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8 The Sun, Wednesday, July 6, 1994 double since 1993 Workers inspect trim on manu- factured home being built at Liberty Homes in Sheridan. Customer demand for afforda- ble housing has caused a boom in business. Cities list public meetings The city of Willamina has announced its July public meetings. All meetings are held at 7:30 p.m. in city hall unless otherwise noted. July 6: Economic Improvement District committee, 8 a.m. in Coyote Joe's. July 11: Planning commission. July 12: Finance committee. July 14: Council meeting. July 19: Public affairs committee. July 26: Utility committee. July 28: Council meeting. The city of Sheridan has announced its July public meetings. All meetings are held at 7 p.m. in city hall unless otherwise noted. July 5: Parks committee. July 11: Planning commission. July 18: Police advisory commit- tee, 6 p.m. July 18: City council. Business Cards, Forms, Stationery, Flyers, Wedding Invitations, Rubber Stamps ... morel THE SUI Publishing & Printing 136 E. Main St. - P.O. Box 68 Sheridan, OR 97378 Phone 843-2312 Fax 843-3830 to choose also- T-Shirts ps from 131 Monroe Street, Sheridan across from U.S. Bank drive-thru 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. 7 clays a week By Travis Moore Staff Writer, The Sun One of the biggest booming industries in Oregon can be found right here in Sheridan. Between March 1993 and March 1994 the manufactured home indus- try has created 600 jobs in Oregon. Some of those jobs were created in Sheridan's Liberty Homes. As a matter of fact, Liberty has been booming the last three years. In 1991 Liberty employed 70 wor- kers and today the payroll totals more than 200. Liberty was putting 4 homes a day out the door in 1991. Today the company produces 11 a day, accord- ing to general manager Carl George. George says the reason for the boom in the industry is the changes in the product. He said that the consumer recog- nizes that they aren't buying a rickety metal box that used to be called a "mobile home". Today the "manufactured homes" look a lot many site-built houses with no metal to be found. George said each one of the Liberty Homes houses is built with Sheridan Police Reports June 16: Returned stolen Persian chair to 244 SW Railroad St. June 17: Juvenile cited for possession of less than an ounce of marijuana and released to guardian at S. Bridge and SW Mill St. June 18: Cited and released two minors in possession of alcoholic beverages at 23301 SW McKibben Rd. June 21: Reported runaway at 148 SW Fire reports Sheridan Fire District Reports Fire Calls June 24: Move up to station I. EMS Calls June 21: Motor vehicle accident at Hwy 18 and Harmony Rd., Lifeflight used to transport. June 21: Motor vehicle accident at Hwy 18 and Harmony Rd., one transported. June 21: Motor vehicle accident at Hwy I g and Harmony Rd., one transported. June 22: Shortness of breath on Gopher Valley Rd, one transported. June 22: Sick person at SW Balls(on Rd., one transported. June 22: Chest pain at NE Bockes Lp., no transport. June 22: Sick person at NE Bockes Lp.. one transported. June 23: Motor vehicle accident at Hiway Market, no transport. June 24: Cardiac arrest at W. Main St., no transport. June 25: Motor vehicle accident at Hwy 18 and Gopher Valley Rd., one transported. June 26: Possible heart problem at S. Bridge and Hamey St., one transported. June 27: Motor vehicle accident on Gopher Valley Rd., no transport. June 27: Seizure at Yamhill County substation, one transport. June 29: Overdose at NE Hill St., one transported. June 30: Fall victim at SE Riverside Dr., one transported. June 30: Industrial accident on Rock Creek Rd.. no transport. EMS Calls June 9: Hip problem at 108 SE River- side Dr., one transported. June 9: Chest pain at 23820 Harmony Rd., one transported. June 10: Difficulty breathing at 200 SE Riverside Dr., one transported. June 14: Cardiac problem at 230 SW Mill St., transported. June 16: Trauma at 108 Riverside Dr., transported. June 16: Trauma at 20561 NE Canyon, no transport. June 17: Cardiac problem at 509 NE Hill St., transported. the same standards as the "Good Cents" site-built houses. "The quality is one of the reasons for success," he said. "With all the Good Cents specs, insulation, six inch walls inside, the quality is much better nowadays." Manfactured homes are now taped and textured on the inside like site built houses. George sees this as another reason for the industries recent success. Liberty's homes are now availa- ble with options like skylights. George said a double-wide house is 1,600 square feet and can go for $25,000. He added that Liberty builds middle to low cost homes almost exclusively. Mobile home manufacturing was a booming industry in Oregon in the late 1970s, hitting a peak in 1978. That year 13,693 mobile homes were produced in the state. In the early 1980s those numbers dropped substantially with annual Oregon production between 5,000 and 6,000 homes. In 1989 the numbers started to rise again and by 1993 the annual production was back up to 10,576 homes. George said Liberty didn't see a slowdown until 1981. He added