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DALLAS — Todd Brumfield knew he wanted to live in Dallas long before he was hired for a full-time post on the city’s ambulance crew.

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POLK COUNTY – The Polk County Clerk’s Office posted initial Special District Election results shortly after 8 p.m. on election night.

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SALEM — A massive proposal to inject more money into Oregon's struggling public school system is headed to the governor's desk, where it is expected to be signed into law.

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SALEM — Senate Republicans appear to have won significant concessions as Democrats have agreed to abandon their central gun control proposal and drop a controversial bill modifying vaccination exemptions for school children, according to multiple sources.

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SALEM — A legislative proposal to enforce Oregon's public records law passed unanimously in the House in late April. But last week, the bill's sponsor and supporters had to scramble to keep it alive before the Senate takes it up.

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DALLAS — Jim Fairchild grew up in a family that not only honored, but expected, public service.

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DALLAS — One of Dallas Downtown Association’s goals is to make Dallas a bike-friendly town. It just received a big boost in the form of a $200,000 grant from the Oregon Main Street Revitalization Program.

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There aren’t many Republicans in the Oregon Senate, but on Tuesday, there weren’t any at all.

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DALLAS — When former city manager Roger Jordan and the Dallas City Council began the project to build a new senior center in Dallas in 2001, they didn’t expect it would be nearly 20 years before construction started.

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POLK COUNTY — We are starting our coverage of local school board races with the Dallas School Board. Both posts up for election on the Dallas board attracted candidates, with Position No. 2 bringing in three candidates, incumbent Matt Posey and challengers Leland Schlenker and Scott C. Short…

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DALLAS — For nine years, this week had been the opening of the season for Polk County Bounty Market. With the city of Dallas taking over events — including the market — that will change.

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MONMOUTH/INDEPENDENCE — At a joint work session on April 23, Monmouth and Independence city councils heard about a proposal to form a continuum of care with neighboring communities in Marion and Yamhill counties.

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MONMMOUTH/INDEPENDENCE — The Monmouth-Independence Network did not get a line of credit to accelerate a system upgrade.

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INDEPENDENCE — The Independence Police Department received its second consecutive award of law enforcement accreditation at the recent Oregon Association Chiefs of Police annual conference.

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FALLS CITY — The city of Falls City has applied for a Resource Assistance for Rural Environments (Rare) worker to help with economic development-focused city projects.

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DALLAS — No criminal charges were filed, but some employees in the Dallas office of Department of Human Services said they believe the teen who accused two DHS workers of having sex in the same room as him, according to Oregon State Police records.

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FALLS CITY — Falls City City Councilor Charlie Flynn submitted his resignation from office Thursday after taking a job that conflicts with the council meeting time.

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MONMOUTH — Monmouth city councilors want to keep community engagement on the top of their focus, but did not add it as an official goal approved on April 2 during a February team building session.

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MONMOUTH — Richard Chapman’s work can be seen all over the Willamette Valley and as far away as Tasmania.

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INDEPENDENCE — The Sunset Meadows Park final master plan concept includes elements from two designs that were presented to community members on Feb. 7.

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DALLAS — Members of the Dallas Budget Committee requested city staff provide more clarity in the budget process, including a report of any new positions created or major changes in funds.

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DALLAS — The city of Dallas’ Administrative Subcommittee recommended the Dallas City Council make three changes to its rules at its March 18 meeting.

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DALLAS — The city of Dallas’ Building & Grounds subcommittee recommended the city explore funding options to build a bike-friendly pocket park at the corner of Main & Washington streets in downtown.

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FALLS CITY — Funding supporting Falls City Direct Connect, a free bus that provides rides from Falls City to Dallas and Monmouth and back, is in danger after a grant for operations was rejected.

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INDEPENDENCE — The Independence City Council unanimously approved on March 12 an agreement, in partnership with the city of Monmouth, to be a guarantor on an additional loan or line of credit for the Monmouth-Independence Network.

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DALLAS — The Dallas City Council approved requesting proposals for a study about the feasibility and cost of forming an independent fire district including the city and three other fire agencies.

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Editor’s Note: Public Agenda is a listing of upcoming meetings for governmental and nongovernmental agencies in Polk County. To submit a meeting, send it at least two weeks before the actual meeting date to Itemizer-Observer via email (ionews@polkio.com).

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DALLAS — An Oregon School Boards Association review of the two charter schools the Dallas School District sponsors shows advancement in some areas and room for improvement in others.

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DALLAS — The deadline to file an appeal in the city of Dallas’ approval of the Mint Valley Paper facility was Friday and no one filed an appeal.

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MONMOUTH/INDEPENDENCE — The U.S. Census is a year away, but plans to educate and recruit local residents to complete it are underway.

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MONMOUTH/INDEPENDENCE — The Monmouth-Independence Network is looking at ways, which may include a line of credit, to speed up the replacement of its older technology.

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DALLAS — The Dallas City Council adopted the schedule and hiring criteria for its city manager search on March 4 following a public hearing.

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DALLAS — Valerie Patoine, Polk County’s newly appointed assessor, has spent much of the last year preparing for her new role.

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DALLAS — The Dallas City Council officially approved the residency of George and Dawn, a pair of mallard ducks, within the city limits.

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DALLAS — The Dallas City Council decided it would like to seek an interim city manager and extend its search for a permanent replacement for retiring City Manager Greg Ellis into the summer or early fall, rather than fill the seat by the end of June.

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POLK COUNTY — A Polk County Sheriff’s Office deputy resigned in August during internal misconduct and dishonesty investigations.