- Toledo School District: Routes Combined Temporarily *
- Recap: City Council Meeting October 7 *
- Lewis County Water Alliance: Lewis County Planning Meeting Tonight *
- National Weather Service: Snow Levels Dropping *
- Rep. Herrera Beutler: Congressional App Challenge *
- 2020 Seed Swap Reminder: Save Now
- Not Strictly Toledo: Health & Hope Medical Outreach *
- Today: Ukulele Lessons *
- Future-Tripping: Feeds, Fundraisers, Forms, Fun & More *
Toledo School District: Routes Combined Temporarily
Families on routes 9, 5 and 11 may experience delays in bus service for the next few days. Family emergencies and a lack of substitute drivers is causing us to combine routes. We thank everyone for their understanding as we work through this situation.
Recap: City Council Meeting - 10.07.2019
Police Chief John Brockmueller reported no significant change in statistics since his last report to the Council.
City Clerk Michelle Whitten related illegal dumping had taken place at Toledo’s long-closed dumpsite on the outskirts of town. Councilman Neuman asked if dumpers might be unaware of the closed status. Given the perpetrators disabled the locked gate to gain entrance, this scenario was deemed unlikely. Various reinforcing solutions were discussed to preclude further infractions.
Olequa Senior Center hosted a Short Course in Planning on September 19; Toledo Planning Commission & several Lewis County towns were also represented.
One new water hook-up to report, 2 more anticipated.
Striping on resurfaced streets to be scheduled.
Public Works: Michael Fisher hauled treatment plant solids, began testing fresh water systems, scheduling various light replacements & repairs for prioritized locations, and more.
Appointment of new Planning Commission Board member Brian Dennis - Passed.
Annual Bluegrass Festival in August (usually hosted at high school) to be held at Kemp Olson City Park in 2020 (due to school construction). Overflow parking to be arranged with Toledo Elementary School, or wastewater (filled) lagoons. Passed.
Public Comment: Lewis County Seniors’ Night of Magic October 19 at Twin Cities Senior Center supports all 5 Lewis County Senior Centers plus the nutrition program in Pe Ell. All invited to turn out for this evening of fun.
Workshop: 2020 Goals - Revenue Sources
2019 goals reviewed - establish aging water meter replacements, City Hall building updates & repairs.
2020 goals, suggestions considered:
Toledo Park Board requested facility fees be raised - no comment on fee change.
Public Works Supt. Michael Fisher spoke to details of water meter replacements & lighting, prioritizing oldest & those prone to needing repairs & upgrades. Performing this project in phases will keep work within budget. Some CAP-funded projects reimburse upon completion of entire job. Budget amendments to consider this delayed payout could be discussed.
Councilwoman Forga: Update for streetscaping - WSDOT impacts & limits degree of changes including safety considerations. Blinking yellow-red light on State Route 505 is considered critical for traffic & pedestrian safety, alerting travelers & non-residents of this intersection used by police & fire department.
Toledo Survey results will be published shortly; 292 respondents participated.
Lewis County Strategic Plan: Lewis County will be scheduling a public meeting in Toledo, time & date TBA.
Councilwoman Owen: Sidewalk installation on Washington & Maple Streets a priority for Toldo Elementary School safe crossing.
Police Chief Brockmueller: Need to surplus oldest vehicle, replace with new model.
Annual Cheese Ball Drop: gaining popularity.
Funding opportunities are largely population based; local retail & use tax revenues up.
TIB grants for Washington & Maple Street projects, Rep. Debolt on comprehensive water planning, precon engineering tied to property tax increases.*
Councilman Neuman: Lewis County property assessments have seen recent changes due to ag-turned-residential trend. (Lewis County) Assessor's website offers a wealth of information on how property valuations & taxes are formulated. Office of Financial Management census numbers based on “2.3 people per occupied residence, new or cancelled utility services, Emergency Management Budget.
Mayor Dobosh: Are we on target to meet 2019 (budget) numbers? Compared to previous years, avoiding artificially inflated numbers, yes.
Meeting adjourned. 7:08 PM
*Next Council meeting October 21, 2019 - tax assessments explained in detail.
Lewis County Planning Commission meeting (zoning code)
Lewis County Water Alliance’s Craig Jasper invites your support at this meeting.
(This) evening 10/8 from 6-8 pm is a planning workshop at the historic court house, 351 NW North St, Chehalis, Washington 98532. Mike Gallagher from the State Department of Ecology will be making a presentation on water rights.
If we want the Planning Commission to consider a ban on bottled water, attendance will be critical over the next few meetings. I have asked for the meetings to be live feed, and video recorded, but I have not received confirmation.
If you can attend in person please do so.
Anyone who wants to should have the opportunity to speak. You can bring written statements to the meeting, but will need 8 copies for commission members. In addition written comments may be sent to Lee.Napier@lewiscountywa.gov for consideration during the workshop.
