Several weeks ago, I wrote about a prospective trip to the Oregon Coast with a group of Scouts. As the photos below document, the trip was a success; and I think everyone involved learned something and had a good time.
Albany Scouts at Beachside State Park (only a teenager or a lunatic would swim in that water.)
I am also happy to report that all the bunnies mentioned in last week’s blog now have good homes with various members of my family and a couple of City employees. The Gateway Fourth of July Parade was a great success, although we briefly lost my seven-year-old grandson who was riding his motorbike. He didn’t realize the parade was over and he continued past the turnout to his great-grandparent’s ranch. We found him before any serious damage to his psyche and after a few more years were carved off of my life.
This week, the Albany City Council will begin the process of allocating $18.5 million received as a settlement from Pepsico for failing to build a manufacturing plant in the city after signing a contract to do so. Nearly all the ideas I have heard for use of this unique resource would be of benefit to the community. I think the issue before the Council is a matter of determining what is best in the eyes of the majority, rather than trying to decide what is good. Reducing debt, building needed facilities, economic development, and strengthening reserves are all good ideas. Picking the best will be a difficult job, subject to extensive debate and criticism. I do not know and find it hard to even speculate about what the final decisions will be, but I have great faith in the people elected to make these choices. Albany will derive great benefits from the settlement; and, in my opinion, the only remaining question is what the benefits will be.