Page 4 The INDEPENDENT, July 16, 2009 Council meeting leaves Interim Police Chief red in the face Vernonia’s City Council, at their July 6 meeting, approved a new ordinance establishing a non-smoking area within the swimming area at Hawkins Park. This ordinance went into effect on July 7 and signage was expected to be in place that same week. Most of the rest of the meet- ing was dedicated to various police issues. Two citizens, He- len Hudson and Phyllis Krieger, spoke up to thank the police. Hudson said the police did a good job on the 4th of July. Krieger said she had, “been reading articles and other stuff in the paper. I don’t know if the letters and stuff are correct but I know they have been respon- sive to me. Anytime I or any- body I know has needed them, they’ve been there (flood, snow, whatever).” Interim Police Chief Mike Kay provided council with a copy of the department’s new Service Level Goals, which in- clude a goal to respond to high priority calls in less that 5 min- utes (on average) and respond to at least 75 percent of calls immediately. Another goal is to have a high profile/high visibili- ty police patrol: Kay said, “That’s why we took the time to get all the cars painted the same and marked the same.” Kay told council that the city needs a School Resource Offi- cer, but that position will be filled only if a three-year stimu- lus grant is received. “I believe our schools ought to be the safest place on earth for our kids,” Kay said. He also told council that the Vernonia Police Dept. had 200 police calls for service at the Vernonia schools between September 1 and June 15 of this school year. Using an agenda item listed as “Rumors”, Kay went on a bit of a tirade, at one point red in the face, voice raised and glar- ing at recent police critic Ed Johnson, who was in the back of the room, while saying “An- other rumor is that our officers aren’t committed to this com- munity. That’s not true, that’s wrong, our officers are dedicat- ed. My question to the commu- nity is ‘Do you want us to go, if so, what are you going to do when we’re gone?’” apparently referring to a letter to the editor saying that officers should live in Vernonia. Before that Kay said, “Regarding the article about an unjust beating in the paper…one author said he’s never called for police, we have responded there 16 times and have 11 police reports on the person we tasered; drug abuse, runaway. I think the citi- zens should know the facts. An- other article in the paper that was rumor was that the subject who called for service has had over 130 calls from that one household, one involving her son and a gun. The subject is also under a stalking order, she’s the stalker.” Council ap- peared to appreciate Kay’s comments, giving him a stand- ing ovation when he finished speaking. After that, the new City Ad- ministrator, Bob Young, handed out a letter to the editor (See page 3 for the version of the let- ter that was submitted for publi- cation) regarding the police and their handling of a recent ar- rest. In other business, the coun- cil: • approved the second read- ing of Ordinance 859, repealing Ordinances 123, 618, 633, 669, 695, 795, 709, 710, 711. 721, 798, 804, 833, and 851. Ordi- nance 859 now incorporates all of those previous ordinances into one land use and develop- ment code, • heard Mayor Harrison ap- point Janelle Cedergreen to fill a vacancy on the Vernonia Community Learning Center Committee, • were told that the Airport Committee has approved Mike Seager’s request to build a new hangar at Vernonia Airport and that new lease papers will be drawn up for this hangar, • approved a declaration of surplus on miscellaneous play- ground equipment and a 500 gallon heating fuel storage tank, • heard that the city has a new Emergency Preparedness Committee and that members are being sought. The deadline for applications for the commit- tee is today. The next City Council meet- ing is scheduled to start at 7:00 p.m. at City Hall on July 20. Community Calendar VERNONIA Alcoholics Anonymous Mondays 6:30 p.m., 410 North Street Alcoholics Anonymous Thursdays (Big Book Study) 7:00 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 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 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 429-0869 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 9:00 a.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.