April 4, 2013
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Does The Dalles have an identity? That’s what we all want to know. The symbol on official stationary at City Hall is “Hub of the Pacific Northwest.” Then there’s the Chamber motto of “Fun in the Sun.”
City Council does not have regular meetings in August, however, much work has been done.
Congratulations to Doug Kirchhofer and Nolan Hare and all those citizens and volunteers who joined them in making this a fantastic Fourth of July celebration.
Things are happening fast. I rode up the Columbia on the inaugural trip of the sternwheeler, American Empress, last week. It is a gorgeous ship, capable of carrying 250 passengers and it is scheduled to arrive once a week. What I learned is that we need to do a better job of coordinating and welcoming cruise ships to The Dalles.
The city’s planning department has begun the process of reviewing both standards and finances for constructing residential roads, curbs, sidewalks and other infrastructure.
Due to the absence of three council members, only one meeting was held in October. A system is being developed now to track councilors’ availability in the future to prevent this from happening again. The mayor does have the option of calling special meetings if necessary by giving 24-hour notice.
On Friday, Aug. 2, I attended a bike ride called “Voyage of the Visionaries,” sponsored by ODOT, Travel Oregon and others.
When I began writing the monthly Mayor’s report, my goal was to simply report on the actions of city government. I was going to stay away from personal opinions and I certainly was not going to lecture. There comes a time, however, when it’s best to speak your peace.
March began with my first trip to Washington D.C. as part of The Dalles Outreach Team. The purpose of visiting Washington twice a year has been to connect with important federal agencies, research funding sources for local projects and strengthen relationships with senators and representatives and staffs from both sides of the river.