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3 }loug & Sons q Dringport, Bindery MI. 49281 ! l .... Serving Sheridan, Willamma and Grand Ronde ___]__ I III L IIII IIII 91, NO. 10 WEDNESDAY, MARCH 6, 1991 50 CENTS PER COPY Willamina brick plant feasibility study urged left, and Phil Watkins, freshmen at Sheridan High School, work in computer Where students sit back-to-back In narrow room and at times spill out Into student computer room is Included in bond measure.--Photo by Lawrence Monical. Money to fund a feasibility study of reopening the Willamina brick plant will be sought by the W'dla- mina city council. Councilors voted Feb. 28 to seek the funds after learning that approx- imately $25,000 in Forest Service grant funds are available for feasib- ility studies of alternative industries in timber-impacted areas. Existence of the fund was revealed by Ray Teasley of Oregon Community Development Division. Teasley is working with the city to procure a grant to move the city's water intake system upstream from its location near Willamina Lumber. Whether or not the entire $25,000 is available for the study is unknown. "We couldn't lose by having it," said Councilor Gary Wooden. Willamina Clay Products, Inc., produced fine quality bricks from local clay deposits for 82 years, according to records. The plant turned out 280 million bricks which were used in nearly every major building in the state, including buildings on state college campuses, Jackson Tower and the Lloyd Center in Portland and the Yamhill County Courthouse. The operation employed as many as 65 workers at its peak, records say. The plant became outmoded and was sold to Willamina Lumber, its neighbor to the south. The company closed in 1974, demolished the kilns and other buildings and filled in the clay pit. Part of Willamina Lumber's mill stands on the site today. "They used to say that the clay was as good as what they use to make fine china on the East Coast," Wooden said. Plenty of clay remains in deposits at the site and uphill at the old school site and near Fort Hill. Auction of Election costs funded i i i heel bond said too,s to,, With 175 jobs at stake, Hampton ng shot' to pass Robertson Grabenhorst told the dozen pet- man and install insulation and storm of passing a $2.6 measure to add class- install new roofs on two buildings is "a to Superin- at the West Valley of Commerce's meeting said despite feels good about the learning district's needs. board, he noted, said were so critical that the measure on the though it allowed for campaign. the mail-in election to registered voters Voters have until 26, to return them County elections Conifer mill Recreation district are planning to mail their are advised to post them 22, so they arrive be counted. Voters are to make sure they to face ballot test A proposed West Valley recrea- tion district moved a step closer to reality last week when the board of Three Cities Community Develop- ment Corp. voted to finance the cost of placing the issue on the ballot in 1992. Steve Buchholz of Sheridan explained that Yamhill County requires a guarantee that the elec- tion costs will be covered before the issue can be placed on the ballot. He said the county estimates the cost will he between $1,000 and $2,000. Buchholz said he plans to appear before both the Sheridan and Willa- mina city councils to request sup- port for the election. Petitions con- taining the signatures of at least 10 percent of the registered voters in the West Valley are required to put the measure on the ballot next year. Under new state rules, Buchholz explained, creation of new taxing districts can only appear on even- year ballots. Both Polk and Yamhill county commissioners must also approve the request to hold an election, Buchholz said. The boundaries for the proposed recreation district would include both the Sheridan and Willamina fire districts, according to Buchholz. If voters approve formation of the dis, a board of directors would rev architectural plans for a cod[inanity center and swimming .o d m he built between Willamina on a 20- acre sire al Highway I8B that is currently owned-by Willamina Lumber Co. The project, according to archi- tectural plans, would cost about $2 million. Buchholz told the Three Cities board last week that the recreation district's board would look into a variety of ways to finance the work, including private and governmental grants plus renting the building for day-care and senior citizen pro- grams. The Three Cities board last year hired Alan Costie, a Salem archi- tect, to do the preliminary design work for the swimming 130o1 and community center. The $5,000 worth of design work was financed by donations from local businesses and industries. Elder Alert users pie at the chamber meeting that the school board was ready to submit a ballot measure last November but approval of Measure 5, the property tax limitation, stalled plans. One proposal the board consid- ered called for a new school at the Chapman Grade School site. 'Tm not sure that wasn't the best idea," Grabenhorst said, but quickly added that the cost totaled more than $6 million so the board came up with a plan to take care of the district's immediate needs. The $2.6 million bond issue would provide for more classrooms at both Chapman and the high school plus funds to expand the Chapman library. Because of enrollment growth, Grabenhorst said, the additions are needed. He noted there will be 70 to 80 more students at the high school during the next few years as larger classes from Chapman graduate. "We are currently overcrowded," he pointed out. The bond includes $280,000 to replace the high school's 30-year- old roof and money to reroof Chap- windows at Chapman, he said. Grabenhorst acknowledged that talk about consolidating the Sheri- dan and Willamina school districts may have overshadowed the bond election. 