Corrections: *March 22 Update: Vision:TOLEDO Arts, Rec and Events will NOT meet this Tuesday, but WILL gather as usual April 26 at 6:30 p.m. at the MAC. Visit website here or Facebook.
*March 23 Update: Senior Center serves mouth-watering meat lasagne with garlic bread, green salad, peaches and chocolate cake. March 25 features Seasoned Chicken Breast, Garlic Mashed Potatoes, Mixed Veggies. Apple Slices and dinner roll. RSVP $3/over 60. Sponsored in part by Area Agency on Aging. Contact Diana, firstname.lastname@example.org or (360)864-2112.
March 23 Toledo New Life 16th Annual Easter EGGstravagana 6 p.m. All children toddlers thru grade 5 invited to enjoy an Easter puppet show, free hotdogs, hot cocoa and coffee and, of course, TONS of eggs! Groups escorted by age from church, 420 Silver Street, to egg hunt at Middle School field across the street. Visit website or call (360)864-4366.
Library News - Pat writes:
Joh Jones wrote a grant that John Miller gave us for NW Farm Credit Services that is geared toward rural communities. We requested $1500 to go toward new computers for the library. I just heard that we are to receive $750 which will be a great help toward replacing our two troubled computers! Thanks, Joh, for your work!
Also, received a nice letter from President Obama thanking us for the work
in our community....I will put it on display at the library. Thanks to Don
Brenner for sending in the letter telling about us and what all you wonderful volunteers are doing!
Steamboat Alley replaces Hop Alley, and Jamie Cummings is losing no time rolling up her sleeves for the project. Already donated items are being checked off the list, and the artist’s rendering paints a welcoming place. Check it out on vision:Toledo’s website here.
Tech Corner: Remember Stagefright? This Android attack has returned as Metaphor. For details and help, check out this link to A Grey Area Computer Repair on Facebook, right here in downtown Toledo.
Native Soil Farm reported yesterday adding 3500 new strawberry plants to their growing business… do I need to apologize for that pun? On Facebook.
March 26th Toledo High School hosts Famous Five Dollar Omelet Breakfast 8-10 a.m. with local celebrity chef Martin Huffman. Skip the dishes and catch up on the week with your neighbors and friends while supporting Boys High School Soccer Team. Visit website here.
March 26 Lewis County Democratic Caucus convenes 10 a.m. at Toledo High School. Details here.
Last night’s City Council meeting opened with the Pledge of Allegiance followed by approval of last meeting’s minutes. Department reports: Craig McCown, Public Works, stated the first load of biosolids was dumped, the new system not draining as well as hoped. Signs around the city have been identified as needing replacement, and park clean up is scheduled.
Police Chief John Brockmueller reported 41 calls for Toledo since last meeting, 12 repeat calls which are expected to resolve with joint assistance from Cascade (Mental Health Care). Contracted services to Winlock report 38 calls.
City Manager Michelle Whitten confirmed all administrators received CPR training, then outlined various required and optional courses set forth by City’s insurance terms. Budget was on track, with annual and quarterly expenses appearing disproportionately elevated on this month’s spreadsheet. The BIG Community Meeting drew more than 70 people including representatives from Maria Cantwell and Jaime Herrera-Butler’s offices, plus Lewis County Commissioners Edna Fund, Bill Schulte and Gary Stamper. Survey results rated Toledo optimism and satisfaction high, crime and pessimism low.
No public comments on Agenda items were noted.
New Business: Liquor license renewals for IGA Market Fresh and Chimi’s Family Restaurant were both approved. The Planning Commission convened last week but lacked a quorum to move on changing an outdated ordinance requiring a $300 license to keep chickens within city limits. Mike Thomas is a candidate for the vacant seat on the Commission.
No Unfinished Business was noted.
Other business: Mark Hoiseck, a BMX enthusiast, asked about the process to promote a dog park at the former wastewater reservoir, sharing his vision and early research on works from as far away as The Netherlands. Hoiseck was encouraged to follow up with more detailed documents including conceptual drawings, in-depth projections and resources needed to move forward on the project. Council Member Guy Spratt reiterated the water park project has public support, though no report was filed at this meeting. The original Fire and Ice Scenic Loop was pronounced “dead” by one person, but City Manager Michelle Whitten said “not true...the current Lewis County Commission approved the project including 11X17 promotional handouts that periodically drop the Jackson Highway-State route 505 through Toledo towards Mt St Helens from their maps.” She added Lewis County Commissioner Gary Stamper has been a staunch ally in getting and keeping Toledo on this visitor and tourism publication, though the Fire and Ice meetings have not convened recently.
Public Input: clarification of the City Planning Commission candidate’s name was requested by TheOtherToledo.com columnist Marlea Hanson. Council member Greg Morosoff reminded everyone that Lewis County Democratic Precinct Caucus locations include Toledo High School beginning 10 a.m. March 26. A comment was noted that Toledo High School Boys Soccer is hosting their fundraiser breakfast on the same date 8-10 a.m.
The next meeting was set for April 4th. Meeting was adjourned approximately 6:45 p.m.* (Correction requested)