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Page 4 Wednesday, August 22, 2012 ]-he Adams County Record Council City Council soon BY DALE FISK At a budget meeting just before its August 14 council meeting, the City Council approved its budget for the fiscal year 2012 - 2013, which begins on October 1. During the budget meeting it was noted that Idaho Power had raised its rates, resulting in costs to power street lights going up 7.1% and all other power increasing by 6.7%. Dave Wilson said he will investigate whether the manhole at the sewer pond can be relined instead of completely replaced. The new software that the city purchased is installed and Clerk, Tami Testa, is putting it into use. Gene Foster (representing Council Uhamber of Commerce) and Dave Wilson explained their findings as to where a Christmas tree support hole can be placed in the town" square park. There are a number of problems with trees, power poles, underground utilities and other obstacles at several locations that were considered. The council came to a consensus for a suitable location, and Wilson promised to get the support installed as soon as he could. Foster joked, "If you don't get it in by Christmas, Santa won't visit you." Wilson laughed and guaranteed it would have it done by Christmas. Virgil Butler asked the council about the plans for sidewalks in front of his business, All About Wood, on the west side of Michigan Street. Engineer Doug Argo and the council discussed various alternatives. The plan has not been finalized, but all parties seemed to come to the conclusion that a reasonable allowance could be made so as not to impede access to Butler's business and still adequately control water runoff. Butler reminded the council that he is taking building inside the compound. The remark was made that Verizon could be supplying cell service to Council by the end of this month. Water .meter issue Kelly Cole confronted the council about a water meter location. He said that back in 2005 he disagreed with the way the sidewalk entryways were planned onto his property on Michigan Street (just north of All About Wood) and, as he put it, he "wouldn't allow it." Cole said he had learned, because he had disagreed with the plan, Holiday Engineering had installed his water meter on the other side of a ditch where it is unusable, "purely out of spite" He said he had asked Dan Huter to have the meter moved to the other side of the ditch where pledges at All About it would be usable and Wood for the proposed Huter had said he "wasn't Welcome to Council sign. Dan Morris from Cambridge Telephone Company worked out an agreement with the city for better access to the cell tower enclosure east of town. Verizon is installing an antenna on the tower there, and placing an equipment in favor of it" because Cole had protested the $7.65 billing the city is Charging for unused water connections. Rich Laine brought up a related issue of a pipe that had been installed by Holliday Engineering that should not have been placed under Cole's property because they had not obtained a signature of easement. Laine asked Cole if the city moved the water meter to the other side of the ditch if Cole would agree to let the city leave the pipe in place. Cole replied that he wanted to address one issue at a time and not mix them. It became evident that there are actually two water meters for Cole's property -- a previously existing one and the newer one. When Huter mentioned this, Cole - shot back, "That's an insult Dan; it's unusable:' However, no one seemed to know if the older meter was in working condition or not. It was mentioned that it could be replaced with a new one if it wasn't functional. But Cole insisted that if Holliday Engineering's contract called for a water meter at a different location than where they put it, the city "will" put it where it is supposed to be. Cole kept insisting that there must be a contract that specifed where the "new water meter was to be installed, and that that contract should be found to see what it said. "If they have to put a new meter to my property by contract, it will be put in a useable place;' he emphasized. "The current one isn't." The council said they would do their best to locate the contract in question, if it exists. When the subject changed to the trespass of the pipe on Cole's property, he stated that he had wanted to keep the two issues separate, "to see how much BS I got in here and from the Holiday. representative here. We'll fight it all the way, so remove your pipes!" Cole continued, "I see every intent to avoid the issue-that the meter is put in an unusable position. So if that's the attitude, and the letter from the Mayor said they could move it any time if I don't like it on the property, well I'll take him up on his offer. Too much BS and no straight talk:' He said the city had ten days to move the pipe. Dave Wilson said it would take less than an hour to remove the pipe, so the city decided to just go ahead and take it out. Whether the old meter works or not .was not the issue for Cole, even though it seemed evident that this previously existing meter could serve Cole's property. He vowed to pursue the matter if the newer meter was in the wrong place, saying, "I don't need the older one. But if the new one is desighed to service the lot by contract, you will put it over in a useable place: You guys have an opportunity to say yes or no. But if it's no, then put it in writing and it's a final order from the City of Council and we'll pursue it, but that's just the legal process. So I'll need a written order of what you guys decide to do." At that point, Cole left the meeting. HUD house The council decided to auction the house on Friendship Lane in November, setting a minimum bid at $20,000 and accepting written bids until November 1. The highest written bid will be the starting point for the live auction. An open house is planned for October 13 and 14. Gene Foster offered to act as the broker for the sale at no charge. Hundreds expected to attend nonprofit conference in Ontario An estimated 250 to 300 representatives from nonprofit organizations throughout Eastern Oregon and Southwest Idaho will attend the Eastern Oregon Nonprofit Conference September 13-14, at the Four Rivers Cultural Center. "Creating Vital Communities through Collective Impact" offers measurement, mutu- ing is that large-scale Hamada, Next Door, Inc.; ally reinforcing activities, social change really David Atkin, Nonprofit continuous communica- requires a convergenceSupport Services; Lisa tion, and backbone sup- of several organizations Dawson and Sara Miller, port - can be applied in efforts;' said Kelly Poe, Northeast Oregon a rural context, director of the Malheur Economic Development Meyer Memorial Trust, Oregon Community Foundation, The Swigert Foundation, and Bank of the Cascades will be on hand to visit infor- The fact that of the Commission on Children District; and Vernita mally with conference $5.1 billion in federal & Families. Ediger, RDI. Workshop attendees at a reception grant funds awarded in "That's what collective topics will' include . in the Japanese Garden Oregon, only 2.4 percent impact is . nonprofits, updates on IRS require- at FRCC. The opening ($125 million) went to governments, businesses, ments for nonprof- plenary session begins rural communities, sets and the public coming its, information to help at 9 a.m. Sept. 14, with the stage for a 90-min- together to have a greater board members tackle a full dW of workshops site. Friday Only: $40 -- Thursday's Reception and Friday's Programs: $50. Opportunities also are available via this site to those businesses for whom the nonprofit sec- tor is a target market. "As anyone from our region knows, to par- ticipate in a conference generally requires sub- stantial travel and signifi- an opportunity for non- ute seminar presentedimpact on a social prob- issues more strategically, and networking opportu; cant expenses;' said Barb profit leaders to meet by Kathy Ingram (Kathylem. "And given the finite and grantseeking, fund- nities concluding at 4:30 Higinbotham, executive Oregon funders and gain R. 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