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Morgan Of The New Era The city Administration and Finance Committee is recommending that the City Council charge the full amount of a bill it sent to Lebanon for the training of two of three Sweet Home police officers who went to work for Lebanon in January. The city of Sweet Home billed the city of Lebanon $60.522.84. That includes $46.132.33 in training costs for Officer Chad Christenson and $14,390.51 for Tay- lor Jackson. See Bill, page 7 Council decides claim by former By Sean C. Morgan Of The New Era The Sweet Home City Council agreed on March 27 to settle a wage claim by former caretakers of San- key Park for $20,000. Timothy and Esther Piety were caretakers from Jan. 15, 2009 to Aug. 31. As compensation, caretakers have been allowed to live in a house located in the park in recent years. Councilor Mike Hall served as care- taker in exchange for housing for more than a decade prior to the Pi- etys' arrival. The Pietys claimed that the city owed wages, penalty wages and at- tomeys fees based on Oregon law. They filed a lawsuit in federal court on Sept. 27. In addition to the wage claim, the Pietys allege that the city harassed and intimidated them, engaging in racial discrimination, during their employment. Timothy Piety is black. His wife is white. They contend that their em- ployment was terminated in retalia- tion for complaints against the city. The Pietys claim that they faced racial harassment during their em- ployment. When they complained. to settle part of park caretakers the Police Department allegedly failed to address the offenses. The council's decision address- es only the wage claim. "Changes have since been made regarding the employment relation- ship between the city arid currently employed caretakers to avoid future wage claims of this nature." said City Manager Craig Martin. -"It had been working. We had no reason to realize it wasn't working. When it came to our attention, we corrected it." The settlement payment will come from the city's General Fund contingency in the 2011-12 budget. The settlement includes payroll checks of $5,500 each to Timothy and Esther Piety, with deductions and withholdings as required by law. The remainder of the settlement includes $4,000 in penalty wages. with no withholdings, and $5.000 in attorney's fees. Present at the meeting were councilors Marybeth Angulo. Jim Goufley, Greg Mahler. Scott Mc- Kee Jr. and Ron Rodgers and Mayor See Council, page 12 Historic rose to be planted at museum By Sean C. Morgan Of The New Era Northwest Rose Historians will plant a descendant of a rose bush Samuel R. Nothiger brought to the United States from Switzer- land in 1884 at the East Linn Mu- seum within the next few weeks, Kathleen McMullen. co- founder of the organization, met with Daryl and Carollin Nothiger of Sweet Home; Jerri Morse of Ea- gle Creek. located near Estacada; and Gall Gregory of East Linn Mu- seum Friday afternoon to discuss the rose. "It was an illegal alien when it got here," Nothiger said of the rose. Nothiger is the grandson of Samuel R. Nothiger and a second- generation American. His grand- father settled around Green Peter, went to California for nearly a de- cade and then returned to the Sweet Home area. "We are suggesting that may- be they would like to have a rose planted somewhere around here." Photo courtesy of Wikipedia This moss rose is similar to one planted in 1884 in the Sweet Home area by an immigrant from Switzerland. A descendent of the original rose bush will be planted in a few weeks at East Linn Museum. Morse said. The rose is a Cutting from the original Nothiger family rose, a moss rose, brought from Switzerland. The Rose Historians have al- ready planted a cutting from the Nothiger Rose and another rose from another Oregon family at the Pioneer Courthouse in Portland. The moss rose is often found in high elevations and tolerates the cold well, Morse said. The roses were taken from Charlie Nothiger's place off Norfla See Rose, page 14 n i n www.sweethomenews.com I!U!oltiJll!l!Ll!!flll00 PIIiIL ;T"],r'Y,F,T[I7TqTIIfl]]q]WIItlIHIlIII-I,IIIfTTwF IT- .... T " -i- ......... 73 [I  -1-ilTllTlEll[ ' I ' " ,ill