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Sasaki hospitalized m Willamina's former City Manager 'In good spirits' Former Willamina City Manager Sam Sasaki is out on sick leave from his current post as city manager in Gervais, the council members in the Marion County community leamed at a work session on Monday night. "He's in good spirits," said Gervais Chief of Police Peter Spirup, being careful not to give out any specific information regarding the city manager's medical condition. When asked by the council when Sasaki would be return- ing to work, Spirup responded, "We don't know." Sasaki was hired by the City of Willamina in May of 2006. He wrote his position out of the 2010-11 city budget when the projected city revenue fell short of anticipated expenses. His last day in Wil- lamina was June 30. Four months after stepping down as city manger in Willamina, Sasaki was hired full- time by the City of Sam Gervais. According to Mayor Shanti Platt, Sasaki worked part-time in Gervais for more than two years before he was hired full-time by the city on Nov. 1. Prior to his employment in Willamina, Sasaki served 15 Sasakl years as the city manager in Newport and 19 years in Greeley, Colo., which included five years as city manger. Af- ter a brief taste of retirement Sasaki applied for the position in Willamina. His accomplish- ments while in Wil- lamina include pro- curing grant funding to improve the Vern Huddleston Memorial Fishing Pond at Hampton Park, mov- ing the city forward with plans for a new library and hiring a code en- forcement officer. In 2007 Sasaki received the Herman Kehrli Award from the League of Oregon Cities for his excep- tional contributions to munici- pal government. Library hours to be considered By Marguerite Alexander Correspondent, The Sun The Willamina Library Board has asked the city coun- cil to consider increasing the library budget to include one part-time staff and extend the library hours to include Satur- day hours. Now it is up to the council to decide if there is money to do it. Library hours and staffing will be one of the topics dis- cussed at the work session next week. The library is currently open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Fridays. In September the council approved adding two hours per month to Denise Willms' sched- ule so that she could hold a com- puter lab from 5 to 7 p.m. on the second Friday of the month. Hiring one part-time employee would not only make it possible for the library to be open four hours on Saturdays, but it would allow the library to remain open until 7 p.m. on Friday. Some libraries have opted to close on Monday and schedule their hours Tuesday through Saturday. "Monday is our busi- est day of the week," the Wil- lamina Library Board said in a letter to the council. It recom- mended adding staff and hours rather than shifting days. The board recommended hiring another employee for safety reasons as well as to fa- cilitate additional hours. "One of the staffhas been accosted in the past," the council was told. Add- ing a staffmember after all other public businesses have closed would address a viable concern regarding staff safety. According to Librarian Me- lissa Hansen, staffing with vol- unteers has never worked. The cost of adding a staff member is an issue the council must consider. City Recorder Sue Hollis was asked to come up with a cost estimate. The council will then brainstorm the request on Jan. 27. ODOT to remove dead trees The Oregon Department of Transportation, working un- der an agreement with the Or- egon Parks and Recreation Department, will fall dead and dying trees that pose a threat to traffic along a 12-mile sec- tion of Highway 18 in the Van Duzer State Scenic Corridor between Grand Ronde and the coast. Felling of the unhealthy trees will begin the week of Jan. 24 and take 10 days, weather permitting. The project will occur between mileposts 7 and 19 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday. Work must be finished before Feb. 28, the beginning of nest- ing season. Nearly all 160 trees to be felled are already dead, but are within reach of the high- way. Most will be left where they fall to decompose natu- rally. Those few trees re- moved from the area will be taken to a designated disposal site. A few targeted trees suf- fer from root rot. Flaggers and a pilot car will control travel through the area in alternating directions. Mo- torists should expect 10 to 15- minute delays. Wednesday, January 19, 2011, The Sun 3 High speed chase through Sheridan ends in arrest A Dallas woman was ar- rested Sunday after she hit high speeds on Highway 18B and Highway 18 in an attempt to elude Yamhill County SheriffDeputies last week. According to the YCSO, Renee Elaine Nixon, 41, was eastbound traveling through Sheridan in a 2000 Toyota Corolla when at ap- proximately 9:43 p.m. a deputy attempted to stop her near East Main and Faul- coner streets for speeding. Instead of stopping, the car sped up reaching speeds near 100 miles per hour. The car continued east on Highway 18B and Highway 18. The driver bailed out of the car near the landfill. Nixon was ar- rested on Sunday after she was taken in on a separate warrant from the Mc- Minnville Police De- partment. Earlier in the inves- tigation deputies had believed that Pride Solomon Jones, 36, of Grand Ronde had been driving the Toyota Co- Renee E. Nixon rolla, which he had been driving before eluding police on foot in McMinnville. Nixon was charged with reckless driving and attempting to elude a police officer in ave- hicle and on foot. She was lodged in the Yamhill County Jail on $27,500 bail. Jail records indicate Nixon has also been charged with failure to carry/ present an operator's license, giving false information to a police officer and unlawful possession of meth- amphetamine. She is also being held on a Polk County parole detainer for third-de- gree robbery. Jones, arrested on Thursday, was found hiding in the crawlspace of a McMinnville home. Sheridan man attacked by strangers New Year's Day didn't start so well for one local man who reported that he was at- tacked by two unknown as- sailants in Sheridan. Adam Hoff, 29, of Sheri- dan tom Yamhill County Sher: iffdeputies that he was assaulted by two males near the 300 block of North Bridge Street at ap- proximately 3 a.m. on Jan. 1. 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