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" - i 9 Serving Sheridan, Wi/iamina and Grand R,: nde IME 79 NO. 46 SHERIDAN, OREGON, THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 15, 1979 16 PAGES 20 CENTS PER COPY O aret Henkels citizens' meetifig sched- (Thursday) forms yet in the chain of events which [to the City of Sheridan's of an additional square mile of city limits. meeting, sponsored by the Division, at Sheridan High prepare area residents for a ing Nov. 28 when the State will hear testimony by residents and Yamhill County Staff concerning the inade- system which serves the q After the formal hearing, the state public hearing offcer will make a determination as to whether a public " health hazard exists. If the feld study concluded by county sanitation staff last spring is any indication of the extent of the problem, the 60 percent failure rate found does constitute a public health hazard. Because state law rules that areas; declared a public health hazard must be annexed into the nearest existing sewer district, West Main residents now face a good possibility that the area will be merged into the city. The subject of annexation, while ~:ontroversial from the start, is viewed with less antagonism as the seriousness of the problem becomes evident. In a sampling of resident opinion taken last week, most residents favored annexation to the city as a solution to improved sewage conditions throughout the West Main area. Both residents and businesses face paying city taxes with annexation. But, annexation will also bring city services to the area and this is viewed as a plus by some residents. Annexation and sewer improvements will also open the door for additional development in the West Main area. Wayne Leroy, spokesman for Taylor Lumber Company commented: "We're not making any promises or threats at this time. We would like to see the figures and costs on improvements; we're interested in costs before we make any judgements." To date, Taylor Lumber has been one of the strongest and most outspoken opponents of city annexation. Many area residents welcome annexa- tion and correction of their septic problems. Gerry Young, 10-year resident and the owner of a small business, said: "We definitely need this and we're in favor of annexation." Although Young is not experiencing septic backup in her home and business, her neighbors are having trouble and she is concerned for her grandchildren playing in the area. "l do realize improvements cost money and if we get better service, l expect taxes to be higher than they are now," she added. How do the retired persons living on fixed incomes view increased taxes accompanying annexation? "I think annexation is a ~ood idea. myself. We've been looking forward to it for 30 years," Valerie Anderson remarked. Mrs. Anderson and her husband are both in their 80's and live on Social Security. "lt doesn't seem to make any difference, with taxes going up all the time. We don't have much to gain from this but it will be for the betterment of the town; we should have the same privileges as those in town, such as police protection," she added. Some residents don't favor annexation but find it the lesser of two evils. "Most of us live out here because we didn't want to live in Sheridan but the sewer problem is such that we'll welcome anything rather than continue with the present sewer problem," Leroy Jones said. "i know it will be expensive but I'll gladly be annexed if that's what it takes; you can't dance without paying the fiddler," he said. "1 have two pieces of property; someone else's sewage is running onto my property, but mine is running onto someone else's in turn," Jones added. Annexation means new curbs on the present usage of their property to some West Main residents. One resident would like to have the sewer problems corrected, but he also wants to continue raising cattle on his West Main property. So it seems that land use restrictions rather than taxes are one of the biggest fears harbored by some West Main residents. Another resident who wished to remain anonymous said he'd like to see the area annexed, although he didn't think the problem was as bad as it was made out to be. He admitted to having septic problems himself and would like to be able to call the city to unplug the sewer rather than having to go out and do it himself. One fact was clear to all residents; no one expects to get improved sewer services without paying for it. The mood of the West Main residents seems to be one of resignation to the inevitable. Sewer hearin ~!!iL Charles Jordan, left, discusses the community benefits which Sherimina brought to the area with Carl George, right, manager of Liberty Homes. tr ,,.i Industrial Promotions, Inc.. formed to bring new ~the Sheridan and Willamina its intention to at a Nov. 7 meeting. The hich began in 1963, brought million worth of business to Sheridan. of 680 shares of stock by 60 current stockholders, pay over $100 per share ~ares which were sold for $25 was started for the of bringing economic benefit Sheridan," said Charles for the corporation. opportunities and tax -Sheridan and I think the been met," he explained. got its start as an ~the Chamber of Commerce when Charles Jordan and Art Hebert of U.S. National Bank put up the original cash to get the corporation started. Jordan and Hebert were then joined by Paul Tuggle, Cliff Bride, Lloyd Lewis, Steve Stevens and others who were interested