UMATILLA – Mrs. Heather Livengood’s 7th grade civics class learned firsthand how government works on behalf of its citizens - no matter what their age - when Lake County Commissioner Welton Cadwell presented the students with the county’s only sandhill crane crossing sign.
As part of their class project to resolve a local issue, the Umatilla Middle School students developed a presentation requesting help in protecting sandhill cranes from traffic along Roger Giles Road and County Road 450. The students approached Umatilla Mayor Laura Wright, who then met with Commissioner Cadwell to determine how the county could step in.
"Government can work at your local level and it only works because you care,” said Commissioner Cadwell, who presented the sign at a March 18 Umatilla City Council meeting. “I am inspired by the students at Umatilla Middle School, and encourage them to remain active within their community.”
The sign was paid for by the county’s gas tax, and was designed and fabricated by Lake County Traffic Operations. The sign is scheduled to be installed on Friday, March 21 and will be county maintained.
“I am very proud of my students at UMS,” said Livengood. “They came up with this and many other positive community service projects.”