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City Serving the towns of Brewster, Bridgeport, Mansfield, Pateros and the lower Methow Valley Volume 90 No. 23 Brewster, Washington USPS 241-920 50 December 5, 1991 -2 .. Santa coming to Brewster this Saturday The Christmas season opens in Brewster this Saturday, December 7 as Santa arrives at 11 a.m. He will leave his reindeer and sleigh at the North Pole, opting to arrive instead in a helicopter. Santa will be in town two hours, at the community Christmas tree located in the vacant lot to the west of Sec urity Pacific Bank on Main SWeet. Treats provided by the Chamber of Com- merce will be given out. This week is also the beginning of the Brewster Christmas Cash pro- motion, sponsored by community merchants. Shoppers sign up for weekly drawings at participating stores. At least one winner will be drawn each week until Christmas. The winner will receive Christmas Cash, which can be spent in partici- pating businesses. Businesses participating include the Brewster House Restaurant, Webster's Furniture, Whybark's Family Store, State Electric, Elliot's Flower and Photo, The Pharmacy, Brewster Drug and True Value Hard- ware, Brewster IGA, Grover's Building Supply, Something Special Gift Shop, Young At Heart, Sears, 7th Street Market, Brewster Ace Hardware, Grange Supply, Bob's Triangle Texaco, La Milpa Bakery, the Quad City Herald and the Curl Factory. Stop signs will be installed in Bridgeport The Bridgeport City Council has voted to install stop signs at two troublesome intersections. The council took the action at its regular meeting, moved to Tuesday, No- vember 26 due to the Thanksgiving holiday. A stop sign will replace the yield sign at the intersection of Columbia Avenue, Columbia Boulevard and 22nd Street, across the street from the Northtowner Restaurant. A stop sign also will be installed at the in- tersection of Fairview and 13th Street, where the office of the Douglas County PUD is located. Two people recently attended separate council meetings, expressing concern about those streets. Lucky Wells, co-owner of the Northtowner, attended the October 30 meeting and said he was coneemed about the intersection outside the res- taurant, where22nd Street hada yield sign. Due to the location of the res- taurant and the Y Motel, the corner is very busy, he said. "Someday somebody's going to have one hell of a wreck there," Wells said. At that time, council member Bill Zweigle moved that an ordinance be prepared establishing the stop sign. Linda Wittig of Mansfield attended the November 26 meeting and told the council about an accident she had November 2 at the Fairview-13th Street intersection. Witting said that she did not see the ear coming down Fairview as she tried to cross 13th; ears parked hap- hazardly at a motel adjacent to the intersection blocked the view. But Wittig said she thought the accident would have been less likely to hap- pen if a stop sign had been in place on 13th Street. She asked that one be installed. Longtime council member Dale Gross said the council had always been reluctant in the past to put a stop, sign on 13th Street because it would make enforcement oil speed limits on Fairview Street more difficult. Fairview is not a through streetm although many people think it is-- and the council did not want to en- hance that impression since many people drive too fast along that street anyway, he said. However, if a stop sign on 13th would decrease the like- lihood of an accident on that corner, "I sure am in favor of putting a-stop sign there," he said. But council member Shan Bomar said that as she understood the ac- count of Wittig's accident, the prob- lem was less with drivers stopping at the intersection and more with parked cars blocking the vision of drivers. "Do we have to have a stop sign to control the parking?" she asked. Douglas County Sheriff's deputy Bill Redfield, who attended the meeting to support Wittig's request, said a stop sign would allow officers to ticket cars parked within 20 feet of the sign. Mayor Steve Jenkins said the city did not have the right to regulate parking on private property. The council voted to install the stop sign on 13th Street, and that infor- mation will be added to the ordinance already prepared. It will be considered at the next meeting. In other business, the council heard the first reading of the 1992 budget ordinance. The budget was estimated at $1,662,060. Of that about $650,000 is money received from state and federal grantprograms. The ordinance will be read a second time and passed at the next council meeting. The council turned down a request from the city of Mansfield to contract for dog control services. Jenkins said Bridgeport did not have the facilities or equipment to keep dogs. In addi- tion, he said, the city dog catcher was under contract and city officials did not have the right to make contracts for her services with other cities. Public workshop for public input The Pateros City Council has announced that the second of two workshops to gather public input on the draft capital improvement for the city will be held Thursday, December 12, 7:00 p.m. in the council chamber at the Pateros City Hall. Priorities on the list of projects will be established and the council and the audience will be reviewing the proposed rates and costs. Pateros residents are urged to attend. Winter parking The City of Bridgeport has announced its winter parking rules effective from November 15, 1991 through March 15, 1992. There will be no parking from 2:00 a.m. to 6:00 a.m. on Columbia from 10th street to 13th. Parking elsewhere in the city will be odd side of the street on odd calendar days and on the even numbered side of the street on even days. Asbestos removal scheduled