Road work continuing in Falls City FALLS CITY — Road work will continue Wednesday (today) on Bridge Street in Falls City. Crews will be grinding old asphalt and paving from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Drivers should expect delays during those hours. For more information:?Polk County Public Works, 503-623-9287; email Public Works Director Todd Whitaker at firstname.lastname@example.org. Q-and-A about fire bond, levy planned INDEPENDENCE — The Polk County Fire District No. 1 board of directors and interim chief John Stein will host a community forum Wednesday (tonight) at 7 at the Central Station, 1800 Monmouth St., Independence. The forum is meant to answer any questions residents may have regarding the operational levy and general obligation bond the fire district has placed on the May ballot. For more information: www.polkno1.org, or see last week’s story at www.polkio.com. Car seat clinic scheduled Saturday INDEPENDENCE — Polk County Fire District No. 1, along with Safe Kids Willamette Valley and Salem Health, will host a car seat clinic on Saturday from 11 a.m to 2 p.m at Polk County Fire District No. 1 Station 90, 1800 Monmouth St., Independence. The car seat clinic is coordinated and organized by Western Oregon Community Health students with the support of Safe Kids, Mid-Valley Parenting of Polk County and Salem Health. At the clinic, trained car seat technicians will be available to help teach parents and caregivers how to properly install their child’s safety seat. Technicians certified by the state will make sure that the child’s safety seat is the correct fit for the child’s height and weight. If the safety seat in question is not a correct fit for the child, technicians will make recommendations for seats that are compatible. The technicians will also check to make sure that the child’s current car seat is not on any product recall lists. Everyone is welcome to attend. It is recommended that you bring children along, especially the child whose car seat is being installed or adjusted. For more information: http://www.salemhealth.org/chec/car-seat-safety.php. Corvallis Road improvements slated POLK COUNTY — Due to road work, a culvert replacement and paving taking place on Corvallis Road between Davidson Road and Suver Road in southeast Polk County, traffic delays will occur starting Monday and continuing through May 15 from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Polk County road crews will attempt to fully open the road each night and reader boards will be placed prior to the work starting. Plan for these delays or use an alternative route past this project, if available. For more information, updates or changes due to weather: www.co.polk.or.us/pw/upcoming-road-delays-closures. Next trimester tax payment due soon DALLAS — The Polk County Tax Office reminds taxpayers who pay their property taxes in trimester payments that the third installment is due by May 15. Payments may be made by mail, or in Dallas at the tax office. Credit and debit card and e-check payments may be made online or by phone. Call toll free 1-888-643-8041 or visit www.co.polk.or.us, and click on “pay taxes.” There is a 2.5 percent convenience fee on credit and debit transactions, and a $3 fee per e-check. Payments that are mailed must bear the May 15 postmark to avoid interest. For more information: 503-623-9264. Salvation Army opens Dallas office DALLAS — The Salvation Army has opened an office in Dallas two days a week to serve Polk County residents with urgent needs. Those needing assistance with rent, utilities, medicine and other basic needs can stop by the office to apply for help on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons from 1 to 5 p.m. The office is open Tuesday and Thursday mornings by appointment only. “We are excited to open a satellite office in Polk County and make our services more accessible to its residents,” said Major John Stennett, Corps Officer, of The Salvation Army serving Marion and Polk Counties. The Salvation Army joins other agencies and programs in the Academy Building as part of the county’s effort to co-locate services and improve the coordination and accessibility of services for Polk County residents. The new office is located at the Academy Building in Dallas at 182 SW Academy St., Suite 220. For more information or to schedule an appointment:?503-623-9664, ext. 2481. Buena Vista Park will see upgrades BUENA VISTA — The Oregon State Marine Board approved a grant to build additional paved parking and a new restroom at Buena Vista Park. The park is a popular destination for fishing and other watersports. An undeveloped access site on the opposite side of the river at the ferry landing was recently obliterated as part of a stimulus project, so the Buena Vista boat ramp provides the main access to this stretch of the Willamette River. The parking expansion will help the county better accommodate larger vehicle and trailer combinations as well as more single-car parking. The new restroom will replace the old wooden vault toilets. The county also intends to renovate the existing parking and replace the launch ramp in a future project. The marine board approved $158,000 in state boater funds, combined with $42,000 in applicant in-kind contributions. CTOGR receives national recognition NEW ORLEANS — The Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde received a Deal of the Year Award at the Native American Financial Officers Association’s seventh annual Leadership Awards luncheon held April 15 at the Roosevelt Hotel in New Orleans. The Tribe was recognized during the association’s 32nd annual conference for its $10 million investment in MicroGREEN Polymer’s InCycle cups. The Arlington, Wash.-based company has created a technology to make high-quality cups from recycled water bottles. In August, the Tribe funded a $5 million equity investment in MicroGREEN and followed that with a second $5 million infusion of funding in January. In December, the Tribe loaned $8 million to tribally owned Ilihi LLC, which in turn loaned the funds to MicroGREEN. Tribal Council Chairman Reyn Leno accepted the award for the Tribe. “It is a pretty prestigious award for us,” Leno said. “It shows that we’re heading in the right direction. We have several other investments out there, but this one was recognized as one of the best in Indian Country. It was a $10 million deal and a great investment. It seems to be really picking up speed and it falls in line with our culture of staying green. If you take care of Mother Earth, Mother Earth takes care of you.” WVH ‘Connections’ van needs drivers DALLAS — West Valley Hospital is in need of volunteer drivers for its Connections van. The hospital has two vans used daily to pick up patients in need of transportation to the hospital for services. Connections, a free service, picks up patients in Dallas, Monmouth, Independence and Falls City and returns them home. Volunteer drivers would need to pass a Department of Motor Vehicles license and criminal background check. Drivers also are given a doctor’s exam and provided training. Typically drivers are scheduled for a four-hour shift once a week. For more information or to volunteer:?Pat Cozad, West Valley Hospital, 503-623-7323.