The independent. (Vernonia, Or.) 1986-current, March 07, 2012, Page Page 11, Image 11

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    The INDEPENDENT, March 7, 2012
Page 11
Banks City Council continues work to hire a new city manager
Mayor John Kinsky, at the
February 14 meeting of the
Banks City Council, proclaimed
March 12 to 18 as Banks Fix-A-
Leak Week.
Malmedal Plumbing and
Five-Star Plumbers, Inc, both
local companies, are offering
leak repair services to Banks
residents, with the first half-
hour of service provided free
during
Banks
Fix-A-Leak
Week.
With the support of Banks
City Council, Kinsky commend-
ed Five-Star Plumbers, Inc.
and Malmedal Plumbing for
their support of the citizens of
Banks and the Banks Conser-
vation Plan. Household leaks
account for nearly 1 trillion gal-
lons of water wasted in the
United States each year.
Deputy Todd Hanlon report-
ed on police activity in Banks
during January. A total of 101
police incidents included 19
public requests, three arrests,
24 traffic stops, six citations,
and nine written reports. Two
men were arrested for siphon-
ing gas, and a woman was ar-
rested for taking prescription
medications from a residence.
Hanlon also briefed council
on the 2011 City of Banks An-
nual Police Report, comment-
ing that the Washington Coun-
ty Sheriff’s Office is proud to be
the law enforcement provider
of choice for the City of Banks.
A comparison of 2011 to 2010,
showed an overall increase of
6.1% in total incidents, with
1446 in 2011 and 1363 in 2010.
Incidents include:
• Public requests declined
by 11.1% from 2010, 325 to
361;
• Traffic stops increased by
29.6% over 2010, 390 to 301;
• Traffic citations increased
6.5%, with 82 in 2011 and 77 in
2010;
• Deputies took 152 reports
in 2011, an increase of 10.1%
over 132 in 2010;
• There were 73 crimes in
2011 and 56 crimes in 2010, an
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• Arrests decreased slightly
from 39 in 2010 to 38 in 2011.
In 2011 the sheriff’s office
also participated in National
Night Outs, Harvest Festival,
sports events, and the Banks
BBQ.
City Manager Jim Hough re-
ported on the following:
• The CPO Boundary Proce-
dures Task Force is about to
make recommendations to the
central CPO Board and then to
the County Commissioners.
• ODOT is manufacturing
new park signage. The city
wants to have them installed in
about a month. The city has al-
ready upgraded the north-
bound school zone signage.
• Four city council seats will
be up for election in November,
including mayor, currently held
by Kinsky, and council posi-
tions 2, 4 and 6, currently held
by Stewart, Biehl and Greagor,
respectively. Election Day will
be November 6.
• As part of the City’s contin-
uing community support activi-
ties it is sponsoring an official
rest station at Log Cabin Park
during the Beaverton, Banks,
and Beyond Fund Raiser Bicy-
cling Event for the Northwest
Bicycle Safety Council on Sat-
urday, August 25th. The event
brings about one hundred bicy-
clists through town.
• Hough suggested that
council review all nine reserve
funds in the budget during the
November Council meeting, to
meet a requirement that re-
serve funds be reviewed and
renewed at least every ten
years. Presently, there are var-
ious dates to review the funds;
reviewing them all at one time
will reset the clock so the re-
view date is identical for all of
them.
If Council agrees to the
change, staff will be prepared
to bring the issue before Coun-
cil on November 13. Hough
also proposed that Council set
a policy to review the reserve
funds every five years.
• The city has purchased two
Automated External Defibrilla-
tors (AED) for installation in
council chambers and the li-
brary. Training will be conduct-
ed for all staff, followed by in-
stallation of the AEDs. It is an-
ticipated that the City Hall AED
will be ready in April and the Li-
brary AED will be ready in
June.
• The Traffic and Street Sign
Replacement and Upgrade
Project that was discussed in
2008, is underway. It is hoped
that approximately one-third of
the signage will be replaced/
upgraded by March. The city
likely will postpone upgrading
the street signage in old town
pending a response from
ODOT regarding Main Street
signage, and the re-addressing
project that the city planner is
conducting.
• Solar panels are being in-
stalled on the Public Works
Building. The City has execut-
ed a net metering and intercon-
nection agreement with PGE
and should be generating elec-
tricity to the grid by the end of
the month.
A draft of the City Manager
Recruitment Profile was circu-
lated. With the pending retire-
ment of City Manager Jim
Hough, Council has started the
process to interview and hire
the next city manager. Council
has created a recruitment pro-
file so applicants have the op-
portunity to compare individual
experience with the required
and desired attributes.
The next city council meet-
ing will be held on March 13 at
7:00 p.m.
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