Page 4 The INDEPENDENT, April 16, 2009 United Way awarded $17,419.00 in emergency Council selects engineering firm to update wastewater plan food and shelter fund for Columbia County Columbia County has been awarded Federal funds under the Emergency Food and Shel- ter National Board Program for Phase 27. The State Set-Aside com- mittee selected United Way of Columbia County to receive $17,419.00 for Emergency Food and Shelter programs. This is $14,640.00 less than was awarded last year for Phase 26. A local board composed of representatives from the VFW, American Red Cross, Salvation Army, community churches, homeless and other community representatives, will determine how Columbia County funds are to be distributed. Under the terms of the grant from the National Board, local agencies chosen to receive funds must: 1. Be private voluntary non- profits or units of government 2. Have an accounting system Annual County Job & Career Fair Don’t miss the 13th annual Columbia County Job and Ca- reer Fair on April 22, from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. at 165 S 14th Street, St. Helens. Plan to attend MTC Works and WorkSource Oregon Em- ployment Department's 13th annual Job and Career Fair. There will be a wide variety of employers from SW Washing- ton and Oregon represented at this event. The event is free to job seekers. Please be pre- pared to interview when attend- ing this event. 3.Practice nondiscrimination and provide a copy of their policy. 4. Have demonstrated the capability to deliver emergency food and/or shelter programs within Columbia County. 5. If it is a private voluntary organization, it must have a voluntary board. 6. Organizations must have a permanent Columbia County presence. Qualifying organizations are urged to apply for a portion of the $17,419.00. Completed ap- plications must be submitted by noon, Tuesday, April 21, 2009. To request an application, contact the United Way of Co- lumbia County call 503-556- 3614 or email uwcc@hotmail .com. Send applications to Attn: EFSP Board, P.O. Box 538, Rainier, OR 97048. From page 1 water Treatment Plan. The committee selected Brown and Caldwell as the most qualified, from a final list of three firms, before finding out they had also submitted the lowest bid. Brown and Caldwell will do an existing facilities review before formulating alternatives and acting as project manager for the plan chosen. The firm was also asked to be sure that Ver- nonia is positioned to take ad- vantage of any federal stimulus dollars available for such a project. Johnson also reported that Dick Titus had been chosen to remove the Old City Hall an- nex, which will be done later this month. After further discussion of the utility bill concerns of Leo Stoddard regarding charges for multiple residential units, Council agreed to make no changes to utility rates until af- ter the rate study that is planned for this summer has been completed. In other business, council: • Approved the second read- ing of an ordinance setting up an Emergency Preparedness Committee for the city; • was told by Mayor Sally Harrison that the Airport Com- mittee has reinstated Mike Seager as Airport Manager; • heard that Officer Carna- han facilitated the donation of three portable defibrillators from the Coburn Fire Dept. Of- ficers will be trained April 18 to use the new equipment. The next city council meet- ing will be April 20 at City Hall starting at 7:00 p.m. 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.