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Serving Sheridan, Willamina and Grand Ronde SBVS QGZ6- :S6S SW NVNIDO I##I G~ A.LNDO0 :BZ 9NIQNI :::O0 9NIWBqJ QBXIW****************** VOLUME 94, NO. 39 WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 1994 50 CENTS PER COPY Lonnie Hinchcliff, Sheridan public works superintendent, cleans out one of city's drainage ditches behind new housing By Phil Hodgen SPecial Wnter, The Sun Drainage problems in the hilly north side of Sheridan are the fault of underground springs and clay soil rather than developers. That's the opinion of Ken McKnight, a long-time city resi- dent, who lives in the Bockes Loop "When I moved in here I knew this hill had underground springs-- r're everywhere. In this area it's Nature." McKnight, who moved his 1,700 t. ft. manufactured home to Loop nearly a year ago, has sympathy for some neighbors discovered underground Springs on their property. "We all knew that there were springs in all of these One of those springs just in their backyard." McKnight said some homeowners the bottom of Bockes Loop may a more legitimate concern. are worried about water runoff the development higher up. "When you put this much asphalt down, you are naturally going to increase the water flow following a line of least resistance," McKnight notes. But McKnight, owner of a local garage, doesn't think the drainage problems should be blamed on developer Jim Anderson who has put in virtually all the new homes on the north side of town. "He may have done some things we all have objected to. But that is not abnormal for a contractor. The underground Springs can be dug out, tiled and drained. As for the drain- age, we've had that problem for the last 100 years." Anderson, naturally, agrees he's not the culprit and says the city needs to take a more active role in solving the drainage problems. "The springs are caused by nature and are only discovered during excavation. We ordinarily channel those out into the streets," he explains. Anderson says most complaints are coming from those who want earthen drainage ditches upgraded to concrete culverts. "That is a city Program includes in both , Willamina homeless, most are living with friends or other relatives besides their parents. A few actually sleep in cars and RVs at night." avis Moore Wnter, The Sun Clifton Hardy will expand his ties as homeless youth advocate both Willamina and Sheridan gh schools this year. FIardy came to Willamina last ear through a federal grant. He has brked with students who are Uraeless for one reason or another. has also spent time working with risk" children, helping them get ugh some hard times. Hardy spends much of his time letting students know where they can get help. "Last year, I spent a lot of time doing social service referrals,'" he said. "These are places where the kids can get food, clothes, health care and dental care. Sometimes I even refer them to private citizens who might give them coats or whatever else they need." The students Hardy works with are mostly high school age. Hardy .I'lardy will include Sheridan High said some have been kicked out of ehool in his duties because of a their houses. Others had to leave due grant covering both localto criminal and/or drug problems. Ools. Hardy said he will start working I Worked with about 34 kids last in Sheridan this week with high " he said. "Of those 34 about school principal Craig Prough. Hardy and Prough will discuss were homeless." -- problems of students in need and He added, "Of the kids we call approaches to help them. / project off Evans Street. Trees and bushes, along with garbage, make the going slow.--Photo by George Robertson. project that has to be answered by engineers," Anderson argues. "What people don't understand is that what is really needed is a larger culvert at the west end of town to alleviate the problem behind the city park," he adds. Anderson dismisses concerns about flooding in his developments. "None of the houses have been flooded," he says. "Not even close." But Anderson is COllCellled about new housing projects--including the 107-lot Bridgeway Estates that is just starting to be developed--and their impact on drainage. "We've taken a lot of water and put it across Cherry Hill Road. That water never used to go there," he says. Anderson also wants the drainage problems corrected and contends one part of town is bearing too much of the burden for surface water. But he doesn't think Elm Street resi- dents should hold up his proposed 30-unit housing development to the north because they are concerned about their ditch. "To look behind the park and say this is what we have to fix is wrong and I think the engineers will say it is wrong," Anderson argues. The city has asked a citizen's task force to come up with a flood control plan in the next 60 days to correct short-range problems and begin some long-range solutions. Anderson says he has traced how water flows from west to east on the north side of town, starting at his home on Canyon Road. The water, he says, always ends up behind the city park. "Yet that piece of property over there is drier than the field out here on Evans Street or the field at the end of Bridge Street," Anderson says. Anderson also expressed concern about a new 40-unit housing project off Evans Road that is being devel- oped by the Stuck family. He says the homes will experience high water although he doubts they will be flooded. Sheridan's terrain isn't very suita- ble to good drainage for two major See DRAINAGE, Page 2 With most social services in McMinnville, Hardy said, the big- gest problem homeless and at-risk kids face in the Sheridan and Willa- mina area is isolation. "Some kids can't even get trans- portation to get to those services in McMinnville," he said. "Almost all of the services are out of the area. The kids have to go outside the area for help many times." Hardy said the next biggest prob- lem is a lack of willingness on the part of students to change. "The second biggest problem is apathy," he said. "Sometimes there is a lack of interest to change on the kid's part. The community has always seemed ready to help." Hardy said he enjoys the work he is doing because he thinks he is making more than just a difference on the surface. "What I like about this is that I am not just putting Band-aids on the pmt lems," he said. "'We take the kids on field trips, get them involved in all kinds of programs and show them that there is a way OUt." Hardy told a story of one of the most gratifying things that can hap- pen in his job. "I had a kid come and thank me for getting him a job with the litter patrol last summer," he said. "It doesn't seem like