By Judy Woods
Yesterday, we were able to visit with the newly elected Mayor of Gold Bar. Her name is Linda Loen, and what a nice lady she is. She made it clear that although she respected the job that former Mayor Joe Beaver did for Gold Bar it is nothing compared to the respect that she has for him now, what with the long hours that are needed to get the work done that needs to be done in order to govern a small city such as Gold Bar.
Linda is originally from the San Fernando Valley in California. Her family was able to have rabbits, a goat, a snake for a while, chickens and a nice vegetable garden, all on the lot on which their house sat. She still yearned for the country, so as soon as she could, she moved to Washington with her family. First, it was Lynwood, then eventually, Gold Bar.
Linda loves being of service to her community and decided to run for mayor with the urging of her friends and family. She has a long list of projects that she would like to see accomplished, but she realizes that it will all take time and money. One of the first things is to clean out all of the affected catch basins and storm drains to help control the flooding in some neighborhoods. To her, one flooded yard is one too many and if there is a way to control it, great. Another is to renew the striping on the streets. Her big dream for this summer is to develop a bike, skateboard and rollerblade park on a lot there in the city. It would involve developing three oval tracks, one inside the other. She feels that the early teen kids would enjoy something like this, since the city offers them little for entertainment presently.
Some of her other goals are a recreational development of the Wallace River for families; a boat launch on the river; safe passage across the railroad tracks and a museum. She would love to feature an old water wheel that is evidently stored in town. Can you imagine how nice it would be if this is all done?
If you are interested in helping to make improvements in town go to the City Council meetings to find out how you can help. The meetings are on the first and third Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. at City Hall. The more people who are involved, the more that can get done, and the more positive things become.
Ever wonder why it’s so hard getting roads repaired?
This information was provided by Aric Motse, who works in a paving department, on how to calculate the cost of road repaving.
* Use a cost of $120,000 per lane mile for two-lane roads;
* Use a cost of $502,000 per lane mile for four-lane roads.
*Aforementioned costs do not include other appurtenances such as lighting, guardrails and noise walls.
*The lane miles reported by tech services includes collectors/distributors, but not ramps.
Does that whole thing just blow your socks off, or what? Just to pave a mile!
Don’t forget the Lego Club on Thursday March 8 at 12:30 a.m. at the Sultan Library for ages 5 to 12. Then, for the teens, there is a whole list of technical and creative projects for you at the library on March 7, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Sounds like it would be a lot of fun.
Are you aware that you can check out movies and it doesn’t cost you a dime? Why are we driving all the way to Monroe to rent a movie?
Car thefts and burglaries are up again. So here we go again, trying to remember if we took all of our valuables out of our car and locked it up before we went inside. When we got that new electronic gadget, did we remember to record the serial and model numbers before we even began to use it? Did we leave outside lights on at night time? Did we lock the door and windows before we left the house?
Let’s protect ourselves from crime!