News in Brief

*MINET schedules forum on bond*Dallas city budget set for adoption*City OKs increases in land-use fees*Next state furlough day is June 18*Pool energy savings top prediction*Grand Ronde bus service red

MINET schedules forum on bond

MONMOUTH -- A public forum hosted by MINET (Monmouth-Independence Network) is scheduled this evening (Wednesday) June 16, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Monmouth Public Library, 168 S. Ecols St.

MINET officials will be making a presentation and providing information on the upcoming bond refinancing process.

For more information: 503-837-0700.

Dallas city budget set for adoption

DALLAS -- The Dallas City Council approved its nearly $30 million 2010-11 budget at its meeting on June 7 and directed staff to draft an ordinance adopting the budget.

The budget will be formally adopted by the council at its Monday, June 21, meeting.

The budget includes: personnel services, $7.6 million; materials and services, $5.9 million; capital outlay, $7 million; debt service, $4.3 million; reserves, $1.1 million; contingency, $2.2 million; intra-fund transfers, $330,000; and unappropriated ending fund balance, $1.4 million.

City OKs increases in land-use fees

DALLAS -- The Dallas City Council approved a new land-use fee schedule, updating the fees charged for services such as conditional use permits, property line adjustments, land use reviews, and temporary use permits.

City staff evaluated the lengthy list of fees and discovered the cost of processing applications outpaced the fees charged for the service. According to a staff report, the new fees reflect the average cost to the city to process application and permits.

The council approved the fee changes at its June 7 meeting.

Next state furlough day is June 18

SALEM -- Oregon's state government wants to remind Polk County residents that due to budget reductions, most state agencies will be closed on Friday, June 18, for an unpaid furlough day.

This closure day will save the state about $2 million.

The closure does not affect the state court system, universities, corrections, or public safety agencies.

You can view a complete list of open and closed agencies online, at

After June 18, the next state furlough day is scheduled Friday, Aug. 20.

Pool energy savings top prediction

DALLAS -- A final energy savings report for the Dallas Aquatic Center revealed that efficiency upgrades have saved the city more than twice what was expected.

The report prepared by Abacus Resource Management Company, the general contractor for the project, said on average the savings amounted to 181 percent on natural gas and 224 percent on electricity costs. Abacus compared average bills from before the projects were substantially complete in May 2009 to bills in the months after the work was done to calculate the savings.

The upgrades cost about $700,000, but $360,000 of that was paid for with incentives from the Oregon Department of Energy and the Energy Trust of Oregon.

Grand Ronde bus service reduced

GRAND RONDE -- Due to a reduction in funding received by the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde, Cherriots will be reducing the number of trips to Grand Ronde from 10 to eight effective June 21.

The bus will no longer stop at the Market Street Park and Ride in Salem or the Grand Ronde Tribal Governance Center.

Cherriots operates this route under contract with the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde.

"We're disappointed at having to cut service for this route, but we cannot continue the same level of service without appropriate funding," says Transportation Development Director Steve Dickey.

The service is paid for with Tribal Transit Funds, fares, and Business Energy Tax Credits. The reduction in funding is due to the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde not receiving anticipated grant funds in 2010.

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