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January 4, 2012

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Hometown Newspa )er of Lenora Slater Serving the Sweet Home community since 1929 Wednesday, January 4, 2012 Vol. 83, No. 1 75 Cents New pipes plug leaks Dale Watts of K&R Plumbing Contractors uses a butt fusion machine in the Sweet Home Sani- tation parking lot on Long Street to connect 8-inch high-density polyethylene pipe used to replace sewer lines in the ground with- out opening trenches. It's part of Phase Four of a $5.8 million City of Sweet Home project intended to reduce inflow and infiltration in the city's sewage system by replacing .deteriorating sewer mains and laterals throughout the city. 7During heavy rains, inflow and infiltration can overload the wastewater treatment plant and force the bypass untreated waste- water into the South Santiam River. The city has been replacing sewer pipes as part of an agree- ment with the Oregon Depart- ment of Environmental Quality to reduce l&l. The company is try- ing.to minimize excavation by us- ing trenchless technology, which allows workers to use existing pipes to run new lines. Photo by Scott Swanson SH cops exiting to Lebanon By Scan C. Morgan Of The New Era Three Sweet Home police officers have resigned and ac- cepted positions with Lebanon Police Department in recent weeks. Resigning and taking po- sitions in Lebanon were Justin McCubbins, Taylor Jackson and Chad Christenson. The fi- nal resignation was effective on Dec. 31. The resignations leave Sweet Home Police Department down four out of 10 officers it had most of the past year. The See Police, page 8 \\; 4-day school week is old hat for many are a districts By Scan C. Morgan Of The New Era The District 55 School Board will contin- ue discussing Monday night whether to switch Sweet Home schools to a four-day week. The move could save roughly $400,000, while increasing both instructional time and professional development time, according to Supt. Don Schrader. The board is scheduled to receive more information about what a four-day week would look like, said Chairman Jason Redick. The board consensus last month was to hold See Schools, page 10 Deluge raises lake, river levels By Sean C. Morgan Of The New Era Lots of rain, more than 4 inches in a 48-hour period, according to U.S. Corps of Engineers measurements, went a long way toward filling the local reservoirs, increasing river flow and raising water levels around the area. The surface of Green Peter Reservoir was See Water, page 11 Inside: Top stories for last half of 2011, p. 5 SHARE doubles down.!:,awn improvement dollars in 2011 By Sean C. Morgan Of The New Era In its third year of existence, the Sweet Home Active Revitaliza- tion Effort has more than doubled its investment in downtown im- provements and is reshaping pro- grams that are part of an effort to more effectively help local busi- nesses in 2012, based on input from local businesses. SHARE spent $20,000 in its Commercial Exterior Improvement Program this year, said Economic Development Director Brian Hoff- man. "With that $20,000, we got about $47,000 of investment." Through the CEIP, SHARE grants funds to local businesses to improve their storefronts. The pro- See SHARE, page 11 Photo by Scott Swanson Scott Dimick, left, Keith Wooley, on roof and Tony Dimick work on the building housing Cutloose Hair and Nail Co. last fall as part of a CEIP project funded by SHARE. The building is owned by Joyce Geist. JANUARY :20-12-- 1 234567 8 9 1011121314 1516171819 20 21 22232425262728 293031 ...... read  ers a very