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ql SBVLS Serving Sheridan, Willamina and Grand Ronde VOLUME 94, NO. 40 WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 5, 1994 50 CENTS PER COPY George Robertson The Sun Val Adamson has changed his He wants to serve another term as mayor and is a write-in campaign. "Basically, I made a mistake. I have filed," Adamson said asked why he didn't submit papers by last month's Adamson said he has received dOZens of calls from local'residents him to run in the Nov. 8 Only one candidate, Bob filed for the position but launched a write-in George Robertson The Sun T'ma Zander, a write-in candidate r Sheridan mayor, said last week would accept an appointment to city council if she doesn't win mayor's race. 7ander said Thursday she talked Bob Jordan, the only candidate the ballot for mayor, and he might be appointed to Council since there will be two Zander said she will still run the mayor's job in the Nov. 8 George Robertson The SUn will be asked a bond measure to help for a $1.2 million water treat- and another reservoir. Henry, city engineer, told city council last week the city expect to receive a $750,000 grant for the work. The rest of ~oney, about $500,000, will be from revenue bonds that will :residents $3 to $4 per month on r Utility bills, he said. said the project also $20,000 to fix the city's river intake system which has with design problems put on line about a year also includes devices for any water-born germs, said. He pointed out the city was recently hit with an traced to the city's water the state will require such in the near future. water treatment plant is esti- to cost $602,000 while the gallon reservoir and new and pump station will cost according to Henry. $64,300 will cover engi- design and inspection. Twila Hill said she hopes City will be able to include the as part of the state grant the city's request originally included a new water treatment said Jerry Overguard, a writer for the Mid-Willamette of Governments, told him the city will receive grant. another matter, Henry said he "I've taken more flack for not signing up for mayor than the flack I've gotten in four years of being mayor," Adamson said with a laugh. Adamson said he thought his appointment to the Yamhill County fair board would take more of his time. But the problems with the fair board have been resolved, Adamson said, so he has time to stay on as mayor. In an interview Sunday, Adamson agreed he has an unorthodox style that may sometimes seem abrasive but he insisted that he is really a team player. To prove his point, he listed some of his accomplishments during his first term--moving into a new city hall, helping develop the Hebert Memorial Plaza, installing election and continue to campaign on a platform that the city needs to do more for youth. "I'll never quit on the recreation thing," she said. She wants to see the city build a swimming pool. She also wants the city to look into developing a roller rink and weight lifting facility, she said. Zander said Jordan expressed concern about the city trying to build a swimming pool. "He said there was no way the city could maintain it," she said. Zander also wants the city to give more attention to senior citizens and will submit a report this week to the city on proposed systems develop- ment charges for new housing pro- jects to finance water, sewer and street improvements. Henry also reported that the repaving of Willamina Drive has been completed and the work came in slightly under the $52,000 bid. In other matters: Garbage rate hike: The council tabled action until Oct. 13 on new garbage rates proposed by City San- itary, Inc. City residents currently are paying $7.75 for one can per week pickup. The proposal includes three options: no recycling, $8.02; curbside recycling once a month, $8.41; curbside recycling weekly, $8.57. No city residents voiced their opinions about the three options during a public hearing. Basketball court: Don Wilwerd- ing of the Kiwanis Club reported that asphalt has been poured for a basketball court at Oaken Hills Park and the hoops will be installed soon. Absentee ballot requests clarified Recent news releases either stated or implied that an absentee ballot may be requested by calling the county clerk. Oregon Law requires that the application must be in writing and signed by the voter requesting the absentee ballot. Requests may be FAXed, mailed or delivered in person to the county clerk, 535 E 5th St, McMinnville, OR 97128, FAX 503-434-7520. handicapped sidewalk ramps in downtown, beginning work on a comprehensive drainage plan. Adamson considers the city's drainage system the No. I priority. "We need a plan so no matter who is on the council we have a blue- print," he said. Adamson agrees with Councilor Ted Aaron that a monthly utility surcharge of about $3 is required to help finance drainage improve- ments. Additional money can come from new systems development charges that developers will pay and from state or federal grants, he said. Adamson sees the drainage prob- lem as multi-faceted. The city needs See ADAMSON, Page 2 those in need. The city, she said, needs to support the local food bank and help seniors obtain wood for the winter. Zander is a newcomer to politics, candidly admitting she hasn't attended a city council or planning commission meeting. She ran for office once before, however. "I tried out for cheerleader in high school but I didn't win," she said with a smile. "But sometimes people like myself can get things done. A fresh point of view does better," she added. See ZANDER, Page 2 VaI-Adamson Seeks 2nd term Tina Zander Write-in candidate Dean Anderson holds up $6 Hammer Award he received last week for teaching prison inmates how to rebuild discarded government vehicles--Photo by George Robertson. Dean Anderson, garage foreman at the Sheridan prison, has received a national award for teaching in- mates how to rebuild and reclaim discarded government vehicles. Anderson moved to Sheridan in 1989 when the prison began opera- tions and started the training pro- gram right away. During the past four years, in- mates have reclaimed 17 vehicles ranging in value from $30,000 to $100,000. The vehicles are now being used by the federal prison's industries program. Anderson said about 20 inmates work in the recycling