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10 The Sun, Wednesday, February 8, 1989 Ip lan Jes coun JQR By Mike Petrovsky It stands there alone and isolated on a hill--a building as out of sync with the surrounding landscape as the Church of Scientology's views are with those of the typical West Valley resident. Yet both co-exist in a yo. Lave- me-alone, l'll-leave-ym, =;one fashi- on. But a Yamhill County ordinance threatens to interfere with that co- existence. The county has recom- mended declaring the Delphian School, that lonely building run by the Church of Scientology, a building which could almost serve as a geo- graphic guidepost separating the towns of Sheridan and Willamina, a historical landmark--thus making the private school a public concern. The Delphians are upset with the county landmark commission's de- claration. So upset in fact that the group got its attorney, Frank Walker of Frank Walker and Associates in Monmouth, to write a letter to coun- ty planner Ken Friday, In that letter, dated Jan. 25, Wal- ker claimed the landmark committee made the declaration improperly by not following the Oregon Admini- strative Rules governing such a de- signation, and he claimed the com- mittee used erroneous statements from a 1984 interview with the Del- phians' Ray Phelps on which to base its decision. Phelps and his staff con- tend that interview with county offi- cials never took place. The Delphians aren't the only ones upset over the recommendation. The county planning department just last week received a telephone complaint from an angry West Valley resident who thought the Delphians and their school did not deserve the designa- tion of a local landmark. C,aght between the rock of pre- servation and the hard place of priva- cy and prejudice, the county commis- sioners agreed last month to re- examine the historic landmark and preservation ordinance it passed last August. The commissioners are con- sidering giving property owners the option of refusing the historic land- mark dg.~ilgnation, A R~ hearing on the matter is schedul'ed~ for Feb. 22 at 10 a.m. in the county cour- thouse. Upon hearing about the commis- sioners' recent move, the Delphian school has asked and the county has agreed to postpone making a final decision on whether the school will become a landmark until after the commissioners make their decision on the ordinance. Just after he was elected in No- vember, Commissioner Dennis Go- ecks told The Sun he was against the landmark ordinance because it re- quired property owners go before the landmark committee before making improvements or additions to their property. He said the committee's requirement that repairs or additions to historic landmarks must be made without harming the historic integri- ty of a structure could prove cost pro- hibitive for the owner to make such improvements. Delphian attorney Walker also claimed in his letter the Delphians oppose the ordinance for much the same reason. '...According to Section 7 of the Historic Landmarks Preservation Or- dinance, alteration or construction on a landmark site shall be made to the (planning) director and the direc- tor shall approve the alteration if there is no change in the appearance or the material of the resource as it exists; or if the proposed alteration duplicates or restores the original ex- terior features. This standard would be difficult, if not impossible, to meet, particularly with respect to the brick overlay. The rose-tinted brick is no longer manufactured. Compar- ably colored parent material would be difficult, if not impossible to lo- cate. Wood windows of comparable design and quality would be difficult to locate. The cost of replacing the windows would be prohibitive .... " the letter reads. The solution of leaving it up to the Delphians to decide whether they want their school to be a landmark might seem on the surface to be a safe one for the commissioners to make. But not so, according to attor- ney Todd Sadie, the county's legal representative. In an interview Friday, Sadie said the state Land Conservation and De- velopment Commission has threat- ened legal action against the county should the commissioners change the existing ordinance. He said the legal action would be in the form of a 45-day appeals process with the state Land Use Board of Appeals. "State officials said they were not happy with the commissioners plans to review the ordinance," Sadie said. Sadie also said he did not appreci- ate the accusations against the coun- ty made by the Delphians in Wal. ker's letter. "The letter from my perspective eel laws was confused and not substantive," he said. Sadlo said the September of 1984 interview with Phelps did take place and that the landmark commission followed the proper procedures in re- commending the Delphian School as a landmark. As far as the replace- ment of the windows and the brick goes, Sadie said, one of the commis- sion's jobs is to work with land- owners in locating the proper materials and securing state and federal grants for those materials if such grants are available. But Walker wrote in his letter: "...Unfortunately, the Delphian School does not agree with the as- sessment of the Landmark Commis- sion that the school or surrounding campus be considered for designa- tion as a Yamhill County Landmark. Several important factors were over- looked during the inventory and nomination process; the Delphian School is a dynamic ongoing busi- ness entity that currently houses 180 students and employs 80 persons. Any regulation that woulld make it more difficult to alter, add or con- struct new buildings would be coun- terproductive..." Sadie