NEWS FROM CITY HALL
May 8th Council Agenda: Liquor License Application - Relief Pitcher Pub N Grub at 2795 S. Roosevelt; Ord. No. 2006-05 regarding a fifth amendment to the Urban Renewal Plan (Acquisition of property to construct a Library facility) Third and Final Reading; Recommendation - Engineering consultant wastewater treatment improvements; Final approval of Downtown Crosswalk project; Approval of contract with auditors Delap White Caldwell & Croy, LLP; Res. #3607 regarding extending Workers' Compensation coverage for volunteers; Vacancies on the Library Board & Seaside City Tree Board; Proclamations for Emergency Medical Services Week and Law Enforcement Memorial Week.
The convention center hosted the Association of Christian Schools from May 1-2, the Oregon Customer Service "Q" Training on May 3, and the ODFW - Big Game Regulations on May 4. Additional events scheduled for week ending May 7 include the Pacific Conference of Evangelical Women's Conference from May 5-7.
The entire staff of the convention center has recently been "Q" certified by the Oregon Customer Service "Q" Certification Program. This program emphasizes the important role everyone plays in providing outstanding customer service and each and every point of contact.
Gretchen Darnell attended the Greater Oregon Chapter of the Society of Government Meeting Professionals Conference in Portland on May 4.
The exterior painting project has been started. Expected completion date is scheduled for May 15. We are excited about the selection of colors, it brightens up the exterior and gives us a new look.
The convention center is planning its 35th year celebration by hosting an open house on Monday, May 15 from 5P-7P in the main lobby of the convention center. Appetizers, cake and beverages will be served. We are also scheduling behind the scene tours every half hour. Everyone is invited to attend. Please mark your calendars!
Meeting Reminder - Planning Commission work session Tuesday, May 16th at 7 pm.
At the last Planning Commission meeting the Commission approved the following requests: A. Continuation of 04-032PD-Final plat approval for the Vista Ridge Planned Development (formally Sunset Ridge) at the end of Forrest Drive. B. 06-025VRD is a request by Dean Smith for a Vacation Rental Dwelling Permit within at 440 10th Avenue. C. 06-031VRD is a request by David & Grace Simons for a Vacation Rental Dwelling Permit at 407 7Th Avenue. D. 06-028CU & 06-029V- A conditional use request by Susan Peters at 581 S Prom. This request will allow the existing hotel (14 units) to be converted into six condominium units with a two space parking variance.
During the Nike Construction Project at 1111 N. Roosevelt #D they will be doing some internal and external repairs to the Building. During the construction they will be placing a 215"x75" banner with their "swoosh" logo onto the building to maintain the Highway signage. The estimated time of completion for the project is mid to late June.
Fire Marshal Chris Dugan is teaching part of a Firefighter II class in Warrenton on Saturday.
Lifeguards will be starting Memorial Day weekend.
Throughout the month of May, the Library is hosting the annual art show featuring works of Broadway Middle School and Seaside High School students. The faculty advisers, Emily Thomas and David Lehigh invite you all to the reception for the artists and their parents on Tuesday, May 16th from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Library. I encourage the mayor and City Counselors to attend and meet our young voters-to-be.
We recently received our $19,000 grant which will fund the first year of a three year program to promote childhood literacy in our area.
We are pleased to be the first to offer this program in Oregon, and the Oregon Community Foundation has asked the library to be a part of the advisory committee for new literacy grants of this nature.
The Visitor Bureau is in the training mode this week. We have two new part time employees Sam Polevoi and Tammy Johnson on board. Lorelei Kunz who was hired last year as a part time continues to do a great job. Great gals and enthusiastic about helping our visitors.
A big thank you to all the gals that filled in while I was on vacation.
We are still processing lots of mail, and our counts for last month were all up. Mail 3,344, 65% up from last year, phone counts 1,007, 2 % up, and visitors 2,311, 12% up.
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- Katherine Whitehorn