Secretary’s Report: Jill Davis reports the two hay workers granted a long-term camping extension by the City Council in Kemp Olson (City) Park gained the city coffers about $1500 through May - approximately as much as usually collected over the course of the camping season. They are expected to return again for more work in the near future, and two campsites will be reserved during Cheese Days to accommodate them. By all reports they are generally quiet campers outside their somewhat noisy diesel pickup trucks leaving early in the mornings.
Jim Fluckinger asked the procedure for other campers seeking to remain beyond the usual 7-day maximum stay.
As with the two seasonal agriculture campers, applications may be made to the City Council for approval to remain beyond one week with 30 days before returning. This policy was established in line with other city, county and state park limitations to invite family recreation and tourism in favor of transient tenancy. While
“nobody will throw them out on Day 8,” a phone poll of City Council members offers an alternative to waiting 2 weeks or more for the next Council meeting.
Park registration tickets are collected Monday mornings by City Clerk Michelle Whitten, more often if notified by Rick Kindle, the on-site liaison. One camper was asked by the police to depart last week due to non-payment, according to records. Another family some time ago brought along their chickens, related one Board member, indicative of long term occupancy intention.
Regarding kitchen use, reservations are on a first come, first served basis. It was noted that campers often presumed the kitchen was open for their use, conflicts arising when people with paid kitchen reservations met overnighters already using the facilities.
Kitchen fees are reviewed in September to assess viability.
Camping fees currently run $25 for full hookups, $20 without, $10 for tenting.
Cheese Days Bazaar: only one query was received regarding including this feature in the Cheese Days 4-day weekend. Last year’s bazaar offered sparse vendor participation and few attendees, so it seems unlikely to be included at this late date.
Boat launch fees don’t reflect actual use of the ramp, with lack of convenient after-hours ticketing or pay system available for day users cited as one reason for non-compliance. One suggestion included signs alerting users of remote monitoring.
Jon Cravens asked about stocking or selling firewood for use at Kemp Olson Park. Toledo Lions Club was credited with originally providing it with the intent the Park would charge a nominal fee to campers. Currently the firewood is depleted, various members present agreed to look into getting it replaced shortly.
RCO (Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office) Grant application passed first review, returned to the city for further refinement and design specifications. This grant would offer up to $97,000 in matching funds to upgrade park facilities including an RV dump. Matching funds may be monies raised by community groups, donated materials and labor.
Steamboat Alley: By email, Jamie Cummings invited all interested volunteers to join a work party Sunday, June 12 onsite to repurpose pallets into planters. The Board members agreed to designate Steamboat Alley as a pocket park.
Walk in the Park: Slated for September 24, this fun-raiser includes one of Ester Borte’s noted quilts titled “Walk In The Park - Blue Lagoon” up for raffle…
Rose Garden Restoration: The original design relied upon resources to acquire specific plants at peak transplanting times. Scheduling conflicts precluded realizing that vision, and generous donations of time and plants, rockery border steam-cleaned to reveal a diverse collection of stones in concrete, and inspired several members present to complete the perimeter in concrete before Cheese Days, and add more plants. JIm Fluckinger offered to donate the estimated 20 bags of cement required and loan a mixer, Aaron Bacon to donate the expertise and labor needed.
Mike Morgan commented that, during Jaime Herrera-Beutler’s visit a few weeks ago to Toledo’s new Wastewater Treatment Facilities to reiterated her push for small communities needing funding for these major projects, an impromptu tour of the plant was suggested by City Clerk Michelle Whitten, and Jon Cravens stepped up to expertly describe the design and operation, answering any and all questions put to him. This, according to Mike, despite Jon’s usual reticent nature and preference to work behind the scenes. All present agreed kudos were in order.
Meeting was adjourned 3:32 pm
Today: Gary says, Change in plans... Brian has his soil ready for some planting time. Changing time to 11 a.m. and we will meet in front of the new Steam Boat Plaza across from the Gospodor Eagle sculpture. We were not able to work on these planters Wednesday as planned as there was construction underway.
Friday we can focus on the planters at the Gospodor Eagle sculpture. We will meet there at 10:30 a.m.
Wednesday Joh Jones and I were able to finish Chimi's Family Restaurant planter.
They were pleased with the plant selection and happy to have it done for them. Hopefully Common Ground will have continuing success.
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Also today: Baccalaureate 7 p.m. at Toledo First Baptist Church.
Steamboat Alley’s Jamie Cummings says: This Sunday at 10 a.m., we'll be meeting in the Alley to break up pallets and rebuild them into planters. Bring gloves and hammers and help spruce the place up a bit in advance of Cheese Days! Contact her at (360)864-2602 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
*Correction: Wednesday’s Column (06.08.2016) incorrectly attributed the recent improvements at the Memorial Rose Garden at the entrance to Kemp Olson Park to Common Grounds. Katie Pomeroy spearheaded the drive to revitalize the corner with help from several volunteers and donations of mulch, sand and assorted flowering plants and ground cover, shrubs and young trees.
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