Residents of Dayville saw incremental changes to their public services over the past year and can expect more of the same for the next year.
Dayville’s public water system was extended east along Highway 26 to the Bureau of Land Management and Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife offices, City Recorder Ruthie Moore said.
“The BLM paid for the project – engineering, everything,” she said.
The city government saw some personnel turnover and now have a returning public works director in David Hand, Moore said. The popular city park along the South Fork of the John Day River is in good shape, she noted.
“It gets used a lot by tourists and locals,” she said.
The park is used for the Fourth of July, class reunions, an Easter egg hunt and bunny hop and the Jake Streeter Memorial Car Show. Lampposts along Main Street are used to exhibit winners of the scarecrow contest in October and decorated juniper trees for the Christmas holiday season, Moore said.
Looking forward, locals are investigating fundraising for the city’s community hall. The 5,527-square-foot building was built around 1920 and is used for a variety of community functions — from potlucks to weddings, Moore said.
“It’s in dire need of renovation,” she said. “The kitchen is no longer usable.”
Moore said many local residents have expressed interest in the project, with grants and volunteer labor rather than loans offering the best solution.