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w.,:-*u " ]rou{ & Sons Bndery Page 3 .... Springport, MI. 49281 Big family, tin) ...... _ opens i i Serving Sheridan, Willamina and Grand Ronde 91 NO. 16 WEDNESDAY, APRIL 17, 1991 Pages 1B-4B Home &garden issue IIIII II 50 CENTS PER COPY uck Hollow dam site opposed Monical The Sun of Buck Hollow hose property would be a dam is built nearby, before the Willamina city week to ask the council endorsement of the rite. council had already Support to a site on Mill a Dec. 13 appear- group, and councilors pessimism that their Ould carry much weight in not to a water a study of future said David Menden- of Friends of Buck a Self-described grass roots organization. "But we are opposKI to construction of a dam at the intersection of Buck Hollow and Willamina Creek Roads." The Buck Hollow site is among the leading contenders for a new reservoir serving Yamhill, Polk and Lincoln counties. The need for a reservoir, its cost and placement are the subjects of a $200,000 study underway by the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation. Actual construction of a dam is unlikely to begin before the year 2010, according to the bureau. Mendenhall appealed to Willa- mina's self interest as he described the effects of a Buck Hollow reser- voir. "More than 137 residents will not be doing business in Willamina if they are forced out by the dam," idan's roads ic of morning ing Saturday of the Sheridan city Spending this Saturday maps and lists of need to be repaired or we want we can pay for it," cib manager. work session starts m the library conference " Public is invited to attend asked to withhold com- the council comes up hearing on it. easy for the council What to do. At two goal- earlier this year were presented by indi- members but no was reached. the debate, Peet has a 10-page report plus details 20 streets a COmmittee urged 6e at a cost of about $1 in his report that the to get more state gas to the prison and He estimates the city $173,200 next year in tax funds, compared to years ago. "With the increase we can do about $70,000 a year in street projects," Peet said. The rest of the street tax money covers such items as labor and equipment repairs. A citizen's committee, chaired by Sheridan builder Jim Anderson, pre- sented a map and list of 23 projects in late 1989. The panel suggested asking voters to approve a tax levy to finance the work but questions about Measure 5's impact on bond levies acted as a roadblock to further action. Almost all of the committee's proposed street projects called for complete reconstruction or major repairs.. Four projects, when water and sewer lines are added, were estimated to cost over $100,000 each. One project, widening Evans Road, topped $215,000. Peet outlined six ways that street projects can be financed----ranging from the creation of special assess- ment district and tax levies to bond measures and state grants, A 3-year $1 per $1,000 lax levy, for example, would raise $44,841 per year, F'eet pointed out. A $1 million lax levy, paid over 10 years, would cost $1.98 per $1,000. projects listed list of the 25 street water and sewer city council will Second Street. to Clark: $151,750. Oak to Balm and $147,000. $61,500. to Sheridan Rd. Sherman to Rodeo. Van Ostrum to Gutbrod. Sherman to north end. Bridge to medical Sherman to north end. Water St. to west end. Grant to Sheridan Rd. $22,500. Dewey: Grant to .Sheridan Rd. $28,750. Gutbrod: Canyon Rd. to Evans. $36,500. Florence: Main to Sherman. $19,500. Olive: Main to Sherman. $32,500. Gardner: Main to north end. $27,000. Yamhill: Balm to Cherry Hill. $32,500. First: Jefferson to Chapman. $12,200. Chapman: Second to cul-de-sac. $34,125. Second: Cornwall to Jefferson. $2,000. Third: Mill to Cornwall. $5,750. Blair: Center to east end. $22,500. Railroad: S. Bridge to Mill St. $114,400. Faulconer School area: Lincoln and Sherman. $102,000. " The list totals $1.6 million. issues ri00port on , land use describing natural land manage- on approximately of Federal lands of the Bureau has been and com- to Van W. Manning, BLM Salem district "Summary of the Analysis of the Management Situa- tion," the document also discusses management opportunities for the various resources. Comments should be sent to the Salem District