Red Evans, a long-time resident of Wallowa, has been appointed to fill a vacancy on the Wallowa City Council. Evans is a retired supervisor of Boise Cascade, where he worked for 40 years.
Evans was sworn into the council position by Wallowa city recorder Lori Waters at the council's Sept. 18 meeting. He now fills the post vacated by Ron Gay when Gay was appointed mayor after former mayor Adams moved out of Wallowa County.
The Wallowa council accepted public testimony for a revised sewer and water ordinance. In response to a question, Waters explained that the rates are set up by resolution, so the ordinance does not have to be changed every time the rates change. The first reading of the ordinance was by title only.
The council unanimously approved a request from Sondra Ross for a new water and sewer connection at the end of 3rd Street, despite the fact that the front of the property sits on the city limits and the rest in the urban growth boundary. Before making a motion to approve the request, Gay explained that a precedent had been set in the past when water and sewer connections were granted outside the city.
The council consensus was to y draft a resolution stating that, as of Nov. 1 this year, no more water and sewer connections would be allowed in the UGB without the property being annexed.