for Brewster school buildings The Brewster School Board has signed an agreement for $88,641 with Air Quality Services of Kennewick to remove materials containing as- bestos from Brewster Elementary School and the existing but sched- uled to be demolished Brewster High School. The state has mandated that as- bestos should be removed from schools if possible or sealed off from contact if it cannot be removed. Air Quality Services will be removing floor tiles, insulation materials from pipes, and material from crawl spaces and bathrooms at the elementary school during the modernization project. Similar material must be re- moved from the old high school be- fore demolition. The asbestos abatement work will take place at the elementary during spring vacation, at which time all entry to the building will be prohib- ited, said superintendent Mark Jacobson.Work will be done at the old high school after classes are dis- missed for the summer. The state has awarded the school district some money for the project, about 58 percent of the cost of the elementary school abatement, Jacobson said. He estimated that would amount to about $20,000 to $30,000. In other business, the board awarded the bid for demolition of the old high school to Allen Construction of Tacoma. They were the low bidder, at $81,550. The demolition of the old high school is not scheduled to begin until sometime in the fall of 1992. Jacobson said the school district an- ticipates the need to use some of the classrooms in the building to house elementary classes until the modern- ization project is finished. The district also plans to use existing portable classrooms and some rooms in the elementary school building, if pos- sible. The new high school is sched- uled to be completed in August, so district officials may use some classrooms in that building as tem- porary elementary classrooms as well. The board also officially awarded the contract for the modernization project to Mooney and Pugh Con- struction of Spokane. Mooney and Pugh had been awarded the bid at an earlier meeting. They were the only bidder and are currently constructing the new high school building. The modernization project includes the addition of 11 classrooms, an enlarged library and more office space and changes to some bathrooms. New lighting and intercom systems will be installed, as will a new fire alarm system and capability for computer networking. Also inchdedis the construction of a new bus repair facility and parking lots. The project is scheduled to get underway in March, as soon as weatherpermits. The completion date is scheduled to be October 15. The board hired Sharon Hornbeck to replace Carol Wareham as the secretary at the high school. The district is now accepting applications for the job of office aide, which Hornbeck vacated to take the secretary's job. The aide works in all offices in the district and also is an assistant to the hot lunch program. Anyone interested in the job can ob- tain an application from the district office. The board gave Jacobson permis- sion to get an estimate of cost from Architects West, the company that designed the new high school, to prepare more detailed plans for the landscaping of the campus and the preparation of athletic and play fields. Until this point detailed plans, in- eluding such information as the slope of the football field, the location of backstops and play equipment have  not been prepared. Jacobson now can determine how much the architects will charge to prepare those plans, he said. The board approved a bilingual procedures policy for the district. Students entering the district will be tested to determine their primary language. If it is determined to be something other than English, the child will be taught in that language while taking English lessons. As children become proficient in English they will be transferred into a main- stream classroom. Blood drive in Brewster The American Red Cross reminds you there is one Christmas gift that won't cost a cent, but is always ap- preciated by the recipient- -your blood! "December is tmditionaUy a time when people are thinking about giv- ing to others, and I can't think of a better gift than their healthy blood," noted Lydia Warehime, donor ser- vices consultant for the Columbia River Blood Services Region. "It's also a way of beating the holiday blues, because you can't do something like this for someone who needs it so desperately without feel- ing like a million dollars afterward." One pint of blood can be used whole or broken down to help as many as four different people, including burn and accident, victims, children with leukemia, and cancer patients. Blood donations go down this time of year, while demands for blood and blood products increase because of holiday travel and winter weather conditions. To help, the students of Brewster High School are sponsoring an American Red Cross blood drive, Thursday, December 12, 1991, from 2:00 to 6:00 p.m. at Brewster High School, 324 S. 7th. Goal for the drive is 35 units. Any healthy individual age 18 or over who weights at least 110 pounds may donate. Seventeen-year-oids may donate with a signed Red Cross pa- rental consent form. Some medica- tions and previous illnesses may de- fer eligibility to donate. To expedite the donation process, reservations are being taken. Walk- ins are also welcome. To reserve an appointment time, call the Red Cross at 1-800-488-5428. Pateros blood drive The Pateros chapter of the Ameri- can Red Cross has announced its an- nuai blood drive will be held Wednesday, December 11 from 2 to 6 p.m. at the Pateros school gymna- sium. This will be the only blood drive in Pateros this year. An expla- nation of people who should and should not give blood will be provided at the door.