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lle ~ "~r==- December 17, 2008 VouR COMMUNITV Page 7 From page 1 I'm really conservative," she said, especially after 2003. She said she was conservative then too, but she wasn't aware of what the state was doing with utility property values at that time. "We're just going to keep offering the services people request," Gray said. "We've saved our money just for these purposes." The city's audit for 2007-08 looks good, she said. Beginning fund balance projections for the next budget, 2009-10, are looking good. Income from the courts is about what is expected, she said. Some may be paying less on their fines, but the biggest shortfall is in building permit revenue, which will affect personnel. The city is trying to avoid layoffs by moving personnel to different areas while building activity is slow. Gray said. The city's planning assistant is going to part time this month for personal reasons. One building clerk will fill in at that position for the remaining three days a week. reducing her time in the building division. "If it doesn't pick up, there'll be some creative department sharing," she said. "When it does pick up again, you'll want (those employees) available." Building permit revenues for the third quarter of 2008, July through September, are down to $19,500 from $35,350 in the third quarter in 2007. Building activity spiked in October, an additionof $14,000 in revenue for the month and a total of $33,000 in revenue from July to October, 2008. In the same quarter in 2008, the city handled $7.1 million worth of building and construction, including $3.27 million in commercial development and $3.9 million in residential. Last year, the city handled a total of $11.2 million in building and construction, the bull of it in residential, approximately $10.3 million, and $839,000 in commercial. The figures show a shift to commercial this year, with remodeling improvements at Economy Drug at Thriftway, Twin Oaks and McDonald's, which is building an addition. Likewise, residential permits are going out for remodeling, Community Development Director Carol Lewis said. "That's what you see in an economic decline." The creation of new lots for residential development spiked from late 2004 to early 2007, with more than 1,100 lots created in 2005 and 2006. The Planning Commission has stayed busy since then, she said, but it's primarily handling The CommunityDevelopment typical too as property owners street vacations, variances and Department also remains busy with want to sell off property to raise conditional use permits, partitions, she said. That's rather money: Sweet Home City Manager Craig Martin received an award at the East Linn Community Health Improvement Partnership luncheon in late October for his extensive involvement in the CHIP program, as well as the Sweet Home Healthy Active Partnership, which is part of CHIP. He was one of eight people honored with the award. Winners, from left, are: Rick George of Seven Oak Middle School for his work with Planting Seeds of Change, garden manager for Crowfoot Gardens at Seven Oak; Paul McGinnis, of Oregon Rural Practice-based Research Network (within OHSU), co-creator of the CHIP model for his help with East Linn CHIP during the program's five years; Craig Martin, Sweet Home city manager, for his work with Sweet Home Healthy Active Partnership; Bruce Edwards, of Albany Parks and Recreation, for his work developing more sports and recreation opportu- nities in Lebanon; Pam Lessley, nutrition services director for the Lebanon School District, for incorporating produce in school lunches, champion of Planting Seeds of Change and Pick of the Month; Angie Frederic, RD, LD, a dietitian at SLCH, for her work with Pick of the Month, writing monthly articles in the Express for the campaign; Susan Khalsa-Wyborski of Teen Parent Task Force, for her work with moms and pregnant women with drug and alcohol addictions; and Mark Swenson, intern from RARE program out of University of Oregon, for his work with Build Lebanon Trails, developing a strategic plan to build the BLT trail system; and Dr. Rick Wopat, of Samaritan Health. I I I n||uiRuuiiniini CorR (Includes 10 nuggets, fries & reg. drink) Expires 12/31/08 GIFT CERTIFICATES AVAILABLE I I l | RIO THEATRE Chicken Enchilada Pizza 1439 Main St., Sweet Home Info: 367-5559 Office: 401-3500 w/Enchilada Sauce v,..u.:--,o=,.,... With Purchase of $5 Daily Special Sun 2pro & 6pm Man 7pm s .oo 2-. .oo. =4.oo AVAILABLE DTS - Digital Sound System (541) 367-4511 2435 E. Main St. ~ Day The Earth ~, ~ Across #am High School StoodStill Reach over 7800 homes with your event or specials! Join The New Era's Food & Fun Guide! Call 367-2135 for more info!