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1 e ra -June 20, 2012 VouR COUNITV Page 5 / RDI From page 1 Oregon Community Foundation , presented RDI with a $30,000 grant. McQueary, who organized the welcome and a bus tour of Sweet Home that followed, said she wanted RDI to see the "results of their work. "I wanted them "to see a community that has a lot of vitality and much of it is directly related tO their efforts. "I simply connect the people. I picked out a small handful of folks who represent their community - it could have been 200 or more - to review that history, what's happened,from the 1980s until nOW." Paul gave the visitors some historical perspective, noting that the listing of the spotted owl as a threatened species reduced the timber harvest in the Sweet Home Ranger District from approximately 80 million board feet per year to less than 10 million, forcing the closures of most mills in town. Tim McQueary said he knew former loggers who were retrained and got jobs in factories, "but they didn't last at that very long. They missed the forest and the fresh air. They moved to Alaska or Canada or somewhere where they can have some semblance of the life they were raised in." Paul said he learned about Sweet Home's resilience and volunteer spirit early on after arriving here in 1985. He described how the Oregon Jamboree was founded by Marge Geil and Leslie Anke and a host of volunteers. how the Community Center. fire and police stations were built, how the high school and the elementary schools have been remodeled, how City Hall has been upgraded, how the Edgewater Marina was built. He said that, despite the fact that many local residents are now forced to work out of town, "if you go from this building, out to the baseball fields, you'll see crowds of kids out there, all coached by volunteers," he said. "There's 60 volunteers in the fire department." Martin reviewed key portions of the vision statement developed with RDI's help in 1993. Morrison, a Brownsville resident who is a leader of the Visit Linn Coalition, an ad hoc group of city officials and private citizens interested in boosting tourist traffic to the area, and Carroll both talked about the importance of tourism and the recreational offerings of the Sweet Home area, which have led to big growth in the parks department. Carroll said his department's annual revenue has increased from $230,000, when he arrived 15 years ago, to $1.2 million last year and that it is essentially self-sustaining. He cited the recent construction of River Bend Campground, the first new county park in 25 years, the acquisition of Clear Lake Resort, and the cooperation with the U.S. Forest Service in managing its Photo by Scott Swanson Dave Furtwangler, center right, of Cascade Timber Consultants, with Milt Moran, at left, speak to representa- tives of RDl at its annual convention, held at Sweet Home's Community Center. campgrounds along Highway 20, as contributors to that growth. Future problems include development of improved facilities in the Green Peter area and the possible acquisition of the Cascadia Cave Native American historical site. He said Green Peter Lake and the Quartzville Corridor are comparable to what Detroit or the McKenzie River have to offer, "but without development." "We're trying to take into account what the community wants," he said. "They know what Detroit and the McKenzie River have to offer. We're looking to build something that Sweet Home will have to offer." Martin added: "People say recreation is in our back yard; here we say it's out our back door." Furtwangler described how his company, which employs nearly 250 people directly or indirectly in Sweet Home and manages 140,000 acres of timber for the Hill family of Minnesota, described CTC's involvement in the community, including its donation of the land for River Bend. He noted that CTC each year provides a giant Christmas tree to the Hallmark Company of Kansas City, Mo., andhe and company manager Milt Moran presented the visitors with carved Christmas ornaments which Hallmark makes from the tree after the holiday season ends, and sells for charitable purposes. II Contract From page 1 justment to the salary schedule for 2012-13 and a 1-percent adjust- ment in 2013-14. Eligible licensed staff will receive a step increase, which can range between 2 and 6 percent effective on Feb. 28. Eligi- ble staff will receive a step increase on July 1, 2013, the beginning of the second year. Teachers have a maximum of 18 steps. The district's contribution toward insurance premiums will increase from $880 to $900 per month in 2012-13 and $930 the second year. Insurance premiums range from $1,063 per month to $1,471 per month this year. Business Man- ager Kevin Strong said they will increase 8 to 9 percent next school year, 2012-13. The contract included com- pensation and contract language. Among changes, the district will continue to pay contributions to a tax-deferred savings program for existing employees to pay for early retirement, but it will discon- tinue paying the contribution for new employees after July 1. Among other changes: The superintendent or a representative will be available to meet with the association president every other month of the school year to discuss and resolve non- grievance issues or problems of mutual concern. Employees will have the right to have a representative in any meeting that he or she reason- ably