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Volume 4, Number 2 serve the greater part o[ -the greatest part of Oregon CARRIER ROUTE -Pruorted- ,~ BULK RATE U.S. P08tage Paid Halfway, Or 97834 Permit #14 S, March 18, 1987 | Halfway, Oregon 97834 Registered voters in the City of Halfway will have the opportunity March 31 to determine whether or not the city's 70-year-old water sys- tem will undergo extensive rennovation. Voters will be asked to approve a ballot measure uthorizing $200,000 in gen- erai obligation bonds as the city's share in the $700,000 project. An FHA grant in the amount of $500,000 is de- pendent upon passage of the bond measure. "The bonds would be paid for over a 30-year period by water user fees and would not increase taxes," Mayor Tom Ingrain stated. Ingram estimated the present user rate of less than $5 per month would increase another $6-8. Water meter installation is required by FHA and cost of meter installation is included in the project cost. "Meters would be read four times a year," Ingrain stated, "and the four read- ings would be averaged for a monthly fee. "Pipe line from Halfway to the present reservoir has to be replaced according to the State Health Division; that alone would cost nearly $200,000. A new reservoir will have to be built 'some- where down the line' for. another $400,000 . . . we'd better take advantage of this grant while it is available or face the headache of raising nearly three quarters of a million dollars without any help in the future." If the bond measure is approved the project will replace the present deteri- orating reservoir with a 350,000 gallon stand pipe; provide a 10 inch transmis- sion line pipe line from that stand pipe into town; build a new water supply well and pump station; provide 2,000 feet of new distribution pipe line to replace old lines and replace the dead ends to make distribution better; re- place 16 old fire hydrants and provide water meter installation city-wide. City officials and engi- neers from Auderson-Perry and Associates, La Grande, will be present at a public meeting March 24, 7:00 p.m. at Halfway Elementary School to answer questions from voters. Please study the informa- tive flyer accompanying this issue of the Hells Canyon Journal and have your ques- tions ready at next Tues- day's meeting. Weather Report RichJand .Mayor . ........ .. . ...................... rL.. i lr. ....... ........... Chenault announced Thurs- to 8.11 Rich]and water system soon as one section is com- day, March 12, that $100,000 users. The Council voted to pleted, the meters will be Date High Low Prec. .10 in bonds for the city water system will go on the block in Portland April 4. "The bonds will be repaid from water users revenue backed by taxes, if necessary," Chenault said. The Council decided that since city resi- dents are responsible for the payback, users outside the City of Rich]and will pay higher rates. A property variance was received for placement of a water tower. Councilwoman Delores Hewitt offered her resigna- tion, citing personal prob- lems that could keep her from attending Council meetings. The Council voted unanimously to reject her resignation. Council members voted unanimously to write a letter to the U.S. Forest Service requsting no more logging in the Main Eagle Creek Watershed. In other business, Dee Myers requested two handi- cap parking spaces in front of the Longbranch Care and Saloon. Because that road is a state highway the Council was powerless to grant the request. Water meters will be in- break the system into four sections: Outside Richland commercial, Inside Rich]and Commercial, Outside Rich- land Residential and Inside For those who may be feeling depressed or de- prived because they were too busy, broke or distracted for a winter time gambling Seven speech students from Pine-Eagle High School, competing against five other schools in the District 9 speech Tourney held in La Grande Saturday, March 14, combined their talents to win third place behind La Grande and On- tario. Cindy Perinchief received Rabies Shots Available Dr. Tom Hill, Baker Veterinary Hospital will be in Halfway this Friday, March 20, 1 p.m. behind Stockmen's Restaurant. Rabies shots will be given for a minimal fee. Proof of rabies innoculation is re- quired for City dog licenses. 9 put in service. Present water 10 rates will be used until 11 public imput is heard Men- 12 day, March 30 at 7:00 p.m. 13 14 at the Richland City Hall. 15 weekend to Jackpot, Reno, or Las Vegas... you can still have a fling at the odds on Saturday, April 4, 6:00 p.m. For those who went and the tournament's Most Valu- able Speaker Award after placing first in After Dinner Speaking and second in Ser- ious Memorized. Rose Dennis placed first in Humorous Reading and third in Humorous Memorized; Larry Walter, second, Poetry Reading; Aneke Traw, sec- ond, Radio Announcing; Ra- quel Traw, third, Oratory and Kammy Butler and Sus- ie Johnson tied for fifth in Serious Reading. Cindy Perinchief, Rose Dennis, Larry Walter and Aneke Traw will advance to the State Speech Tourna- ment which will be held April 9-11 in Monmouth, Oregon. 32 56 34 55 39 .10 55, 42 .43 57 41 .16 51 34 55 36 still have a little money left, the Third Annual Reno Night in Halfway, sponsored by the Hells Canyon Chamber of Commerce will enable pa- trons to purchase $10,000 worth of fun for a $5.00 donation. Script can be used to bid on auction items at the close of play at 11:00 p.m. Craps, 4-5-6 and Twenty- One tables will be available. Halfway Lions Club will have food and liquid refresh- ments for sale during the evening. Trap Shoot Slated Panhandle Shooters will hold the first trap shoot of this season at the Halfway VFW Post #7847 trap range Sunday, March 22. The shoot will start at 11:00 a.m. and cash payback and prizes of turkey and ham will be awarded. The public is invited to attend. Halfway City Council ac- cepted annexation of the fairgrounds into the city at their meeting Thursday, March 12. Annexation into the city was a prerequisite for a grant application. Also under discussion was ways and means to meet the fuel bills for heating the Community Center. With the loss of revenue sharing, the city is faced with paying fuel bills in excess of $250 a month Three local photographers have pictures hung at an open photography show cur- rently being held at Croas- roads Arts Center in Baker. One hundred and fifty photographs are on display until April 3. Works included are those of Jim Corrigan, Pat Gossi and Ann Ingalls from the Panhandle Area. Support for Crossroads events is sponsored in part by the Oregon Arts Commis- sion and the National En- dowment for the Arts. Cross- roads Arts Center is open Tuesday and Thursday from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.