Business Notes for Nov. 21

Mid-Columbia realtors honor Julie Gilbert

Mid-Columbia Association of Realtors (MCAR) has named Julie Gilbert its Realtor of the Year.

Gilbert, who works for ReMax River City, was recognized for her achievements at this year’s installation reception held at the Butler Bank Building, 301 Oak Street, Hood River, on Nov. 18.


Julie Gilbert

MCAR has more than 200 members from the five Oregon and Washington counties in the Columbia River Gorge. It is the area’s largest trade association and is affiliated with both the Oregon and Washington Association of Realtors. The purpose of the realtor nonprofit organization is to promote education and advocacy for both the public and its members and also to hold its members to the highest standard of ethics and standards of practice as well as to stand up for property rights and home ownership.

A MCAR press release states that the Realtor of the Year award goes to a person who “stands for the things mentioned above but also someone who has also in some way stood above the crowd in making our communities and our association a better places because of his or her involvement.”

Von Flotow finishes grading on Country Club

Andy von Flotow, who runs his engineering company from his property at 135 Country Club Road, said the grading being done at the property this summer and fall is to finish earth work done in 2013 with the creation of nearby Wine Country Road.

The new road intersects with Country Club at Hood River’s west city limits. Von Flotow said he is completing grading on the 26-acre parcel to prepare it for future development. The property is within city limits.

Brewery buys building from Diamond

Double Mountain Brewery has closed the deal with Diamond Fruit on the cold storage building at Windmaster Corner.

Anneke Myers, Double Mountain’s marketing director, confirmed this week that the eight-year-old brewery will move its storage space to the new location at Barrett Drive and Indian Creek Road, at a date to be announced. The building is located just south of Hood River Valley High School’s Traner Field, across from Windmaster Market. Meanwhile, Double Mountain is close to finalizing plans on its new taproom location, to be announced, in southeast Portland.

State orders work ceased on Ryan property

Meanwhile, just west of the von Flotow property, recent grading and tree removal work by owner Dave Ryan of Ryan’s Holdings (Hood River Juice Co.) was ordered to cease by the Department of State Lands. Spokeswoman Julie Curtis said there are some violations of Oregon’s removal-fill law on site, located along Phelps Creek, particularly work was being done in “waters of the state” without a permit. Curtis said Ryan is cooperating with the agency in dealing with the violations.

Ryan bought the 16.3-acre property this summer. Curtis noted that in 2002, when Walmart was trying to build on the site, a wetland delineation (mapping of wetland boundaries) was submitted that the agency concurred with, but it is now expired and has not been renewed.

“The delineation showed three wetlands of about 1.1 acres. There also are other jurisdictional waters on the site (a perennial stream and some ditches that we regulate),” Curtis said.

“Whenever more than 50 cubic yards of material are filled in or removed from wetlands and waterways, a permit must be obtained (and any amount of material in Essential Salmon Habitat waters); the permit outlines mitigation necessary to replace the lost waterway functions. A delineation helps the property owner or developer design a plan to avoid or minimize impacts to wetlands.

“We have opened up a violation file, and are working cooperatively with Mr. Ryan on a consent agreement — this will include details of what he needs to do to remedy the violations on his property.”

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