believes may lead to disciplin- ary action. Adjustments to reflect a four-day school week. Teachers will have preparatory time and professional development time on Fridays. Prep time schedules also were adjusted, and in each build- ing, licensed staff members will have the same number of non-stu- dent contact days. In other business, the board opened discussions with Supt. Don Schrader about his contract for 2012-13. ': He outlined three scenarios involving a percentage increase based on the average of step in- creases for teachers in combination with fewer contract days. Schrader currently is paid $102,165 per year. The average of step increases would give him 3-increases in each of the next two years, increasing his salary to $105,229 and then to $108;386. Schrader noted that based on his 260-day schedule, he is making less hourly than the high school principal, who works 222 days. "I'm OK with what it is now," Schrader told the board. "I know what the climate is now." If the board asked him to take a freeze, he said he want to reduce his contract days and look at an in- crease in the second year. Chairman Jason Redick said that this proposal is less than the assistant superintendent makes in Lebanon, between $112,000 and $114,000; and Schrader has more responsibilities than an assistant. "Personally, I think that's a great deal for the district, and I would support this," Redick said, noting that it is in line with what teachers will receive, counting their steps. Board member Chanz Keeney was reluctant to approve anything Monday and wanted to take some time to think about it in light of ratifying a contract wth teachers on Monday. The board will consider the superintendent's salary at its next regular meeting, July 9. Present at the meeting were Keeney, Dale K'eene, Redick, Mike Reynolds, Jenny Daniels, David VanDerlip and Kevin Burger. Bil- lie Weber and Mike E. Adams were absent. / Mural From page 1 establishment message, "No 1984," and a giant "X" over the painting of former officer Bill Davis in a 1980s- vintage Sweet Home police unit painted on the side of the building at 1206 Main St. Someone came back later in the week and added more - a peace sign and some off- color comments on the bare wall to the right of the mural. According to Sweet Home Police Department spokeswoman Gina Riley, Sgt. Jeff Lynn was dis- patched to the first tagging on June 12at7 p.m. According to police, a Centu- ryLink employee reported graffiti on the CenturyLink building, 1208 10th Ave. A spray paint can was lo- cated at that site and seized as evi- dence. On his way to that call is when he saw that graffiti had been applied to the police car mural. Lynn did not locate anything of evidentiary value in the area of the mural, she said. The paint used on the mural was black. The paint at CenturyLink was white. "It's hard to say if they're re- lated," Sweet Home Police Sgt. Ja- son Van Eck said, and the graffiti at CenturyLink wasn't legible. Muralist Larry Kangas said this isn't the first of his murals that has been defaced. A "big one" in Seattle got a similar tag job and he had to fix that one too. He said he "cancelled every- thing" and headed down to Sweet Home from Beaverton when he heard about the graffiti job. He said passers-by were honk- ing and giving him thumbs-ups as he repainted parts of the mural Wednesday. "It isn't until something is gone or modified in the community that they appreciate it," he said. "Hopefully, I can make this look good again. Maybe it will end up better. "It takes so many layers to hide something like that (graffiti)," he said as he lathered cream-colored paint over the black streaks. ill Nyara, chair of the Sweet Home Active Revitalization Effort (SHARE) Murals Committee, said a reward fund is being collected that will be offered to try to apprehend the culprit. As of Monday, the re- ward amount was over $200. Anyone who is interested in contributing can contact him at (541) 401-9559 or by e-mail at brn- yara@centurytel.net. Anyone in- terested in collecting should contact police at (541) 367-5181. The $3,000 mural was com- pleted May 14 by Kangas, of Bea- See Mural, page 8 City Council approves budget modifications By Sean C. Morgan Of The New Era The City Council adopted a resolution modifying the 2011-12 budget, increasing it by $17,659 to recognize unanticipated revenues and expenditures. The council held a public hear- ing on the supplemental budget, a routine council action usually completed near the end of the fiscal year, June 30. The supplemental budget, ap- proved by the council during its regular meeting on June 12, includ- ed two changes. First was a $7,659 grant from Trust Management Services LLC for the Sweet Home Public Library. Second was $10,000 in addi- tional revenue to be received from the Boys and Girls Club of Sweet Home and the Sweet Home Senior Center to pay for unanticipated re- pairs and maintenance on the Jim Riggs Community Center, which houses both organizations. Present at the meeting were councilors Mike Hall, Greg Mahler and Ron Rodgers and Mayor Craig Fentiman. Councilors Marybeth Angulo, Jim Gourley and Scott Mc- Kee Jr. were absent. The council took no other ac- tions during the meeting. The council will hold a public hearing on its 2012-13 budget at its regular meeting on June 26, and then it may vote to adopt the budget and impose property taxes for the fiscal year 2012-13, which begins on July 1.