much. But to him it was something big. He felt really good about it. That is what I love to see." Despite his expanded duties, Hardy's base of operations will continue to be Willamina High School. Hardy said he won't be afraid to ask anyone in the two communities for help. He encourages anyone who knows of a child who is struggling to call him at Willamina High School, 876-9122. Willemina town hall focuses on Juvenile crime: Page 12 A $4.2 million levy to build a 16-bed juvenile detention facility and hire more staff to work with youth narrowly received voter approval in Yamhiil County last week. The 3-year serial levy, which will cost the owner of a $75,000 home about $36 a year, won approval by 965 votes out of more than 18,000 ballots. The measure failed by 77 votes in the West Valley. It was rejected by a vote of 780 to 703 locally and only passed in one of the four precincts. The levy also failed in every other city in the county except McMinn- ville and Carlton. McMinnville vot- ers actually carried the levy, voting 3,846 yes to 2,545 no; that 1,301 vote margin more than made up for the levy's failure elsewhere. Here's how the balloting went in the West Valley: Willamina, Precinct 8:171 yes, 223 no. Sheridan rural NE, Precinct 25: 113 yes, 144 no. Sheridan city, Precinct 26:309 yes, 258 no. Grand Ronde, Precinct 28:37 yes, 61 no. Sheridan rural S, Precinct 37: 73 yes, 94 no. Sheriff Lee Vasquez thanked members of a citizen's committee who put together the plans for the detention center. The center will be built next to the county jail in McMinnville and will cost $900,000; most of the rest of the money will be used to hire staff to run the center and work in the juvenile corrections department. The levy had the strong backing of county commissioners who noted that a 10-year road levy will be paid off next year so the property tax bite will be minimized. Vasquez pointed out during the campaign that the county only has one juvenile bed in a state detention facility and needs more to deal with the growing problem of youth crime. No organized opposition devel- oped although there were some letters to the editor published from a few county residents who opposed the levy. The center will be built next year and will be ready in early 1996, according to Alan Young, head of the juvenile corrections department. Polk County will prepare an engi- neering and design study to upgrade the Rock Creek Hideout water sys- tem with the aid of a $102,900 state grant, according to Bill Scott, Ore- gon Economic Development direc- tor. Estimated cost of the work is more than $1 million. The Rock Creek Hideout system provides service to 78 homes. Some 55 percent of the 213 residents in the district are low or moderate income. "This project is the result of many meetings and a lot of hard work by Polk County, the Rock Creek Hideout Water Company board and Grand Ronde Water Association members," Scott said in a press release. The Rock Creek water system is in violation of the federal Safe Drinking Water Act. Improvements required to comply with the act include construction of a 150,000 gallon reservoir, new lines and water meters. The grant will also help Polk County prepare grant and loan applications to federal and state agencies to build the new system. Terry Osbom, chairman of the Rock Creek district, said grant funds are essential. "With only 213 people and an estimated cost of $1 million to improve the system, there is no doubt the citizens of this area need financial assistance to pay for improvements to their water system to guarantee safe drinking water so we are happy with the state's assis- tance," Osborn said. The county intends to apply to the U.S. Farmers Home Administration and the Oregon Community Devel- opment Block Grant Program for construction financing. The Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde and the Grand Ronde Water District are developing plans for a new regional water system to serve the Spirit Mountain Resort, a $10 million project on Highway 18 that will include a casino, hotel, restau- rant, RV park and golf course. lots avai Absentee ballots are available for the Nov. 8 general election, accord- ing to Yamhiil County Clerk Charles Stern. You can receive an absentee ballot by calling the clerk at 434-7518 or writing to the clerk, 535 E. 5th St., McMinnville. All ballots must be returned by 8 p.m. election day. In the 1992 general election, 4,289 voters--13.4 percent of the total--returned absentee ballots. You can still register to vote in the November election. Deadline to register is Oct. 18. Stern predicts there may be close to 38,500 county voters registered for the election, up from 37,004 in 1992. Currently, there are 38,037 registered. Absentee ballots are available to all registered voters. e rate The Willamina city council will hold a public hearing at 7:45 p.m. Thursday in city hall on proposed new garbage rates. Willamina residents currently pay $7.75 per month for one-can pickup. City Sanitary, Inc., has submitted a plan with three options, starting at $8.02 for basic service, $8.41 for monthly curbstde recycle pickup and $8.57 per month for weekly recycle pickup. City Sanitary says the new rates are required to meet higher landfill fees. The new rates are scheduled to take effect Nov. 1. the Senior Saver Club ==It m Just come in and pick up your Saver Card. It's only $1 ncl it entitles you to special discounts and free services. : FREE blood pressure check anytime FREE coffee & cookies on Senior Day (3rd of each month - or on Friday If the 3rd Is on a weekend) FREE pdze drawings - numbers will be posted FREE "wellnel~" Information DISCOUNTS on prescdptlon= any day *Senior Sorer Club membership open to anyone age 60 or OVer. :Next Senior Day: MONDAY, OCTOBER 3, 1994 - 9 am to noon Free blood pressure check by Wlllamlna Ambulance DR UG S 212N.E.MalnSL Phone876-2112 Mon.-Sat. 9-6 Pharmacy 876-8652 us about SAFECO Quality-Plus a homeowner insurance program that offers special rates to careful, responsible people. Call us, your independent agent, today for a free quote. SAFECO" INSURANCE AG CI , INC. 130 SW Monroe, Sheridan 843-2384 Gary Hampton First Federal Savings and Loan WEST VALLEY COMING EVENTS: % ,,m SHERIDAN GARDEN CLUB PICNIC: Oct. 3, 1994. Sheridan City Park at noon. Bring table service and join us for a get-acquainted potluck lunch. Plant and bulb sale to follow. All ladies welcome. For more information call 843-4853. DEADLINE FOR FIRST FEDERAL COMMUNITY CALENDAR is 5 p.m. Friday for the following Wednesday's edition of The Sun. Bring all calendar items to the Sheridan First Federal office, 246 S. Bridge Street. "Your Savings Working Locally"