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Judge gives Sheriff's Office okay to find new homes for neglected Sheridan horses By Marguerite Alexander Correspondent, The Sun It's been nearly 10 months since Dancer and Prancer, Holiday, Tease, Mama, Buddy and Peanut--horses seized from a rural Sheridan farm-- were placed in the care of the Yamhill County Sheriffs Office, and the five bay mares, one bay stallion and one dark bay banded mustang may soon get new homes. In February the horses were taken from the farm of Kimberly Anne Rice and James Matthew Moore after law enforcement officers received a tip that the horses were being neglected. When a deputy from the Yamhill County Sheriff's Office arrived at the Beaver Creek farm he found the malnourished horses standing in mud and manure a foot deep. Six of the seven were de- termined to be starving after they were evaluated by a veterinarian the day after they were seized. Since February the horses have been in the care of Jamie Cheslock of the Yamhill County Horse Animal Rescue Team, with the sheriff's office footing the bill for the care and up- keep of the animals. On Dec. 2 a hearing was held in which the Yamhill County Sheriff's Office petitioned the courts asking that the impounded horses be forfeited by Rice. The Sheridan woman then had 72 hours to file a $12,998 restitution bond before the horses became the property of the sheriff's office open- hag the door for the adoption or sale of the animals. Rick Sanai, the assistant county council, recommended that the sheriff's office put the horses up for sale. He described them as healthy, young, well-behaved and docile with sweet and gentle natures that would make them marketable. The sheriff's office would then be able to keep all of the proceeds from the sale. Rice can appeal the judgment de- laying any action, explained Capt. Ken Summers of the Yamhill County Sheriff's Office There have already been multiple delays in bringing the case to a clo- sure. The forfeiture hearing was re- scheduled four times and the criminal trial--currently scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. on Jan. 19--has been reset three times. Rice, who along with Moore was charged with seven counts of second- degree animal neglect in February, entered a plea of not guilty in June. Moore pleaded guilty to four counts of second-degree animal neglect and was sentenced to 20 days in jail plus 24 months probation. He was also or- dered to pay $4,000 in restitution for the care and rehabilitation of the horses and is not allowed to be responsible for any animal for five years. Rice chose instead for her case to go to trial. The jury trial is expected to last two days. Wednesday, December 9, 2009, The Sun 9 Sheridan manager's contract renewed with 2 percent rinse By Marguerite Alexander Correspondent, The Sun In a matter of weeks the three- year contract of Sheridan City Marger Frank Sheridan will ex- pire, and after reviewing Sheridan's annual evaluation the council agreed to offer him a new two-year contract that includes a pay raise of just under 2 percent. On a scale of one to five with five being the top score, the city manger received 4.5 or greater in all but one category---City Coun- cil Relations--in which he scored 4.33. In fact, had it, not been for straight three's given to Sheridan in all 10 evaluation categories by one unidentified council member, he would have received nothing lower than a four in any column of the score-sheet summary. Sheridan was praised in the evaluation by various council members for his understanding of municipal organization and struc- ture, fiscally sound management of the budget, his integrity and his communication skills. Four of the categories focused on relationships. He received 4.6 scores in three of them---employee, community and intergovemmental relationships. "Frank is very in- volved in the community," com- mented one councilor. Another written comment praised Sheridan for his good relationship with county, state and federal employ- ees. Although his score in City Coun- cil Relations fell slightly lower, it still averaged above 4. Communication skills? "Excel- lent," wrote one councilor. Leader- ship? "He is honest, ethical and ap- proachable," was another written com- ment. Planning? "He also plans well for on-going projects such as problems with our water in- take system and checking sewer lines for needed re- pair," said another. Although he re- ceived high marks and was praised for his management abilities, there were a couple of areas Frank Sheridan noted for improvement. "Frank and Mayor Adamson still have 'trust is- sues,'" stated one councilor. Someone noted that Sheridan should keep go- ing to all the training for fiscal man- agement because there is "Always more to learn." Two comments in the evaluation focused on improvements in recent years. "The operation of the city is much smoother than three years ago. Progress can now be measured and seen," was one response. Sheridan was also praised for bringing the council together as a team by keeping them well informed on the issues. "We don't always agree on everything, but we have interesting discussion leading to our decisions," commented one of the members. The annual review of Sheridan's work performance was facilitated by Nancy Boyer of the Mid-Willamette Valley Council of Govemments. All six councilors participated in the evalua- tion but Mayor Val Adamson did not. The contract between Frank Sheri- dan and the City of Sheridan will be formalized at the Dec. 21 meeting. The council agreed to pay the city man- ager $79,500 for the 2010 calendar year--up from $78,250 this year. The council also received its annual report from the city's auditor, Grove, Mueller and Swank, P.C. Although the city spent less than it took in for gov- emment operations during the 2008- 09 fiscal year, it spent $1.3 million more in the water and sewer fund than what it took in--the result of a $1.7 million capital outlay. "The city is not in a precarious position," commented auditor Tom Glogau. The numbers in- dicate that the city is charging its cus- tomers enough to cover the costs and make substantial investments in the in- frastructure, he added. The report also noted some impor- tant things that the auditor did not find while doing the annual audit. 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