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i] Serving Sheridan, Willamina and Grand Ronde w ' IIIIt II I II III1'11 I III NO. 9 WEDNESDAY, MARCH 1, 1989 50 CENTS PER COPY Restaurant/Lounge but after hearing from Pastor Larry their act." nlay lose its liquor li- Dill, Sheridan Police Chief Joe Miller Miller said the lounge has had "a action last week by and business owner Sharon Doranpattern of illegal or disorderly con- the council decided to pull the re- duct." He suggested giving the es- refused to recommendcommendation, tablishment the next year to improve uor Control Corn- Councilman Jeff Brudnok first on its track record. Benny Huie's license, raised the idea of not recommending Miller said he had talked with an OLCC is expect- Benny Huie's application. He said OLCC investigator and he was told in Sheridan as a result the city has "not gotten anywhere" that if Benny Huie's didn't improve action, when it has complained to the man- then the state would be making on- it appeared that theagement. But Councilman Darol site inspections more frequently. to conditionally re-Funk said the owners needed a rea- The conditonal approval, Miller ad- for the license sonable amount of time "to clean up ded, would "put them on notice." j!' / 4 School fans cheer on Spartan boys basketball night against Santlam Christian. Spartans games last week to earn top ranking Miller said complaints about hard liquor. This would be a severe complained about the noise from Benny Huie's has included dirtyslap and say this cannot go on," Dill bands. dancing and minors in the bar. said. Mayor Art Hebert agreed with Pastor Dill said the council should Sharon Doran, owner of Pioneer Pastor Dill's request. "At least we'll not wait for another year to take ac- Book Store, said a bar glass broke send a message...it's more frighten- tion about Benny Huie's. He said a her storefront window and several ing than what the first motion member of his church who had too other store windows in the block (conditional approval) was." much to drink was involved in ahave been broken. On Mondays, she shooting incident recently, said, she picks up broken beer bot- Doran was pleased. "Even if it "A year is a long time...if you re- ties and syringes left on the sidewalk takes the liquor commission a year... commend rejecting the application near Benny Huie's. She has alsoat least you're doing something." (to the state) 1 understand the net ef- fect is (they can serve) anything but in next round before state tournament in Pendleton. See Page 11 for details. --Photo by Corinne Ivey. Voters in Sheridan may be asked to approve a new tax base for the city, replacing one established in 1916. No date has been set for an elec- tion but it's pretty likely the city council's budget committee will be asked to consider a new tax base when it starts looking at a proposed 1989-90 budget later this month. The tax base idea surfaced at last week's city council meeting when Bruce Peet, city administrator, pre- sented the council with a detailed financial report, including charts and graphs that trace the city's property taxes since 1977. In brief, the city's tax rate has dropped during the past 12 years, going from $4.50 in 1977 to $3.09 this past year. In part, the drop is be- cause the city's property values have increased with inflation and the an- nexation of West Main into the city. Without a new tax base the city can only levy 6 percent more per year in taxes~ That amounts to $?,900 for 1989-90 and, in Mayor Art Hebert's view, that's not enough. The city, Hebert said, must begin to invest more funds to attract growth and benefit from the $53 mil- lion federal prison. With new court Bruce Peet said the 800 inmates in the prison will be counted in the city's population and that will boost state per capita taxes for Sheridan but that won't happen until the 1990- 91 budget. Earlier estimates have in- dicated the city could recieve more than $100,000 per year in additional per capita taxes and franchise fees as a result of the prison. Council member Jeff Brudnok agreed with the mayor, saying that $7,900 more in the budget won't help the city achieve its goals. Council member Floyd Wolfenbarger noted that 67 percent of all property taxes go to education. Council member Winer Melonuk pointed out that city voters defeated a request several years ago to add a fourth police officer. Councilman Bob Jordan said the council needs to prioritize what it wants and then fi- gure out how to pay for it. Jordan said he didn't like to see taxes going up any more than other property ow- ners but added that local citizens will have to .pay more if they want :he town to improve. Without a new tax base the city will collect $140,596 next fiscal year in property tares. That amounts to about 11 percent of all the property taxes collected in the city. Willamina City BrOwn will replace Mina Snelling write aletter to thewho resigned last month. The coun- Postal Service reject- cil also agreed that Snelling, who site for a new post of- was supposed to leave at the end of and Garden Streets. February, stay on and train Brown. agreed that if the That action prompted a debate wants to move the among the council. its current locationCouncilor Pat Paterson said the ci- it choose the Au- ty's budget could not handle paying dso located on Main for two people for that position and proposed limiting the tra!ning period learned the Autocourt to 15 days. sites the postal ser- Councilor Jack Gehlen disagreed Lt before making its pro- and expressed a desire to have Snel- city police chief Tim ling remain on staff for as long as it Autocourt, which takes to train the new recorder. "rent apartments, at- Wooden suggested that Snelling tenantL" The be limited to not more than 15 work- located just east ofing days and that she be terminated Bank. if training is completed before the Wooden said a 1S-day time limit is up. The council Maple