Wagner hosts summer program

FALLS CITY — Wagner Community Library in Falls City has new hours — open two more hours each week — starting this week. New summer hours began Tuesday: Tuesday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Wednesday and Thursday 1 to 5 p.m., and Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Closed on Monday, Friday, and Sunday. The library is located at 111 N. Main St., Falls City.

Along with new summer hours, Wagner will be hosting the Summer Reading Program Thursday mornings through July 30 from 9:45 to 11:30 a.m. each week. The theme this year is “Every Hero Has a Story.” All ages are welcome.

Activities and performers scheduled this summer are:

• June 25 – Rhys Thomas: Jugglemania

• July 2 – Jay Frasier: Humor, Magic, & Balloons

• July 9 – Reptile Man

• July 16 – Vicki Green: Ventriloquism & Magic

• July 23 – Local Super heroes: Falls City Fire Department

• July 30 – Brad Clark: Music & Stories plus Rewards Party

Summer program registration forms are available at the library. For information, call 503-787-3521, ext. 319.

FCR call center to open soon

INDEPENDENCE — FCR will open its newest call center in Independence in July.

FCR provides outsourced live agent call centers and other “business process solutions.” In addition to the soon-to-be open location in Independence, the company operates call centers in Roseburg, Grants Pass, Coos Bay, Veneta and Eugene.

The finishing touches are being added to the remodeling of the building in the Central Plaza, 1399 and 1319 Monmouth St., near Roth’s Fresh Market. The building is the former home of Calvary Church.

“We’ve put forth a lot of time and effort to make sure we get this building in the right condition required to operate a contact center at the highest performance standards that our clients have come to expect,” said John Stadter, CEO of FCR, in a press release.

FCR is in the process of recruiting front line colleagues to answer phones, emails and chat sessions.

To learn more about the company:

Dallas’ Water Quality report ready

DALLAS — The city of Dallas Engineering and Environmental Services Department has released the 2014 Water Quality Report.

The report details how Dallas’ water tested for possible contaminants compared to federal and state standards. During 2014 tests, the city exceeded all standards.

A copy of the report was mailed in every customer’s utility bill. It is available online at , and posted at City Hall, the Dallas Library, and the Dallas Aquatic Center.

New app to pay for vehicle charges

MONMOUTH – The AeroVironment’s charging station at Dairy Queen in Monmouth is part of the West Coast Electric Highway charging network.

A new app allows electric vehicle drivers to charge their vehicle and pay via smartphone on a pay-per-charge basis. Drivers still have the option to call AeroVironment’s customer service center to pay for and activate the stations.

The app is available on iPhone and Google platforms.

For more information:

MINET seeks members for finance committee

INDEPENDENCE – The Monmouth Independence Networks Board of Directors is looking for members for its finance committee. The committee reports to the MINET board.

Members should be financially savvy. The committee meets for about two to four hours each month.

For more information: Marilyn Morton, or 503-837-0700.

Dallas city, URA budgets adopted

DALLAS – The Dallas City Council adopted the city’s 2015-16 budget on June 15.

The city’s budget committee met four times during April and May to review and approve the budget before sending it to the council for adoption.

The 2015-16 budget totals approximately $39 million, about $9.5 million of that is in general fund, which includes police, fire, finance, administration and community development departments.

The Dallas Urban Renewal Agency board also adopted it 2015-16 budget June 15.

Dallas to see water, sewer increase

DALLAS – Dallas residents will see an increase in their water and sewer bills starting this month.

Part of a new rate structure in place for the last year, the rates have increased based on the Consumer Price Index for the Portland-Salem region. This year, that rate is 2.4 percent.

Residential water base rates will increase from $16.50 to $16.90 per month for the first three units of water – one unit of water is 750 gallons of water – and an additional charge of $1.82 per unit when using more than three units. That is an increase from $1.77.

Sewer base rates will increase from $42.90 to $43.93 per month. Also customers will notice a change on their sewer bill beginning July 1 that separates sewer and storm water costs. In the past, charges for the two systems have been listed together on the sewer bill. The change will not result in a further increase in rates.

For more information: 503-831-3555

DOJ CRB has Polk member opening

POLK COUNTY – The Citizen Review Board (CRB), an Oregon Judicial Department program that monitors case plans of children in foster case, has an opening for a Polk County resident.

Board members are volunteers meet one day per month to review case plans of children in foster care and make recommendations to the court, involved agencies, and legal parties.

For more information, go to the CRB website, or contact CRB coordinator Amy Church at 503-986-4535 or email

Independence awards good neighbors

INDEPENDENCE – Kevin Alejandrez, the community liaison intern for the city of Independence, awarded 18 people with good neighbor awards at the June 9 city council meeting.

The volunteers helped Alejandrez with various things, including organizing the Festival Informativo and community outreach.

The following citizens were honored: Janie Ramirez, Daisy Chavez, Karina Lopez, Irene Rodriguez, Andrea Tamayo, Paula Tamayo, Jose Angulo, Berenice Licona, Samantha Valdez, Ivan Acosta, Laura Miranda, Maria Babiker, Jovany Romero, Maria Vargas, Javier Garcia, Jaime Hernandez, Rene Chavez and Helen Talbert.

Also recognized as good neighbors by Independence Chief of Police Bob Mason were Independence Lt. Rick Igou for going above and beyond in helping a family in need, and Partnerships in Community Living Inc. (PCL), Ford Decker, Charlotte Vanderhave and Ginger Lusheinko for rising to assist Igou in his project.

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