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Openings on the Planning Commission and Parks Board
The City is taking applications for the Planning Commission and the Parks Board. If you are interested in serving your community, stop by City Hall for an application.
Planning Commission members attend (2) meetings a month and dedicate some homework time as well.
Parks Board members would likely attend (1) meeting a month and help out with Algona events, scheduling our sports facilities and making recommendations for our Park programs and activities.
Contact the staff at City Hall if you have questions 253-833-2897
Status of the Algona Community Newsletter
I know it has been a while since everyone has seen the Algona Community Newsletter. I hope that the “new and improved” official city newsletter included in your utility bill has helped you stay informed. I have been focused on adjusting to my new job and responsibilities and have had to put the Algona Community Newsletter on hold.
I am still willing to put out the Algona Community Newsletter as time allows and when there is important information that may be valuable. For example public hearings, community events, volunteer projects or needs and issues that may not fall in the realm of city business.
I would also like some input from all of you who receive this newsletter.
Do you value the information and content of the Algona Community Newsletter?
What information (if any) do you want included?
Do you want me to include council minutes as in the past?
Do you want reports that may not be included in the Fish Wrapper due to space limitations?
Does someone want to offer some ideas or options I may not have considered?
I am going to leave the status of the Algona Community Newsletter up to the readers. I have received a number of e-mails asking when I will be sending out an issue. So here is an issue an opportunity to let me know what you think about the future of this newsletter. I look forward to hearing from you.
City Hall: 253-833-2897
Algonanewsletter@aol.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
Donations needed for a volunteer cleanup.
Donations are needed to help pay for assistance being given to local elderly residents. The donations help pay for dump fees.
A local resident and his church got together about 2 months ago and did a huge cleanup for Lou and Vera Hoffman. They are now getting ready to tackle another project for these folks by removing a huge pile of waste in Lou and Vera’s back yard. Some of you may remember the cleanup done in 2002 for this elderly couple. When that cleanup was performed we created a pile of yard waste in the back that is still there. Due to available money and time the pile was never removed and has just been sitting there.
Marty and Shannon Berthiaume (who live next to Lou and Vera) and their church Northwest Family Church (along with some local volunteers) are getting together on Saturday, March 20, 2004 at 1PM and working to eliminate this pile from the yard. This pile desperately needs to be removed as it has also become a habitat for rodents and is a potential danger for local kids.
Steve Caputo from Rabanco (Our local garbage carrier) is donating a 40 yd container to haul all of the trash and yard waste away. They are taking care of all the delivery, pick-up and dumping at no cost. All they are charging is the actual tonnage cost of the load. We expect that the cost will be between $200.00 and $400.00 dollars. If you could help out with a donation to offset the costs it would be greatly appreciated and it is for a good cause.
Contact Marty or myself if you have any questions or want to make a donation to help out with this. Donations are needed on or before March 18th.
1. Top News
A. Important Public Hearings
B. Algona’s 4th annual Easter Egg Hunt
2. Council News
3. Pacific / Algona Senior center
4. Algona Pacific Library
5. Emerald Ballroom Dancers Society
Message from Joe / Mayors reports
1. Top News
A. Important Public Hearings
1. Tuesday, March 16, 2004 - Draft Animal Ordinance
Council will take input regarding repealing the pit bull ordinance and establishing a Dangerous/Potentially Dangerous Dog ordinance and other animal regulations.
A copy of the draft is available at City Hall
2. Wednesday, April 14, 2004 - Comprehensive Plan Public Hearing
The Planning Commission will be taking input on the following elements of Comprehensive Plan. Introduction, Executive Summary, Land Use and Housing.
IMPORTANT!!! This is where you speak up on zoning in your city and neighborhoods.
If you want to be heard on the future of our city this is your chance!!! The Land Use element of the comprehensive plan decides zoning, what will be allowed and where. If you do or do not want apartments, industrial, commercial, retail, medium density housing, low density housing and everything else is predominantly driven by this element. Various options and proposals will be presented for you to review and voice your opinions on. The State is requiring that we finish this process by December and we need to get it to the State by September/October for a 60 day review.
