By R.J. MARX
Rates for garbage pickup will be increasing 1.18 percent, the City Council announced at the June 2 meeting. Fred Semmler, general manager of Recology Western Oregon, spoke to the council seeking feedback on the company’s service to the city.
“Are you going to be able to add glass to the recycle bin?” asked councilor
“No, and there’s a reason for it, and it’s not my choice. DEQ has taken a very firm stance in the state of Oregon. There are a couple of communities of this size, Dundee and Newberg, recently tried to initiate curbside collection of commingled glass, with paper and cardboard and other materials. They came to a city council meeting during the rate approval evening. It was stacked for approval, and they put an hour-long presentation giving compelling reasons why they highly recommend not, and it was shot down. That’s the kind of reception we’re getting. I don’t see it happening. If the community wants it, it would be a standalone, separate collection, that would roll out. It would put a third or fourth can in people’s driveway.”
Did DEQ say why? asked council members.
“Their office strongly suggested against it.”
According to the DEQ, one major challenge for local governments and haulers has been the high cost of getting curbside glass to a market. Because curbside glass is mixed by color, it must go to an optical sorter for color sorting before going to a glass bottle manufacturer. The closest optical sorters currently are in California and Seattle. Glass makes up about 5 percent of material recovered in Oregon.
Police Chief Jason Schermerhorn bid a formal farewell to police officer Lew Holbrook.
It’s with great honor with Senior Officer Holbrook. He’s been with the city of CB for 19 years, he’s done a great job, and it’s very bittersweet to see him go. We’re very happy for his retirement. I know he’s happier. Yesterday we saw the first genuine smile on his face when we took a picture of him. We’re very honored and sad to see you go.”
Schermerhorn read a proclamation on his behalf of Holbrook, who began July 1, 1996, and will conclude his service with the department on July 1, 2015. He was presented a “key to the city” and a mug to remember Cannon Beach. “We sincerely appreciate everything you’ve done for the city.”
Officer Holbrook said he felt “very blessed to have had the opportunity to work in such a wonderful city, with so many very good people here. It’s going to be kind of sad leaving you. It’s not like I’m going to be gone — I’ll be in Seaside — you’ve got a lot of great people here. It’s a great little town. Thank you very much.”
After the announcement of Officer Holbrook’s retirement, Chief Schermerhorn invited James Jordan to stand for the swearing in as an officer at the police department. Jordan, who began June 1, is a former Cannon Beach reserve office, Long Beach, Wash., police officer, and has been an officer in Seaside for 13 years. “We’re bringing someone with experience in to help fill Lew’s shoes, no pressure. We’re happy to have him on board too.”
He was sworn in by Judge Ron Woltjer.
On May 14 we had the kidnapping and alleged sexual assault suspect in our town. Allison saw him and reported to one of our officers, and we were able to find him on one of the logging roads and take him into custody.
Allison, a fire department volunteer, saw one of the flyers that had been posted the night before, and remembered the photo the next day.
Schermerhorn thanked Johnson for her vigilance on May 14 “as you were returning home with your son Odin. You observed a suspicious male who matched a description of a man who was wanted in multiple states on the alleged kidnapping and sexual assault of a 15-year-old girl from California. You contacted one of our officers, who advised the police of your observations. Officers responded to the area and located the suspect Russell Deviney. Your attentiveness and commitment to the community led to the arrest of Russell Deviney by Senior Officer Holbrook. with the help of an FBI agent. “Thank you for remaining alert and keeping the community safe.”
Johnson was presented a coin and gift certificate from the city, along with a stuffed toy for Odin.