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INDEX CONCERNS: COMMUNITY GARDEN, CLEAN UP DAY, REITERS PROJECT
May 15, 2009
(INDEX,WA) -- At the Index town council meeting in April a representative from Sky Valley Chamber of Commerce asked for a resolution to keep State parks open, specifically Wallace Falls.
Index Mayor Bruce Albert has previously corresponded with State Representatives and Governor Gregoire on the issue. Council member Karen Sample read a sample resolution and moved to adopt it with changing wording to show Index, and giving it a resolution number after two other resolutions were addressed on the agenda. The motion carried.
Resident David Cameron reported the community garden was up and running. A motion was made to use Wojnich estate funds to install water for the community garden, with members paying $15 per plot per year for water to the garden. The motion was carried.
It was mentioned during council comments there would be a spring clean up in Index this year. Spring clean up day in Index is scheduled for tomorrow, May 16th and will include hazardous material collection as well as a bin for metal.
Mayor Albert mentioned during the meeting there has been illegal wood cutting along the Crescent Trail. An email was received reporting a specific person had stolen the wood, but the report turned out to be a suspicion rather than fact. Mayor Albert pointed out there needs to be a witness that can sign an affidavit. Witness to illegal cutting should let town officials the sheriff’s deputies know what is going on.
Mayor Albert and council members Karen Sample and Dean Johnson are up for reelection this year, with the filing period the beginning of June.
Albert mentioned there has been trouble in the past getting local residents to take council seats and he appreciates those who have stepped up but at the same time noted there has only been one person running per seat for the past 25 years and it might be good for the town to have some competition for those seats.
Albert’s intention is that he would like to be done being mayor but he’s aware over the last four years that being mayor is not a simple process and his decision to seek the position again will be determined by if anyone is on the list to run and if he has confidence that the person could manage the town in a satisfactory manner.
There was also discussion at the meeting over the Reiters Foothills project. During public comments members of the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Reiter Foothills project resented concept maps and information to the council. There is concern on the part of the agency and committee to take into account the aquifer recharge area for the town. The maps presented show both motorized and non-motorized trails and access.
There was discussion about gates and fencing on trail entrances so it would be clear to recreational riders what is a motorized area and what is not. It was noted this would be made as obvious as possible.
A Special Event’s Checklist for the Index Art Festival on August 1st was presented. There was discussion about using Avenue A and parking. In the past parking has not been an issue but if the event grows larger it will become an issue.
Councilperson Sample asked about garbage collection for the event and council member Bill Cross noted that garbage has not been an overwhelming consideration.
Sample moved to approve the checklist and with a second the motion was carried.
A Special Event’s Checklist for using the park for a family picnic by members of a family who lived in Index for many years was presented. There was a motion to accept the checklist as presented and with a second the motion carried.