The Dalles City Council Meeting recap 7/13

The Dalles City Council met last night. In addition to items on the agenda, councilors gave reports on what they’ve been involved with recently. Councilor Rod Runyon reported that the Veteran’s museum, which had been housed in the American Legion building until it sold recently, has found a new home:

“We are going to be moving into what were the municipal chambers of city hall. Municipal Court is now held in council chambers. This is really a good thing. And I think we’re going to have a good partnership with the fire district because of the first responder museum, which is kind of a static museum, we’re going to incorporate that and try to make that a more robust position as well. So looking forward to it. It’ll probably be, probably toward the middle to the end of August before we’re up and running in the new facility.” 

Councilor Linda Miller reported on watching fireworks on July 4. She noted a number of people parking on Scenic Drive for the view and had this comment: 

“A lot of people complained about the dollars that were being spent on that, but it was great entertainment for the citizens of this community and we need to pay back to our citizens, and I think that was a good event.”

Councilors voted to accept the latest adjustment in payments to the city and county under the Enterprise Zone by Design LLC, otherwise known as Google. Due to the latest construction at the Taylor Lakes site, the annual payment to The Dalles and Wasco County will rise this year from $1.1 million to $1.2 million and next year and the following years through 2033 to $1.8 million.

On a smaller monetary scale, garbage rates in The Dalles will rise next month to cover the resumption of recycling. The 2.16 percent increase translates to 39 cents per month for a residential 32 gallon can service and 58 cents per month for a 90 gallon roll cart.

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