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t ,, Era - June 6, 2012 MOUR COMMUNITY/OPINION Page 5 City officials crunch numbers on, eater filling station By Scan C. Morgan Of The New Era If the city of Sweet Home builds a proposed water filling sta- tion, the facility would pay for it- self in 22 to 28 years, according to a cost-benefit analysis. Public Works Director Mike Adams presented the analysis to the City Council during its regular meeting on May 28. The city has provided an aver- age of 98,215 cubic feet of water annually to customers through fire hydrants over the past five years. The water filling station would provide bulk water, from. gallon jugs and RVs to water tankers, 24 days a day, seven days a week at a filling station at the city's Main- tenance Yard off 24th Avenue. Past users of similar city services have included contractors, the Linn County Road Department and the city of Waterloo. Budget Committee member Dave Trask questioned whether the city should build the station during the committee's 2012-13 budget review in May. The Budget Com- mittee approved the budget, main- taining the funding for the station, and the council must adopt it by the end of June. The council asked Adams to provide, more information about the station, which would need to be approved by councilors before construction. The proposed budget provides up to $130,000 for the project. Ad- ams said the project is more likely to cost $102,000 to $110,000, but he cannot Confirm a cost until the project goes out for bids. The esti- mate is based on a rate of $4.79 per hundred cubic feet. At a cost of $100,000, if aver- age usage doesn't change, it would take approximately 22 years to pay for the station. If the project costs $130,000, it would take nearly 28 years to pay for the project. From 2007 to 2011, the city provided highs of 190,290 cubic feet of water in 2009 and 153,293 in 2010 and lows of 16,500 in 2007 and 49,010 in 2011. The city sold 81,980 in 2008. Funding for the project would come from the city's systems de- velopment charges, which pay for expansion of the water system, and from the Water Capital Construc- tion Fund. Systems development charges are pa!d during the con- Driver arrested after car chase Linn County deputies arrested one man fol- lowing a pursuit that exceeded 100 mph Satur- day night. Deputies arrested David Clinton Fox, 43, at around 10 p.m. for attempting to elude, reck- less driving, recklessly endangering another and warrants for past attempts to elude, possession of methamphetamine, manufacturing meth and possession of precursor substances. The Sheriff's Office had information that Fox was in the Sweet Home area in a tan Honda, and the vehcle was spotted by Deputy John Lovik and Sgt. Shawn Fielders, who tried to stop it. The pursuit began near Pleasant Valley and Highway 20 and proceeded along North River Road to Quartzville and then west on Highway 20 back toward Pleasant Valley. Sweet Home Police Department assisted in the pursuit. Fox allegedly attempted to flee on foot and fell into a small crevasse in the rocks near the Pleasant Valley Boat Ramp, said Linn County Sgt. Art Sprague. When Fox fell, he sustained minor injuries but refused transport to the hospi- tal to have them checked. David Fox During the chase, Fox al- legedly drove past stop signs, drove on the wrong side of the roadway and reached a top speed of 100 mph, Sprague said. He reportedly reached 80 mph inside the city of Sweet Home. Fox has a lengthy history of law enforcement contacts and has been in the criminal justice sys- tem for more than 20 years, Sprague said. struction of new developments. The Capital Construction Fund is funded through water rates. The 2012-13 water rates include no funding for capital construction. The city already has the fund, ing for the project, and it legally cannot be transferred to funds that have suffered from revenue short- falls in the past year. If this project is not approved, the money would remain in the city budget collecting interest, Adams said. The city has no other upcom- ing projects for these funds. The project would have no direct impact on anticipated water rates, Adams said. The proposal started as a Federal Emergency Management Agency grant project, but when the city chose not to set up the station at the city's reservoirs, it declined to provide grant funds. The project remained on the city's list of long-term hazard miti- gation projects. It is listed as goal number one in a council