Office, Bureau of Land Management, Attn: RMP Team Leader, 1717 Fabry Road SE, Salem, Oregon, 973, ;. Mendenhali said. "More than $200,000 annually will be taken directly out of the local tax base." According to figures provided by the group, siting a dam at Buck Hollow would affect 137 landow- ners, including six timber compa- nies; might affect the Buck Hollow and Highland cemeteries; would take nearly $8 million of assessed value off Yamhill County tax rolls and would take $205,000 income from the Willamina school and fire districts. Although both cemeteries are above the projected water line, Men- denhall said later, dam construction could severely disrupt operation of the Buck Hollow cemetery and because it fails within a mile of the waterline, Highland Cemetery might have to be moved. But he could not name an instance in which a cemet- ery within the mile limit had been moved. "Those are our initial guesses," Mendenhall said. A reservoir on Mill Creek, Men- denhall told the council, would affect only 13 property owners, five of them timber companies, and would remove $1,837,000 from Polk County lax rolls while serving Wil- lamina just as well as the Buck Hollow site. "It's no wonder Polk County supports the Buck Hollow site," Mendenhall said. "They're asking you to take all the liabilities while they reap the benefits." The Willamina council, Menden- hall said, should "send a strong message to the tri-county water council that it would prefer another site because of the financial impact." Councilors quibbled with the delegation about the size of the dam and extent of the flooding, and emphasized that the council's con- stituents live within Willamina, not Buck Hollow. Councilors also doubted that city opinion carried weight with county commissioners or the Bureau of Reclamation. "They don't give diddley what" we think and never have," council president Gary Wooden said. "As far as they're concerned, we don't even exist." A December letter from the coun- cil, written following an earlier appearance by the group and shift- ing council support to the Mill Creek site, caught the delegation by surprise. "We weren't aware that the coun- cil had written," Mendenhall said later. "But the letter says nothing more than that the council supports Mill Creek as a primary site and Buck Hollow as secondary," Mendenhall says. "We want the council to strengthen its opposition to Buck Hollow on the basis of economic impacL" Steel Bridge. Mayor Gene Taylor reported that a retired engineer will soon inspect the condemned Scel Bridge south of town to determine the feasibility of repair work. The inspection will not cost the city. Mary Lou Greb takes an early lead in women's division of Willamina's Second Annual Lawnmower Races held last Saturday. Gayle Mercier, st right, won event. Myrtle Barber, at left, placed third. More photos, story on Page 5. Bike paths Sheridan counc!l to approve on Hwy 18B await study recreation district election A plan to create bike and foot paths along the shoulders of High- way 18B between Willamina and Sheridan, proposed in the past but never funded, will be presented again to the state highway depart- ment later this month. John Grassman, district manager for the state highway division, will present the proposal at a regional meeting intended to update the highway department's six-year improvement plan. A meeting date has not yet been set. "I intend to present h as a priority item," Grassman said last week. Grassman is a former manager of the state's bike path program. Grassman said that department staff will hold meetings to identify future highway improvement pro- jects. The procedure will begin with staff and government input on future projects. Public hearings may be scheduled as early as February, he said. Letters supporting the project, estimated to cost more than $1 million, have been sent by the cities of Sheridan and Willamina and by the Sheridan and Willamina busi- ness groups, according to Judy Rahn, president of the Sheridan Business Group. Letters from the public may be premature, Grassman said, but his office will accept and hold them for presentation if the proposal survives to the pablic hearing stage. Grassman was reluctant to specu- late about the project's chances. "I wouldn't want to raise too many hopes at this time," he