The Oregon organization that manages the state public employees’ retirement fund isn’t winning many new friends these days. The organization, called the Public Employees’ Benefits Board, is aiming toward a middle of the road approach at keeping retirement benefits high, while keeping state government costs as low as possible. The complete story is in Salem’s StatesmanJournal.
Toledo Public Works Director Adam Denlinger told his city council Wednesday night that he feels a whole lot better knowing that a pipe boring machine has successfully drilled a new pipe route under the railroad tracks and Butler Bridge Road for a new sewer force main.
Denlinger told the council that the drill emerged very close to where the the new pipe will connect to the plant’s intake portal. He said the next step will be to widen the underground path and then pull a 14″ pipe through the “tunnel” and up to the plant. Denlinger said it should all be done and hooked up by September 24th. He also reported that the sewer reserve fund should be able to handle the full cost of the operation without having to tap other city revenues.
Mayor Rod Cross, who has endured frequent loud and disrespectful statements coming from several residents, lowered the boom on them Wednesday night. Prior to opening the meeting to public comments on non-agendized items, Mayor Cross read from a policy sheet about how those comments are limited in time and in their volume and quality of language. He made it clear that the recent emergence of a loud and snarly approach to public comments is over and that anyone violating respectful city council decorum would be either escorted or removed from the room. Backing him up was the town’s acting Police Chief who sat immediately behind each speaker. At one point a town resident, known for his long and involved ramblings, was strongly rebuked by Mayor Cross when he claimed the council breaks the law. “Where’s the evidence!!?” roared Mayor Cross. The man, with a calmer tone, said he has the evidence but added he’ll save it for another time. Another resident who has also been loud in the past sat passively at the microphone, talking in a low tone about a matter that concerned him. When finished he and his wife quickly exited the building.
Cross decided not to seek re-election as mayor even though many folks agree his re-election was his for the asking. Apparently Mayor Cross strongly prefers that between now and the end of his term, city council meetings will be cordial, dignified and devoid of verbal abuse.
Provided by Homeless Connect
Project Homeless Connect in need of volunteers
Lincoln County’s 4th Annual Project Homeless Connect is in need of volunteers, according to Lincoln Commission on Children and Families AmeriCorps VISTA’s Lola Jones.
Project Homeless Connect, Thursday October 7 from 10am-3pm , is a one stop shop that allows individuals and families to accomplish in one day what might normally take months in the social service system. Approximately 200 people are expected to attend this year’s Project Homeless Connect, taking advantage of an expected 50 different agencies and organizations offering complimentary goods and services dealing with issues of housing, identification, food security, and health.
Volunteers are needed in a variety of capacities, including escorting homeless clients through the event to ensure their needs are met without overwhelming them. This human to human connection is an integral part of the experience, for both clients and volunteers. Other opportunities to volunteer include event set-up, registration, exit interviews, and meal service.
Those wishing to volunteer should contact Tamara Rosser at TRosser@ocwcog.org or visit homelessinlincolncounty.org and click on Volunteer Opportunities.
Commission on Children and Families
Yaquina View Elementary
Provided by Partners Against Alcohol and Drug Abuse
National Drug Take Back Day, Saturday September 25th
Newport Oregon – September 15th 2010- National Drug Take Back Day is Saturday September 25th from 10-2. Remove unused prescription drugs from your medicine cabinets so they don’t fall into the wrong hands.
There are three permanent drug take back sites at the Newport, Toledo and Lincoln City Police Departments. On September 25th there will be a temporary site open in South County at the Sheriff’s sub-station behind Waldport City Hall.
This is an opportunity for the public to safely dispose of un-used medications and bring them to one of the four county drop sites. Doing so helps to keep these drugs out of the hands of teens, or those whom they are not meant for. It also helps to protect the environment as they are not being flushed down the toilet polluting the water supply or contaminating the ground in a landfill. Pet medications are also accepted.
National Drug Take Back Day is supported in Lincoln County by PAADA, Partnership Against Alcohol and Drug Abuse. For more information contact Debra Spoelstra at 541.574.7890.
From Oregon State Police
No. Coast: Highway 18 remains closed near Sheridan after a single vehicle crash with a large power pole earlier this afternoon that caused the damaged pole and lines on to the road. The utility company is currently at the scene. A lengthy closure is expected. The detour for westbound traffic is Oregon 18B through Sheridan and the detour for eastbound traffic is Highway 22 to Oregon 99W. Motorists should find an alternative route, avoid the area or expect long delays.
Newport Police and Fire Departments are trying to retrieve a stalled motor home on the Yaquina Bay Bridge. Traffic is backed up in both directions. Will take a while to clear, maybe an hour.
Sheriff Dennis Dotson says his department was contacted by a local Veterans of Foreign Wars group that said a cemetery near Siletz was in bad need of a clean up, but that there were no funds to pay for it. Dotson said upon inspection, deputies found the area well visited and in need of a face-lift. Dotson asked for jail inmates to volunteer their labor, which a few of them did. Dotson called up a federal grant to cover the costs of deputy supervision and they cleaned the place up. The project was launched on September 3rd and will continue until the cemetery is back to normal.
Dotson says this is what giving back to the community looks like and he’s happy his department had a hand in it. He said there will be other such inmate labor projects in the future.
Lincoln County Commissioners are teaming up with Lincoln City officials again in trying to win upgrades from Qwest to ensure that local phone service is not knocked out so easily during harsh winter storms in north Lincoln County.
Earlier attempts to win such cooperation from Qwest has proved unsuccessful before the Oregon Public Utilities Commission (PUC). County Counsel Wayne Belmont told his commissioners today that he’s hoping the county and Lincoln City will convince the state PUC to re-open the request for greater phone system technical redundancy now that Qwest is trying to merge with another large phone company, Century Link.
The Lincoln County Commission Wednesday agreed to give nearly 30 county road department workers pay raises over the next couple of years. According to documents submitted to the commissioners, the workers will get a 4% cost of living boost, coupled with a six percent raise in what are called “step increases” for those workers who qualify for one.