'A lot of people feel the Wma- mina Middle School has a lot of room," he said, but that school can only hold about 60 more students while Faulconer Elementary School holds 300 students. A meeting on consolidation plans was scheduled to be held last night, he noted. Talk about consolidation, how- ever, is one reason why the school board hasn't included any money in the bond for Faulconer, Grabenhorst said. Another problem at Faulconer is traffic congestion on neighbor- hood streets, he added. Perhaps the solution is to move kindergarten through 3rd grade (now housed at Faulconer) to Chap- man and then create a middle school at the same site, Grabenhorst said. That would create a K-5 grade school and 6-8 middle school. See BOND, Page 3 Affiliates has spent a full year exploring possibilities for finding an operator to purchase or lease its Willamina plywood mill. The for- mer lessee, Conifer Plywood, termi- nated the lease following windstorm damage in January 1990. Insecurity of raw material, cou- pled with markets temporarily depressed, have discouraged several prospects from taking the risk of overcoming short:term adversity for long-term potential. "We have absorbed significant carrying costs for the past year in an attempt to maintain this important employment component for Yamhill County," said John Hampton, chief executive officer of Hampton Affili- ates, "but after a year of exhaustive efforts to attract a competent opera- tor, we have engaged the Wershow Company to auction off the plant in 60 days." Hampton purchased the plywood mill in 1983 from Champion Inter- national during the depths of the recession and renovated it to provide a base load for production of its modern veneer mill, which was sold in 1990 due to timber shortages from federal agencies. During 1990, 53 plywood, veneer, and lumber mills were perrnanently closed in Oregon as high timber costs from preservationist appeals and litigation on federal timber sales Forum on demand and left these operators closed the viseon sluggish prodUCtalternative but shut- need to re.register ...... school bond .i, no.=00,o down, Hampton noted. All users of the Elder Alert pro- called to the participant's house, they know information is available to help them, Smith said. JaYcees undertook the project in late 1989 and have distributed more than 100 of the tubes since then, many of them at senior meal sites and blood pressure clinics, Smith said. Participants should call the Sheri- dan fire department at 843-2467 or Smith at 843-2812 to leave their names and addresses. Smith added that new users are also welcome to ask for a tube. "This isn't only for the elderly. It should be used by anyone with a medical condition," she said. "It's free, and it could save lives." tection system who joined the pro- gram beffore March 3 should contact the West Valley Jaycee, s or the Sheridan fire department to report their names and address. The master list of participants was lost and must be compiled again, according to Rayeua Smith of the Jaycees. The Elder Alert system involves a bright orange plastic tube inserted with a form containing the user's medical information. The tube is meant to be placed in the user's refrigem and the accompanying stickers placed on the refrigerator door and the user's front door, Smith said. If fbe or rescue personnel are vote planned Sheridan school district patrons are invited to attend a town hall forum Thursday to discuss the $2.6 million bond measure request on the March 26 ballot. The non-partisan, informational forum will begin at 7 p.m. in the Sheridan High School cafetorium. Babysitting will be provided by the sophomore class, refreshments will be served and a tour of the building will follow, according to Ann Hartman of the Positive Action League of Sheridan (PALS), spon- sor of the event. The Sheridan school board will join Superintendent Ian Graben- horsL bond campaign chairman Jan Wepster, district maintenance super- visor Arnold Hostetler and building principals in a question-and-answer session about the bond measure. "The public forum should pro- vide an excellent place in which to raise issues and get answers," Weps- ter said. "We invite everyone to bring their concerns." According to the school district, the bond measure is needed to provide funds to remodel and add classroom space at the high school and Chapman Grade School in order to relieve overcrowding and bring facilities up to date. Blueprints of the project are on display at US Bank, First Federal Savings, Hi-Way Market, Stuck Electric, Hometown Drugs and at all Sheridan schools. Hampton's mills in the West Val- ley have been running most of the time on regular schedule during the past year despite the sldown in lumber market. Land-use meeting set in Sheridan Bill Moshofsky, legal counsel for Oregonians in Action, and Bill Crasper of the American Pulp Wood Association will speak at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 12, in Sheridan High School. They will talk about how farmers and timber workers need to work together to protect natural resource based jobs in Oregon. The program is spmsored by West Valley Citizens for Timber. Moshofsky's group is working to pass the Land-use Regulatory Reform Bill this year in the state Legislature. The bill would limit the authority of the state Land Conser- vation and Development Commis- sion (LCDC) and give counties and cities mole say in land-use issues. The local group will hold a bake sale on March 30 at the West Valley Citizens for Timber's offices, 431 NE Main St, Willamina. The group plans to show a timber exhibit to Yamhill County schools during May. I III I I II I I IIIIIIII First Federal $awngs and loan SHERIDAN HOME EXTENSION meets Thursday, March 7th, 10 am at the home of Dadene Gramr at 21400 $.W. Gopher Valy Rd. Lesson on 'Food Labeling' by Mary Idtze and Jo Ebm. iksllllng avJlable. Evee is welcome. SCHOOL BOND FORUM: Thursdiy, March 71h, 7 pm at Sheddan High School CabtlL  avld by Sophomore class, Refreshments served. Sponsod by PALS, For call 843-2433 or 843-3776. Till CITIES UTrLE LEAGUE SKiN-UPS: ldarch 71h, 7.9 pm at Sheddan High School. Original  CAttiflc rKlulrKl. Ag 6 to 15. Info: Krism Pomeroy, 843.2389. WlLLMIINA CIVIC CLUB SPRING RUMHAGE SALE: FrL & Sat., March 8-9. 9 aen to 4 pro. Proceeds for cemer's upkmp and community pmjoets. CHRISTIAN WOMEN$ LUll moots Tuesday, March 12th, 9:30-11:15 am at IOOF Hall, 143 SW Monroe, $1klan. Cost $2. Special ftture: Mop Dolls by  Hoffrnen & Kr. Slal tlakor: Lois Bro. MOc by: Phyls Polumy & Gl/t Babysil at Sheridan Church of the Nazarene, 017 S. Bridge St. Call for : 843-3674 or 843.2482. SUROORT YOUR LOCAL GIRL SCOUTS: Buy a box of coddes for $2.50. Thank you for , lupgoetl Call 843-4212 kx' Infomtioe. II Ill I Illl III II Ill I Ilil I /