Castle Rock City Council report

Marlea Hanson

Musical festival organizers again met strong community resistance during the May 13 Castle Rock City Council meeting.

Schools Out 4 Summer III still anticipates staging a two-day music festival at an undeveloped plot off Larsen Lane SW featuring 70 performers, GoGo Girls and live painters. During the previous meeting, residents voiced concerns over traffic access, emergency services, drug use, noise and crowd control, and continuing concerns were brought up again as concert organizers seem ambivalent toward local worries.

Event promoters with We Stand United Productions have remained cryptic in regard to the intended location of the concert, stating on their Facebook page, “Directions will be released the day of. It will be held within 2 hours of Portland.” The page also indicated 475 had been sold for the event and it is expected the bulk of concert guests will be from outside the area.

Mayor Paul Helenberg proclaimed May 12-18, 2013 National Police Week, in recognition of service provided by all officers past and present, including lowering the flag at City Hall to half-mast on Wednesday to honor those who fell in the line of duty. Police Chief Bob Heuer accepted a warm handshake and applause from the room on behalf of his department.

Nancy Chennault, Cowlitz Economic Development Council representative, shared a PowerPoint presentation and plans to spruce up the Washington Lions Club Downtown Park featuring a monument to the memory of Harry Truman, a self-professed mountain man immortalized by his refusal to budge from his home when Mt. St. Helens erupted.

Mayor Paul Helenberger challenged all departments to submit by July 1 preliminary budget proposals reflecting both a 3% increase and a 7.5% decrease, to accommodate funding opportunities or shortfalls in the upcoming months.

Discussion and prices regarding speed-calming devices at the boat ramp listed speed bumps (least costly but most damaging to vehicles) and speed humps (wider and more visible), costs ranging from around $1500 to $8,000-9,000.

The Castle Rock Library asked to step up hours and recall laid-off workers, which was declined due to still uncertain funding. Other tax revenue projections, which fell short in the long run, were cited.

“I don't want to extend hours and hire people back, only to have to lay them off again,” explained Helenberger. 

The city council members adjourned early for an executive session on possible litigation of an undisclosed nature. Requests for more information went unanswered.

The next City Council meeting is scheduled May 28 due to Memorial Day Holiday. If you need special accommodations to participate in this meeting, please contact Ryana Covington at (360) 274-8181 by 9 a.m. three days prior to the meeting.