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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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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.

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DALLAS — The Dallas Urban Renewal Agency Board approved providing $600,000 in urban renewal money to complete Dallas’ new senior center.

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INDEPENDENCE — Jennifer Ranstrom-Smith was sworn in as Independence City Councilor on Feb. 12.

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POLK COUNTY — Local officials are looking for other options after the Salem City Council voted on Feb. 11 to decline to continue working toward building a third bridge spanning the Willamette River in Salem.

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MONMOUTH — Togetherness, team work and community partnerships were at the forefront of messages by Monmouth and Independence mayors at the State of the City event  at Independence Cinema on Feb. 8.

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DALLAS — Dallas recently learned that Mint Valley Paper, a paper products manufacturing company, is making a serious move to come to town, but that may not be the only industrial interest the city’s seeing.

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DALLAS — The Dallas City Council approved the purchase of a new fire engine to replace two aging trucks at its meeting on Feb. 4.

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The Dallas City Council, in a close vote, directed City Manager Greg Ellis to request proposals to perform a feasibility study exploring forming a regional fire district.

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The Monmouth Parks and Recreation Board is currently accepting funding requests for activities that encourage and support recreation in Monmouth city parks.

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Residents, the Dallas Area Chamber of Commerce and local fire agencies are encouraging the city of Dallas make a stronger commitment to fire and EMS service consolidation.

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Another step was taken toward developing the property at the S-curves, known as Ash Creek Station, in Monmouth.

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The city of Dallas will begin phase 2 of upgrading its water meter system by installing automated meter reading, or AMR, to the reminder of the city.

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Central School District is in negotiations with Oregon Child Development Coalition to extend the existing lease on the building and grounds on Sixth Street behind Henry Hill Education Support Center.

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Newly appointed Polk County Commissioner Lyle Mordhorst’s goal in the next two years is to create a better connection between West Salem and county leadership.

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The Polk County Board of Commissioners have selected West Salem resident Lyle Mordhorst to fill the remainder of retiring Commissioner Jennifer Wheeler’s term.

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A team of four people spent almost six hours counting ballots by hand on Nov. 29 to determine the outcome of the Monmouth City Council race.

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Commissioners Craig Pope and Mike Ainsworth will appoint a new Polk County commissioner on Wednesday (today) to finish retiring Jennifer Wheeler’s term.

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The city of Dallas hired a consultant to identify and inventory wetlands within the city limits and its urban growth boundary.

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Wednesday (Nov. 28) the Polk County Board of Commissioners will interview the five finalists who applied to fill the remainder of Commissioner Jennifer Wheeler’s term when she retires at the end of the year.

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The Polk County Board of Commissioners will hold two public hearings on the possibility of reauthorizing Polk County’s public safety levy one year early.

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Independence’s growth and reputation for being innovative and creative are some of the reasons incoming city manager Tom Pessemier finds the city appealing.

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Monmouth City Manager Scott McClure gave the council an update on the Monmouth-Independence Network at Nov. 6 council meeting.