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I ra- October 3, 2012 VOuR COMMUNITV Page 7 Treatment plant demolition bid awarded CIRCUIT COURT By Sean C. Morgan suit. It discontinued sending the notices once EinoThomas Pruitt fined $200 after pleading guilty on Aug. 21 to Of The New Era the new plant opened. Eino Thomas Pruitt was sentenced on Aug. third-degree rape. The City Council on Sept. 25 awarded The old plant, constructed in the late 27 in Linn County Circuit Court to 20 days in A second charge of third-degree rape, a a bid to demolish the old Water Treatment 1930s and remodeled in the 1960s, was an- jail and three years of probation and fined $400 class C felony, was dismissed. Plant at 1730 Ninth Ave. to Staton C0mpa- fiquated, said Mike J. Adams, public works in four charges related to an Aug. 13 assault in He had been arrested for having sexual nies of Eugene for $39,061. director. Sweet Home. contact with a girl under the age of 16 between "It is obsolete," said City Manager Craig The old facility has remained in its cur- He pleaded no contest to fourth-degree as- April 12 and April 14. Martin. The plant was replaced on Aug. 13, rent condition since the new plant opened, sault, strangulation, menacing and interfering As a condition of probation, Reed is not to 2009 when a new plant opened off 47th Av- allowing staff to salvage all useful equip- with making a report, all class A misdemean- have contact with females under the age of 17. enue. ment and material, Martin said. ors. Two charges of felon in possession of a Jacob Charles Riggs The treatment plant was shut down andThe city received two bids, and Staton firearm were dismissed. Jacob Charles Riggs was sentenced on replaced because it could not meet drinking was the low bidder. The second bid was Each charge carried 240 hours of jail time, Sept. 11 to 18 months of probation with a fine water regulations set by the U.S. Environ- about double Staton's bid and did not in- consecutive for the assault and strangulation of $200 and restitution of $2,379 on a charge of mental Protection Agency in the late 1990s. clude removal of the water intake structure, charges and concurrent for the menacing and first-degree theft. City water could not meet the new chlorine Adams s-aid, interfering charges. Each charge carded fines He.pleaded guilty to a charge of first-de- contact time requirements before it reached Once the old plant is removed, the city and fees of $100. gree theft, a class C felony. A charge of first- the first custbmer, will needto construct fencing around the pe- James Albert Reed degree burglary was dismissed. The city was required to send quarterly rimeter to secure the property, Adam said. James Albert Reed was sentenced to 15 The charges stemmed from a burglary on notifications to residents of the city as a re- days in jail and three years of probation and July 31. t From page 1 If the city makes the determi- nation, the property owner may disagree, Hobbs said. "We have a lot of property in Sweet Home that has been for sale for two, three years," he said. The proposed ordinance starts toward regulating aesthetics rather than health and safety, Hobbs said, and of particular interest to him is telling property owners what color to paint boards covering windows and doors. Ron Freeman, another speak- er, said he liked what he saw in the ordinance. "I like what I read. If you con- tinue to take consideration about not right." pie of places in town that are just said Rogers. At the same time, what he's talking about, you're Councilor Ron Rodgers said totally abandoned, and we need to when someone's actions or lack watering down what you've done. he supports the ordinance "be- do something about them." of actions infringe on a neigh- Some people need direction to cause it's only targeting houses Hobbs said he's concerned bor's rights, he gets concerned. A clean things up. I think we need to that are not being maintained and about property rights, lot of these properties are infring- set rules and abide by them." not being lived in. "My primary thing is I always ing on the rights of property own- T.R. Price warned that the or- "We didn't want to create an worry when a city begins to do ers around them. Those properties dinance wouldn't solve problems ordinance that's going to effective- things that affect property rights," need to look like something other that prompted its creation, ly put people out of their homes." he said. than abandoned property. The house on Redwood Street He wants property owners Property owners have given "As a property owner, I feel a that initiated the process doesn't to secure their properties so that up a lot of those rights already, responsibility to maintain them for look that bad, he said. A house people cannot squat in them and so There is already a process in place myself and my neighbors," said across the street has an "atrocious" they're not eyesores, he said. The to handle complaints about ira- Councilor Mike Hall. color, but he would never go color requirement is just to make pacts to property values, through Present at the meeting were across the street and tell the owner the structures blend in. the court system, councilors Marybeth Angulo, to paint it another color. The ordinance could be picked Trespassing is already against Mayor Craig Fentiman, Hall, "An ordinance isn't going to apart all night, said Councilor Greg the law, he said. And making some- Mahler and Rodgers. Scott McKee fix a thing," Price said, warning Mahler, but "we need to get some- thing an "attractive nuisance" by Jr. and Jim Gourley were absent. that such properties will become a thing on the books." leaving it open is already a prob- The council will hold two financial burden on the city, "then Still, with limited resources, lem for property owners, more readings of the ordinance be- we make everybody pay for it. It's the city will be hard-pressed to en- "I'm a very strong propo- fore deciding whether to adopt it, not right. I am against this. It's just force it, he said. "We've got a cou- nent for strong personal rights," on Oct. 9 and 23. ........ , m ,.BBQ BACON m t CRUNCH BURGER t MAKE IT A COMBO, INCLUDES FRIES & REG. 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