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Page 12 CommtJNItv - November 28, 2012 il 2Q~O. 2Q4~ & ~2 This map shows the location of commercial properties that have been improved through CEIP projects in the last six years. From page 1 During the first two years of the program, SHARE provided fiat grants, with no spending require- ment for property owners. This year, SHARE started granting money with a required contribution from the building owner or occupant. Grants paid a percentage of the total project up to a limit: 75 percent for painting, 50 percent for signs and 25 percent for landscaping. The maximum possible grant was increased to $1,500 for Chamber of Commerce members and $750 for non-mem- bers. The old maximum grant was $1,000, and most of the time, the building owner contributed. "We could help them on a larg- er level," said Economic Develop- ment Director Brian Hoffman. CEIP has had fewer projects, but they've had a greater total val-' ue, he said. "This year, we also added the design assistance, paid for through the program," Hoffman said. SHARE has created a photo library of the CEIP program. The building from a trip to several other Oregon was identified at the beginning of cities. The images show buildings the year as one of SHARE's top 10 that "work" and buildings that priorities. "didn't work." Priorities are ranked based on The photo library works as the needforimprovements, location a reference for ideas as business and marketability, encouraging ad- owners think about their projects, ditional investment by surrounding he said. businesses and potential for private The program is aimed at im- funding, Hoffman said. "It's a way proving the curb appeal of down- to put the program out there. We're town businesses, and the grants are able to help at a higher level." available to businesses in commer- "I think the results are, starting cial zones. Projects include street- to show," he said. "What we have facing improvements, painting, aw- now is basically what you're going nings and signs. Interior projects do to see. We're happy with the results. not qualify. We'd like to see more investment." Project proposals must be ap- Other businesses have painted proved by the SHARE Planningand made improvements in the past Committee. SHARE reimburses year too without CEIP's involve- the expenses after the project is ment, businesses such as the Swan complete, restaurant and the Money Man, he Among the 2012 projects, said. CEIP completed one larger project CEIP is planning to send post- at a priority site, Speedee Mart. cards to those business to thank Projects such as Speedee Mart, them for their contributions to im- called demonstration projects, are proving Sweet Home's appearance, more strategic projects with a high- Hoffman said. er impact, Hoffman said. SHARE "As we improve and strength- contacts them proactively, en the image, it becomes more de- SHARE provided a grant sirable for new businesses tO start above and beyond the usual limits in Sweet Home," he said. Phofo courtesy of the city of Sweet Home This Elizabeth maple, next to Sweet Home Post Office, is one of two winners of the city's Autumn Tree of the Year. Maples win city Autumn Tree of the Year designation Sweet Home'sAutumn Tree was recognized as a Tree City of the Year, chosen by the com- USA. Sweet Home also was munity, includes two winners, awarded the Oregon Tree City They include the Elizabeth of the Year by the Oregon Com- maple with deep red-gold fall munity Trees Association. leaves at the comer of the Sweet "For 25 years, Sweet Home Home Post Office and a yellow residents have shown their com- maple at Key Bimk. mitment to tree appreciation Sweet Home residents vot-and tree care," said Julie Fisher, ed for their favorite fall colors at planning assistant. "The award this year's Harvest Festival. The is a sign that this community Sweet Home Tree Commission cares about its livability and rec- tallied the votes, which were ognizes the important contribu- split evenly between these two tions that trees make to our qual- trees, ity of life." Photos of the trees in theirThe volunteers of the Tree fall colors are available on the Commission have worked hard Tree Commission website at to improve the health and di- www.ci.sweet-home.or.us, and versity of the city's urban trees, they can also be seen in a picture Fisher said. "We would like to display at City Hall. say thank you for everyone who The Sweet Home Autumn has contributed to our proj- Tree of the Year event is the ects." culmination of the year's Tree Alice Grovom, the Lions Commission activities. This was Club and Beth Liegel were rec- the 25th year that Sweet Home ognized for donating trees. SH woman arrested after fatal crash Oregon State Police troopers Dodge Durango driven by Traci arrested a Sweet Home woman LynnAkers, 38, from Sweet Home, who was involved in a two-ve- crossed the centefline and collided hicle traffic crash Monday after- with the Chevrolet. noon, Nov. 19, that resulted in the McNamara was pronounced death of a West Fir woman along dead at the scene. Highway 58 near Lowell in Lane Akers and her 14,year-old County. daughter, who was a passenger in According to OSP, at approxi- the Durango, were both transport- mately 5:38 p.m. a 2012 Chevrolet ed by ambulance to Sacred Heart Cruze driven by Lori Jean McNa- Medical Center at RiverBend. mara, 46, of West Fir, was east- Akers suffered non-life threat- bound on Highway 58 near mile- ening injuries, according to police. post 14 when a westbound 2003 The daughter's name was not released by police and her injuries were minor. Police said Ak- ers was was combative with ambu- lance person- Traei Lynn Akers nel while en route to the hospital. After she was treated and released, OSP troopers took her into custody and lodged her in the Lane County Jail on the following charges: Driving under the influence of intoxicants; Second-degree manslaugh- ter; Two counts of third-degree assault; Reckless driving; and Recklessly endangering an- other person. Highway 58 was closed about 45 minutes before one lane was open; the highway was cleared about three hours later. OSP troopers from the Spring- field Area Command Office are continuing the investigation with the assistance of the Lane County District Attorney's Office. Photo by Scott Swanson - Students, with some help from teacher Dustin Nichol, second from right, turn a log in preparation for sawing. From left are Elric Benson, Cody Froman and Cody Coulter. In fronton the right is EJ Nichol. From page 1 as developing numerous forestry skills. The skills can generate job op- portunities, he said, and students can become arb0rists, operate equipment, scale logs, cruise timber and more, said Nichol, whose background was in timber prior to teaching. The program encourages and teaches hands-on learners, like him, he said. "That's me. I don't do well with the bookwork." Student assignments help stu- dents meet graduation requirements in career development, he said. Nichol expressed appreciation for the backing of the community. "The support from the timber owners and logging companies for the school's woods and related ac- tivities is phenomenal. The people are wonderful. None of this could be done without the support of the com- munity."