Residents around high school offer input on noise
Often when the mayor or the City Council brings up the ability for residents to give input to the City Council, it gets passed over because no one has anything to talk about or discuss.
However, the Aug. 21 meeting had four speakers, one topic that was discussed last year, another raising questions about CAT tax deadlines, highway toll costs and signing a Marine flag for recent Canby High grad Nikko Gonzales who was finishing boot camp that night.
Paul Ylvisaker came up first. For the second year in a row, he asked the City Councilors (as well as the school district) to stop the extremely loud fireworks after touchdowns.
He lives about two blocks from the high school and suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder as well as anxiety and the loud, concussive fireworks exacts further stress to him.
His speech was endorsed by Council member Sarah Spoon, who said she lived in the neighborhood but farther away than Ylvisaker and also noted the loud noises. One of Ylvisaker's neighbors had to get sedatives from a veterinarian to keep her pets tranquil during the fireworks.
Ylvisaker came armed with a petition signed by 26 of his neighbors asking: "The Canby School District has chosen to use explosions at the high school football games. These explosions are discriminatory to our neighborhood, not the majority of neighborhoods in Canby, [but] are disrespectful, uninvited, intrusive and abusive to us and our pets. There are better and less disruptive ways to celebrate the football games, i.e. cheering, band music, bells, foam fingers, pomp poms or electronic billboards."
Ylvisaker also is talking with Canby High personnel, hoping to find a different method of celebration.
From there, it was on to taxes.
Daniel Sterns, a tax accountant, brought up the fact that some people do not file their taxes on April 15, but file an extension and pay their federal taxes in September of October. That can be a problem for people in Canby filing extensions because the Canby Area Transit (CAT) tax must be filed on April 15 but it's hard to file and pay it if their federal taxes aren't ready to file.
Instead he suggested that staff actually could change the date to Oct. 15 so they wouldn't be late and have to pay a penalty. City Administrator Rick Robinson noted that he would talk with Finance Director Julie Blums and possibly get that changed.
Road tolls in the future?
Les Poole from Gladstone wanted to bring the council and residents attention toward the state's idea of charging to use highway lanes. Based on the state's 2017 Transportation Bill, Poole wants to get the toll message on the ballot. He feels that tolls won't do anything to limit highway congestion but create congestion on side streets in towns like Canby. He also questioned where the money would go and who would get to use it. He suggested people check the internet and find petitions against the toll.
Katherine Christiansen brought up her grandson, Nikko Gonzales, a June graduate of Canby High who decided to become a Marine. On Aug. 21, Gonzales and others in his boot camp class were going through the Marine's version of Hell Week after which they would become full-fledged Marines. She bought a Marine flag for the council members and residents to sign thanking Nikko for his service and wishing him well.
Finally, a group of young Boy Scouts came to the meeting as part of their work to get their Citizenship in the Community Merit Badge.
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