resolution in 2009. Adams said the _project will meet City Council goals for 2012 by continuing infrastructure im- provements for regulatory compli- ance and economic development and by enhancing the city's culture of quality service programs. It also meets the city's Stra- tegic Plan goal to build physical infrastructure to meet capacity re- quirements for current needs and future growth, Adams said. The project includes construc- tion of a 120-square-foot split- face block building with a metal roof, 150 feet of fence work and a 200-square-food road access with associated sidewalks, curbs and storm drainage. The council will decide wheth- er to approve the 2012-13 budgei at its June 25 meeting. If the funding is approved, the council will decide whether to proceed with the project when Ad- ams submits it for approval prior to construction. / Letters From page 4 our own time and is voluntary. Most city employees are lifetime residents. We are well aware of what Sweet Home has and is go- "ing through. That may be the main reason the collective bargaining unit em- ployees of Sweet Home are the lowest-paid municipal employees in the state. Yet we have never threatened any form of strike or work slow- down. The police collective bar- gaining unit employees recently worked for a year and a half with- out a contract and never missed a day only to be told to go look for another job if you don't like it here. Your last statement about "the funding faucet" was your "assumption," not ours. I respect you and your staff at The New Era. You all do a great job and serve the community welt. I guess that's why your-use of stock inflammatory political tripe set me back a little. Tim Riley Public Works Mechanic Vice President, AFSCMA Local 3337 Safety fair revives thankful memories Editor, Since my late husband Jim has been gone two years, I should have written sooner. But always I'm very thankful that specially Officer Tim Trahan and Officer Jason Van Eck were posted at Jim's funeral. Not only one day, but every day l do feel thankful. This year is the fifth annual Community Safety Fair. It's very nice that City of Sweet Home and Sweet Home Police Department have continued to hold this fair. Many agencies (state, county, local police services and fire and ambu- lance district) are involved in mak- ing the fair a success. Thank you very much. Hiromi Bean Sweet Home Thank those who give to beautify Editor: On May 22 the baskets were put up in the median strip and the water and fertilizer system checked and turned on. Again our town will be abloom with flowers that contribute to the happiness of all our citizens and its visitors as well as those travelling though our community. Once again, please take the time to thank the tollowing citi- zens and businesses who make this possible. Those contributing this year: Greg Beisner, C.P.A. Craig Fentiman Farmers' In- surance Les Schwab Tires S'weet Home Timber Manage- ment State Farm Insurance Pat Stineff Sweet Home Sanitation Umpqua Bank Mona Waibel Dr. Ivan Wolthuis Dr. Dick Schirmer Unified Insurance John Wittwer, Lawyers Sweet Home Kiwanis Steelhead Fitness Sweet Home Rotary Club Hartsook Farmers Insurance I agree with Jeani West's posi- tive letter of May 23 stating why Sweet Home is such a great place to live. Alice Grovom Sweet Home Beautification Committee ECONOMY nRuss Mon.- Fri. 9 a'm.- 6 p.m. Jamy Calh0en, RPH Saturday 9 a.m. - I p.m. 367 -6777 .... "ql00 Located inside Thriftway Photo courtesy of the" city of Sweet Home Mayor Craig Fentiman meets with "If" I Were Mayor" winners from Oak Heights, Samantha Virtue (Marvbeth Angulo's class), left, and Karrah Lewis (Tim Swanson3" class), right. They were among 16 contestants. Lewis  poster has been forwarded to the Oregon Mayors Association for the statewide contest. Maxx Nguyen Maxx Nguyen, 17, volunteers at Sweet Home Emergency Ministries, help- ing distribute food to the poor. i "I love to communicate with people, get involved the corhmu- nity," Nguyen said. "Also, I really enjoy my time with other volunteers." Nguyen enjoys playing soccer and tennis and hanging out with his friends. Nguyen has been in Sweet Home for a year. "I like the people in Sweet Home, the way they ': be so friendly and nice to me," Nguyen said. "For  K\\;/-an exchange student like me, everything is new, so I ' really appreciate when people just come to me, ask me about things and always be there when I need help. Also, I love the beautiful sightseeing in Sweet Home -- So green!"