JOHN DAY - The Kam Wah Chung & Company Museum, reconstruction on SE Dayton Street and state certification of the industrial park at the airport were among agenda items at recent meetings of the City Council.

The council also accepted the final results of the Nov. 2 election, in which Bob Quinton replaced longtime councilman Charlie Mills by 15 votes.

The 103-acre Airport Industrial Park received state certification Nov. 12 for general manufacturing, warehouse and distribution and rural industrial business.

The certification means that the site has been deemed to be ready for improvement not more than six months after a business takes steps to buy the land, build and operate at the site.

The industrial park is one of the top sites listed at www.oregonprospector.com. The Web site, launched in May, is a joint effort of the state, the Oregon Economic Development Association and Pacific Power. The group's web managers report the site is averaging 500 hits per day.

To successfully capture information, get permits and make improvements that will earn a site the "certified" stamp, a team of state economic development officers collaborate extensively with landowners, local governments,regional development groups, and the state's seven economic revitalization agencies.

A third-party, private sector verifier serves as final, independent review for the hundreds of documents submitted to the agency in just one application for certification.

Street Reconstruction

The city wants a lot of public input on this project, which will include a new road and replacement of some sidewalks, Carey said.

Public hearings will be scheduled. The city expects to start work in late spring.

Election Results

Leslie Lindley, with 607 votes, and Jack Grubbs, with 521 votes, retained their seats on the council in the Nov. 2 election.

Charlie Mills, who has served the city in some capacity since 1974, lost his seat to Bob Quinton, a newcomer to the council.

Mills received 385 votes to Quinton's 400. The result was close, but not within 1 percent, or eight votes, which would have meant an automatic recount.

Mills could ask for recount, but would have to pay for it, about $100.

"I personally want to congratulate Charlie and thank him for his dedication and service to the city," City Manager Peggy Carey said.

The city plans a special ceremony Dec. 14 at City hall to present Mills with a personalized watch.

Museum

The city turned the Kam Wah Chung & Company Museum over to the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, ending a lease agreement in place since 1975.

The agreement will make the land on the which the museum sits a state park and stipulates that the museum will not be removed from the city.

The deal was a matter of money, with the city realizing that it doesn't have the funds to run the museum and its new visitor center.

Plans are under way for a major restoration of the museum, a project headed by Oregon first lady Mary Oberst, and the city doesn't have the time and money to oversee such a project, Carey said.

If it ever comes about that the state can no longer run the museum, the city will have the first option to manage it, according to the agreement.

Carolyn Micnhimer, the museum's curator for 25 years, will receive the Governor's Gold Award during a ceremony Dec. 3 in Portland.

Micnhimer was cited for her longtime service to the museum.

Other Business

In other city business, the council:

• Gave $200 to the Timber Trucker's Light Parade Committee for the upcoming light parade, scheduled for the second Saturday in December.

The annual event will include this year a new category, farm and ranch.

• Was told by Valerie Luttrell, telecommunications supervisor, that a new phone system is scheduled to be installed the first part of December.

The next meeting of the City Council is scheduled for 7 p.m. Dec. 14 at City Hall.

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