Page 20 The INDEPENDENT, April 2, 2009 Peyton to serve again on OYCCAC From page 9 Youth with strong work skills, positive future education and employment goals are more likely to achieve two important Oregon Benchmarks: • completion of high school; and • avoidance of juvenile crime delinquency. OYCC has a nine-member Advisory Committee, three members appointed by the Governor, three appointed by the Senate President and three appointed by the House Speaker. Peyton is also the coordina- tor for the Upper Nehalem Wa- tershed Council (UNWC), a nonprofit, volunteer organiza- tion dedicated to the protection, preservation, enhancement and restoration of the Nehalem Watershed. The council was formed to share information, reduce duplication of activities, help address watershed man- agement issues in the upper Nehalem watershed and pro- vide a framework for coordina- tion and cooperation among key interests. Run with Extra Confidence with Chevron DELO 400 ™ PLUS MOTOR OIL 20 Years Ago This Month From page 9 the city’s sewage collection and treatment system. Though the hearing had been scheduled in advance, the city staff was unable to an- swer questions about the new system because HGE hadn’t yet submitted any plans. City council members hadn’t seen it, either, and could neither ask nor answer questions based on the plans. Barbara Burton, a DEQ con- struction grant specialist, made it clear that neither the U.S. En- vironmental Protection Agency nor the DEQ will continue to al- low the overflow of raw sewage into the Nehalem River. How- ever, Vernonia can be certain to qualify for whatever funding there is, she added, if they get their application in by August. Burton couldn’t say how much money the city would qualify for or whether the plan met funding requirements because she hadn’t seen the plan yet, either. Vernonia is now number 8 on the State of Oregon’s priori- ty list for corrective action, and the city has no choice about whether it will improve its sewage facilities, only how it will pay for the improvements. If the city accepts federal or state grant money, it will also be required to operate and maintain the facilities on a new rate structure that will not allow sewer revenues to mix with rev- enues of any other project or facility. Vernonia presently collects about $35,000 per year from sewer fees, but it spends little of that on the sewer system. Approximately $30,000 of sew- er revenue is now spent to de- fray costs of the water depart- ment. Operating costs for the wa- ter department are about $120,000 per year, though its revenues amount to only $90,000. If the revenue from sewer receipts can’t be used in the water department, rates will have to be raised in both de- partments. The total estimated cost for the sewer system repairs is around $3 million, with about $2.5 million available from grants and low interest loans. The city would have to find from $6-800,000 in matching funds in order to qualify for the remainder. Ed Crane of HGE estimated that the new sewer rates would range from $12-16 per month, a 300-400% increase. He also said he would provide the city with plans by next Monday. Emergency responses reviewed, cont. The name you trust for: • Gasoline • Diesel Fuel • Oils • Solvents • Additives • Greases S EE US FOR H EATING O IL D ECK & S HINGLE O IL A NTI F REEZE From page 1 cy and requested mutual aid from other counties, the State of Oregon, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The Columbia County Emer- gency Operations Center was activated at various times, as well, to help coordinate and manage resources and infor- mation. Public infrastructure damages and response costs added up to several million dol- lars, and local businesses were impacted by snow- and water- covered roadways. The costs of responding to these emer- gencies may impact budgets throughout Columbia County. In late January, representa- tives from the cities, Columbia County, emergency services Action Ads INEXPENSIVE – EFFECTIVE 503-429-9410 CALL (503) 429-6606 WILCOX & FLEGEL 720 Rose Avenue • Vernonia agencies, non-profit groups and state agencies met in Clatskanie to discuss what went well during the response to the storms and what things could be improved upon. The issues presented help emer- gency management officials and elected leaders see if emergency planning and train- ing are working properly and what more can be done to en- hance response to future events. After-action review ses- sions such as these are typical- ly held after any major emer- gency or disaster drill. The major strengths identi- fied during the storms were as follows: · Road and utility crews worked very well together, go- ing to incident areas in teams to make sure roads were clear and that power lines could be quickly restored. · Citizen Emergency Re- sponse Teams (CERTs) from Clatskanie, Vernonia and St. Helens were extremely useful in assisting jurisdictions with checking on citizens and an- swering phone calls from the public. · Multiple agencies stated that WebEOC©, an incident management computer pro- gram used during the January storms, was especially helpful in coordinating information and actions taken. · There was prudent use of the Columbia Alert Network (CAN), an emergency notifica- tion system operated by Co- lumbia 911, to alert citizens of possible mudslides and actual flooding situations. · Assistance from the Ore- gon National Guard in the form of Humvee four-wheel drive ve- hicles was invaluable, allowing emergency responders to as- sist rural residents during the heavy snowfall. Throughout the storms, sev- eral opportunities for improve- ment in Columbia County’s ability to respond to the in- Please see page 21 Tickets now available for play $4.50 for the first 10 words, then just 10¢ for each additional word From page 15 ducing stage performances in Columbia County for 28 years. Formed from a group of dedi- cated individuals of the Read- er’s Theater Group, SSCP was officially founded in 1982. It is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organiza- tion, relying on volunteers for every aspect of operations. Their mission is to support the- ater and arts through success- ful productions and participa- tion by the entire community.