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Centralia Chronicle (Newspaper) - December 13, 2001, Centralia, Washington Local amp Northweste i dealing with effects of fatal collision by Julie m. Grahan the chronicle be Ell a superintendent Tom Wix d wednesday Jyz Ujj evening told Perch a. Ell school sch0llb0ard Board members they could be proud of their students and Community in the Wake of a fatal automobile Accident dec. 3. The two car collision just West of Doty on state route 6 killed be Ell resident Diana k. Dobbins whose husband is the school s technology specialist and whose children attend the scowl. The other Driver. Ricky g. Nelson whose wife is the school nurse remains at Arborview medical Center in Seattle. The Day of the Accident school officials decided to keep school As Normal As possible Wood said. Administrators met with teachers and other workers and asked them to watch for students upset by the tragedy. Counselor Matt Whitmire was available to meet with pupils and family Counselor Patrick Zock also offered his services Wood said. The following Day school did Start late As the effect of what happened began to sink in but the school had Normal hours the rest of the week. Wood said. A room was set aside for students who needed it. Wood described the Community As putting its arms around both families. People wanted to know what had happened but also How they could help he said. A Spaghetti dinner and silent auction to Benefit the Dobbins and Nelson families will run from 5 to 7 30 . Friday at the be Ell High school cafeteria. Cost for the meal is s4 per person or Sio per family. Information is available from Sheryl Pilz 291-2616. In other business a the school Board approved goals of decreasing by 25 Napavine awaits automated garbage service by Laurie Hull the chronicle Napavine a tuesday evening new Blue cans were on the minds of the Napavine City Council. Jim Kalkus a a fro in Lemay Napavine inc. Addressed qty Cound the Council regarding the automation of garbage pickup serv ice in the City. A a dec. 19we will have an automated truck in town along with a regular truck for Kalkus said. This plan to automate the City was previously addressed when the Council approved the contract for serv ices with Lemay. Quot on the 26th of december the entire route should be Kalkus continued. The company has already begun to replace old single cans with the Blue garbage cans. Rates and a schedule May be obtained from Lemay or from Napavine City Hall. Kalkus did mention that residents were previously provided with this information. In other Council business a the Council approved moving into the study phase for wetlands. Fish and wildlife on the property East of Rush Road Between the Newaukum River and the area at the top of the Hill. Both commercial and residential development plans Are in the works for the site. A plan amendment increased the amount of commercial zoning in the area. Plans Are not final because More studies Are required. A the Council approved on first Reading ordinances dealing with a i percent increase in property taxes. And an and Valorme tax that fixes the amount of Revenue raised in 2002 at i percent. This reflects a 3-cent increase Over the s2.30 per $1,000 collected in 2001. A the Council adopted a sewer plan Resolution to have the Washington department of ecology begin looking seriously at a sewer plan for Lewis county sewer District i Chehalis and Napavine. A the Council held discussion on the wording of the City and police department policy regarding the hiring of police personnel. A City cleric Laverne Haslett also repented that water and sewer rates would be going up is per month and the charge for excessive use Over the first 300 cubic feet would change from s1.50 to is .75. The next Council meeting will be held at 7 . On dec. 18, with the Napavine planning commission meeting at 7 30 the same evening. A a a Laurie Hull the can mule s South Lewis counts correspondent Muy he Rem Heil be mail Al , or by Telephone at 266-0330. Lewis county troopers will be getting new Boss by the chronicle the Washington state patrol lieutenant responsible for Lewis and Colwitz counties since the mid-1990s has been promoted and has left the Southwest Washington area Robert g. Lenz is now capt. Lenz in Chaine of District 7, which includes three counties along the Northern interstate 5 corridor according toll. Marty Butler. Washington is divided into eight districts. His promotion nov. 27 coincided with the arrival of a new head of District 5. Capt. Came Greene 42, is the new commander for District 5, which includes Lewis Colwitz Clark Skamania and Klickitat counties. Her office is in Vancouver Wash. Green s promotion from a commercial vehicle division based in Olympia makes her the first female District commander in the state. She has been with the Washington state patrol for nearly 23 years according to Butler. Butler said a replacement for Lenz could be in place As Early As the first part of next year. The three sergeants who work in Lewis county and reported to Lenz Are sgt. Karen de Witt sgt. Jeff Speer and sgt. Kandi Patrick who works out of the East Lewis county office in Morton. Percent students not meeting standards in math and Reading on the Washington assessment of student learning by 2004. The goals based on scores from 2001, Are required by the state. Last Spring 64.3 percent of fourth graders 29.2 percent of seventh graders and 76.7 percent of 10th graders met or exceeded the Standard in Reading. In math. 39.3 percent of fourth graders 20.8 percent of seventh graders and 33.3 percent of 10th graders did. A the three members present