New Mayor and Councilors Take Oaths of Office

Hood River's newly elected mayor and city councilors took their oaths of office on January 9th. Mayor Paul Blackburn and Councilors Grant Polson, Doug Stepina, and Tim Counihan, join Councilors Mark Zanmiller, Megan Saunders and Gladys Rivera on the 2023 City Council. Oaths were administered by Judge Ruben Cleaveland. Thank you for your service and commitment to the City of Hood River!
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Vanderpuye is Hood River’s new Community Engagement Coordinator

Jackie Vanderpuye is the City's new community engagement coordinator. She will plan and implement outreach and communication activities for many of the City’s most pressing projects and operations, with a focus on advancing equity and reducing barriers to participation. She will be responsible for informing the public of upcoming activities and projects, opportunities for input, and collaborate and engage with the City’s diverse population. Click the image for more info.
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Prepare for Winter Weather Conditions

It's that time of year to be prepared for winter weather conditions. The City of Hood River kindly asks for public cooperation during winter storms and conditions when 3" or more snow accumulates, or freezing rain creates dangerous road conditions. Public safety and efficient city operations are top priorities.
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Rich Rice is City’s new Public Works Director

Following an extensive search process, the City of Hood River has selected Richard Rice as the City of Hood River’s new public works director. Rice has served as public works project manager for the City since March 2020. In that role, he has managed all aspects of public works projects including project design, development, and implementation, project budgeting and performance, as well as the City’s 10-year Capital Improvement Plan.
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Notices from the City on Current Projects

The Prospect Ave water-sewer line replacement project between 1st and 7th continues and is nearing completion with sidewalk and curb repairs, re-grading of the street, and final paving. Estimated completion date is November 7th. We thank the neighborhood for its patience during this significant projects.
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Heights Streetscape Plan moves to Phase 3

The City’s Urban Renewal Agency gave its direction for a recommended alternative for the Heights Streetscape Plan. The process, which has received broad community input for alternatives for 12th and 13th streets in the Heights, now proceeds to Phase 3 for refinement of the preferred alternative. Click the image for more info.
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City Approves Affordable Housing Strategy

Hood River’s Affordable Housing Strategy, the result of a year-long project, was unanimously adopted by City Council. The Affordable Housing Strategy includes eight policy tools and actions the City will use to encourage development of supported, long-term affordable housing. Guided by a team of experts, the project was also assisted by a community task force and stakeholders. Click on the image for the full story.
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Car-sharing is available in Hood River

Car-sharing is available in Hood River with five electric vehicles (EV) to rent by the minute. City vehicle bases are located at the Hood River Fire Station and the Columbia Street parking lot at 5th Street. A third vehicle is located at the Port waterfront on North 1st Street. Two vehicles are located at Columbia Cascade Housing properties in the Heights. Click the photo to read more.
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