Tuesday, May 21, 2013
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September 26, 2012
City schedules Main Street open house
DALLAS -- The Urban Renewal District Advisory Committee is holding an open house on plans for revitalizing the 800 and 900 blocks of Main Street in downtown Dallas.
The open house will be Tuesday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Dallas Civic Center, 945 SE Jefferson Street.
The committee is seeking public input on improvement plans.
City staff will be available to answer questions about proposal options.
The plans are part of the Urban Renewal Revitalization
Project, which has already upgraded portions of Mill Street and Court Street, including new sidewalks, street lights, bench seating, and flower baskets.
The advisory committee is in the final design phase of this project and has three alternatives for those blocks. Public feedback will be used to make a final recommendation to the Urban Renewal District Board.
An online survey is available at www.dallasor.gov/survey.
For more information: 503-623-3565.
Construction work on Zena Road set
WEST SALEM -- Road work taking place on Zena Road at the intersection of Wallace Road (Highway 221) and near the intersection of Brush College Road Northwest will result in a two-day closure Wednesday and Thursday.
Zena Road will be closed to all traffic including emergency vehicles on a 24-hour basis at those two locations starting Wednesday (today) at 7:30 a.m.
Polk County road crews will place readerboards prior to the work starting. Drivers in the area should plan on using alternative routes past this project.
For more information: Polk County Public Works, 503-623-9287.
Downtown Monmouth work continues
MONMOUTH -- Work continues on the Main Street Streetscape enhancement in downtown Monmouth, as well as a traffic safety improvement on Highway 99W.
Contractors began pouring new sidewalks and driving approaches between the Main Street intersections with Broad and Ecols streets last week. This week, the contractor will install conduits for lighting.
Construction crews will also start work this week on a crosswalk on Highway 99W at the Madrona Street intersection.
The project entails new ADA ramps on both sides of the highway at the junction. New crosswalk signs and pavement markings will be installed to identify the fixture as a crosswalk.
Drug 'take-back day' set for Saturday
POLK COUNTY -- The Polk County Sheriff's Office and other emergency agencies and businesses in Polk County will participate in "National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day" on Saturday.
The event is a Drug Enforcement Agency initiative that invites citizens to safely dispose of unwanted and unused prescription drugs by leaving them at established drop-off sites.
The event will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Sheriff's Office has set up four locations: the West Salem Roth's; Polk Fire District No. 1 Central station in Independence; Dallas Fire Department and Falls City Fire Department.
Deputies will accept prescription and over-the-counter medications, vitamins and illegal drugs. This is an anonymous event. Participants are asked to mark out their names or identifying marks on bottles and packages.
During the last DEA-led take back day, citizens turned in more than 276 tons of unwanted or expired medication at 5,660 take-back sites across the United States, according to a sheriff's office news release.
For more information: Deputy Shon Latty, 503-623-9251.
Immunization clinic available for youths
POLK COUNTY -- Polk County Public Health will offer a monthly immunization clinic for children and adults in the Polk County Mental Health West Salem office, 1520 Plaza St. NW, Suite 150.
This clinic is the first Wednesday of every month from 8:45 to 11 a.m.
Public health hosts clinics every Monday and Thursday in Dallas at the Academy Building, 182 SW Academy St., Suite 302; and in Independence on the first Wednesday of every month at the Oregon Child Development Coalition, 535 G St. Both clinics run from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Call 503-623-8175 for an appointments.
Polk County Public Health offers all required immunizations for school, and some vaccines for adults. The department has a one time allotment of Tdap -- for tetanus, diphtheria and whooping cough -- which is available to all uninsured adults between the ages of 19 and 64 at no cost.
Health seminar offered Tuesday in Dallas
DALLAS -- Salem Health recently launched a new health seminar entitled "Learn Well. Live Well. Be Well." that will be presented in several cities in the Willamette Valley, including Dallas on Tuesday.
The presentations are opportunities for community members to learn from health specialists and professionals about preventive measures for health issues or to explore various treatment options available for different ailments.
The presenters will also address questions attendees should ask their primary doctors if they suffer from specific conditions.
The event in Dallas will run from 4:30 to 8:15 p.m. at West Valley Hospital. Topics for the include facts about the heart and cardiovascular disease; foot care; modern spine care; and joint mobility.
Salem Health is comprised of Salem Hospital, West Valley Hospital, Willamette Health Partners and other regional care organizations.
To register for the Learn Well series: www.salemhealth.org/learnwell or 503-814-2432.