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--------/- , , SERVING SHERIDAN, WILLAMINA AND GRAND RONDE SINCE 1881 I Sparts win Beat Ute blues--00 . The Lady Spartans beat Westside ... Discover ways to brighten up Christian at home. ;fl your home to avoid the winter ....... X I time blues. / \\; ",I , --SPECIAL, 4-5 Sheridan must raise water rate, cut expenses By Marguerite Alexander Editor, The Sun Sheridan's water rates will likely rise slightly in 2014, but based on the staW of the water fund, tmless the city makes deep spending cuts, the water rates would have to go up 25 percent to meet the city's covenant agreements. For two consecutive years the city's water fund has failed to meet its debt bond coverage due to de- creased water sales. "That does not mean you are in default with your loans," Steve Donovan, the city's fi- nancial advisor told the council on Monday. It does mean that the city will need to take corrective measures to bring the Water Fund back into compliance. Those measures include making substantial cuts in spending- $315,000 from material and services - using the $176,000 rate stabiliza- tion balance, and raising the water rates by 5.33 percent. Most cities have customers pay a base rate plus water usage charge. Sheridan is unique in that it charges its residents only for the water used. Although this gives the consumers more control over the cost, it also leads to fluctuations in revenue. Recently it was discovered that the city's largest water customer, the Fed- eral Correctional Institute, had a mal- functioning water meter. No one knows how long that meter hadn't been working correctly--the prison was taking conservation measures at the time---but it likely cost the city thousands of dollars in revenue. The reading since the new meter has been installed was significantly higher. Although water sales to the prison are not as high as they were before it began conserving water, they aren't as low as they were last year, City Manager Frank Sheridan explained. The local housing market is also pick- ing up, he explained, and the city an- ticipates more in water sales for in- dustrial use. The city will also make its final loan repayment to the sewer fund in the 2015 fiscal year. As a result, the short-term strat- egy is to get the water fund back into compliance with the bond covenant. That means raising revenue by in- creasing the water rates and making deep cuts in spendin. The city will also utilize the funds it had set aside from the sale of tim- ber in the water shed that was put in a rate stabilization account. "We'll make use of that," Donovan said. The Sewer Fund, although in bet- ter shape fiscally, will take a big hit in the coming years. The city has a healthy reserve, the council was told, but it is also looking at sewer up- grades that total $16.9 million with $13.6 million in the next five years. "You are in a good position. You've been prudent. You knew this was com- ing," Donovan told the council. No sewer rate increase is proposed at this time. Donovan said the highest priority for the council is to talk about fund- ing plans. The city must look at get- ring onto the capital project list and look at other loan options, he ex- plained. Unforttmately, federal grants are not a likely funding option. "We can't possibly make this work without debt," Donovan said, The new Wastewater Master Plan is done. The sewer loan will receive its final loan repayment from the Wa- ter Fund in fiscal year 2015. No ex- pansion or reconfiguration of the treatment lagoons is needed initially, so beginning work on the priority col- lection system projects is the top pri- ority. Estimated cost: $4.3 million. In the next three years, the city would start work on priority treatment projects at an estimated cost of $9.4 million. Even with a 5.33 percent water rate increase, the city of Sheridan is still lower than many neighboring communities. Based on water usage of 900 cubic feet of water per month (the national standard), the city of Sheridan will still fall below all Yam- hill County cities except McMirmville and Yamhill. "Sheridan is really very competi- tive," Donovan said. Two seized horses now up for adoption Two horses seized in Polk County in July are now ready for adoption through the sheriff's office. The two adult, gelding, thorough- bred horses Were removed from a ru- ral Dallas property in July. They were transported to an approved animal care facility where they have been re- ceiving veterinary medical care ever since. The 70-year-old owner was sub- sequently arrested and charged with second-degree animal neglect. According to the Polk County Sheriff's Office, the two horses are still housed at that facility and are do- ing quite well. Both horses have recovered and are healthy, alert, and of ideal body condition. Due to a recent Court Or- der forfeiting the two seized horses, they are now available for adoption at