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DAISIES PLANTING .OWERS h.ll,il,mdlllilll,,,hlw,hll,,hlhhlhlhl,h,hll,,l,, *****************MIXED ADC 555 09113199 SnmllTownPapers 5026 CALIFORNIA AVE SW 2 SEATTLE, WA 98136-1208 , i! Wednesday June 16, 2010 $1.00 VOLUME NO. 25 NUMBER 42 10 PAGES Plus supplements in local edition This group seeks a simpler life by giving "Farm:Girls on the Loose,' APrJrL hoate, Wende Wagner and April's daughter pitched in to paint the Little Red School House on the grounds of the Wilder Museum last Wednesday morning. By Tom Merchant ing with restorations, Sentinel Tribune cleaning, planting, and delivering food to a food WALNUT GROVE pantry. -- Last week two ladies After putting in a stint along with three of their at DeSmet, April Choate children were taking a of Prior Lake, a home two week tour of Laura school mom, brought her Ingalls Wilder sites, three children for the While on the tour they experience at Walnut are offering their services Grove. Along with to paint and otherwise Choate, came Wende restore parts of the sites. Wagner of Kansas City to They are part of help with the painting of "Farm Girls on the the little red school Loose," which is an orga- house on the Wilder nization that sports 984 Museum Grounds. chapters in the United Their trade mark is States and eight foreign wearing work aprons as countries, they do various chores all Farm Girls on the around the country. Loose chapter was orga- Some of the chapters nized by Wende Wagner are quite small with as of Kansas City, MO. It is few as 12 people, but the part of Farm Girl largest chapter is in Sisterhood started by Prosser, WA with 157 Mary Jane Butters, an members. organic farmer from The organization Moscow, Idaho. enjoys their endeavors Their goal is to seek a and they try to have fun simpler life, by giving no matter what they are back, and living without doing. leaving footprints on the For a lot of members environment, it is a trip down memory Wagner came up with lane as most have roots the idea to tour the Laura on the farm. They deal Ingalls Wilder sites dur- with a lot of things that in.g the doldrums of last have been left in the past. winter. The trip would They are very much into include sites in DeSmet, recycling and green liv- SD, Walnut Grove, Pepin, ing. WI, Burr Oak, IA, A blog of the groups Kansas City, MO, stops can be found at Independence, KA, and www.farmgirlsonthe Mansfield, MO. Along the way they online. will paint buildings, help- Council takes issue with engineering estimates for street projec t By Tom Merchant Rocky Kolar he felt some Sentinel Tribune of the estimates were way to high. He noted that other WESTBROOK -- If area projects for bitumi- you pick up any item at the nous have been coming in local hardware, or grocery at much lower prices. He store, and compare it with also felt that some of the what you might have paid other fees were too high for the same items 25 years also. He felt the over ago, you would not be sur- $300,000 in contingency prised if those items were fees was way out of line. not at least 50 percent high- Also the overall cost er. At last week's city coun- would be reduced by over cil meeting, council mem- $400,000 by using $20,000 bers found out it is no dif- a year the city receives ferent when it comes to from the Municipal Utilities making city improvements, towards the payments. Chad Gramentz of Ultimately the cost is hoped Design Tree presented a to be reduced to a point that Feasibility Study for the will be affordable for busi- street improvement project hess and residential prop- being proposed, erty owners. The project area wouldThe council members include all streets in the felt that with the lower city with the exception of costs of petroleum, and County State Aid Highway .companies needing the 7 (Davis Ave.), Third work, there will not be a Street, and First Avenue. better time to do the proj- The report states the ect. majority of city streets are Time line for the project in poor to fair condition would be: Jtrty-19, call for with relatively thin pave- advertising ofbids;'resolu- ment sections, tion calling for a public The improvements hearing, and sending notic- would include installing a es to residents and publish- new bituminous surface on ing twice in official news- all city streets. It will paper. include removal of allAugust 2: Resolution existing pavement, replac- ordering project. ing some curb and gutter as August 10: Open bids. needed, and replacing August 11: Public aggregate base on Sixth Hearing, and accepting street, bids. The engineer's estimate August 12- September was in excess of two mil- l:Issue contracts. lion dollars. The council September -- October agreed that the cost as esti- 31: Construction. mated if accurate would November 1: Resolution probably not be feasible, accepting work. According to Mayor In other action the North and south streets tend to show the worst condition, but engineer says other streets are only in fair condition. council voted to amend the Permission was granted dog ordinance to allow to block off a portion of electronic fencing. ~ and Adams for dedi- The county housing cation of the new Veterans inspector will inspect sev, Memorial. eral derelict properties in Pool lifeguards and the city. teachers were given a 25 The council gave cent per hour increase. approval to Bill and Mavis Water Safety Instructors Duggen to block off a por- will receive 50 cents per tion of the street by their hour extra while teaching. residence for an auction. New houses do not have A building permit was house number on them. issued to Rachel Loose for They need to be replaced a chain link fence on First so emergency crews can Avenue. respond in case of 911 A building permit was issued to David and Jessica City Council Moriarty to put in a con- Continued on Page 3 crete patio and driveway at.' their residenceon calls. Wahl also reminded Columbus Avenue. people walking their dogs Volunteers braved the muddy conditions to lay sod at the new Veterans' Memorial in Westbrook last Thursday afternoon. About 30 volunteers showed up to rake the ground, carry and lay the new sod. The inch or so of rain before laying the sod and a couple inches since should help the sod to root. More photos on page 10. 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