5/4 News in Brief

*Dallas library trades food for fines*Adopt-A-Road cleanup set Saturday*Monmouth fountain forum slated*Extension budget members named

Dallas library trades food for fines

DALLAS -- Now through May 31, patrons of the Dallas Public Library will be able to return overdue library materials, clear their overdue fines and help hungry neighbors in the community at the same time.

Library fines will be reduced by $1 for each food item contributed during "Food for Fines."

Examples of accepted items include 15 ounces or larger canned fruit, vegetables or chili; bottled or canned fruit juice; boxed hot or cold cereal; pasta and pasta sauces; peanut butter; canned meats; cooking oil; and 5-pound bags of sugar, flour or rice.

All food items must be commercially processed, factory sealed, be free of dents and rust, and bear a future expiration date. Food may be delivered during regular library hours to 950 Main St. Whether you have library fines or not, donations of food items are accepted.

Special fees and charges for lost library materials may not be reduced through the Food for Fines program.

For more information: Dallas Public Library, 503-623-2633.

Adopt-A-Road cleanup set Saturday

POLK COUNTY -- The Polk County Public Works Department is coordinating its next Adopt-A-Road cleanup day Saturday, May 7, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

As many as 61 different groups that have adopted roads throughout the county will be participating.

Groups who are active members of the Adopt-A-Road program are asked to pick up their supplies the week before the event. Disposal bags and safety equipment will be provided at that time.

To become an active member of the program, applications are available at the Polk County website.

For more information: 503-623-9287; www.co.polk.or.us.

Monmouth fountain forum slated

MONMOUTH -- The city of Monmouth will host an open house on Wednesday, May 11, to review designs for the Main Street Park fountain.

The public is welcome to attend and comment on several different concepts, including a children's splash play feature.

The meeting will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Monmouth Public Library, 168 S. Ecols St.

For more information: Mark Fancey, Community Development Director, 503-751-0147.

Extension budget members named

POLK COUNTY -- The Polk County Board of Commissioners has selected three candidates to serve on the Polk County Oregon State University Extension Budget Committee.

The board appointed Independence resident Mike Calef to a three-year term, Dallas resident Barbara Nichols to a two-year term, and West Salem resident Darrell Ward to a one-year term.

The budget committee, which includes the commissioners and the three lay members appointed, will hold a hearing to examine the Extension district's proposed budget on Wednesday, May 18, at 1:30 p.m. in the Polk County Courthouse conference room.


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