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Letters to the Editor published Oct. 16

A Fair to Remember was memorable

To the editor:

On Sept. 20, The Estates Golf and Country Club hosted its first vendor fair, “A Fair to Remember.”

This was a charity event for the Woodburn food bank. We hosted with Cascade Park and invited more than 100 vendors to attend.

We had an overwhelming response from our downtown business community. Fifty vendors came with wonderful handouts and raffle gifts and food for the guests. Our community here could not believe how many businesses are in Woodburn. It was very educational for all who attended.

We had about 200 people come through the auditorium and visit. We had a golf cart in one corner, fresh roses, Nanaimo bars, chicken wraps, homemade soup and desserts, specialty cookies, calendars, art demonstrations, neck massages, dental kits, legal advice, insurance, travel opportunities, information on natural foods, real estate information and the list goes on. Every vendor said they would do it again. It was a great experience.

The Estates Golf and Country Club is no longer a well-kept secret and Woodburn has every business you could need.

Thank you to all that participated. The food bank was very grateful to receive 375 pounds of food and $850 for food purchase. This charity experience was a great success.

Sharyn Cornett

The Estates Vice President and Activities Director

Woodburn

Current NM board can be trusted with levy money

To the editor:

At the risk of my conservative credibility, sorry, but I support the four-year operation bond for the North Marion School District.

I, like most district patrons, must rely on our elected board members to oversee school business, and I feel we have a very good school board in place to make those judgments.

The current 53 percent state grant on levy proceeds is also a benefit from this bond. Although there is a long list of wants for this bond levy, I feel that with the administration and board in place at this time it would be spent wisely.

Ray Doubrava

Hubbard

No way to run a city

To the editor:

I was invited to a meeting of the Historic Woodburn Neighborhood Association on Monday, Oct. 7.

Sharon Corning (chair) offered the invitation knowing full well I did not support saving the sequoias that are the center of a dispute between the city of Woodburn and ODOT.

Jim Cox (city councilor) is doing pro bono work for the property owner and/or heirs to the estate that the trees are located on. Mr. Cox was the moderator for the HWNA meeting and, at first, answered questions from the members as they tried to develop a strategy to save the trees.

About halfway through the meeting, Mr. Cox put on his city council hat (in my opinion) and laid out the cold, hard truth. The planning director is the one person who has complete authority to approve the removal permit or deny the request. The decision is not appealable to the city council. If the request is approved, Mr. Cox said ODOT could be out there the next day removing the sequoias.

Mr. Cox said that what is needed is strong political pressure from the city council to have the PD deny the permit for approval of the trees. A suggestion was made to have the city administrator visit with the PD — the point being either have the PD say no to the permit or turn the final decision over to the city council. Fair and balanced, hardly.

In other words, say no to the tree permit or start looking for another job — remember Dan Brown.

Threats and intimidation is not the way to run a city but in Woodburn that has now become standard operating procedure. Communities deteriorate when rules, laws, etc., are allowed to be massaged, twisted or just ignored to suit whatever change is wanted. Perhaps the HWNA should work toward improving the city council (long overdue) and either improving the performance of the city administrator or finding a replacement. Woodburn, like any city, is a work in progress and good old common sense is needed to be successful.

But, there is a fine line between common sense and insanity and I believe Woodburn has reached the insanity level and needs a lot of citizen involvement to improve the quality of life.

Terry Will

Woodburn

City hasn’t followed up with requests

To the editor:

I have asked the City of Woodburn for the salary and benefits for 2012 and 2013 for three employees: City Administrator Scott Derickson, Human Resources Director Mike Hereford, and Communications Coordinator Jason Horton.

The city received this request on Oct. 4 and, as of Oct. 11, I have not received any information about my request. I would like to know if wage and benefits increases were given to these three employees.

What happened to the six employees that had their wages cut $10,795.20 to $17,347.20 per year? The city had a request for proposals for grounds maintenance service contract, due Aug. 16. Who received the bid and what will the contractor be paid to do the work? The proposal said that the contract will be awarded on Sept. 9 with Commencement of Services on Oct. 1. When were the wages of these six employees cut? Oct. 1.

Maybe it was the work that the six employees were doing.

When will the union start renegotiations for the six employees?

Gary D Will

Woodburn



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