Public Agenda for May 25

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Wheeler, Nearman keep seats

Incumbents re-elected to commissioner, House District 23

Polk County Commissioner Jennifer Wheeler and Rep. Mike Nearman, both incumbents, won their respective races on May 17.

Falls City voters reject gym bond

Work on building a new multipurpose gym facility at Falls City Elementary doesn’t appear like it will happen this year.

Committee to hold final budget meeting

The Polk County Budget Committee will hold its final budget hearing Wednesday at 10 a.m. in the conference room at the Polk County Courthouse, 850 Main St., Dallas.

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Fire responses need improvement

A master plan recently completed on Dallas Fire and Southwest Polk Rural Fire Protection District reveals that response times to fires for both agencies are far slower than established standards.

Taylor, Wheeler talk economy

Polk County Commissioner Jennifer Wheeler and her challenger, Terrence Taylor, have differing views on how to protect, or enhance, the county’s financial future.

Minet better, but not good

Monmouth Independence Networks (Minet) has made strides when it comes to taking care of its expenses and debt, but still has work to do, according to Doug Dawson, president of CCG Consulting out of Florida.

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What to do about streets?

Proponents of the proposed residential street repair bond for the city of Dallas say the time is now to fix the streets before the problem becomes worse.

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Trevor Barre saves a life

Trevor Barre is a little squeamish when it comes to things involving medical emergencies.



Dallas introduces 2016-17 budget

Fiscal plan as proposed Monday maintains current services and adds staff

The proposed 2016-17 budget for the city of Dallas contains no cuts and will add a few employees.

Falls City considers hiring own engineer

With a number of infrastructure planning projects underway or impending, Falls City Mayor Terry Ungricht is understandably feeling a little overwhelmed.

Polk County part of group to sue federal government

Seventeen counties to file lawsuit over BLM timber plan

Polk is one of 17 counties planning to sue the federal government following the release of the resource management plan for the Bureau of Land Management’s lands in Western Oregon.

Polk’s budget plan approved

Committee ‘tentatively’ approves the county’s 2016-17 fiscal year budget

POLK COUNTY — Following four days of hearings, the Polk County Budget Committee “tentatively approved” the 2016-17 budget with no major changes from the proposed budget.