that in the last three years production has surged. Liberty now has annual sales of $35 million and sales have increased 100 percent in the last year and a half. Manufactured home workers gen- erally don't earn as much as their timber working counterparts but that isn't true at Liberty Homes, according to George. "On average the employees out here make about $30,000," he said. "We had a few guys make $42,000 with overtime. Our payroll is $5 million a year." Liberty has been at its current site for 22 years and George has been with the company for 19. George has also seen the com- pany win several awards for safety and sales along with many other personal awards. Even with all the accomplish- meats in the past, George thinks the future is even brighter. "Right now it doesn't show any signs of slowing," he said. "As a matter of fact it is only looking like it is going to get better." reports Jefferson. June 23: Chad McConkey arrested for assault IV at 418 SW Harrison. June 24: Howard Grimes arrested for assault in Select Market parking lot, 135 S. Bridge St. June 25: Arrested suspect for possession of a controlled substance, methamphetamine. Residue found on spoon appeared to be meth. Will be sent to Oregon State Police Crime Lab for analysis. June 25: Virgil Cordie arrested for DUll at S. Bridge and Hwy 18. June 27: Reported burglary at 400 Main St~June 27: Attempted arson reported at 217 SE Adams St. June 27: Report that someone broke into a barn at 32800 SW Savage Rd. and stole some equipment. June 28: Arrested Lonnie Evans for unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, reckless endangering, criminal mischief 11, felony driving while suspended, DUll, failure to appear for driving while suspended, failure to perform duties of a driver. June 28: Reported stolen Chevy truck at 412 Harrison St. June 20: Items reported stolen from car port at 355 W. Main St. Wlllamlna Police Reports June 23: Death investigation at 180 SW Ivy, appears to be of natural causes. June 25: Reported burglary at 682 E. Main St. June 30: Buqllary reported at 217 SE Adams St. Ir THE MUFFLER DOCTOR 472-1146 i -800-M-DOCTOR (1-800-636-2867} 1 26_00 McDonald Lane McMlnnville (Behind PayLess Drug) I FREE Insp_ect!o_ns & Estimates Given Gladly! :!::ii I KYB Shocks/S!ruts .Under Car Specialists iiilii 1 Exhaust Work Brake Systems li!] Small Cars, Li ht Trucks, RVs - Size No Problem ooo City of Sheridan 120 SW Mill Street ....... Sheridan, Oregon 97378 843-234 7 A summer youth recreation program will begin July 18 at Chapman Grade School. The program, funded by a $2,000 grant from the Yamhill County Children's Youth Commission, is being put on by the city with the assistance of the Sheridan school district. It will be open to all youngsters in 4th through 8th grades and run through Aug. 26. Applications for summer recreation leaders are being accept- ed at city hall until July 7. Salary is $5.50 per hour. Experience working with children and organizing supervised activities is desired. The city library will go through an extensive remodeling this summer. To complete the work, the library will be closed for several weeks in July-August. The work will include new carpeting, moving the children's and adult's sections and creating a new research area, accord- ing to Librarian Toni Rose. The remodeling will complete an update of the library. New restrooms were added last year and new sidewalks and landscaping were completed earlier this year. The library improvements reflect one of the city council's goals for 1994---a Sheridan cleanup campaign. As part of that campaign, the city has installed handicap sidewalk ramps in downtown, redesigned crosswalks and designated parking spaces. The city plans to rebuild the street and drainage channel on South Bridge Street near the Select Market parking lot this summer. The city will be replacing the main waterline in the Jefferson Street area in mid-September. The $135,000 project includes replacing the 60-year-old waterline from Bridge Street to the Meadows Apartment. The new line will be installed one block at a time, starting at the Meadows Apartments and proceed down Jefferson to Bridge Street. This way each block will only be closed for a few days. Water will only be shut off for a few hours at a time between 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. and driveways will only be closed off while that portion of the line is under construction. Thecity council will hold a public meeting at 7 p.m. July 21 in city hall to discuss the project. Or, if you would like more information, call Lonnie Hinchcliff, public works director, at 843-2660, or Mike Sauerwein, city manager, at 843-2347. The city has signed five-year leases with two property owners to test for potential new water sources. One one site, in the West Main area, the city will drill wells to test a potential well field near the South Yamhill River. On the other site, in the hills just north of Sheridan, the city will test the potential of springs to provide more drinking water for city residents. The city currently obtains its water from springs on Stony Mountain and from the South Yamhill River.