and Garden agreed with Wooden's suggestion. to far away for the Heard a request by acting police ather Willamina resi- chief Wiehr to replace four of his de- Walk to the post of-partment's six service revolvers with three, 9 mm automatic handguns the council: capable of firing 16 rounds of ammu- Brown as city re- nition without reloading. He said by salary of $1,250. selling the old revovlers, the cost of g season opens backyard burning Salem reminds residents that only and runs through dry residential yard debris can be this period, burned. Burning materials that debris can be create dense smoke or noxious odors daylight hours when is prohibited. Prohibited materials are favorable for include household garbage, petro- leum products, wire insulation, [l'J are determined byplastic and rubber. of Environ- Open burning that creates a (DEQ). The daily nuisance is prohibited at all times. is available fromSeasonal burning restrictions local apply to both Sheridan and Willamina and extend for three miles 's regional off'me in beyond their city limits. the new weapons would be $89. The sition to work part-time for the coun- council told Wiehr to go before the ty sheriff's department. He said she city's police committee to get its re- has left that position and has expres- commendation on the automatic pis- sed a desire to serve on the force. tol. Unanimously approved allowing Appointed Vickie Williams as an fundraisers to use the city hall to unpaid police reserve officer. Wiehr plan events to benefit Merle Olsen explained that Williams had been a Jr., a Willamina man with Lou Ge- reservist for the city but left that IX)- hrig's disease. Suspec e in casec anges ea In Yamhill County circuit court that charge was also dropped--this Friday, Terrance David Leonard of time by the Yamhill County district Sheridan pleaded guilty to charges of attorney's office last week. District reckless endangerment and carrying Attorney John Collins said he did not a firearm with intent to use it. have enough evidence to convict Sentencing is set on April 7 at 10 Leonard on the attempted murder a.m. charge which stemmed from a bar Judge Donald Blensly presided room brawl at Benny Huie's Restaur- over Leonard's change of plea ant and Lounge in late November. hearing. Leonard faces up to six years in Leonard was originally chargedstate prison on the charges, Collins with the attempted murder of Shed- said. dan police officer Jack Ashworth in Leonard allegedly threatened the November, but that charge was man in the Sheridan lounge and then dropped as the result of a grand jury went home and got his hunting rifle investigation. Leonard also was and allegedly fired a shot in the dir- charged with the attempted murder ection of Ashworth's patrol car on of a 21-year-old Sheridan man, but the night of the incident. Unusual flu remedies: Page 2 Rodeo funding fails: Page 3 Musical spoof delightful: Page 5 County crime up: Page I0 Fasana wins at state: Page 1 1 Valley Chamber of Com merce & participating merchants & Willamina are starting an exciting new promotion March I look for it ... and enter to win atrip to Hawaii. rl ins nup In a get-tough ,mood last week the Sheridan city council approved rein- stating a municipal court that will handle violations of city codes, espe- cially ordinances dealing with junk in neighborhoods around town. The first session of the court will be held at 9 a.m. March 28 in the li- brary conference room. Attorney Ro- be.rt Thompson will serve as judge, a position he also holds in McMinn- ville and Newberg, according to Bruce Peet, city administrator. The council also agreed to spend up to $3,000 for computer software to keep track of court records. Peet told the council the court will be self supporting "within a 10 percent margin of cost." "This will give us some teeth," said council member Bob Jordan, al- luding to complaints that the city is a "toothless tiger" when it comes to enforcing city codes. In addition to public nuisance or- dinances the court will also handle traffic citations, excluding drunk driving cases which will continue to be heard in district court in McMinn- ville. City police will now issue citations for infractions of city ordinances dir- ectly to the municipal court. "Citizens and community resi- dents of Sheridan have voiced con- m cerns to the city council about the desire to enforce local ordinances de- signed to protect comm,nity safety and welfare," Poet said in a writtten report. Creation of the municipal court is clearly aimed at cleaning up the city's residential areas. The city has had to use a cumbersome approach in the past to take action to demolish abandoned homes or clean up prop- erty. With the municipal court in place the city can take action much quicker to clean up problems, Peet indicated. The city eliminated its local court about 10 years ago in a move to cut budget costs. flow on up In an effort to begin cleaning up Sheridan, the city council last week asked local residents for ideas to make the town look better. The ideas ranged from painting the bridge across the South Yamhill River to tackling the tough job of get- ting residents to keep, their yards free from junk. Continued on Page 7 II I " I WEST VALLEY COMING EVENTS= ANNUAL STEW FEED & PIE AUCTION at Fendall Community Club, Saturday, March 4, at 6 pro. FASHION SHOW, music, dessert, lots of door prizes: MeMinnville Community Center, Saturday, March 4 at 2 pro. Sponsored by PLAN Adoption Service. Tickets at Sheridan BakerY, Sheridan Chiropractic or at the door. BRIDGE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL CARNIVALt Saturday, March 4, 4-7 pm at the Ballston school building. WIH,AMINA CIVIC CLUB meets Monday, 1:30 pm at the Senior Center. Speaker: Sheriff Lee Vasquez on drug problems. SHERIDAN WELL BABY CLINIC, March 8, 10 am to 1 pro, First Christian Church. Call 843-35.58 for appointment. HI a "Your Savings Working totally" I