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Public safety levy supporters to meet

DALLAS — Those wanting to find out more about the campaign supporting the Polk County public safety levy can attend a meeting of the Friends and Neighbors for a Safe and Prosperous Community political action committee Thursday.

The meeting will take place at Pressed Wine and Coffee Bar, 788 Main St., Dallas, at 7 p.m.

Last month, the Polk County Board of Commissioner placed a 45 cents per $1,000 of assessed value property tax levy on the May 19 ballot. The levy is projected to restore 22 full-time equivalent positions in the Polk County Sheriff’s Office patrol and jail division and the Polk County District Attorney’s Office. In addition, the Juvenile Department will be able to rent two more juvenile detention beds and Community Corrections will be able to provide more managers for community service crews.

For more information: Gene or Lynette Henshaw, 503-623-5759.

Delays expected along Highway 18

GRAND RONDE — Travelers may experience delays on a 10-mile stretch of Highway 18 in the H.B. Van Duzer State Scenic Corridor that includes part of northwestern Polk County while crews remove unhealthy trees.

Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) will be working under an agreement with Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) on the three-day project, to begin Tuesday and continue Feb. 25-26, weather permitting. The tree removal will occur during daylight hours, between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.

ODOT crews will cut down dead trees that pose a threat to traffic along sections of the highway from milepost 8.5 in Lincoln County to milepost 19 near Grand Ronde in Polk County. Most trees will be left where they fall to decompose naturally.

When crews cut trees that could fall on the road, the highway will be closed in both directions for a short time. After crews safely remove those trees, flaggers and a pilot car will control traffic through the area. Travelers should plan on delays of no longer than 20 minutes.

Arts group wants to hear from you

MONMOUTH — The Monmouth Arts and Culture Commission wants to hear from residents about their interests in local performances, art exhibits and classes.

A short survey is available online to let the city know what kind of art interests you. The survey does request contact information to add respondents to an email list.

To take the survey: www.surveymonkey.com/s/MonmouthArts.



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