B. Algona’s 4th Annual Easter Egg Hunt
When: Saturday, April 10, 2004 at 1PM
Where: Matchett Memorial Park - 402 Warde St. (Behind City Hall)
Age groups: (2 – 4) (5 – 7) (8 – 12)
Bring the Kids and baskets down to the park for our annual Easter Egg Hunt. All Algona residents are welcome and we hope to see you there. Contact City Hall at 253-833-2897 with comments or questions.
We also need volunteers and donations for this event.
2. Council News
New Meeting Times and days for the City Council and Planning Commission beginning in April
The City Council Meetings will be the 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th Tuesdays of each month at 7 pm beginning April 6, 2004 (except when there is a holiday or election)
Planning Commission Meetings will be the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of each month at 7 PM beginning April 14, 2004
All meetings are open to the public and your attendance is welcome.
All meetings are held in the City hall Council Chambers unless otherwise specified.
January 2004 Summary
A lot has taken place in the last 2 months and frankly it is too much to include in the newsletter. I am summarizing the key elements of some recent council meetings. If you would like the approved minutes of a meeting, I would be happy to e-mail them to you in word format. Please let me know if you are interested.
January 6, 2004 Council Meeting
Dave Hill was nominated and unanimously approved to serve as Mayor Pro-Tem
Updating signatories on the City of Algona bank accounts. Mayor Scholz stated with new officers in city hall there would need be two new signatories on the accounts. He stated that he and the Mayor Pro-Tem Dave Hill would be the signatories.
January 15, 2004 workshop
Councilmember Hill stated the Council is considering adopting a 3-step process that many other cities follow and will be modeled after the City of Port Townsend’s.
1. Discussion at a public meeting
2. Proposed Ordinance / Procedure
3. Discussed as many times as necessary before being passed
Mayor Scholz stated they are in the progress of developing an advanced notice system and for now they are utilizing the water bills.
January 20, 2004 Council Meeting
COUNCIL CANDIDATE INTERVIEWS
The City Council interviewed applicants for appointment to the City Council in the following order:
1) Bob Ashby
2) Tim Fairley
3) Drury Forinash
4) Lynda Osborn
5) Joni Swartz
EXECUTIVE SESSION 8:17 PM to 8:30 PM–To evaluate the qualifications of a candidate for appointment to elective office.
Discussed the results of the survey conducted in “The Town Crier.”
Mayor Scholz noted to Council that work needs to begin on updating Algona’s dog regulations, and specifically addressing potentially dangerous/dangerous dog regulations. He noted that he would like to see the following items addressed:
v Get away from breed specific ordinance
v Get public input
v Develop potentially dangerous/dangerous dog regulations with strong enforcement power
v Set requirements for potentially dangerous dogs
v Removal of animal upon second offense
Appointment of vacant Council position. Dave Hill moved to appoint Lynda Osborn to the City Council; seconded by Beck and was unanimously approved. Lynda Osborn was sworn in by City Clerk/Treasurer Danielle Stafford.
February 4, 2004 Council Meeting
Lynda Osborn moved to appoint Drury Forinash to Council Position #4; seconded by Hill and unanimously carried.
Mark Bice – Board of Adjustment – Expires 12-31-06
Patricia Meyer – board of Adjustment – Expires 12-31-04
PUBLIC HEARING – Proposed new ordinance establishing standard meeting times for the City Council and other Algona Commissions and Boards.
Mayor Scholz presented Randy Bailey and the Public works staff with a certificate of excellence from the Association of Washington Cities Risk Management Service Agency (the City’s Insurance carrier).
“In recognition for developing and maintaining an excellent system of inspection and maintenance records”.
The attention to detail and work ethic protects our City from lawsuits and helps to keep our insurance premiums down. Kudos for a job well done!
Council passed a mutual aid law enforcement agreement with King County.
Council passed jail agreements with the cities of Auburn and Fife.
Council passed interlocal agreements providing grant money for our annual recycling and waste reduction programs.
3. Pacific/Algona Senior Center
St. Patty's Day Corned Beef and Cabbage Feed Friday, March 12 from 5PM –
Tickets are available at the Senior Center. The cost is $7 for Adults and $4.00 for kids 10 and under. There is limited seating, so please get your tickets early!
Come to the senior birthday potluck on the first Monday of each month (even if you can't bring a dish). Then enjoy senior bingo for just 10 cents a card.