insisted, however, that the commission only recommended that the building's front facade and not the whole 160-acre Delphian campus be considered a landmark. But if so, Walker and the Delphians contend there are already ordinances on the books protecting the facade; they say the commission's move would direct- ly hurt the operation of their busi- ness. As Walker's letter reads: "...the Delphian School believes, and I concur, that the Historic Land- marks Preservation Ordinance will be much more restrictive than cur- rent zoning regulations. The Delphi- an School will be put into a position of having to report every activity, no matter how minor. Delays in capital improvements and rapid facility con- struction will be encountered. The restraints posed by the ordinance are simply unacceptable to a business that is in a constant state of flux. Al- most needless to say, the ordinance standards will conflict with other governmental agency requirements for safety and sanitation. For exam- pie, what if the state fire marshal re- quires a fire escape, or OSHA requires a separate cafeteria and restroom for custodial workers? The time delays and costs alone would deprive the school of the flexibility they need to operate efficiently..." This is the second controversial case involving the landmarks panel in the West Valley. I men us SHERIDAN SCHOOL DISTRICT LUNCH MENUS Chapman Feb. 13th thru Feb. 17th Monday: Nachos, corn, vegetable sticks, applesauce, milk. Tuesday: Corn Dogs, tater tots, salad, Valentine cupcake, milk. Wednesday: Lasagna, green beans, blueberry muffin, pudding, milk. Thursday: Clam Chowder, ham & cheese sandwich, orange smiles, cookie, milk. Friday: Burritoes, corn, salad, pears, milk. Fauiconer Feb. 13th thru Feb. 17th Monday: Pizza Pockets, tossed salad, peanut butter ball, apple wedges, milk. Tuesday: Enchiladas, buttered corn, tossed salad, Valentine Cookie, milk. Wednesday: Hamburger, tater tots, peaches, milk. Thursday: Wiener Wrap, tomato soup, vegetable sticks, pears, milk. Friday: Beef Stroganoff, seasoned carrots, hot rolls w/butter, apple pie, milk. WILLAMINA SCHOOL DISTRICT LUNCH MENUS Feb. 13th thru Feb. 17th Monday: Macaroni/cheese, cauli- flower & broccoli, pears, cake, roll, milk. Tuesday: Chicken Patti on bun, green beans, fruit, cherry pie, milk. Wednesday: Hamburger Gravy over potatoes, peaches, peas/car- rots, milk. Thursday: Meat loaf, potato square, buttered corn, fruit cocktail, roll, milk. Friday: Fish squares, buttered carrots, macaroni salad, fruit, rice krispi square, milk. Evergreen wins test marketing McMinnville is serving as one of 10 nationwide test market sites for the digitally programmable hearing operating system known as PHOX, according to Chris Gustafson of Evergreen Hearing Aid Center in McMinnville. With the PHOX system's 1.7 million programming options, a hearing aid now can be programmed to precisely match a person's individually unique hearing loss, Gustafson said. Each unit features a switch that is used to filter out background noise and improve speech comprehension, he said. Tonal ranges have been increased with the digitalization and acoustic perception is more acute and richer, he said. The PHOX system is a new development from ASCOM of Switzerland, one of Europe's leading telecommunications companies, he said. Vern H, Certified Public Accountant Bookkeeping- Payroll. Taxes 286 S. Main, Fridays in Willamina 876-9343 Main Office, 842-8524 If you're saying no to drugs or trying to avoid prescrip- tion overuse you can choose a healthy alternative for treatment of: Pain Chronic Fatigue Allergies Infections Depression Diseases Or stop smoking in one effcclive 25 minute trealmenl. For complete individualized treatment for any health problem call 434-6515. BRUCE DICKSON. 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Team members and sports fans will be glad to see your support for them on each of these pages. To be Included on the Feb. 22 Salute to FFA Just call us by February 17 - and let our readers see your Community Spirit! II II 249 S. Bridge P.O. Box 68 Sheridan, OR 97378 In the military Christel A. Shell, daughter of Betty J. Shell of Sheridan, has enlisted in the U.S. Army under provisions of the Delayed Entry Program. She will leave for 8 weeks of basic training at Ft. Dix, N.J. on Sept. 19. Upon completion of basic, she will attend advanced individual training at Ft. Devens, Mass., to prepare for her assignment as an electronic warfare/signal intelligence non-communications interceptor. She also qualified for a $1,S00 cash bonus, which she will receive when she successfully completes her training program. The Delayed Entry Program allows high school seniors to select the job training they desire and qualify for and have that training reserved for up to one full year while they finish school. Shell, who enlisted for is a senior at Willamina and is scheduled to graduatei 1989. Two resign fro1 Sheridan pa Sheridan's planning will meet at 7 p.m. Monday. items include the resignation members--DeArmond Paul Blanchard--and the approval on the North Park J 2 subdivision of Jim planning panel will posed airport overlay zone zoning and development The meeting will be held brary conference room. It was scheduled for Feb. 6 but~ tayed a week A V.~Jd~IT. Valentine's Day... a day to express sentiments of love. There are humorous, contemporary, cute and character cards that express those sentiments perfectly. AMERICAN New! Heart-shaped balloons for Russell Stover chocolate gift boxes $2.50 to $18.95 Use your Valentine's Coupon Book lots of items store! Good thru 212 N.E. 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