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-.~l=cL'ZU IZ, I'~I \ 2 i T ~ Cota Gt G~eiton ~i~a ~6.6d4 Hometown Newspaper of Eldon Pearce Serving the Sweet Home community since 1929 Wednesday, September 5, 2012 Vol. 83, No. 36 75 Cents Albany and Eastern Railroad and Rick Franklin Corporation work- ers, above, install new ties in the crossing at Pleasant Valley Road Thursday, Aug. 30. At right, a crew from Albany Road and Driveway paves the crossing. Pleasant Valley Road was closed at Highway 20 on Thursday to allow the railroad to repair the crossing, part of a $23 million project to repair and improve the rails from Albany to Lyons and Sweet Home. The railroad is still repairing the rails be- tween Lebanon and Sweet Home, but railroad officials expect to be working in Sweet Home in October, with closures of up to three days at crossings throughout the city. A&E will repair the line all the way to Weyerhaeuser's Foster mill, including the trestle at Highway 20. Photo by Scott Swanson Photo by Sean C. Morgan City may target blighted properties By Sean C. Morgan Of The New Era Sweet Home city staff are pre- paring a draft ordinance that will require property owners to tear down vacant blighted homes, if it is approved by the City Council. The council's Public Safety Committee passed a recommenda- tion to that effect during a meeting on Aug. 28. Staff developed a draft ordi- nance in response to a petition by neighbors of 1133 Redwood St., which is vacant and has fire dam- age. They requested that the coun- cil pass legislation that would take care of the abandoned and blighted structures in the community, said City Manager Craig Martin. Right now, the city can do nothing unless a structure poses a threat to health and safety, such as when a struc- ture is likely to collapse and dam- age neighboring property. Property owners can keep un- attractive houses that are boarded up, Martin said. City staff researched what oth- er cities do across the nation, said See Blight, page 11 Local officials huddle to.discuss using Fridays to help kids learn By Sean C. Morgan portunities identified. People were Of TheNew Era encouraged by the energy and Organizations throughout the the interest. Fifth Day provides a community met last week to dis- pretty significant opportunity to do cuss plans they have developed for some good things with the youth activities to keep local youngsters and our community." busy on the fifth day of the week. Attending the meeting were They have been planning representatives of the city of Sweet since the District 55 School Board Home, Chamber of Commerce, the adopted a four-day school week, Sweet Home Economic Develop- beginning this school year. ment Group, the Sweet Home Ac- About 18 people attended a tive Revitalization Effort, Sweet meeting on Aug. 27 to report and Home Police Department, District coordinate what they're doing. 55, the Boys and Girls Club, Sweet "The overall feeling was Home High School, the swim- that this meeting bridged a lot of ming pool and U.S. Forest Service groups together, and many more Sweet Home Ranger District. ideas are out there," said Andrew Other people expressed inter- Allen, a track and cross country est but were unable to attend the coach and Chamber of Commerce meeting, Martin said. board member. What will likely come out of The purpose of the meeting this process is a sort of"Day Five" was to determine who was plan- bulletin board, a centralized infor- ning what services and activities mation source, for people offering and to see what other ideas or op- fifth-day services and activities or portunities might be out there, said seeking help or items. City Manager Craig Martin. "There were quite a few op- See Fridays, page 11 New school staffers School District 55's new teachers and certified staff include, from erty, Elspeth Liermann, Rex Hoffman, Tim Pinson, Robert Brown, Monica Turkisher. and Alison Epperly. Not pictured is Chelsea page 3. Photo by Sean C. Morgan left, Elizabeth Beckett, Gretchen Daugh- Kyle Moeller, Steve Brown, Tomas Rosa, Gagner. For more on the newcomers, see