effort, turning old junkers into running vehicles. For his efforts, Anderson re- ceived one of Vice President AI Gore's $6 Hammer Awards. He received the award---complete with a hammer--in a ceremony last week at the Elsinore Theater in Salem. The vehicle restoration program at the Sheridan prison includes rebuilding and overhauling engines, both gas and diesel, including drive trains; complete interior repairs and replacement as needed; body and paint repair; inspection and replace- ment of all worn and inoperative parts. Trucks, tractors, trailers and heavy equipment have been re- stored in the program which "relies on the concept of recycling to save money," according to Bob Palm- quist, prison spokesman. Anderson earned an associates degree in automotive technology from North Dakota State College of Science in 1981 and then went to work as a mechanic at an Oldsmo- bile dealership. In 1984 he became a vocational teacher at North Da- kota State Penitentiary where he worked until moving to Sheridan. By George Robertson Editor, The SUn The Willamina fire department came under some sharp criticism from members of the city council last week for failing to respond to the city's request to delay disciplin- ing firefighters until this year's fire season is over. Councilor Francis Eddy, whose son and grandson were two of the four firefighters disciplined, com- plained the fire board didn't even consider the city's request at its last meeting. Eddy said Mayor Twila Hill had asked fire board members to attend a council meeting and explain what has happened since the disciplinary actions were taken following reports that some firefighters were drinking and using foul language at Summer Jam '94. The fire board, Eddy said, has indicated the city council should attend one of its meetings. The fire board meets on the second Thursday of each month at 7:30 p.m., the same time the council meets. "Our contract says the fire board will work with city government," Eddy said, adding the fire board has not kept the city informed. Eddy complained that the disci- plinary actions were taken by the fire board without holding any hear- ings. "The whole business they did was real amateur," he charged. Mayor Hill said the fire board has been working with OSHA and the state fire marshal's office "but it's up in the air." OSHA, Hill said, told the fire board the fire department has failed to follow safety regula- tions. Fire board members have been reluctant to talk publicly. Vem Mos- ser, board chairman, has basically turned over his job to Bill Feiton, vice chairman. Both insist that the problems are being taken care of. Eddy told the council last week By Phil Hodgen Special Writer, The SUn The Yamhill Soil and Water Con- servation District has honored Grauer Brothers Farms with the 1994 Conservation Farmer of the Year award. Accepting on behalf of himself and brothers Jerry and Randy, Rick Grauer shared the family's philoso- phy on farming at the district's annual meeting held recently at Deer Creek Park near Sheridan. Nominees were judged on pro- gress and application of conserva- tion plans, land use management adapted to the individual farm, com- munity leadership and the mainte- nance of established conservation practices. Six nominees competed for the honor. The three brothers farm 1,700 acres "on ground ranging from billy goat status to flat bottom ground," Grauer explained. "If there's a soil type different from what we have, I'd like to know what it is." Every field is treated differently according to its own rules as a result of this diversification of land to work with. "It's tough to get maximum pro- duction from each field," said the situation "'is kind of scary" with only three or four firefighters responding to daytime fire calls. Willamina Lumber and Boise Cas- cade, Eddy added, will need to rely on Sheridan firefighters if there is an emergency. Mayor Hill said she had been told the fire board has been waiting for reports from the state fire marshal and OSHA before taking any more actions. "We need agreement that we can work together. We have a responsi- bility to the people in the city to make sure they are protected," Eddy pointed out. Mayor Hill said she will ask the fire board to meet jointly with the city council. One charge against some of the firefighters--providing alcohol to minors--has been dropped, accord- ing to Sgt. Roger Conley of the Yamhill County sheriff's depart- ment. He said there was no way to come up with sufficient evidence to make any arrests. A charge that Doug Eddy, the son of Fire Chief Bob Eddy, had been driving a fire engine under the influence of alcohol also has. been dropped. Conley said no blood tests were taken at the time of the alleged incident. The fire board has met in closed- door executive session and open session over the past month but no additional disciplinary actions have been taken.i The fire board sus- pended the fire chief, his son and two other firefighters Felton has suggested that the f'tre board consider hiring a full-time coordinator for the fire department and ambulance crews as one way to avoid future problems. His proposal has drawn objections from the ambulance crew, however, because it appeared he was suggesting that Connie Mouser, ambulance director, be replaced. "..we all recognize what needs to be clone in the long run.' --Rick Grauer. Grauer. "But we put our ground to work any way we can." The Grauers like to point to the hillsides on their property that are home to healthy stands of trees that have gradually replaced brush and berry briars. "I won't see the value, financially, of these trees," said Grauer. "My kids might see some return from these stands. What is more important is that we all nize what we need to do in the long run." Grauer believes the real success of resource management lies in a far-sighted ap_proach. "When we put that dollar in our pocket today, we also need to think of how kids or somebody else can benefit later on." Grauer thanked his parents, Glen and Darlene, for the work ethic and stewardship approach to managing the ground that has become a hall- mark of their fanning operations. "Our success has a lot to do with what they've taught us over the years." you have high pressure, or just to keep an eye on pressure, we're see. 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