no cost through the Polk County Sheriffs Office. A background check will be completed on the applicant prior to transferring ownership. Since October 2012 the Polk County Sheriffs Office has seized 23 horses and 13 head of cattle due to inadequate care. If anyone is interested in adopting one or both of these horses, please contact Deputy John Kincaid at 503- 623-9251. You may also go to the Polk County Sheriffs Office Face- book page for pictures and a detaile  description of the animals. It sed ! City partners with OVMA to build veteran's park The City of Sheridan is working with the Oregon Veterans Motor- cycle Association to build a Veter- ans Memorial on West Main Street in Sheridan. The city is applying for a grant from the Oregon Parks and Recre- ation Department which would pay up to 80 percent of the project costs. O VMA is conducting fundraisers- including the sale of bricks - to bring in money for the project. Harvest Fest draws a crowd Photos by Marguerite Alexander Top: Members of the Willamina FFA press cider at the Harvest Fest held in Willamina on Saturday. Bottom: For the artists wishing to develop their skills, a drawing class with a live model was available. Bridge closure set for Oct. 26 The Sheridan green bridge will be closed to all traffic - pedestrian and bicycle as well as vehicle - on Satur- day, Oct. 26 for resurfacing. The clo- sure will start at 7 a.m. and will last at least 20 hours. There will still be work to do once the surface of the bridge has been com- pleted. Traffic barriers will need to be installed and new street lights put into place. The Chester Moore Park is also scheduled to be restored following the bridge renovations. For up-to-date information on the project, go to www.Sheridan Speeding bikes lead to two arrests Two men were arrested following a high-speed chase that lead through Sheridan on Sunday evening. The Polk County Sheriff's Office gave the following account of the incident: Two motorcycles passed a Polk County Deputy at a high rate of speed on Red Prairie Road on Sunday at approximately 5:45 p.m. The deputy followed the motor- cycles which were traveling at a speed in excess of 120 miles per hour. The bikes crossed Highway 18 and turned onto Mill Creek Road. They contin- ued on into Sheridan on Mill Street. They continued onto South Bridge and onto Ballston Road. The motorcyclists were stopped on BaUston Road and the operators, Alex Thole, 23, of Sheridan, and Danny Hager, 32, of McMinnville, were arrested and charged with reckless driving and attempting to elude, a felony charge. The two men were taken into custody and lodged in the Polk County Jail. Former WHS student says she was bullied, sues school district A student who graduated from Willamina High School earlier this year has filed a lawsuit against the school district claiming that stafffailed to do anything when she reported that she was bullied. Jamie Lee Hosley, 18, is suing the district for $30,000-$5,000 in medi- cal expenses and $25,000 in non-eco- nomic damages. According to a complaint filed in Yamhill County Circuit Court, Hosley claims she was attending school in October 2011 when another student, Mahlia Dietzman, bullied and threat- ened her. Dietzman allegedly had a known history of violent propensities and tendencies. Hosley reportedly notified her math lab teacher, Sandy Smith, and Principal Tim France of the bullying and threats. Hosley claims she was subse- quently attacked and assaulted by Dietzmma in the hall at the high school. .As a result of the attack, Hosley said she suffered a fractured clavicle, fa- cial contusions and abrasions. Hosley claims the school failed to project her from Dietzman and pro- vide a safe school environment. SALES Get your message out there! SPECIAL EVENTS '"''"1 Call Paula at ] r"lp 1 ... E- . 1//503-843-2312 l[lek=00oun ext.202 Our Office or we'll Come to You (for additional fee} NOTARY PUBLIC 503-857-5600 Discounts for Veterans & over 55 Located behind Adamson's Funeral Home lO8 NW Lincoln St Sheridan NKnONAL NOT,mY AstxxIXnK WEST VALLEY COMING EVENTS Help Celebrate Sherldan'e 133rd Birthday: 10 a.m. to 3, p.m. Oct. 26, Sheridan Museum of History. Refreshments served. Sheridan FireMed Open Enrollment: through Oct. 31. Visit Sheridan Fire District or call 503-843-2467. Raffle to benefit Fire Dept. Lilt Fund: Prizes are baskets for movie night, wine/cheese, board games, book lovers and more. "tickets $1 each or 6 for $5. Drawing Oct. 31 at Deer Meadow Assisted Living, 503-843-7799. Haunted House at SHS: 6-9 p.m. OCt. 31 and Nov. 1. Adm. $3. Walking tacos $2. Sponsored by Sheridan Boosters. SJS Halloween Carnival Rsecheduled: Fri., Nov. 1,5-8 p.m., Sheridan Japanese School. Games, haunted house, cake walk. American Legion Post 75 Bingo 6:30 p.m. every Friday: Doors/kitchen open 5:30 p.m. 125 N. Bridge, Sheridan. SPONSOR NEEDED for this events calendar: calI Paula, 503-$43.2312 I II I I Illl