unanimously elected Chip Elliott who was excused and Tom Muller to another term As chairman and vice chairman respectively. Muller was sworn in for another term. Member Kelly flock who was not present wednesday evening will be sworn in in january. A a a Julie m. Graham covers education for the chronicle. She May be reached by email at or by calling s07-s232. Winlock May be facing higher taxes by Laurie Hull the chronicle Winlock a monday evening the Winlock City Council was greeted with an audience wondering Why rates and taxes needed to be raised for the Winlock City Council coming year. Beginning with the first Reading of an ordinance for the and Valorme tax for 2002 and ending with discussion of business licenses the Council reported the changes won t be final until the second Reading which will occur dec. 27. The and Valorme tax fixes the amount of Revenue the City can raise. Currently the rate is s2.44 per $1,000 of assessed valuation. This rate will go to $2.60 for the coming year which As City clerk Kathy Korpi pointed out is within the i percent limit on increases. Quot the budget will be revisited and some items May stay and some May go. We set the budget As Best As we could Quot mayor Lee Wheeler said. The City will also raise the property tax by i percent Over last year s Levy amount. Korpi said she checked with the county assessors office on this and the procedure the City is using is Correct. Considerable controversy arose Over proposed increases in water rates projected to go up by 50 cents per month for both residential and commercial customers and in sewer rates projected to increase by $6 per month for each customer. Councillors were asked if there in t any other Way of balancing the budget. A i m increasing my own taxes and fees a councilor Sheryl John responded. Quot the Council would really appreciate it if the Public came to our posted workshops. We have been pulling our hair out. We need input from the citizens. We did the Best we could do. I have heard some ideas today that we would have loved two weeks ago Quot business owner general Cothren asked if the City had looked into cutting staff rather than raising taxes. Quot we have Cut a lot out of the budget Quot John told Cothren. Quot supplies the association of Washington cities convention attendance which has been very valuable to us in the past. We found we could not Cut staff after much consideration and discussion. Please come to our Public meetings and give your a the sewer study which is mandated must be paid for Quot Wheeler said. A your share of the study comes to a Little Over $2 per household. The removal of sludge at the Plant is another additional $15,000, and this amounts to $2.50 per household. This has t been dealt with Over the past three or four years by the Council. The department of ecology came Down and told us we had to take care of if the City does not do so the mayor said the state Agency May either shut the Plant Down or take it Over. A we Are not just raising rates to raise them. We have to Quot Wheeler emphasized. The Council also set for Public hearing a business License fee gambling tax and storm water fee. It was explained that the storm water fee would be needed to provide Money for upgrades on culverts and drains in the City and would be about $2.50 a month. Quot we Are Down in a deep Valley Here and we need to upgrade the system which handles storm water Runoff a said Leroy Zwiefelhofer Public works director. Quot we have to. The second Street upgrade wiped out the budget and we would like to do More but need a funding the Public hearings will be held prior to the Jan. 14 Council meeting. The City will advertise for Legal services because Winlock has three new Council members and a new mayor and councillors think a change May be needed. Quot we have nothing against City attorney Mark Scheib Meir or the Way he has done his Job but feel we need to look at other options As Well a Wheeler said. The City has set Jan. 15 As a deadline for Legal firms or attorneys to Contact the City with a decision planned for Jan. 2. The Council changed the dec. 19 meeting to dec. 27 at 7 ., which will be the next regular meeting. A a a Laurie Hull the cd Omicle s South Lewis county correspondent May be reached by e mail at , or by Telephone at 266-0330.voice of the people what does being an american mean to you ? Dan Mccain a that s a Tough one. Well. I done to mind paying my taxes now. At least they re being used for something Ron mount Dan Mccain general control Tor Morton a Freedom and the right to practice my own religion. I think that a it in a Ron mount manufacturer s representative Seattle Don mustered Liz Blomberg a Freedom compared to other countries. We re got a lot of rights in this country so pm staying right Here. The rides other countries have i Coic fort Ima tie swing by Don mustered maintenance worker Onalaska a Freedom of Choice being Able to come and go As we Liz Blomberg pm dui Tion sewing Onalaska no strings attached tool l Bailey / the chronicle Repetto Weston Lucas left and pm Neochio Dani Spah right rehearse a scene from the . West High school production of a pin Neochio a the Chehalis schools sixth annual children a show. Performances Are at 7 30 . Friday and 2 and 7 30 . Saturday in the . West High school theater. General seating tickets Cost $3 and a canned food donation for the local food Bank. Advance tickets Are available at the High school office during school hours the food donation May be brought to the door at performance time. Running time of the production is slightly More than an hour

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