in bringing more industry to the Sheridan and Willamina area. "This was not the first time stock was sold in the area," Jordan' remarked, adding that, "The dissolving of this corporation is certainly paying a profit to its stockholders. "! would hope that this venture's success will be remembered when future development arises," Jordan stressed. As of the Wednesday meeting, all stock is being called in and must be turned into the company by Nov. 30. Stockholders can send their shares to the Sheridan Bookkeep)ng Service at ! Iq North Bridge St. in Sheridan. Any stock not returned to the company by the November deadline must be sent to the state for reimburse~nent. "The checks will begin going out the first week in December," Jordan said. "The main reason for the dissolvement of the corporation is because of the difficulty in getting people to do the legwork on projects and dealing with the government bureaucracy," Jordan com- mented. "ln bringing Liberty Homes and the vet clinic to Sheridan, the corporation has accomplished what it set out to do." Liberty Homes, currently employing 255 persons, is one of the area's biggest employers. The company has an estimated $3 million annual payroll. Manager Carl George said that the company sales volume continues to grow and has reached $26 million this year. Weatherizing tips I By Margaret Henkels energy is on the tip of ue these days. especially the cold weather has set in. rig tips and programs de- homeowners and renters saving modifications for and apartments are available agencies of all levels companies as well. or renter can research and possibilities, select is best for them and then Ip they need to spend a more and less expensive winter. a rundown on some of the inds of help and information Yamhill and Polk County persons or families whose below $350 per month for Vidual in the household, the Energy offers a qualifying up to $550 worth of such as caulking. ipping, storm doors, vapor insulation. also offers a "self- for qualifying households ~able of doing the actual work themselves. The ram allows more people to through the department since the work can be done by homeowners themselves. The person willing and able to do their own caulking, for example, if provided the expertise and materials, can get the job done faster and at their own convenience. "We rarely turn people down for help." noted Steve Black of the department. "We really encourage people to take advantage of the self-help program and cut the red tape to the minimum for the people who want to do their own work." The self-help' program won't actually be in full swing until mid or late November. Although the availability of the program is restricted by income level, Black remarked that "this program encompasses many people in the tri-county area; it helps the people who need help the most and are unable to provide it t'or themselves." ln an area where many persons are living on fixed incomes, programs like this one help a surpisingly large number of households, The program also includes apartments so that landlords with low income renters can take advantage of the program. "We don't allow rent raising after the improvements have been made," stressed Black. "A renter whose apartment or house has been weatherized through this program should report any rent increase to the department so that we can take action against the landlord," he added. Those interested in contacting the department can call the Energy Program at 472-4455 or the Sheridan Information and Referral Center at 843-3133. For those households heated by electricity, Portland General Electric has made some basic weatherization and heat conservation services available to its customers. In the PGE program, a home energy analysis (HEAL weatherization services and financ!ng are all provided for eligible customers. Anyone, regardless of income, who heats all electrically and whose residence was constructed prior to July, 1978, is eligible for a PGE low interest loan for weatherizing. Brightly-colored and easy-to-read bro- chures detailing just about every way of saving energy for homeowners or renters are available at Sheridan's PGE office free of charge. The brochures illustrate quick and easy-to-do methods for saving costly household heat. ]he hints include pulling all curtains closcd after sunset, wrapping pipes, caulking craters, ventilation control, making storm windows, double-glazing windows and weather-stripping. "This program helps pinpoint energy inG.R. By Phyllis Turner The Grand Ronde sewer project, now six months since the area businessmen initiated action on it, awaits a decision from the Marion and Polk County boundary boards. The Boundary Com- mission will hold a public hearing on the DrolC#'t Nov. 29 at 7:30 p.m. at the Grand i~:!~.~e grade school ....