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v ii19, NO. 19 Serving Sheridan, Willamina and Grand Ronde WEDNESDAY, MAY 10, 1989 50 CENTS III 1 PER COPY would be able to increase property tax- lho Sun es by 6 percent. But, Pittman pointed egetting desperate for the out, statewide voter approval of Mea- sure 1, which among other things es- district, tablishes tax bases for safety net ~y night vot- school districts like Willamina, would a spending freeze raise only roughly $124,000 in tax re- immediately, and it venue. financially trou- Currently, property owners in Wil- twill seek voter approval laminapay $2,188,531 in taxes---a lit- taxes regard- tle less than half of the district's 1 passes next Tues- $4,535,531 budget. The 1989-90 budget proposed by proposed by outgoing Superintendent Mike Wsi- aki requires propertytaxes increase to by the district's $2,851,751 and the overall budget to as Fox put it, increase to $4,822,965. Pittman and district expenditures to the board are considering cutting at by least $200,000 from the proposed bud- administration and ulti- get in an attempt to reduce the levy re- quest to the $375,000 target figure. Postpone the hiring pro- The board Monday night attempted have re- to find ways of saving money. this year and could Pittman proposed a moratorium on to all new hiring. Included in that mora- for next school year.torium would be the elimination of an ~freeze is to save elementary school counselor and an a remainder of this school additional fourth grade teacher pro- ends June 30 to increase posed in the 1989-90 budget proposal. lending fund balance in The fourth grade teacher was to be to $414,000. hiredtooffset increased enrollment in alone will not get the the district's lower grades. Board chair- Board member John Fink proposed estimates the dis- the district look at the feasibility of an to raise an additional experimental breakfast program in- taxes to maintain stituted at Grand Ronde Elementary )ass, the district Continued on Page 2 in eleva or :i: May Day royalty Sheridan High School's May Day Queen Lysa Saunders shares a private moment with her king, Mike Sisk, during traditional ceremony Saturday in school gym which included winding of the May pole. More photos on Page 7. --Photo by George Robertson. unveile Farmers has asked the Commission to that will allow elevator proposes to remove ..facility in back of 40X45X55 is required because the 45 ft. The would he a little |existing 50 ft. buildings is planned for use art" equipment that tg and ill- grain crops. It would and quieter than the as all components the building, with no and less noise would (for a little more .Robertson, com- Representatives of West Valley Farmers pointed out that there is an "urgency of timing," because the ele- vator needs to be in operation by this fall's harvest season. "I hope you have an understanding with the weatherman," Robertson ad- ded, with a grin. The commission will hold a hearing on the request on June 5. In other business at the commis- sion's May 1 meeting: Urban Growth Boundary: Commis- sioner Dick Doran asked that the city staff contact Leon Hayes to find out if he wants his property (the site of sev- eral businesses on Highway 18) an- nexed into the city. "I agree that it's a logical move," said Art Hebert, mayor. "That would be the icing on the cake." Northwest Neon Signs and Dawns Mobile Home Sales are among the bu- sinesses located on the property in question. Hayes wanted annexation several years ago, but his requests were refused at the time. / / ? o .... ~:~:~.~!,~:~!!~, ii~ watch 21at annual South Yamhlll River raoe Steel Bridge In Wlllamina. A hearing on bridge'a May 25 In Wlllamina city hall. Race results on By Mike Petrovsky Staff Writer, The Sun So far 10 property owners in Yamhill County have taken advantage of Yam- hill County's "ask me" ordinance. That according to John Gray, county counsel, who is gearing up for a legal battle with the state Land Con- servation and Development Commis- sion over the new ordinance which gives property owners the right to veto a historic landmark designation. The LCDCI which has come under statewide criticism lately for interfer- ing in rural property issues, filed a lawsuit April 26 with the state Land Use Board of Appeals asking that the ordinance be changed because it vio- lates the agency's land use goals. The new county ordinance was ap- proved by the commissioners on April 5. It allows property owners to request their structures not be on a list of his- toric places. Being on the list means the property owners are subject to rules governing alterations to their property if those changes interfere with the historic value. The ordinance gives 60 days for property owners already on the list (119 throughout the county) to take their properties off. The b0-day period should be up within the first two weeks of next month. Bob Rindy, the LCDC representa- tive for the Willamette Valley, refused further comment on his agency's ac- tions against the county, referring all questions to Gabriella Lang of the state attorney general's office. Lang is serving as prosecutor during the ap- peals process. In a conversation with Lang last Thursday, she said she would not pro- secute individual property owners who decide to take advantage of the county's current ordinance (i.e. alter or tear down their historic structure once their property is off the list) even though it is her contention the county ordinance violates the law. On the county side, Gray has alrea- dy set up a timeline for the appeals process. Theattorneyhas untilMay18 preme Court. The appeal must be On the state level, Yamhill County to present LUBA with a record of the made 30 days after the LUBA deci- is getting cheers fromlegislators serv- commissioner's action to change the sion. The supreme court would decide ing the area--namely state Sen. John ordinance. The