About 150 people packed the equipment bay at the Lexington Fire Station yesterday afternoon, taking part in the Cowlitz 2 Fire and Rescue Commission public hearing on the proposal to form a Local Improvement District to pay for a new fire station. More than 30 people spoke, with only one person speaking in support of the proposal. After the hearing, the Commission voted to move ahead with an advisory vote on the proposal; Commission Chair Jeff Cameron says that they need to hear from more people. Several who spoke say that they understand the need for a new building, but they wonder why the cost isn’t being spread over the entire district. Others say that the timing is just wrong, saying that too many people are still hurting from the recession. After the public input, the Commission did vote to move ahead with an advisory vote on the proposal. It’s now planned that staff will review the input from the hearing, and will develop some options for language that would be used on the ballots. They’ll also work on developing the method for counting the ballots, as it’s expected that this would be a “weighted” vote. The Commission plans to settle on the advisory vote process at their next meeting, which will be held on Wednesday, June 9th. It’s currently planned that the ballots would go out on June 23rd, and would be counted on July 7th. Under the current plan, if 40 percent of the assessed valuation was opposed to the LID, then it would be stopped.
Archive | May, 2010
It’s been determined that combining the county’s libraries into one district would not save taxpayers any money. Today’s Daily News reports on last night’s fifth “Reshaping Local Government” summit, where the committee examining library services made a report. Mary Jane Melink with the Longview City Council says that after several months of study, her committee has discovered that a combined Cowlitz County regional library district would either cost more taxpayer dollars, or services would be lost. Melink says that her committee found that most people in the community have access to library services, except being able to check out materials. It’s noted that out-of-town residents are paying fees for library cards, and there’s been no citizen drive to try and set up the tax system for a library district. Longview Library Director Chris Skaugset says that it would be nice to have a county-wide system, but now doesn’t appear to be the right time. The committee working on parks also made a presentation, discussing its proposal for a “Five Rivers Parks District;” that committee is now making presentations to the city councils, asking for support of a resolution to form the district, also putting it up for a public vote in February of next year.
The Longview City Council meets this evening at 7 pm, and they’re scheduled to hear a recommendation dealing with tobacco use in city parks. Team Longview from Cowlitz on the Move has been working on the issue since December, trying to gather input in a variety of ways. After that effort, they’ve developed a recommendation that smoking be restricted in city parks, with tobacco use restricted to designated areas. The Council will also be asked to move ahead with establishment of the advisory committee that would administer the Lake Sacajawea Preservation Plan. Tonight’s meeting is open to the public.
The Lower Columbia College Art Show opens today in the Art Gallery at the Rose Center for the Arts. The show will feature ceramics, paintings, drawings, photography, pastels, collage and other works. A reception honoring this year’s artists will be held this evening, running from 5 to 7 pm at the Rose Center. In addition, the annual Student League of Independent Potters, or “SLIP Club” pottery sale will be held this weekend, with the sale going on in the upper level of the LCC Art Gallery. The sale will run during today’s reception, then again tomorrow from noon to 5 pm, during the Salal Spring Arts Festival. Admission is free.
After a one-week hiatus, the Community Conversation lectures resume today, with Kurt Beattie of Seattle speaking today. Beattie is with A Contemporary Theatre in Seattle, and will present a talk titled “Why Poetry?” The Community Conversation lectures are held each Thursday at noon in the Wollenberg Auditorium at the Rose Center for the Arts. They’re free and open to anyone interested.
The Mariners rallied with four runs in the 8th inning to beat the Tigers 5-4 last night. The M’s have tonight off before playing at the Angels tomorrow night…..The NWAACC baseball championships are underway at LCC. The Red Devils take on the Lane Titans tonight, KLOG 7:25 pm…..Grant Union eliminated Rainier 4-0 in the Oregon 3A baseball playoffs yesterday…..Mary Grace Jenks of Mark Morris fired an 80 yesterday and finished 8th at the State 2A girls golf tourney. Kamri Tapani of R.A. Long fired an 85 yesterday and ended up in 13th place. Trevor Scott of MM had an 80 and finished 27th in boys play…..The Huskies take on Oklahoma in game one of a best-of-three NCAA softball Super Regional tonight at Husky Softball Stadium.
Follow all the NWAACC Baseball Tournament games from Story Field at LCC right here on klog.com. The action runs from Thursday through Memorial Day.
Milton Bradley hit a homer and drove in three runs leading the Mariners to a 5-3 win over the Detroit Tigers. The M’s host the Tigers for day game today, KLOG 11:30 am…..Rainier will try again today to play its 3A baseball playoff game with Grant Union in a 4 pm start at Tigard HS…..The Rainier softball team beat Nyssa 8-3 in the Oregon 3A playoffs. Kelso will open with Kentlake at the WIAA 4A softball tourney Friday morning in Tacoma. First pitch is 9:00 am…..At the 2A State golf tourneys in Yakima, Trevor Scott of MM fired a 76 and Luxis Lee of MM shot an 80. Mary Grace Jenks of MM had an 81 and Kamri Tapani of RAL fired an 89. Skylar Clark of RAL had a 97. All made the cut today. Kelso’s Justin Gillen (80) and Stephanie Bernard (90) missed the cut at the 4A tourney in Kennewick.
It’s now being reported that a cash reward of $500 is being offered for information that leads to an arrest and conviction of the person or persons who doused a cat with gasoline, then set it on fire shortly before midnight Sunday in Longview. Residents of the 200 block of 22nd Avenue reported seeing the cat on fire, then Longview Police found the cat’s remains in a nearby alley. Officers say that there was a strong smell of gasoline coming from the remains. It’s not clear right now if the cat was alive prior to being set on fire. The Humane Society of Cowlitz County announced the reward yesterday. Work continues to try and find the cat’s owner. Anyone with information on the case should call Longview Police at 442-5800.
Kelso Police and Sheriff’s Deputies checked the area around Barnes Elementary School yesterday afternoon, after school staff reported that a man had come out of some bushes and started following some girls walking home from school. The Barnes Principal called Officers shortly before 3 pm, relaying a report from a pre-school staffer. They report that three middle-school age girls were walking away from the school when a man carrying a soccer ball came out of some bushes and started following the girls. The man was described as a hispanic male in his late 30’s, about 5’8″, and wearing a green long-sleeve fleece. Officers and Deputies checked the area, but didn’t find the man. There are no reports of any girls being accosted.