Council will not fill empty seat

MONMOUTH — Monmouth City Councilor Marshall Guthrie resigned his council seat, effective June 30.

The city council decided at its July 5 council meeting not to fill the vacancy prior to the November election, when three councilors will be elected, as well as the mayor.

A council candidate forum will be held at 5:30 p.m. on July 27 at Volunteer Hall, 180 Warren St. S., for all interested in running for a local office.

For more information: Local Election Official Phyllis Bolman, 503-751-0145.

Unemployment benefits increase

POLK COUNTY — The amount paid to people filing for unemployment insurance benefits has increased, according to a press release from the Oregon Employment Department.

The maximum weekly benefit amount someone can receive will increase from $567 to $590, while the minimum amount will increase from $133 to $138.

The change affects new unemployment insurance claims filed on or after July 3. Those with existing unemployment claims will continue to receive the same weekly amount they have been receiving.

Under Oregon law, each year the Oregon Employment Department recalculates the maximum and minimum amounts of unemployment insurance benefits people can receive each week. The amounts are set as percentages of the average weekly wage earned by Oregonians. The minimum benefit amount is 15 percent of average weekly wage, and the maximum amount is 64 percent. Higher wage growth in 2015 resulted in a 3.8 percent increase to the minimum weekly benefit and a 4.1 percent increase in the maximum weekly benefit compared to a year ago.

Independence to host water meeting

INDEPENDENCE — The city of Independence will host a meeting to explain water and sewer rates at 6 p.m. on Tuesday at the civic center, 155 S. Main St.

The original rate consultant for the city will come out of retirement for this encore presentation, City Manager David Clyne said.

“He (the rate consultant) will be current with what concerns have been raised with us of late,” Clyne said.

The meeting will be video recorded by the city and will be available online for anyone who cannot attend, Clyne said.

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Dallas earns recognition for finances

DALLAS — The Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting has been awarded to the city of Dallas by the Government Finance Officers Association for its comprehensive annual financial report for fiscal year 2014-15. This certificate is the highest form of recognition in governmental accounting and financial reporting.

Dallas’ report was judged by an impartial panel which determined that it met the high standards of the program, including demonstrating a constructive “spirit of full disclosure” to clearly communicate the city’s financial story.

View the report online at

Monmouth, Indy PDs find missing person

MONMOUTH — Monmouth and Independence police departments responded to reports of a missing person on Friday.

Around 11 a.m., Independence Police received a call about a missing person believed to last be seen near Gentle Woods Park in Monmouth. Independence Sgt. Tino Banuelos said they requested the assistance of Monmouth Police Department. Officers located the missing person at the park at 12:30 p.m. in good condition.

The Itemizer-Observer received reports from citizens that police were in the park with rifles drawn. Banuelos said that wasn’t the case.

“There were no weapons drawn. It was pretty low key,” Banuelos said. “Officers determined what the person’s health was and reported back to the family.”


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