CANNON BEACH Two elementary schools, one no longer operating and the other incubating, were the twin centerpieces of Tuesdays Cannon Beach City Council meeting, and members made quick work of both.
The city of Cannon Beach has been seeking to acquire the old Cannon Beach Elementary School property, which has two components: the portion of the property owned by Seaside School District and the portion that the district owns, but that will revert to Clatsop Countys possession once it has ceased being used for school purposes.
The council voted unanimously to authorize City Manager Rich Mays to compose a letter on the citys behalf to Superintendent Doug Dougherty requesting that, on abandoning it in late fall, the Seaside School District will transfer the portion of the school property that it owns outright to the city of Cannon Beach.
Mays encouraged Mayor Mike Morgan and other city representatives to attend the next school board meeting Sept. 17. Any discussion of selling or giving away the property, however, will become the subject of an executive session.
In addition, Mays remarked that the citys ongoing conversations with the county have gone very smooth.
A similar letter will go to Clatsop County, members decided.
We do expect that once a letter is written to Clatsop County, theyre going to put it on their agenda, he said.
Meanwhile, the council unanimously agreed on the final draft of a letter of support for Cannon Beach Academy, the citys charter school in development that has been under discussion for several months.
With slight modifications, the draft chosen was penned by member Melissa Cadwallader and reads:
The Cannon Beach City Council supports the efforts of the Cannon Beach Academy, a group of Cannon Beach and Arch Cape residents, in its efforts to obtain a charter for an elementary school located within our city limits.
Children are an important part of Cannon Beachs community life. Age diversity makes for a vibrant village. We endorse the re-establishment of an elementary school in our town.
Morgan and Council members Sam Steidel, Nancy Giasson and Wendy Higgins voted in favor voted to uphold with modifications the Design Review Boards recommendation for Martin Hospitalitys Surfsand Resort located at 148 W. Gower St. Cadwallader voted against. The property manager will remove its oceanfront breezeway access, where guests of the entire hotel used to congregate in front of the bottom-level apartments.
Once the change has been made, only guests staying in these apartments will have access to the space, which will lose its stairwell and beach access, but will be converted into a scenic lawn.
Cadwalladers objection stemmed from the focus on evacuation safety.
One of the things that we as a council focus on is, not only how to get out in terms of a fire, but if youre on the beach and you have an emergency, getting to higher ground.
The council unanimously voted to sponsor a forum on the homelessness. Alan Evans, founder and CEO of Helping Hands outreach centers in Clatsop, Yamhill and Lincoln counties, will organize the forum, which intends to educate the community on the resources available for homeless people, including emergency overnight shelter and treatment for drug addiction and mental health conditions.
This is a growing issue, Evans said. Oregon is No. 1 in the nation per capita for homelessness, and were 50th in the nation for providing resources for the homeless.
Another unanimous vote authorized Morgan to sign a letter of support for the Clatsop-Nehalem tribes, whose members are hoping to restore their status as federally recognized tribes.
The council unanimously voted to officially proclaim the week of Sept. 17 to 23 Constitution Week in Cannon Beach.