This will be the 2nd workshop, in a series of workshops aimed at amending the rural zoning summary. The goal is to better protect our natural resources, and to keep rural areas rural.
I hope to see many of you there.
Toledo School District: School Lunch Account Notifications
We've had requests from parents to provide reminders when lunch account balances dip into the red. Beginning tomorrow evening, if your child's lunch account is negative, you'll receive an automated call to remind you to replenish their account. You can do this through Family Access or by stopping in at your school's office. We hope this service is helpful.
TES PTO: Congrats To TES Student For, Um, Losing…
*the readerboard can be used for all sorts of things! $5/day*
US National Weather Service Seattle Washington: Snow Levels Dropping
- Tuesday - Rain before 11am, then rain likely and possibly a thunderstorm between 11am and 2pm, then a chance of rain and thunderstorms after 2pm. High near 53. South southwest wind 5 to 9 mph becoming northwest in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.
- Tuesday Night - A 20 percent chance of rain before 11pm. Mostly cloudy during the early evening, then becoming mostly clear, with a low around 31. West northwest wind 6 to 11 mph becoming light and variable.
- Wednesday - Partly sunny, then gradually becoming sunny, with a high near 56. North wind 3 to 7 mph.
- Wednesday Night - Clear, with a low around 30. North wind 5 to 8 mph becoming calm in the evening.
- Thursday - Sunny, with a high near 60.
Fall 2019 Spotter Training Classes: Spotter training is always available online.
Click here to learn more about the SKYWARN program.
Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence: SAGE In Wenatchee
Jaime Herrera Beutler: Congressional App Challenge
Are you a student who has an idea for a new app? If so, you should enter the Congressional App Competition! I'm excited to once again host this year's app challenge for our Southwest Washington students. Submissions are due Nov. 1st. Learn more about the competition and how to sign up here: https://tinyurl.com/y2uakkb8
Centralia Farmer’s Market: Farmers Markets Specialty Crop Block Grant Workshop
Planning workshop for SCBG application to fund 4 Lewis County Farmer's Markets. Application deadline is Nov 4.
If you are interested in helping us promote agriculture, community, healthy food choices, local food access, and our local economy, join us! We will discuss project ideas, partnerships, plan of attack, and see what we come up with. This is a multi-year funding opportunity!!!!
Current managers, board members, agricultural producers, market vendors, and interested community members are asked to attend.
The four markets are Toledo Thursday Market, Morton Farmer's Market, Community Farmers Market of Chehalis, and Centralia Farmer's Market.
We will meet in the downstairs meeting room in the old (Lewis County) courthouse.
Please contact Marie Shankle for further information. Message/reply here or call 360-985-0662.
*Special thanks to Renee Terralumina for this heads up.
2020 Seed Swap Reminder: Save Now
Not Strictly Toledo: Health and Hope Medical Outreach
FREE MEDICAL CLINIC TONIGHT from 5:30 - 8:00pm
Located at 1911 Cooks Hill Rd. Centralia. (NW Pediatrics - West Building)
Health & Hope Medical Outreach provides FREE walk-in medical care and Mental Healthcare to the uninsured and under-insured of Lewis County and South Thurston County.
Today: Ukulele Lessons
1:00 – 3:00pm
Weekly on Tuesday
All skill levels welcome
Cafeteria @ Tribal Housing
107 Spencer Road
Toledo Indians Sports Schedule
Oct 11th vs. Kalama 7:00
Oct 18th vs. Wahkiakum 7:00 *Homecoming
Oct 25th @ Winlock 7:00
Nov 1st vs. Mossyrock 7:00
Nov 8th Crossover
Oct 14th @ Kalama 6:00
Oct 21st @ Castle Rock 6:00
Oct 28th vs.PeEll 6:00
Oct 9th @ Adna 4:00/6:00
Oct 14th JV vs. WF West 4:00 Varsity vs. Onalaska 6:00
Oct 16th @ Napavine 6:00
Oct 21st vs. Ilwaco 4:00/6:00 JV vs. Black Hills
Oct 23rd @ Toutle Lake 4:00/6:00
Oct 25th JV @ Black Hills 5:00
Oct 28th vs. Winlock 6:00
Oct 8th vs. MWP 5:45/7:00
Oct 10th @ Toutle Lake 5:45/7:00
Oct 15th vs. Mossyrock 5:45/7:00
Oct 17th @ Wahkiakum 5:45/7:00
Oct 22nd vs. Adna 5:45/7:00
Oct 15 @ Adna 3:30 bus @ 2:00
Oct 22 League Meet @ Rainier 11:00am bus @ 9:30
Nov 2 District Meet @ Onalaska 11:00 bus @ 9:30 am
Nov 9 State @ Pasco Sun Willows Golf Course
Future-Tripping: Feeds, Fundraisers, Fun & More
TES PTO posted: Box Tops App help raise funds for Toledo Elementary!
