ILWACO — The Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum now has a home for at least 50 more years after the Ilwaco City Council approved a lease agreement with the Ilwaco Heritage Foundation Monday evening. 

At their meeting this week, the council approved a $1 per year, 50-year lease with the Ilwaco Heritage Foundation so that the museum could continue to occupy the city’s building at 115 Lake Street.

Councilors were also introduced to WellSpring Community Network. Representatives Katie Lindstrom and Rosanne McPhail gave a presentation about the coalition, which is working towards the goal of community wellness through family and parenting enrichment, addressing substance abuse and prevention, and fostering mental, emotional, physical and spiritual wellness for adults and youth.

The women explained that the group receives funding through a five-year Drug-Free Communities federal grant, and state grants through Family Policy Council, Community Mobilization and Meth Action programs. And with that funding they network, provide mini grants, host town halls and community events, provide volunteer opportunities, take part in campaigns and collaborative projects, and numerous other activities.

Long Beach Police Chief Flint Wright also spoke on the WellSpring’s behalf and said the group consists of many different backgrounds that are coming together for a common goal — a better community.

WellSpring meets from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month at the county building on Sandridge Road.

During public comment, John Thompson asked for the city’s help with the flooding at his property on Spruce Street, which he suspected was caused by a faulty drainage system. Mayor Mike Cassinelli noted that the city is in the process of forming a stormwater utility to solve problems such as Thompson’s.

Laurie Carter asked for the council’s support in passing the school district’s replacement levies.

Amongst council reports, Gary Forner said that the Ilwaco Fire Department responded to 300 calls in 2010, 86 percent of which were medical calls. He added that the department will be releasing its first annual report, which may be of interest to citizens. Forner also encouraged community members to bring their tourism and event ideas to city councilors. 

Gini Chin said that a volunteer crew was able to landscape and prepare the flowerbeds in front of the Ilwaco Community Building.

Cassinelli reported that a few local charter businesses will be representing Ilwaco at a sportsman’s show in Puyallup.  

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