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The INDEPENDENT, November 18, 2010
Banks City Council sets UGB expansion meeting for December 15
Mayor John Kinsky, at the
November 9 Banks City Coun-
cil meeting, read a proclama-
tion declaring December 10 as
Human Rights Day in the City
of Banks. Human Rights Day is
rooted in the Universal Decla-
ration of Human Rights, which
was signed December 10,
1948, when all member nations
of the United Nations, regard-
less of different political, eco-
nomic and social systems,
unanimously agreed on the
fundamental rights that all peo-
ple share solely on the basis of
their common humanity.
Mayor Kinsky encouraged
citizens to study and promote
the ideas contained in the Uni-
versal Declaration of Human
Rights. Disregard for human
rights has resulted in acts
which have offended the con-
science of mankind. The Uni-
versal Declaration is referred to
as the primary definition of hu-
man rights standards, and is in-
creasingly referred to as cus-
tomary international law, by
which all countries must abide.
A certificate of appreciation
was presented to Deborah
Deegan for her support of the
City of Banks by serving on the
Banks Budget Committee. She
was thanked for her public
69 th Annual Banks Union Point
Cemetery Dinner and Bazaar
Saturday, December 4th
Holiday Bazaar 10 am to 7 pm
Turkey Dinner 12 pm to 7 pm
Adults $10 Seniors (65) $8
Children (5-12) $6 4 & under free
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Deputy Patrick Chertude re-
ported that there were 140 po-
lice-related incidents during
October, including two Police
Officer Holds made for distur-
bances within the city, one ar-
rest for unauthorized use of a
motor vehicle, one arrest for
menacing, and one arrest for
driving while suspended – mis-
demeanor. There were 37 traf-
fic stops which resulted in ten
written citations.
City Manager Jim Hough re-
port included the following:
• The city is working with the
eTec firm to pursue installation
of an Electric Vehicle Charging
Station in Banks under a feder-
al grant. In the past, the city at-
tempted to have the grant pro-
vide for a station at the Banks
trailhead of Banks-Vernonia
State Trail; the Oregon Parks &
Recreation Department elected
to forego that option. The city
may, with an emphasis on
“may”, be able to locate one on
the south end of Banks. Hough
will keep council informed.
• The city needs a more effi-
cient emergency notification
program, so staff has been
working with a vendor whose
program appears to be efficient
and cost effective. Because the
system involves telephone call-
ing, the city will need to update
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is the consensus of the Coun-
cil, the city will pursue this proj-
ect and make a report/recom-
mendation in the next few
• Bobby Edwards has been
hired as the city’s new Water
Utility Worker/Public Services
Worker. He began working No-
vember 5, and the city is
pleased to have a skilled em-
ployee in the newly created po-
• The city is advertising for a
Water Utility Operator/Public
Works Supervisor to replace
Fred Evers when he retires.
The application deadline is No-
vember 19. The city hopes to
have the new person by early
December so he can overlap
with Evers for a couple of
• An October 29 ribbon cut-
ting ceremony for the Banks-
Vernonia State Trail trailhead
went very well. The city has al-
ready seen an increase in the
number of trail users in Banks
and in using the trailhead.
• The city continues to work
with Community Development
Sustainability Analyst Stevie
Freeman-Montes on drafting
the Banks Sustainability Strate-
gy (BBS) and anticipates pre-
senting a draft to the Council at
a work session on January 11.
Hough expects this project to
be ready for adoption by the
February 8 council meeting.
• The city has completed the
sale of the Certificates of Par-
ticipation (COPs). These funds
will be used for the city’s capital
projects in the next year. The
city is grateful to Katie Schwab
from Wedbush Securities for
her support of their process.
• The first evidentiary hear-
ing on the UGB Expansion will
be at a special Planning Com-
mission meeting scheduled for
December 15 at 7:00 p.m. The
city anticipates that the second
evidentiary hearing will be at
the February meeting of the
City Council.
Council unanimously adopt-
ed an ordinance revising the
Planning Commission Appoint-
ment Process. At times, Coun-
cil experiences difficulty in fill-
ing Planning Commission posi-
tions. The amendment to the
Banks Municipal Code provides
the option of reappointing a
term-limited Planning Commis-
sioner after a three month gap
in service.
A special visitor attended the
November 9 Banks City Coun-
cil meeting, Catherine Helmer,
a Vernonia City Councilor. City
Manager Jim Hough introduced
Helmer to council and com-
mented that it is always nice to
have guests from sister cities.
Helmer, whose term is about to
end, said that she is trying to
complete her “bucket list”,
which included visiting another
small city council meeting.
When asked by council what
she thought of the meeting,
Helmer remarked that the
meeting was “inspiring.”
The next Banks City Council
meeting will be held on Decem-
ber 14 at 7:00 p.m.
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