Here is the Box Tops email you can send your online receipts to when you do online shopping: email@example.com
Lewis County Water Alliance - We are a citizens group in Randle, WA fighting to keep Crystal Geyser from bottling and exporting our water. Our goal is to protect our water and environment for our families, our farms, our fish, and our future.
Update: Lewis County Water Alliance has received so much support from other towns & regions seeking to halt commercial water interests that Washington Water Alliance has been created.
*Special thanks to Deanna Busdieker, who condensed posts & threads into a shared folder: Link here.
Updated several times daily. The Other Toledo is committed to supporting our upriver neighbors in their challenge to preserve this precious natural resource. After all, we all live downstream.
Joe Notch reminds everyone: Vessel Safety Checks
You can request a free courtesy vessel exam by going to the Coast Guard Auxiliary website, the Coast Guard App or by calling our local vessel examiner, Bob Mccready at (360) 425-2468. More information at this Link: https://cgaux.org/vsc/
*PS They’ll come right to you for that courtesy vessel inspection. Joe Notch said so!
Wendy Carolan: Lewis County Kinship Support Group
There are many of us out here raising grandkids or other family members.
Join us as we share support and resources.
TES PTO invited: ISO Girl Scout Leaders
Toledo is looking for Girl Scout leaders. One person doesn’t need to be in charge, multiple people can lead a troop and split responsibilities. Let myself (Tina Lyon) or Kelly Schey know if you are interested or have questions.
The Cat's Meow Spay, Neuter & Adoption Project: Drive For New Clinic
We want to do more for the community!
Fixing 120 cats a month is not enough...we want to do 120 a week!
We NEED a spay/neuter facility in Lewis County.
If every person whose life we've touched would donate just $5 a month...or sign up with smile.Amazon and igive.com, we could have one up and running by this time next year!
Here's how: www.catsmeowsnap.org/join-us
Thank you for helping us help kittens & cats of SW Washington and the people who care for and love them!
Q: Is the Cat's Meow a 501(c)(3)?
A: yes, since 2011!
Visiting Hooves Miniature Therapy Horses & Bunnies:
*GoFundMe: Therapy animal Nonprofit devastated by hardships
Wood Sorrel Forest School: Get On The List For Next Term
Enrollment for Fall term is closed but we have started a waitlist for the next term! Email or direct message to get on the waitlist - it’s looking like a fun line-up with new classes like tumbling and robotics beginning in January!
!!NEW!! October 12: 2nd Saturday Breakfast @ Toledo Senior Center
!!NEW!! October 12: White Pass Ski Area hosts White Pass Job Fair
!!NEW!! October 12: White Pass Ski Area hosts Oktoberfest Fall Reunion
Live music from 2 pm - 5 pm with Genevieve
Season Pass purchase or pick-up available from 1pm - 3pm
!!NEW!! October 19: 20th Annual Cowlitz IndianPow Wow @ Clark County Event Center
October 12: Toledo Community Library Event - Bean & Seed Art
October 19: 20th Annual Cowlitz Indian Pow Wow @ Cowlitz Event Center
November 7: Farming with Fungi by Nature Nurture Farmacy and Camp Singing Wind
November 11: Veteran's Day Ceremony @ Kemp Olson Park
November 23-24: Holiday Artists’ Market @ Morgan Arts Centre
Toledo Builds a High School
Information regarding the building of a new high school in Toledo, WA beginning in November, 2018. Regular updates.
Toledo Thursday Market 2019 TTM Vendor Application.
Toledo Thursday Market 2019 Application PDF link here.
Tax-deductible GoFundMe page here.
Check out Latest Earthquakes at USGS.
Pacific Northwest Seismic Network has a new Tremor Map: https://tinyurl.com/y2pcbust
Check out US Tsunami Warnings at NOAA/Weather.
Air Quality Forecast at https://airquality.weather.gov
Cliff Mass Weather & Climate Blog: https://cliffmass.blogspot.com/
Visualize wildfire smoke with NASAWorldview - https://go.nasa.gov/2T7olog
Emergency Alerts: https://www.ready.gov/alerts (concise list with links)
Lewis County Burn Restrictions lifted 09.18.2019. Check here for changes.
Keep abreast of burn bans statewide: WA Burn Bans
WDFW: Dangerous wildlife
To report poaching in progress and emergency dangerous wildlife complaints, dial 911.
For non-emergency poaching or violation reporting, or non-emergency dangerous wildlife complaints, call 877-933-9847, or submit an online report. You can also text your poaching/violation tip to 847411 (TIP411).
Dangerous wildlife incident reports
Review wolf, cougar, and grizzly bear incidents in Washington state.
Response to dangerous wildlife complaints
WDFW policy directs agency employees to respond appropriately to dangerous wildlife incidents.
Cougar Management Removal Permit Program
Cougar removals may be conducted if warranted by a human-cougar interactions or a livestock or pet depredation.
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