The Dalles City Council Meeting Recap 9/14

The Dalles City Council met last night and among the items on the agenda was a report with some statistics on the COVID-19 situation from Dr. Mimi McDonell of North Central Health District:

“In the world, we are 28 million cases and more than 922,000 deaths due to COVID. In the US, there have been more than 6 and a half million cases, 194,000 deaths where we’re at. Oregon, I’m very happy to say, we are almost at the bottom, which is rare for us to be happy about that, but we’re, like fourth from the last. So in Oregon, overall, compared to other states in the U.S. We’re actually doing exceptionally well, and people should be proud of that.”

Councilors also upheld an appeal by local residents opposed to a controversial subdivision on the east side of The Dalles. The vote was 4 to 1, with Councilor Darcy Long-Curtiss being the sole no vote.

In an item of unfinished business, councilors passed a complimentary pair of ordinances eliminating a section of the city municipal code dealing with bed and breakfast and vacation rentals and replacing it with a new section regulating short-term rentals. That was another 4 to 1 vote with Councilor Darcy Long-Curtiss again being the sole no vote.

And councilors easily unanimously approved an intergovernmental agreement with Klickitat County dealing with a grant for the Columbia Gorge Regional Airport in Dallesport, which the city and county jointly own. The grant will be used to construct a new storage hangar at the airport that will also provide training space for a new aircraft maintenance technician program coming to Columbia Gorge Community College. Airport Manager. Aryn Rasmussen explained it this way:

“Half of the building will be used by the college, and the other half identified a need for short-term hangar facilities for corporate jets that come in maybe for a night or two or a couple weeks, to get their aircraft out of the weather. We don’t currently have any larger facilities to park larger jets like that, and most of them leave and go down to the Portland area.”