said. "The project will be competing with other necessary work." Letters of support may be sent to Grassman at the State Highway Division, 885 Airport Road, Salem, Oregon 97310. The Sheridan city council was expected to approve Tuesday night a request to place a measure on the ballot to create a recreation-parks district. Accling to a telephone poll of council members taken by The Sun on Sunday night, the council was expected to vote 5-1 on the request. Councilor Bob Jordan opposed putting the measure on'the ballot, saying it could lead to the defeat of a city street bond and tax base because voters won't support all three. A citizen's commiuee has been working for the past two years to place a West Valley recreation dis- trict on the ballot. If approved by voters, it would include the bound- aries of both the Sheridan and Willamina f'tre districts. Steve Buchholz, a member of the citizens group, told the" council last month the recreation district would cost about $1.12 per $1,000 of assessed value to raise a yearly budget of $225,000. An architec- tural plan--to build a swimming pool, community center and sports fields---estimates a cost of about $2 million and would require an addi- tional tax, he said. Sheridan council members balked initially at agreeing to place the issue on the ballot, pointing out that Measure 5 has imposed a $10 per $1,000 limit on non-school taxing districts. The five non-school taxing districts in Sheridan now total $8.07. Councilor Russ Lambert said Sunday night that while he supports placing the recreation district on the ballot he wants to make sure voters know about Measure 5's limitations. Councilor Darol Funk said he still wants the five taxing districts to get together and come up with a long- range stralg 7 to deal with Measure 5. Opposing the recreation district vote will not help the city pass a tax base, however, he added. "The votea, s ought to have a chance to vote on it," said Counci- lor Bob White. "How do we know what the people want if they can't vote on it?" asked Cotmcilor Ted Aaron. Councilor Les DeHart said he would support placing the measure on the ballot. City Manager Bruce Peet, in a written report, noted that tim city's tax ra' totals $3.08. The other taxing districts are: Yamhill County, $2.95; Sheridan true district, $1.93; Soil & Water Conservation, 5 cents; and County Extension Service, 6 cents. The Willamina city council has already agreed to holding the elec- tion. The request now goes m the Yamhill and Folk county commis- sioners and then a petition will be circulated in the local communities asking residents to support placing it on the ballot. The vote is expected in May 1992. Sheriff reminds boaters to register their craft Boaters who haven't renewed expired registrations are urged to do so immediately, according to Yam- hill County Shff L Vasquez. Waiting until the start of fishing season, Memorial Day or latex could cause a delay in getting registrations completed and subject boaters to a I I I I I I I fine, Vasquez advised. "The registration fee for most boats is considerably less than the fine for being ticketed for an expired registration," Vasquez said. "Boat- ers renewing now can get their registration within 10 days and be ready to fish on opening day." III I first Federal ............ i j Savings and Loan WEST VALLEY COMING EVENLY: BLOOD PRESSURE CLINIC: April 17, 9:30 - noon. American Legion Hall. Everyone welcome. 11th ANNUAL BUELL GRANGE QUILT SHOW & SALE: April 19-20-21, 9 am to 5 pro. Theme: Thin A Child's Eye. Arm. $1.50. Features: ladies quilting, quilting class sign-ups, quilting items for sale Lunch available. Items received April 18, 10 am - 4pro, charged Sunday 5 pro. (22 miles west of Salem on Hwy. 22) DONKEY BASKETBALL: ltulday, April 20, 7:30 pro, SheddAj High School Gym. Prooeeds beneftt Sheridan FFA Chapter, Adm. $3 adults, $2 Students; 6 & under free, DANCE TO THEBEUEU BAND'S BIG-BAND-SOUNDS OF THE 40'$: Saturday, April 27, 8-11 pm, Willaminl Grade School Auditorium. Couples $5, Singles . Refreshments available. All prooBmls go to WHS 'Project Graduation.' DEADLINE FOR COMMUNITY CALENDAR ITEMS is 5 pm Friday for the following Wednesday's edition of The Sun: Bring all calendar items to the Sheridan Rrst Federal off, e. 246 S. Bridge Street. I I I II IIII I I