
with some modifications. The
transfer station is on slightly
higher ground than that occu-
pied by D.A.D.S. Recycling.
The DeWebers were granted
an extension, until July 31,
2008, to remove their business
from its present location.
Vernonia resident Loren
Loomis told council he is con-
cerned about the city’s water
and sewer loans and would like
to know the principal, interest
rates, and repayment sched-
ule, for each loan. He told
council that it looks like they
“are playing games with the cit-
izens of Vernonia” and that
they need to “restore our trust
in you.” Council agreed that
more information about the
loans could be sent out with the
water bills.
Following the June 2 execu-
tive session, Council unani-
mously approved retaining
Aldie Howard as city planner
on a contract basis (one day a
week), with the stipulation that
he receive a performance eval-
uation within 30 days by Interim
City Administrator Jim John-
son.
In other business, on May
19, council;
• voted to apply for a 2008
Community Development Block
grant (CDBG) to update the
2006 wastewater treatment fa-
cilities plan,
• approved a new Vernonia
Lake vendor agreement, a new
park host agreement, and park
fee changes.
• approved the Vernonia Bicy-
cle Skills Park agreement with
Alta Planning and Design after
Parks Committee Chairman
Scott Laird said this work would
be paid by grants.
• approved a request to
close Madison Ave. from
Bridge St. towards Shady Lane
for street vendors during the
June 6 First Friday events.
On June 2, council;
• approved a grant applica-
tion to repair Washington St.
• approved a new two-year
contract with Meterreaders,
LLC, which increases the rate
from $.89 to $.91 per meter for
reading the city’s utility meters.
• received confirmation of an
$18,100 grant from the Cycle
Oregon Fund for the Skills
Park.
rate was 5.9 percent in April,
down from the previous month
(6.4%) but higher than one year
before (5.5%). The rate was a
tional rate (5.0%). Total em-
ployment increased by 125 to
23,179 and the number of un-
employed people dropped by
one year before but there were
159 more people unemployed
this year.