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1/  ra- April 4, 2012 VOUR COMMUNITY Page 7 m Bill From page 1 A state law, passed in 2009, allows for this. Specifically, the law allows the city to recoup 100 percent of the costs of training an officer whose training ended within the last 12 months before his or her departure, 66 percent for an officer whose training ended between 12 and 24 months prior to departure, and 33 percent for officers whose training ended between 24 and 36 months before leaving. Lebanon has requested that Sweet-Iome allow it to split the cost over two fiscal years, 2011- 12 and 2012-13, said Sweet Home City Manager Craig Mar- tin. Lebanon also requested that $14,390.51 for Jackson be waived. Jackson was three weeks shy of the 36-week threshold, Martin said. Lebanon City Manager told Martin in a letter on March 7 that Lebanon&apos;s budget contains no line m Town From page 6 dors are being sought for the 80th event, which will take place Aug. 25. All are welcome. For more information, contact Elizabeth @ coveredbridgepottery. corn or call (541) 405-2827. Foster Lake clean-up April 21 Volunteers are needed to help clean up Foster Lake for the SOLV- IT Earth Day Event from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 21. Meet at Sunnyside Park. Bring a boat if you have one. Gloves and trash bags will be pro- vided. For more information or to sign up as a volunteer, visit www. solv. org/programs/solve_it.asp. Meals on Wheels weekly menu Meals on Wheels, also known as Your Table or Ours. offers lunch at the Sweet Home Community Center to seniors over 60 at noon on Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays. The Senior Center serves a sep- arate lunch on Wednesdays. First-time diners are invited to come in and have a free lunch to give it a try. Suggested donation is $3.50. All meals are served with milk. cof- fee or tea upon request and diabetic desserts are available on request. The lunch menu on Friday, April 6, is breaded baked fish with Tartar sauce or baked ham with rai- sin sauce, creamed potatoes, brocco- li cuts. wheat roll and coconut cake The menu for Monday, April 9, is beef chili with beans or chicken and penne pasta, whole kernel corn, marinated spring garden salad, corn- meal roll and pears. The menu for Tuesday, April 10. is cream chicken and vegetables or German meatballs, whipped po- tatoes, cut green beans, white bread and fresh banana. For more information, call (541) 367-8843. items to reimburse Sweet Home. "Compounding this concern is the fact that the reimbursement sought by Sweet Home represents a significant portion of our Police Department's training budget," Hitt said. "Without question, Sweet Home and Lebanon have enjoyed a close and cooperative relation- ship for many years," Hitt sai& "it certainly is my desire to con- tinue tha t level of cooperation. At this point, my staff would not un- derstand or apply ORS 181.695, as has Sweet Home, in the refer- enced invoice. This is especially true in light of the fact that the police officers involved came to us seeking employment under the sincere belief that their posi- tions with the Sweet Home Police Department were, or very shortly would be, eliminated." Lebanon does not wish to become entangled in a protracted dispute or disagreement about the application of the state law, Hitt said, but the matter of the future employment of the two officers needs clarification prior to Leba- non's response. "The city of Sweet Home also finds itself in a difficult fi- nancial position due to funding reductions beyond our control and most recently having lost more than 20 percent of our already re- duced cadre of officers with three hired by your agency," Martin re- plied. In addition to training costs, Sweet Home incurred expenses in paying remaining officers over- time to maintain adequate cover- age. The unanticipated training costs and overtime will exceed the amount of the reimbursement Sweet Home has requested. "I appreciate your indication that under similar circumstances, the city of Lebanon would likely not request this type of statutory," Martin said. "I am optimistic that under different circumstances, the city of Sweet Home would reciprocate in similar fashion. Howeverl I hope you understand that in light of our current fiscal picture, not recouping taxpayer dollars per an allowable statutory provision specifically put in place for just this purpose would'almost certainly be viewed as fiscal irre- sponsibility on our part." During the council's regular meeting on March 27, the council referred the issue to its Admin and Finance Committee for a recom- mendation. The Administration and Finance Committee, includ- ing councilors Marybeth Angulo, Greg Mahler and Ron Rodgers, met immediately after the council meeting. "In my opinion, we're al- ready asking for significantly less than we could've if we pushed it," Rodgers said. The bill doesn't cover the ex- tra time the city haspaid veteran officers to accompany the rookies following their g/'aduation from the Police Academy and other as- sociated expenses, according to city officials. Officers receive a 5-per- cent premium while working as a trainer, said Police Chief Bob Burford. The city should continue seeking the full amount billed on Dec. 22, Mahler said, and none should be waived. "When they were hiring our officers, they were probably laughing ... because they don"t have to train them," Rodgers said. "They knew we put out a signifi- cant expense training those offi- cers." Lebanon talks about a spirit of cooperation, Rodgers said. "I say BS." "I think over two periods is reasonable," Mahler said of split- ting the payment over two fiscal years. "We don't want ill feel- ings;" Burford said the two depart- ments have a good relati0riship, and they assist each other with large events: Those include Leba- non's Strawberry Festival and the Oregon Jamboree in Sweet Home. He would like to see that relationship continue. 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Void with other offers. .............................................................. - Musica selection perforrned by: ,,,,,  SHHS Symphonic Choir Sound Check 49 SHHS Band ........ ! ! [ re-order for dessert and When" Friday, April 13th :onced before April 1 i tb ""'" Where: SLIMS Cafeteria Tickets for sole from music students Limited seating for & of The New Era concert only - $5 ( door Proceeds go directly to the SHHS Music Dept. ~ we Thank You for your supped!