Shopping trips: Beginning in March, on 1st Thursday of each month.
J. J. will take seniors to different stores such as, Wal-Mart, Kmart, Fred Meyers and others. Please sign up because transportation is limited.
This year’s trips are posted at the senior center. Trips include: Glass Museum and Spaghetti Factory, Northwest Afternoon (Ann Rule), Safeco Field (Mariners), Tulalip Casino and LaConner Tulip fields, just to name a few.
Call (253) 929-1150 to sign up early or get more information.
4. Algona Pacific Library
255 Ellingson Road Pacific * 98047 * 253-833-3554
Monday-Thursday 11am-9pm, Friday and Saturday 11am-5pm
For Children and Families
King County Library System’s school year reading program continues.
Ask at your library for more information!
Family Story Time
Tuesdays, March 23, and 30 at 10:15am
Saturday, March 27 at 11:30am
Enjoy stories, puppets, and music while children develop pre-reading skills. All ages are welcome; activities are selected for the attention span and interests of 2 to 5-year-olds.
Algona-Pacific Adult Book Discussion Group
Reading “Cold Sassy Tree” by Olive Ann Burns
Wednesday, March 10, 7:30pm
If the preacher's wife's petticoat showed, the ladies would make the talk last a week. But on July 5, 1906, things took a scandalous turn. That was the day E. Rucker Blakeslee, proprietor of the general store and barely three weeks a widower, eloped with Miss Love Simpson -- a woman half his age and, worse yet, a Yankee! On that day, fourteen-year-old Will Tweedy's adventures began and an unimpeachably pious, deliciously irreverent town came to life. Not since To Kill A Mockingbird has a novel so deftly captured the subtle crosscurrents of small-town Southern life. Olive Ann Burns classic bestseller brings to vivid life an era that will never exist again, exploring timeless issues of love, death, coming of age, and the ties that bind families and generations. This book is
difficult to put down and hard to leave.
Join us in discussing good books and sharing refreshments!
The Friends of the Algona-Pacific Library
The Friends of the Library meet every other month. The next meeting is scheduled for March 17 at 7:00pm. We hope to see you there.
The Friends of the Algona-Pacific Library welcome donated used books, videos, CDs and cassettes for their book sales. Items may be dropped off at the library during open hours throughout the year
5. Emerald Ballroom Dancers Society
Please mark your calendar for the next monthly dance on Friday, March 5th. It is a pre-St Patrick's dance, so, you may wear something green, but not a requirement. It will start at 7:30pm until 11:00pm at the Fil-AM Community Hall, 103 - 6th Ave N, Algona (near the Super Mall).
For only $5, enjoy a heavy snacks and dancing to a variety of non-stop DJ's music: Swing, Waltz, Tango, Salsa, Samba, NC-2 Step, Rumba, Cha-Cha, Line Dancing and more.
For the month of March, Cherrie will teach beginning Samba and more advance Tango on Tuesdays, starting March 2nd, at 6:30pm-8:00pm.
Please contact Tess 253-638-2068 or Annie 253-850-1480 or e-mail Betty email@example.com if you have any questions.
Visit the website at http://b123100.tripod.com for more info.
Message from Joe/Mayors Reports
The following are just a few of the things that have been taking place in City Hall since I have taken office. There are many things staff and I are working on at this time such as Jail agreements, the Dog ordinance, the Fee Schedule and getting the Parks Board back up and running. Many of these items I have covered in the Mayors reports section of the City water bill newsletter so be sure to look through and review the new format if you have not done so.
Comprehensive Plan Suggestions
I have submitted my suggestions to the city council and planning commission regarding what I think is the best solution in regards to the comprehensive plan. Most of my focus is on zoning and land use as those are the most controversial portions of the plan. The suggestions are about 4 pages and there are additional attachments with retail zoning definitions and commercial zoning definitions. I have put a lot of thought and time into making suggestions that balance the needs of our community while protecting our quality of life. If you would like to get a copy of my suggestions just let me know and I can either e-mail it to you in Word/Excel format or you can pick up a copy at city hall. Keep in mind they are just suggestions and every resident has the right to submit their own preferences to the council and planning commission. If nothing else maybe my suggestions (whether you agree or disagree) will encourage public input on this very important issue. I cannot stress enough how important your involvement is. The planning commission needs to hear from the residents to come up with the best final draft. There will be some options and ideas available for review in April and the first public hearing will be on April 14 at 7PM. This plan is Algona’s vision for the next 2 decades and I hope you will get involved and be a part of building our future.
