By Boyd C. Allen

Pilot Staff Writer

Mayor Karl Popoff began the Gold Beach City Council meeting Monday saying he was impressed with the high level of interest in the last election for councilors.

Popoff complimented the two new members – Anthony Pagano and Summer Matteson – on their wins and their goals for the city. He also welcomed back Councilors Becky Campbell, appointed to a vacant seat after she lost her seat to Pagano, and Tamie Kaufman, who was re-elected.

The two new councilors begin their terms Dec. 15 but will not be seated as councilors until January.

The current council — Larry Brennan, Kaufman and Campbell — voted to appoint Bernice Torrez to the city’s planning commission.

Torrez said she was anxious to serve the city in any capacity she could and emphasized her long-term love for the area and her family’s commitment to serve.

Torrez ran for council Position 1 in November but lost to Matteson.

Business

The council heard a request, presented by City Administrator Jodi Fritts, by the Ascend Program to use areas of Buffington Memorial Park after hours.

Ascend runs an after school program including tutoring, enrichment, and an “array of programs and activities to broaden horizons and promote exploratory learning,” according to literature the group provided. The Curry County Library is home to the program and is near the park.

Ascend requested to use the park after hours for activities such as laser tag, capture the flag, night tag and glow in the dark events.

According to documents presented to the council, Ascend began in October and meets Monday through Friday and provides snacks and transportation from the middle school to the library.

Council voted to allow the group to use parts of the park for after-hours events at the discretion and direction of city staff and added a stipulation that it would notify the police as well.

Gold Beach Police Chief Tracy Woods said he would increase patrols in the park during events and also recommended staff limit the area of the park made available to keep people away from wooded areas where it would be difficult to monitor the children.

The council and Fritts agreed to limit activity to the west side of the park.

Gold Beach Main Street

Gold Beach Main Street (GBMS) representative Ariel Kane reported she had been communicating the group’s goals and offerings to local businesses. She said she was working with businesses to expand their own offerings on social media through classes offered through the Oregon State Extension program and other groups.

Kane said the group was working to implement a Bike-Friendly Business program through Travel Oregon. The goals of the program are to help businesses recognize the importance of bike tourism, provide tips and tools so businesses can become bike friendly and highlight businesses that are bike-friendly.

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