Dear Wheeler Community:
I am writing this letter while vacationing with family, but Wheeler is never far from my mind. In my absence, our city council president, the able Heidi Stacks, has presided over council business. While we miss past councilor Bob Harlow, we are happy to welcome our newest member, Jay Verburg. The rest of council continues to serve with dedication: Dave Bell, Jim King and Dawn Sea Kahrs. I am confident we will continue our productive teamwork throughout 2019.
Last week, city council approved annexation of three new properties into Wheeler, as required by state statute. City council did not take this decision lightly, since our city charter states that annexation must be approved by the voters. However, in 2016, the Oregon Legislature overruled our charter, by requiring annexation of properties that meet certain criteria, without submitting the question to the electors. If you have any questions about this, please call our city manager, Juliet Hyams, at 503.812.7105, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Despite the cold weather, our community garden is already popular this year! Most of the garden plots are spoken for, so let us know soon if you want one. And, for those of you who already signed up, please remember that your plot rental fee for the year is $20. New gardeners also pay a refundable $10 deposit.
And finally, please note that our Planning Commission will meet at 6 p.m. – rather than 7 p.m. – in March and April. In May, they will return to the 7 p.m. start time for the summer. Check our website if you’re in doubt. We will miss retiring commissioner Terrie Michelsen, who served the commission with wisdom and humor. Luckily, she will continue as chair of our annual Town Cleanup Day!
We look forward to seeing you at a meeting or visiting our office!
Stevie S. Burden
7th: Planning Commission Meeting @ 6:00 p.m.
14th: Parks & Recreation Meeting @ 10:00 a.m.
19th: City Council Meeting @ 7:00 p.m.