Enumclaw Jail agreement
We have canceled the Enumclaw Jail agreement that guarantees us an open space each night. In recent months jail space has become less of an issue and we no longer need guaranteed space. The cancellation is effective after 90 days and could save the City as much as $20,000.00 a year.
There is now a suggestion box in the lobby at City Hall for our employees and citizens.
We welcome your comments and input. What are we doing right and where can we improve. Your opinions may help the city save money, improve services or address an issue or problem we may not be aware of.
The city will have its official website up before the end of March.
The address will be www.cityofalgona.com. Keep in mind that the Web Site is a work in progress and we will be updating and modifying it on a regular basis. We welcome your ideas and suggestions on making the site more useful and hope you find it informative and helpful.
State Audit exit interview
I want to Congratulate Danielle Stafford our City Clerk/Treasurer for an exemplary audit report from the State Auditors office for the 2001 and 2002 fiscal years.
It was determined that the City complied with significant State and local laws, passed review of high risk areas for accountability and properly presented financial statements. The Audit covered many aspects of our complicated and diverse budget and how we complied with the applicable legal requirements.
There were no findings or management letter items. That of course means Danielle gets an A+ grade from the State Auditor and she deserves to be commended for a great job!
One suggestion made by the Auditors office was implementing an inventory control system to safeguard expensive equipment. Danielle has already initiated a system to track and account for equipment and items. This will help to prevent (as well as allow us to track) lost or stolen items belonging to the City. It will help us to pinpoint problem areas in regards to inventory control as well. Thanks to the staff for rolling up their sleeves and getting it done.
New resident / city partnership policy for culvert installation
I am really excited about this and hope it becomes a successful endeavor to solve a problem that is overwhelming for our city and our residents.
The city is now offering to partner with residents who wish to fill open ditches adjacent to their homes.
How this policy will work is residents can purchase the materials and fill required to fill the desired ditch. The City will provide the equipment and labor to professionally install the culvert. A material list must be attained from the public works department supervisor Randy Bailey. After the materials are purchased the public works department will add your name and a description of the job to a list. The city will perform these jobs on a first come first served basis and as time allows.
There are other restrictions and it is possible that some special engineering may be required in rare cases. Contact Randy to work out any details if you are interested in taking advantage of this partnership.
Thanks to the Planning Commission
I want to thank Chairperson Jeff Viney of the planning commission for making the extra effort to get out some advance notice to the residents for the March “City” newsletter on short notice. I also want to thank the Planning Commission for raising the bar and working hard to get our comprehensive plan back on track to meet our tough timeline.
Planning Commission resignations
Karen Rames and Tammy Fairley have both resigned from the planning commission. I was disappointed by their decisions and offered both of them an opportunity to reconsider. Neither of them chose to accept the offer. I want to thank both of them for their hard work and service to the community.
Message from Joe
It has taken me a while to find time to get an issue of the Algona Community Newsletter put together. I hope everyone will contact me and let me know what your thoughts are regarding future issues. I also hope that you will let me know what you all think of the “official” City Newsletter. The staff, council and I have put a lot of work and time into implementing the new system and are working on ways to improve it even more. We are proud of the fact that the first thing we did after January was keep a major campaign promise and get a newsletter out to our residents. We hope you appreciate the effort and I want to thank the city staff for adapting to a new policy and process.
We are currently working on keeping many of our other promises as well such as streamlined meetings, advance notification on zoning issues, implementing policies to improve accountability and efficiency, finding ways to cut costs and trying to work on solutions to some of our regional problems.
I have been attending meetings with both the mayors of Auburn and Pacific and have also become involved with other groups that will help our city regionally. I hope you will all make an attempt to start attending our meetings and becoming involved. We desperately need volunteers for the Planning Commission, Parks Board, and for local community events. Contact me if you are willing to help out.
Thanks and have a great month,
The Algona Community Network is an effort to enact positive, productive involvement in our community and to be a source of information concerning current issues and events.
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