Hall Projects (in priority order):
Rear water faucet – complete Go over operation.
Some grading and additional gravel needed on parking areas.
Front ramp needing paint again.
Repainting under eves of hall –
Northeast side roof needs additional screws
Kitchen needs exhaust hood and fan
Kitchen and dining hall floors need refinished
Three party rentals on the books. Chaps and Zumba still have long term contracts.
Water test showed significant decline in nitrate levels. From 11.5 to 9.3. Yay!
PORTLAND, Ore. — Oregon will soon have a buzz-worthy new license plate on the roads that will support pollinators, including the more than 600 species of bees found across the state.
As of Wednesday, the Oregon State University Horticulture Department had reached its goal of 3,000 vouchers for the “Pollinator Paradise” plates. With the voucher goal reached, they will begin the production process of the license plates, which is expected to take 4 to 6 months.
The design is the creation of Marek Stanton, a high school student from Estacada, and features honeybee and a yellow-faced bumble bee over a clover field.
Per local news reports the public school system student population in Oregon is down around 5% compared to pre-covid numbers and appears to have stabilized there. Theories about where those students went vary widely but generally include private schools or home schooling for older students and simply staying home for pre K and Kindergarten aged students. The Oregonian article also quoted census and survey numbers indicating a long term decline in actual numbers of children living in the state. An average of 6000 fewer students per year or roughly 1% fewer students in the state in the last year.
LEGISLATIVE - Pending legislation (HB 2889) would give state government broad new authority to prod Oregon cities over 10,000 population and the Portland metro area to promote more housing production — and penalize them if they do not.
The legislation, in the form of a proposed change to House Bill 2889, is seen as one step toward achieving the stated target of Gov. Tina Kotek to increase production to 36,000 units annually. She said in her inaugural remarks Jan. 9 that Oregon must make up for a decade-old shortage of 111,000 units plus provide for continued population growth — and more housing is the only long-term solution for homelessness.
Oregon’s land use planning program, which turns 50 years old this year, confines development within the urban growth boundaries of cities — Metro, for the Portland region — and protects much of the rest for farming and forestry.
Though some critics have proposed doing away with urban growth boundaries, Rep. Maxine Dexter says it is time for Oregon to devote more attention to development within them, without sacrificing the original intent of the 1973 law. She said the proposal builds on legislation that Kotek, in her previous role as House speaker, shepherded through the 2019 session.
COMMUNITY SERVICE –
POMONA REPORT - Cookie booth preparations are underway for county fair. Website is back up with some useful information with more to come. Any suggestions on what is needed are welcome. Some parts of the website are password protected. Use the Pomona word as the password. Pomona trailer now resides at Dan Keeley residence. The degree day at maplewood has been rescheduled to September 23. Note that portions of the state grange website are also protected by the same password.
COMMUNICATIONS – Betty
TREASURERS REPORT - Vicki (Bank changes?)
Bills – Dan
Water Tests $150
Sink repair $18.00
TABLED BUSINESS - Bike rodeo idea
N property line issue with saw mill neighbor – attorney contacted and survey stakes have been revised and intrude considerably less into our parking strip. We are currently waiting for reply from our attorney and for a proposal from our neighbor.
NEW BUSINESS: Revised resolution on ranked choice voting
Spring cleaning day
PA system in dance hall
MEMBERS SICK OR IN DISTRESS:
GOOD OF THE ORDER:
The first principle is that you must not fool yourself- and you are the easiest person to fool. Richard Feynman, American theoretical physicist
HEIRLOOM PROGRAM: See front page of website