The Wallowa City Council was notified Tuesday night, March 16, of gifts for the new fire hall. Rural resident Dale Johnson, who had to use the fire department in 2003 because of a major fire that burned his barn, donated $900 so that the city could insulate the lower eight feet of the new fire hall. With the lower portion of the fire hall insulated, walls and shelving can be built by volunteers. For that purpose Wallowa Forest Products donated to the city both a unit of 2" x 4"s and a unit of plywood.
In other action the council voted in Wayne Mollman as a new councilor to replace the unexpired term of Ron Philbrook who, in February, was elevated from the position of councilor to mayor.
Re-appointed to the city's budget committee were Doug Chrisman, Bill Fisher, Joe Town and Tom Baird. Because Ron Gay did not wish to serve another term, a fifth member of the budget committee is being sought. Councilor Ena May Dempsey was selected to the position of budget officer.
Richelle Tillery was selected for the new position as assistant recorder. She will assist City Recorder Lori Waters and began her part time duties March 22.
City attorney Brandon Eyre informed the council by letter that neither the city nor the fire department would be liable if a fire was reported and the volunteer fire department, faced with a shortage of numbers, did not respond.
The city donated $800 to the Wallowa Valley Together Project to help with transportation costs for the ski bus and the swim bus.