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6/12 News In Brief

Amphitheater open house is slated MONMOUTH -- The city of Monmouth will host the second open house for the Main Street Park Amphitheater Wednesday (today) from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Monmouth Public Library.A story in last week's Itemizer-Observer reported an incorrect date for the open house.Several amphitheater design alternatives will be presented for the public to voice opinions on.After public comments are received at the open house, the designs will be further refined and presented at Monmouth's Fourth of July Festival.For more information: Mark Fancey, Monmouth community development director, 503-751-0147. Flag Day ceremony set for Friday INDEPENDENCE -- Independence Elks will hold a Flag Day ritual and flag decommissioning ceremony Friday at 4:30 p.m. at Independence Elks Lodge 1950, 289 S. Main St.Elks members and Boy Scout Troop 737 will conduct a solemn ceremony that honors America's flag and its various forms throughout our history.Following the ritual, the scouts will perform a flag retirement event showing honor and dignity by burning damaged or worn flags for anyone who might have an old flag that they want to see disposed of properly.For more information: Tom Sagers, 503-931-9220 or email to chiefts@msn.com; Michael Cairns, 503-838-4275. Road work means closures, delays POLK COUNTY -- Street work scheduled next week will result in delays or closures to three roads in Polk County.* Oak Villa Road, at the Highway 223 intersection, will be closed to traffic June 18-20 from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Polk County road crews will attempt to open the road each night and reader boards will be placed prior to the work starting.* Coville Road, at the Smithfield Road intersection, will be closed to traffic June 20 from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Road crews will place reader boards prior to the work starting.* Due to road work on Smithfield Road, at the Highway 22 intersection, there will be traffic delays June 20 from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Road crews will place reader boards prior to the work starting.Motorists should plan for these delays and closures and use an alternative route past these projects.For schedule updates or changes: www.co.polk.or.us/pw/upcoming-road-delays-closures. Dallas now offering online bill pay DALLAS -- The city of Dallas is now offering online bill pay service through Express Bill Pay, responding to customer requests for faster and more convenient payment options.The new service will give residents the ability to view, track and pay their city bills through the secure Xpress Bill Pay website.Various payment options are available, including credit and debit cards and electronic funds transfer. Customers can also set up automatic monthly payments and view up to a full year's history of their accounts."The service not only gives customers the ultimate flexibility when it comes to paying their bills, but also helps us reduce administrative costs for the city," said Cecilia Ward, city of Dallas finance director.For more information: www.dallasor.gov; 503-831-3508. City drinking water report available DALLAS -- The city of Dallas has released it 2012 Drinking Water Quality Report.To assure tap water is safe to drink, the Environmental Protection Agency requires limitations on the amount of certain contaminants present in public water systems. Those contaminates include microbial contaminants, inorganic contaminants, pesticides, herbicides, organic chemical contaminants and radioactive contaminants. The city of Dallas conducts tests measuring those contaminates and the result of those tests conducted in 2012 is available for review at www.dallasor.gov/waterquality or at City Hall, the Dallas Public Library, and the Dallas Aquatic Center.To request a copy or for more information: 503-831-3562.

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