~, , Mike Arthur, chairman ~ of the iempor;ary board, said all their petitions have been circulated and fled, and they're just waiting now for action from several legal entities involved. The Boundary Commission hearing will take testimony from the sewer board, the Department of Environmental Quality. and the Polk and Yamhill County sanitarians. Al(llul ~tI:tIUU, ~'*t2 IC llOt moving as fast as we'd like to," but the project is still proceeding. If the project is built as the sewer board plans the core area of Grand Rend will have a user-based system that~will operate without a tax levy. The boundary will take in ihe grade school property, which will alleviate a problem there and allow the school to expand. As it is now, Polk County will not allow any addition to the grade school, regardless of. need. because the septic system is inadequate, and drainage conditions are such that DEQ will not allow expansion of the septic system. The entire Grand Ronde area faces similar problems, and having a sewer system will allow the potential for future development. problems in the home," remarked PGE's energy auditor Dave Spencer. "We check the residence and see what's needed to bring it up to certain energy standards." As a service coordinator, Spencer checks about four homes per week during evenings and Saturdays. PGE customers are alerted to the energy saving tips available by flyers enclosed with their monthly bill. Since PGE's record of home killowatt usage is broken down into heating versus domestic uses. the energy audit can help residents see exactly how much of their electric bill goes into heating. But if customers think they can get their audits instantly now that it's cold, they'll have another thing coming,, Like all energy programs, the information lies fallow most of the year only to have the cold weather bring on a sudden rush of interested customers. Roger Meyer, manager for Sheridan's PGE office, noted that their office had 72 requests for energy audits last week alone. "The program has been over- burdened by requests and applicants should be patient with PGE," he said. "We do these inspections as quickly as possible." he added. PGE customers, as well as customers of other utilities as gas and heating oils, are eligibte for low interest loans through their heating fuel By Phyllis Turner Thai Nguyen and Huy Hantruong, two Vietnamese refugees, will soon be coming to live in Willamina. Both are 17 years old, both are single men. Before entering a refugee camp in March 1979 Huy was a sewing apprentice. He speaks no English. about American life. The U.S. government will pay their plane fares to Portland; the refugees must pay that back within three years. Before coming they will have been screened for tuberculosis and other major, communicable diseases, but they likely will need other medical and dental Thai has lived in a refugee camp since care after they get here. May 1 7 5. Before that hc was aa Ryy. ra!0, McCray of the United agricuttnre studem, ,so heKnows som Met~gi~ffs~, C~'urch sa~ that ~ aft tiW English. doctors in the community have Offered to Other than those bare facts; not much is known of Thai and Huy, but a concerned group of people from this area are coming forth to help them. Although officially three churches in Willamina are sponsoring the two young men, the prime mover has been a committee of 12 to 15 persons of all faiths in both Sheridan and Willamina. The three churches are the Assembly of God, Emmanuel Lutheran and the United Methodist. The Kiwanis Club is also offering help. When Thai and Huy will get here is uncertain, but they very likely will be here before Christmas and perhaps much sooner. In preparation for their arrival, the sponsoring committee has found and committed a two-bedroom house to rent in Willamina. Furnishings have started to come in, but the major problem will be clothing. Thai's and Huy's sizes are not known, though they will probably wear boy's sizes. Teaching also will be a problem. According to Rev. Henry Geen, pastor of the Assembly of God Church, the committee doesn't know what they will come with or how much they will know . help, and the government has some medical care insurance for them. To organize the committee to help refugees, Gwen Oimstead of Emmanuel Lutheran Church got a group of people together to tour the Lutheran Indo- Chinese Center in Portland. It is the Immigration and Refugee Service at the lndo-Chinese Center that is working with the Willamina committee to help Thai and Huy. The Lutheran group in Portland talked the local committee into sponsoring single men rather than families because single men are much harder to place and are in greater need. Green emphasized that the refugee4p are not coming to get on welfare. He said they despise welfare and want to earn their living. Green noted that even single men are family oriented. The pattern has been that those who come to the United States work for a few years to get enough money together to bring their relatives. The committee's next meeting is Tuesday, Nov. 20, 10:30 a.m. at the Assembly of God Church in Willamina. Andy Scott gives a demonstration on how to put in insulation. supplier. These 6 /2 percent loans help homeowners to insulate their homes now and repay the loans when the house changes hands. "Due to environmental concerns, we can't get permits for our new power plants, such as Pebble Springs," so our present customers must lower their consumption for us to be able to sell to new customers," Meyer said. "'For example, one 1,000 watt hair dryer will cost $19.95 while it will cost PGE more than $1.000 to run the dryer," he added. With 20.000 customers added each year, the limits to growth become. obvious. There are only two possibilities:' either limit construction or slowt consumption with energy conservation. With all the readily available informa- tion on weatherizing, every homeowner and renter should be able to find at least bne method which they haven't yet tried on their residence. Many of the measures will also fall under state and federal weatherization tax credit programs.