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Town talks Mentor Month, MC museum, air quality MOU

Lakeview’s Town Council met for a special session on Monday, Dec. 23 in order to close out some of the last business items of the year.  No members of the public were in attendance for the public comment section and business quickly moved into new business.

The meeting had five items of business – a proclamation, an alley vacation ordinance, an agreement between the town and MC Chuckwagon, LLC, a pool project bid award and a memo of understanding between the town and Forest Service.

The proclamation recognized January as Mentoring Month.  Kathy Miles, representing the Lake County Youth Mentorship Program, was asked to tell the Council a bit about planned events during the month of January.

“I Am a Mentor” day will take place on Jan. 9, with a local mentor thank-you event on Jan. 16 and National Day of Service on Jan. 20 with a celebration at The Gathering Place.

The meeting moved into Council member reports, with only Mayor Mike Patrick mentioning that over 100 s’mores were given out over the previous weekend, concluding weekend Christmas events.

The ordinance relating to the vacation of alleys on property owned by Chuck Kelley and Don Lasley was approved, which will take effect 30 days from the date of the meeting.

A resolution formally accepting transfer of ownership of the property of the MC Chuckwagon museum to the Town of Lakeview was then approved.  The property was ceremonially accepted in August according to Town Mgr. Ray Simms, but this was the legal conclusion of the museum project.

After that, a memorandum of understanding was brought before the Council, detailing limits on prescribed burning in the Fremont-Winema forest by the Forest Service.

Anderson also offered a brief update on the status of the geothermal heating system.  “The system isn’t finished,” he said, “but we’ve been heating the schools since Dec. 13 and the hospital since Dec. 16 or 17.  It’s been working pretty well.”

Simms informed the Council that he had an interview with Oregon Public Broadcasting radio the morning before the meeting, but wasn’t sure what might come of it.

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