The independent. (Vernonia, Or.) 1986-current, September 02, 2010, Page Page 9, Image 9

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    The INDEPENDENT, September 2, 2010
County gives information on CZ Trail
Since the completion of the
CZ Trail Mitigation Report by
Parametrix, Inc. in September,
2008, Columbia County Road
Department has made signifi-
cant progress in addressing
property owner conflicts along
the Scappoose end of the CZ
Trail. The Parametrix Mitigation
Report identified specific con-
cerns of residents that included
loss of privacy, and trespass is-
sues by trail users.
In December, 2009, the Co-
lumbia County Road Depart-
ment received a grant of
$108,315 from the Oregon
Parks & Recreation Depart-
ment for mitigation work to ad-
dress residents’ concerns
along the trail. A mitigation im-
plementation plan was adopted
by the Board of County Com-
missioners in February, 2010,
which provided a detailed de-
scription of the mitigation
measures to be taken, their
placement and eligibility criteria
for those residents requesting
mitigation along the trail.
Currently, security and visi-
bility screening is underway for
seven of the estimated 16 af-
fected property owners. Fenc-
ing has been the predominant
measure chosen by property
owners participating thus far,
with expenditures to date at
It is expected that the mitiga-
24 Years Ago This Month
The September 25, 1986, is-
sue of The Independent includ-
ed the following news story on
the front page:
A joint meeting of the Ver-
nonia City Council and Plan-
ning Commission on Septem-
ber 3 resulted in agreement on
the content of a home occupa-
tions ordinance, as well as clar-
ification of definitions, and
some changes in the city’s ordi-
nance regulating fences.
When the changes are
adopted, the height limitation
for a front fence will be in-
creased from three to four feet
if the fencing material provides
a “clear vision” such as chain
link. Fences or hedges which
obstruct view will remain at the
3’ height limitation. The defini-
tion of “front fence” was clari-
fied as being from the front
edge of the structure to the lot
line on the street of address.
Regulation of garage sales
was discussed, with a consen-
sus that three per year at any
single address should be the
limit, but no specific action was
Planning Commission Chair-
man Jim Tierney also request-
ed that copies of the city’s
Comprehensive Plan, and the
Attorney General’s Public
Records and Meeting Manual
be provided for each planning
commission member. The
council agreed that the infor-
mation should be made avail-
Following the joint session,
the planning commission held
their regular meeting and three
public hearings.
A request for variance in the
fence height limitation was re-
quested by Debbie Elliott in or-
der to build an 8’ fence in her
back yard. A public hearing was
set to consider Elliott’s request.
At the public hearings the
commission granted requests
for variance to Marvin E. Mey-
ers to build a 4’ chain link fence
for Phyllis Wood on Riverside
Drive; to Dirk and Noni Ander-
sen for a two foot encroach-
ment on the setback from the
back lot line of their property on
State Avenue; and to Richard
and Cammie Waddell to open a
business on Bridge Street with-
out offstreet parking.
“To give anything less than your best,
is to sacrifice the gift.”~ Steve Prefontaine
The gift is life. Do your VERY best.
Lee Anne Krause, Future Directer
for the The Pampered Chef
tion efforts for all residents
identified in the Parametrix
study will be completed by De-
cember 2010.
Other improvements to the
trail included in the grant and
currently being completed, in-
• Bollards at trail/road cross-
ings between Multnomah Chan-
nel and the trail near B&B Mar-
ket. Installation of additional
bollards will continue into the
Chapman area this fall. Ex-
pense to date is $4,300 for pur-
chase and installation of the
• Signage will be placed this
winter as a result of the devel-
opment of a sign placement
plan, which will serve as a
guide for installation. Those
signs are in process of being
Page 9
Bits & Bites
By Jacqueline Ramsay
I’ll start with a sad note.
My hanging zucchini has croaked. Why?
Who knows. I think the root strangled itself
– too much weight on the main stem – any-
how no zucchini bread this fall for the Gold-
en Oldies. Sorry – Boo Hoo.
I read in the paper that the School Board
is fed up – I agree – liquor has it’s place
and it should be off and out of an “in town”
camping site. I just wonder how the ban will
affect next year’s crowd?
I went to the County Fair this past week – my granddaughter
showed her pig, Nero. She did pretty good. Now it’s gone to mar-
ket and she’s “off” pork for awhile. The calf (a baby) got 1st place
– Grand Champion – in its class.
I’ve been blackberry picking for about six weeks. Now it’s time
to jam and jelly, make pies and freeze fresh for winter – yum yum.
Well, it’s hot again. Gee, nothing new there.
Oh, I just woke up. Hi, McMinnville.
I’m getting things lined up for my Fall schedule. I’ll be busy
again Monday 9-12, Tues. 10:45-2:45, Wed. 9-3, Thurs, 10:45-
2:45, Fri, Gee Whiz, Sat. 9:45-2:45. I haven’t got time to wonder
what to do next.
See you folks on Wednesdays, I hope, at the Senior Center.
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