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 By Melissa Gemmell    News    January 20, 2022 

Hovrud, Aukerman, Dieu and McMunn take oath of office

DAYTON-Four City Council board member-elects–Marchand Hovrud, Laura Aukerman, Tyler Dieu and Teeny McMunn–took their oaths of office at a special meeting prior to the regular meeting on January...

 
 By Melissa Gemmell    News    January 20, 2022 

Shoring up the financial lines for county contracts and future revenue

DAYTON–The Columbia County Commissioners (BOCC) authorized the option to use American Rescue Pan Act (ARPA) and the 2022 Indigent defense contracts for District and Superior Court, approved a...

 
 By Melissa Gemmell    News    January 20, 2022 

Bryan and Watts sworn in

DAYTON–The newly elected Port of Columbia commissioners Seth Bryan and Johnny Watts took their oath at the meeting January 12, 2022. Watts then accepted the position as board Secretary. A training...

 

Weinhard Cafe reopens

DAYTON–The Weinhard Café reopened with a themed dinner on January 14–15. The weekend of January 14-15, the Cafe opened with its first themed dinner both Friday and Saturday, featuring a French...

 

Fee schedules approved and deputy clerk appointed

DAYTON–The Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) approved job descriptions for soon-to-be vacant positions of Public Works Director, County Engineer and Maintenance Supervisor; passed Resolutions...

 

McCowen, Dieu and Wallace take oath of office

DAYTON–Newly elected Dayton School Board members Jeffrey McCowen, Aneesha Dieu and Korinda Wallace took their oaths of office at the work session hybrid meeting on January 5. McCowen had been...

 

St. Vincent's renamed All Saints Thrift Store

DAYTON–The St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Store has exited the organization and now re-identifies the store name as "All Saints Thrift Store". Passersby going past the familiar thrift store on Main...

 

Hall assumes BOCC chairmanship

DAYTON-The Columbia County Board of Commissioners (BOCC) accepted Commissioner Marty Hall as the new 2022 chairperson; hired accounting firm; accepted Jeremy Weiland as Interim Director of Public...

 

Sheriff and Prosecutor hold town hall on effects of new law-enforcement restrictions

DAYTON–Information for public awareness about the effects of ten new Washington laws which restrict law enforcement officers was behind a pair of Town Hall meetings conducted by the Columbia County...

 

Beleny and Smith new appointees to Library Board

DAYTON–The Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) interviewed five Columbia County Rural Library District Board (CCRLD) candidates, appointing two, Michele Smith and Chuck Beleny, during a special...

 

Commissioners adopt 2022 Budget; accepts Engineer's resignation

DAYTON–The Columbia County Board of Commissioners adopted the $4.8 million 2022 County current expense budget and multiple public works budgets, allocated $90,000 to the Port of Columbia and...

 

City's 2022 budget increases $1.4 million

DAYTON-The City Council approved the $7.9 million 2022 budget at its December 1 meeting, holding some discussion before its approval, but absent discussion of the $1.4 million increase from 2021 to...

 

Paulson hired as new City's Public Works Director

DAYTON–The City Council met with the new Public Works Director Ryan Paulson, approved the 2022-24 public works employees' union contract; Resolution 1484; and gave a salute to outgoing council...

 

Boggs appointed as interim District Court Judge, Chapman is interim Superior Court Clerk

DAYTON–The Columbia County Board of Commissioners approved the appointment of Kim Boggs as the new District Court Judge and Krissy Chapman as the new Superior Court Clerk at the December 13...

 

School Board handles personnel changes; moves Day Trust to Blue Mountain Community Foundation

DAYTON-The School Board approved the resignation of paraprofessional Peggy Robanske; recommendation to hire Jerry Dedloff Jr.; the transfer of Day Trust Estate funds and heard how the Kindness...

 

Chairman re-elected; Chief of Staff changes

By Melissa Gemmell Dayton Chronicle Reporter DAYTON-Columbia County Health System (CCHS) Board approved the re-election of Bob Hutchens as Board Chair, with Jim Kime as Vice-Chair and Barb Miller as...

 

Commissioner Crowe assumes Chair of Port

DAYTON-The Port of Columbia Board of Commissioners appointed Genie Crowe, District No. 2, as board chair; approved the release of $3250 to the Friends of the Dayton Community Pool, and the $2 million...

 

County departments and BOCC getting closer to next year's budget

DAYTON–The Columbia County Commissioners (BOCC) heard budget plans for the Flood Control Zone District 2022, Six-Year Transportation Plan, and the Annual Construction Project plan at the meeting Dec...

 

Hutchens affirms board approval to transfer Day Trust

DAYTON–The Columbia County Health System board (CCHS) were informed of the Five-Year Strategic Plan–approving the transfer of the Day Trust; the revenue bottom line; and refining the vision;...

 

Zac Fabian takes oath of office

DAYTON-The Dayton School Board affirmed Zac Fabian, heard survey results, and discussed the current 90-day plan during the work session December 1. The meeting was held by ZOOM access with all but...

 

Community Forum on district plan held

DAYTON–The Dayton School District held a community forum to review the previous and current 90 Day Plans and the One Year Plan for the District on the evening of November 30. Superintendent Guy...

 

Commissioners support rural fiber extension west of town; deferred decision on matching funds

DAYTON–Port of Columbia Executive Director Jennie Dickinson received a letter of support drafted on behalf of the Columbia County Commissioners (BOCC) in support of a Washington State Department of...

 

Dayton School Board appoints Zac Fabian to vacant board position

DAYTON-The Dayton School Board appointed Zac Fabian to the vacant School Board Position No. 2 at the meeting November 17. Directors interviewed two candidates, Bryan Martin and Zac Fabian, for the...

 

Eaton and Bailey share duties at Public Health

DAYTON–The Board of Public Health convened at the Columbia County Commissioners’ Board meeting November 15, where reallocation of duties and job descriptions were discussed to fill the need at...

 

Commissioners hear update on Courthouse HVAC

DAYTON-The Columbia County Board of Commissioners were updated on the Courthouse HVAC project and other budgetary information during the November 15 meeting. Maintenance Manager David Finney reported...

 

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