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4/24 News in Brief

*City vegetation rules kick in May 1*Independence tree planting slated*Tree removal to cause road delays*Group set to honor Rep. Thompson

April 23, 2013

City vegetation rules kick in May 1

DALLAS -- A combination of spring rains and sunshine have brought with them a lot of growth to our plants and our gardens. They have also brought a lot of growth to plants some would rather not have.

The city of Dallas would like to remind residents of Dallas City Code 5.450 through 5.460, under which no owner or person in charge of a property may allow obnoxious vegetation to be on the property or on the parking strip or sidewalk area abutting the property.

This code is enforced throughout the growing season of May through early fall.

The code states it shall be the duty of the owner or person controlling the property to cut down or destroy obnoxious vegetation. Obnoxious vegetation is defined by the code as that which is a health hazard, a fire hazard, a traffic hazard that impairs the view of a public thoroughfare, weeds or grass more than 10 inches high, or weeds or grass going to seed.

For more information: Weed Abatement Hotline, Dallas City Hall, 503-831-3510.

Independence tree planting slated

INDEPENDENCE -- Independence will observe Arbor Day as a newly designated "Tree City U.S.A." with a tree planting at Mountain Fir Park on Saturday at 1 p.m.

The park is located on F Street just west of Seventh Street.

Polk County Master Gardeners will demonstrate proper planting techniques, then participants are welcome to help plant a variety of specimen trees that have been donated by Daryll's Nursery and Rocky Mountain Nursery. Information about some trees that are suitable for landscaping will be available. Those able to help dig holes should bring gloves and shovels.

Mountain Fir Park is the site of the new demonstration garden currently being designed and delineated by the Polk County chapter of OSU Master Gardeners.

For more information: Lois Martin, 503-623-8395; email to

Group set to honor Rep. Thompson

SALEM -- State Rep. Jim Thompson (R-Dallas) has been selected to receive the 2012 Advocate-of-the-Year Award for his work on legislative policy involving Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants (DUII).

Thompson was notified of his accolade in a letter dated March 21 from Robert Hayes, chairman of the Albany-based Oregon DUII Multi-Disciplinary Training Task Force.

"One of the biggest issues I undertook was to connect the health issues of addiction and mental health to the judicial process," Thompson said. "We now have a system that will recognize that addressing the health issues and treatment of the impaired driver is equally important as driving sanctions."

The award will be presented to Thompson at the DUII Multi-Disciplinary Impaired Driving Training Conference, scheduled in Bend Friday and Saturday.

Tree removal to cause road delays

GRAND RONDE -- The Oregon Department of Transportation, working with the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, will allow a contractor to remove wind damaged trees that pose a threat to traffic along Highway 18 in the Van Duzer State Scenic Corridor between Grand Ronde and the coast.

Tree removal work will begin the week of April 29 and take seven days, weather permitting.

The project will occur on Oregon Highway 18 (Salmon River Highway), at milepost 16.5, near the Polk-Tillamook county line, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursdays and 9 a.m. until noon on Fridays. During those times, the highway will be restricted to a single lane of travel at the location.

Flaggers will control travel through the area in alternating directions. Motorists should expect 10- to 15-minute delays. Should an emergency occur, the lane restriction will be lifted and full traffic will be restored.

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