Thought for the month:
There is always light, if only we are brave enough to see it. Amanda Gorman, Poet Laureate
Proposal For Membership / Welcome ceremony
Remodeling cleanup– ramp toe boards and handrails need secured.
Septic tank has been located. It is steel, approximately 800 gallon capacity and pretty much rusted out. It is out about 8 feet from the building and about 2 feet under the surface. County tells me an “owner” can do their own tank installation. Estimated Costs:
Commercial Permit - $900
Tank and accessories – Plastic $4,200 - Concrete $5000 $5,000
Pipe - $2/ft. Quantity depends on drain field location $50
Excavator – Aprox. $400/day $400
Bedding rock – 2 yards at $25/Cu. Yd. - $50
Materials Costs $5,500
Guesstimated Contractor Cost $14,000
Mower shed location has been staked out for discussion. Lumber is cut and ready to assemble. New painted metal skin would cost about $440. Used galvanized metal with some damage on walls but new metal on roof would run $120.
Projects in priority order:
Mower shed – In progress
Rear yard becoming too rough for mowing. Needs renovation – In progress, moles need trapped, anyone have mulch?
Septic tank needs replaced - Summer 2021 project plus:
Parking bumpers need anchored - Summer 2021 project
Ped path to front door needs pea gravel - Summer 2021 project
Front doors are coming apart at bottom, need glued and painted.
Entrance porch needs refinished
Dance hall floor will need re-oiled for 2021
Dance hall seating upholstery stained, needs replaced - Deferred until Covid resolved.
Northeast side roofing screws
Kitchen needs exhaust fan
Need new rugs in front entry - In progress
Kitchen and dining hall floors need refinished
Agriculture - Covid virus has caused severe dislocations in agriculture. Health Department and OR-OSHA rules have about halved the number of workers than can stay in existing farm housing. Combined with the high infection rates in many minority communities that has left many farms critically short of help. Appears to be some progress on trade conflicts. Chinese discussing removing retaliatory tariffs on hazelnuts if previous administrations trade policies reversed.
Education – Most Schools are planning for some students, especially elementary school students, to return to in person attendance in mid to late February after teachers have an opportunity to be immunized. Articles in our newspaper estimated the achievement gap between high and low achievers has widened substantially with lower ranked students estimated to need an additional 5-6 months of instruction to catch back up. Some teachers unions opposing reopening.
Legislative – Violent protests at the State Capitol resulted in relatively minor property damage, some injuries and major damage to community trust and cooperation. One representative caught on camera letting the mob of protesters into the statehouse has been relieved of most duties and privileges and may be prosecuted.
Pomona Report – Elections postponed, master and secretary will not serve again. Volunteers needed.
Community Service – If you don’t need the stimulus check they sent out your local food bank does as does the Wildfire relief fund. Also, any interest in resuming the cemetery clean up?
Bills - I have none
Group photo for website – tabled till spring
Bike rodeo for spring – N. Marion Schools do not have a similar function. Would probably be willing to let us use a parking lot as long as our insurance met their requirements. School suggested coordinating with Aurora Colony Days or Hubbard Hop Festival. They would include a plug in their school newsletter.
Reopening party – tabled till spring
Good of the Order: