Green: Broadband help promising, 911 funding an “uphill battle”

John Day City Manager Nick Green (left) and John Day Mayor Ron Lundbom discuss the sale of the old John Day Fire Hall during a John Day City Council Meeting Tuesday, Feb. 14.

John Day City Manager Nick Green traveled to Salem last week with hundreds of other representatives for cities across the state for City Day at the Capitol and met with Gov. Kate Brown, Rep. Cliff Bentz and Sen. Ted Ferrioli.

He told the John Day City Council at its Feb. 14 meeting they talked in Salem about the 911 tax and improving broadband access for rural communities. Future broadband access for cities like John Day is looking bright with public sector money likely becoming available for improvement projects, Green said.

However, funding for rural 911 centers looked less promising. Green described it as an “uphill battle.” Green said Bentz pledged to present solutions to the state House of Representatives if Green was willing to put in the work to find solutions.

The state budget deficit and transportation package were also big concerns, and Green said another trip to Salem was likely.

The city council also:

• adopted a resolution that restored recreational immunity for public employees and private landowners. The resolution protects landowners against litigation for liability from those allowed onto private lands.

• finalized the sale of the old John Day Fire Hall to Larry and Bonnie Maplesden.

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