attorney said then it whether it will hear the appeal in,be Brenneman, R-Newport, and Jim will be up to LCDC to respond in writ- early part of 1990, Gray said.Bunn. R-McMinnville, and Rep. Paul ten ibrm to the commissioner' s April S Hanneman, R-Cloverdale. action. That must be done by June lS. But LCDC is not the only party According to Gray's timeline, the bringing a lawsuit against the county Brenneman said he and the above county will react to LCDC's response over the ordinance. Judy Gerard and named contingent of Republican legi- by July 6 and then both sides will pre- Sheridan architect Doug Parmeter, slators serving the area are consider- sent verbal arguments before LUBA both members of the county landmark ing legislation limiting LCDC's pow- around the third week of July.committee, with the backing of the ers, though he admits the idea hasn't Gray said LUBA would be required Historic Preservation League of Ore- gotten beyond the planning stages. tomakeadecisionontheLCDCappealgon have filed a suit of their own. "l wish them (Yamhill County com- by Aug. 3---but it won't end there. Gray is hoping to combine both the missioners) luck. They've got a big Gray said either party could appeal LCDC and the county landmark corn- battle ahead of them," Brenneman the LUBA decision to the Oregon Su- mittee suits, said. Gravel roads to be sprayed Driving those dusty gravel roads in Yamhill County should be easier start- ing this week, according to Dan Lins- cheid, assistant director of public works. A private contractor will begin ap- plying a dust control liquid, a bypro- duct of the pulp industry, to all county gravel roads, starting in Grand Ronde and working eastward through the county to Newberg. Linscheid said motorists should drive slowly when using the roads when the material is being applied. The dust control liquid, he added, washes offvehicles with soap and wat- er. He said motorists should not use paint thinner or gasoline to remove the material. Booths available for PSD festival There are still a few booth spaces available for persons interested in participating as Phil Sheridan Days vendors. Parties wanting to reserve a space need to contact Lloyd 843-3715 or Jenny 843-2191 right away. Statewide school funding plan on ballot T ay West Valley voters only have to to voters every year. In past years it make one choice in next Tuesday's has taken several elections before the election--are you in favor of amend- tax levy is approved in Willamina. ing the state's Constitution to estab- If voters statewide approve the tax lish new tax base limits on schools. base measure then Willamina will re- Measure No. 1 won't have any ira- ceivea tax base starting in 1990. After pact on Sheridan schools which have thatitwouldbeallowedtoincreasethe been operating under a new tax base general fund by 6 percent each year for several years but it could mean a without asking for voter approval. financial boost for Wiilamina school district which has never received voter Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 approval for a tax base. p.m. at the following sites in the West Because Willamina's district Valley: Sheridan High School, doesn't have a tax base the school Willamina High School and the War board must submit a tax levy request Mothers Building in Grand Ronde. Budget impact seen un les race irn ercu Both Yamhill and Polk County face budget cuts if projected reductions in timber harvesting occur as a result of the spotted owl case. Yamhill County received $784,147 this fiscal year in Oregon & California timber funds and Polk County netted $2.3 million. Those funds could be cut in half in another year if harvesting is reduced drastically in the region. Yamhill County's budget officer John Krawczyk said the county is budgeting $746,000 in its 1989-90 budget from O & C timber funds. The projection is based on timber harvest- ing through Sept. 30, 1989. But the 1990-91 budget could be hit hard, Krawczyk said, depending on what happens in the owl case. "If the axe falls we will see it in 1990-91 ," he said. Mike Propes, a Polk County com- missioner, said his county's budget includes $2 million in revenue from O&C timber funds during 1989-90, a drop of $300,000 from this past year. The county expects to receive $1.5 mil- First Fe lion the following year, he said, based on projections by the Forest Service, Propes said the $300,000 loss in re- venues tbr 1989-90 will be felt the most on the county's roads. He said the county must consider other areas to make cuts in the following year, in- cluding planned improvements at the county courthouse. Timber topic of Polk meeting A meeting on the impact of timber issues, including rulings in federal courts regarding the spotted owl and potential cutbacks in logging, will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday in Room 107 of the Polk County courthouse in Dal- las. Attendingthe meeting will be mem- bers of the Oregon Project and Polk County commissioners, according to Joyce Zimbrick of Zimbrick Logging in Willamina. II ! Savings and Loan .................... WEST VALLEY COMING EVENTS: SHERIDAN HOME EXTENSION ANNUAL BAZAAR and bake sale, May 12th, 9 am to 3 pro, in front of the Seers store. TRI-CITIES LITTLE LEAGUE TRY-OUTS FOR SENIOR LEAGUE - May 13th, boys 10 am, girls 11 am, at Sheddan High School. All girls and boys with a Sheridan, Willarnina, Grand Ronde address ages 13, 14, 15 and not 16 by Aug. 16 who want to play baseball and softball this season need to come and try out! $16 per player if you haven't signed up yet. Any questions- Cyndey Daniels, 843-3050. MOTHER'S DAY BENEFIT DINNER: Buell Grange will have a ham or turkey dinner May 14that the Grange Hall. $5 adults, $2 children 4-12, 3 & under free. For information call 843-2197. BLOOD PRESSURE CLINIC: Wednesday, May 17th, 9:30 - noon, American Legion Hall. Everyone is welcome. II II II })