Trout Lake Newswriters
Pat Arnold, 395-2233
Bonnie Reynolds, 395-2527
Maxine Bulick, 395-2101
Correction from the last column. The Horse Playday benefit for Doug Yarnell is on Saturday, Oct. 13, not Oct. 14.
The Horse Playday is at the Nelsons' indoor arena, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Bring something for a potluck lunch and plan to enjoy the many interesting activities that are planned. You don't have to bring a horse. Check for details on the posters around town.
Now that the county has gone to all mail voting, the Trout Lake Community Council has been trying to decide what is the best way to hold its elections. The county does not include Community Council positions on the official ballot. The legislative authorization for community councils expired some years ago, so although we do exist and we do hold elections, the county cannot treat community councils like officially elected positions. The Council has decided, for this year, to hold its election in the normal way -- that is walk-in voting at the Grange on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 6, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. You may also request an absentee or mail ballot by writing to the council at P.O., Box 31 or by calling Adam Schmid, election committee chair, at 395-0003. Just don't call too late so you don't wake the new baby -- congratulations Adam and Kristin.
There are three positions on the ballot, those held by incumbents Jim White, Jeff Baker, and Frank Childs. Any registered voter in the Trout Lake precinct is eligible to run for a position. Contact Adam Schmid or council chair Ken Belieu for more information.
The News Board at the Grange is being managed by Monica Morris, Linda Scoggins, and Donna Tiffan. You can get in touch with one of these good ladies if you have something to post.
The next Community Home Forum, held by the Trout Lake School to solicit community input on educational activities and programs, will be held on Oct. 10 at 7 p.m. Superintendent Dearden's goal is to have at least 15 community members at each forum, so show up and be counted.
The Trout Lake Grange is revisiting its mission and activities. Monthly meetings are the fourth Thursday of each month, at the Grange Hall, at 7 p.m. The meeting last week had good attendance and forward energy. Call Steve Koenig or Penny Dietrich for more information. The Grange has deep roots in rural America. It was started as a populist organization to provide organization and a social and political voice for farmers. The early years saw fights against monopoly price-fixing by giant railroads, but the Grange has long provided a voice for the spiritual connection between people and land. Grange ritual, typical of any fraternal organization, sometime confuses people, but it's simply organized around farming activities such as sowing, cultivating, and harvesting, things that were and are part of the fiber of life for farmers. The ax, plow, harrow, spade, hoe, pruning knife, and sickle are used as symbols both of farming and of the need to cultivate the mind and the community. Our Trout Lake Grange has deep roots in our community. It can move forward, serving the community, while staying true to its history, purpose and intent.
Your long-suffering, hard-working, often bored but never boring comprehensive plan update committee has progressed far enough to want to bring the draft plan to you, the community, for input, wisdom, opinions, pie in the face, come what may. This is the draft revision of the sub-area comprehensive plan last updated in 1995. For those of you familiar with the 1995 plan, this new draft will look quite different. The new draft follows an outline used state-wide that first addresses critical areas and resource lands (mineral, timber, and ag), moves on to sections about residential and commercial land use, and also includes sections on affordable housing, capital facilities (where we want the County to make capital investments in our area), utilities, and economic development.
We are trying hard to develop goals and policies that are short and snappy but also point to measurable progress, so that success really can be identified and so that land use decisions can be made in the context of clear community goals and desires. Goals and policies are the heart of a comp plan. Lines on the map are also essential and should be drawn in the context of the goals and policies.
We will present the draft plan and maps in two meetings. The first, introductory, meeting is Wednesday, Nov. 14. We will have a brief overview of what a comprehensive plan is and we will take a brief look at each section of the plan, a road map to how the plan is organized. We will then highlight what changes are being considered from the 1995 plan, what new things are being added, and where there are goals, policies, and lines on the map that are still in the air. There will be plenty of time for discussion. The committee will collect questions and comments to be addressed at the second meeting, which will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 28. Pat Arnold, newswriter.