By Boyd C. Allen

Pilot Staff Writer

The Gold Beach City Council meeting Monday began with a hero receiving a key to the city and ended with a councilor’s statement of support for those struggling with shame.

Curry Community Health CEO Kenneth Dukek introduced David Bridges, a resident of one of CCH’s buildings, saying his quick actions likely saved lives during a fire.

Dukek said Bridges smelled smoke and entered another apartment where he found a fire and tried to fight it with an extinguisher.

“When that didn’t work out, he called 911 and began yelling to wake everyone,” he said. “He handled the situation better than most would, and I appreciate the city recognizing him.”

Mayor Karl Popoff said the city would soon present Bridges with a plaque, but during this meeting, he said, “ I want to give you something I love to give, a key to the city.”

Popoff then presented the key to Bridges while friends and family looked on.

Gold Beach’s newest police officer, Ray Warren, was then sworn in by Popoff who joked about poaching him from the sheriff.

“Turnabout is fair play,” he added. “They poached an officer last fall.”

Warren fills a vacancy left when Sgt. Tracy Wood was promoted to chief earlier in the year, according to the announcement.

During councilor comments, Councilor Tamie Kaufman read a personal statement made timely by the recent deaths of celebrities Anthony Bourdain and Kate Spade and because June is Pride Month:

“Pride is the opposite of shame. Shame is believing one is a mistake. As a former homophobe, I can say I know that shame.

‘In 2010, I realized what most people who knew me already knew –– I too was gay.

“I chose to survive that reality and encourage others who are feeling shame in any way, not just the LGBT community, to choose survival, to find a way to move beyond self-shame to self-acceptance.

“Suicide is a permanent solution to a temporary problem. Ask for help – don’t give up.”

Other actions:

•Council approved a rate adjustment of 2.15 percent for CTR. This reflects a residential increase of $0.48 to $1.43 depending on cart size. Commercial rates are increased between $0.50 to $1.50 depending on the type of service.

•Council approved the Gold Beach Disc Golf Club to serve alcohol in the city park during the Fisk Disc Golf Tournament June 30.

•James Lee of Dunair, California, said he represented a person who owned property in Gold Beach and who was interested in building a distillery there. City Administrator Jodi Fritts said he should see her during business hours but the city could allow the business as long as the property was properly zoned.

•Council voted as the Urban Renewal Agency (URA) to approve the Gold Beach Urban Renewal Agency 2018-2019 budget.

•Council approved a resolution electing to receive state revenues and adopted the 2018-2019 budget.

Reach Boyd C. Allen at ballen@currypilot.com .

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