Page 4 The INDEPENDENT, March 19, 2009 Wauna FCU has an eventful annual meeting Council okays playground equipment CEO Robert Blumberg an- nounced Wauna Federal Cred- it Union 2008 financials at the 42nd Annual Meeting, held on March 7, in Westport. He re- ported growth in Assets ($117.1 million, up $12.4 million in 2008), Deposits ($105.5 mil- lion, up $14. 6 million in 2008), and Loans ($99.8 million, up $4.8 million in 2008). The in- come contribution to member equity was $660,167, a $275,153 increase from last year's income contribution. A combination of strong financial growth and sound lending stan- dards allows Wauna Federal Credit Union to continue meet- ing members’ borrowing needs. Member shares at the credit union are insured by the NCUA up to $250,000 as part of the Economic Stabilization Statute. According to the NCUA web- site, not one penny of insured savings has been lost by a member of a federally insured credit union. Blumberg reported changes to better serve the needs of members in 2008. Some of those changes are apparent to the members while others are not. The focus last year was to stabilize the employee base by reducing turnover and improv- ing employee training. Some other changes made in 2008 in- cluded the introduction of a Member Service Department, mortgage program and Ac- count Specialist positions to serve the needs of our mem- bers. Focus for the upcoming year will be on providing new and improved products and services to members. WFCU also announced its 2009 Green Plan. Going Green is an incremental process with each year bringing a new com- mitment to our communities and environment. Wauna Fed- eral Credit Union’s Green Plan includes documenting and re- ducing usage of paper, electric- ity, water and waste. On April 22, the credit union will celebrate Earth Day and its dedication to sustainability by giving each member who visits their local branch a reusable shopping bag made from recy- cled material, and featuring lo- cal artist Darren Orange. Each branch will have a unique and numbered bag design with two Darren Orange prints for col- lecting. Wauna Federal Credit Union plans to open a new Scap- poose Branch in 2009. This branch will be U.S. Green Building Council, Leadership in Energy & Environmental De- sign (LEED) Certified. It will also be the first LEED Certified building in Columbia County, using green construction and landscaping practices. O.H.M. Equity Partners, LLC, is re- sponsible for attaining the LEED certification and the proj- ect developer for the new Scappoose branch. Hawkins Park will get new playground equipment after the Vernonia City Council ap- proved the use of up to $15,000 for the purchase at their March 16 meeting. The funds will come from Parks SDC (System Development Charges). These funds, made up of fees charged for new con- struction projects, can be used only for capital improvements, not for maintenance, nor can they be used for projects or needs outside the fund they are in (such as Parks). Council approved Resolu- tion No. 4-09 setting new fees and rates, such as $.10 per sq. ft. for hangar ground lease fees. The changes brought Vernonia Airport fees into line with other airports of similar size and usage. Resolution No. 5-09, adopt- ing financial management poli- cies was approved unanimous- ly. Interim City Administrator Jim Johnson told council that, in addition to these policies be- ing needed in general, some of the language was written specifically to meet the require- ments for management of Drug-Free Coalition grant funds. The first reading of an ordi- nance that will establish an Emergency Preparedness Committee was approved. This committee will be made up one council member, one member recommended by the Board of Directors of the Vernonia Rural Fire Protection District, the General Manager of West Ore- gon Electric Cooperative, and four members-at-large. Of the four at-large members, one can be from outside city limits, and two must be CERT members. The committee will make rec- ommendations to the council on emergency preparedness matters. Please see page 20 Community Calendar VERNONIA Alcoholics Anonymous Monday 6:30 p.m., 410 North Street American Legion Post #119 2nd Thursday 7:00 p.m., 627 Adams Avenue 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 6:30 p.m., City Hall CERT 4th Wednesday For Info Call 503-429-3018 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 503-429-4250 Friends of the Library 1st Tuesday 7:00 p.m., Vernonia Library Girl Scouts, Neighborhood 4-2 For Info Call 503-819-0143 Hands On Art Committee 1st & 3rd Thursdays 4:00 p.m., City Hall Izaak Walton League 3rd Thursday For location call 503-429-7193 Lions Club 1st & 3rd Tuesdays 6:30 p.m., Buckhorn Restaurant Municipal Airport Committee 4th Thursday 7:00 p.m., City Hall Narcotics Anonymous Saturdays 7:00 p.m., 410 North Street Pioneer Museum For Info Call 503-429-3713 Public Works Committee 4th Tuesday 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 2nd Wednesday 7:00 p.m., WGS Library Vernonia Grange 3rd Monday 7:00 p.m., Grange Hall Vernonia Health Center 2nd Monday 6:00 p.m., 510 Bridge St. Vernonia Learning Center 1st Wednesday 6:00 p.m., VLC Vernonia Parks Committee 3rd Wednesday 6:30 p.m., City Hall Vernonia Planning Comm. 1st & 3rd Thursdays 7:00 p.m., City Hall Vernonia Pride 2nd Thursday 1:00 p.m., City Hall Vernonia Ridge Riders Last Thursday 7:00 p.m., Senior Center Vernonia RFPD Board 2nd Tuesday 6:00 p.m., Fire Station Vernonia School Board 2nd Thursday 6:00 p.m., District Office Vernonia Sr. Center Board 2nd Friday 1:00 p.m., Senior Center Vernonia Transfer Station 2nd & 4th Saturdays, 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Behind VHS Vern. Volunteer Ambulance Assoc. 1st, 3rd & 4th Tuesday 7:00 p.m., Fire Station Vernonia Volunteer Firefighters 2nd Monday 7:00 p.m., Fire Station Upper Nehalem Watershed Council For Info Call 503-429-0869 WOEC Directors 3rd Tuesday 7:00 p.m., WOEC 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 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 7:30 p.m., Methodist Church Alcoholics Anonymous Wednesdays 7:30 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 Library Commission 3rd Tuesday 7:00 p.m., City Library 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. COLUMBIA COUNTY (All meet in St. Helens unless otherwise noted.) Board of Commissioners Wednesdays 1:00 p.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 6:00 p.m., Fairgrounds 4-H Bldg. County Parks Commission 3rd Tuesday Times vary, 1054 Oregon St. Mental Health Advisory Comm. Quarterly For Info call 503-397-7211 Comm. on Children & Families 3rd Thursday 5:30 p.m. OSU Ext., 505 N. Hwy. 30 Local Alcohol & Drug Plann. Comm. Quarterly For Info call 503-397-7211 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.