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he nd for )st rs, of d." )d- tat d. si- fll, ~SS eir g ,F. P | p. f 50 Per Copy Speed Issue Richland Third Street residents were not the only concerned citizens present at Monday night's "Public Hearing Re- garding Speed Bumps on Third Street." After the Coun- cil was instructed to only take testimony and not participate in the discussion or opinions expressed, the meeting was formally opened to the public by Richland Mayor Nancy Gover. Richland resident Karl Hintz stated his case against speed bumps. "The problem lies in getting people to slow down, and getting officers from the Sheriffs Depart- ment would be a good idea, but by no means do we need speed bumps. It needs to come from law enforcement and not the installation of speed bumps." Bob Lattin, who lives on Main Street, agreed with Hintz, noting that more speeding goes on down the Main Street of Richland in a day than most city streets see in a year. "Speed bumps aren't the problem, speed con- trol is," emphasized Lattin. Gover read three letters addressed to the Council. One was from Bev Hendrix who said she felt, "this was not an expedient solution to the problem and she would not like to see speed bumps." A letter from John and Donna Weir was submitted that noted, "when one person says everyone on Third Street will stop the work, he is not speak- ing for my wife or me and I don't think he has a right to say that." Weir asked that their names be removed from the petition. A letter from Harve Downs, who lives on Third Street, was read in which Downs said, in part, that, "The petition that was circulated and presented to the Council was endorsed 100 percent by the residents of Third Street. I saw no other long term solution except speed bumps. At the time the petition was presented, if the Council had addressed it, there wouldn't have been the need for action." He said he did not want to be present at another shouting match, so he would not attend the meet- ing." Debbie Dugan stood up and denied signing the peti- tion and said she is a resident of Third Street. She was fol- lowed by Jim and Dorothy Harrison who also stood up and said they didn't sign the petition, either. Addressing 'the group, Sherill Corning said she has used all of the city streets and, "we need to be careful and realize there are children, pets and other pedestrians." She felt that going the law enforcement route was the best choice. Gover was asked directly why the paving was stopped and Karl Hin cz said, "I think it's foolish that we are here arguing a situation over speed bumps." "When the public wants a public forum, they have a right to ask for one and that is what I was told on the phone," said Gover. "He told me he spoke for everyone so I called a public meeting." Jim Harrison was em- phatic when stating, "One person can't hold up this city and if that one person thinks he can stop paving, then he should show up to the meet- ings and defend himself." The idea of a law enforce- ment contract was re-ad- dressed by Jim Dugan "Most of the people in this city are law abiding citizens, but we don't want to have someone hurt or killed." The speed bump issue will be on the agenda for discussion at the next council meeting. Gover told the group that the pav- ing should, be completed by the end of this month, de- pending on the results of the next Council meeting, which is scheduled for September 16 at 7:00 p.m. Weather Watch When Oregon State Uni- versity climatologist George H. Taylor predicted that, "Fall | uary: ennaro meo m lrom llorse [ is expected to arrive a bit ] In dav. September 5. Darvl ] early," he appears to have i ! the mark When horse on SoartarIilt the clou~ lifted on Monday, [ oniv hisfamflv.but [ September 8, Pine Valley resi- I t vwherehewasactfvein. [' dents were treated to the sight I amon othe denc response team. 1 of a skiff of snow on Cornuco- [ Hisobituary is on ,age 4. - " " I pia Peak. Certainly earlier than expected! Abbey Godwin Wins Best in Art Show by Anna Richardson of the Hells Canyon Journal Abbey Godwin's water- color, "Cambridge Street," won "Best of Show" in "Art at the Crossroads," the regional art contest held at Crossroads Art Center in Baker City last Friday. The show of her work and other accomplished art- ists of the area will be on display through September 19. "Cambridge Street" was painted in May of this year from a photo Abbey took when she visited England and Eu- rope in 2001. The predomi- nate blue of the cloudy day is touched with the bright reds and yellows of the cityscape. Through the intense colors, almost surprising in a water- color, Abbey conveys the cozi- ness she felt in the scene de- spite the typical English weather. Pine Valley sculptor David Crawford, who judged the show, said, "Abbey's work stood out among the other paintings in the show for her liberal use of color and mini- mally worked surfaces. There was an apparent effortless- hess and spontaneity in her brushwork and choice of color that looked very much like the work of a master to me." Abbey feels that her best work is done quickly and is not too controlled. If the piece gives her trouble, she thinks it can be seen in the final work. Abbey, the daughter of Ron and Jennifer Godwin, is a Pine Eagle High School alumna and graduated from George Fox University in 2002. She is currently en- rolled at Eastern Oregon University in the Masters in Teaching Education program. She will graduate with a master's degree in August of 2004. Art at the Crossroads Awards But of flhow "Cambridge Street,'water- color by Abbey Godwin, Half- way Two-dimemdonal 1st Place: "Meditation 2," latex painting by Tom Novak, Baker City Honorable Mention: "Tea with Friends," watercolor by Sally Moser, Baker City Second Honorable Men- tion: "From My Window," oil by Marcie Cook, Baker City tlptul 1st Place: "Lace Turtle," stoneware sculpture by Linda Gray McKean, Union ABBEY GODWIN Honorable Mention: "Of Time," bronze, aluminum & ceramic sculpture by Tyrone Buffington, La Grande Fine Crafl 1st Place: "Ming Memo- ries," smoke-fired pet by Mary Photo by Steve Beckstrom RIDING IN STYLE - Galen West drives Helen Gover (back seat, passenger side), Glenna Smith (front passenger seat), Virgene Fugit and Marcella Taylor (neither are visible) down the parade route on Labor Day. His 1914 Model T Ford won first place in the antique vehicle category. Photo by Steve Beckstrorn BAKER COUNTY SEARCH AND RESCUE TEAM members demonstrated the use of block and tackle on their parade float in order to win first place in the adult float category. Sue Rightmire, Baker City Honorable Final Master to .and by Sherrie Kvamme of the Hells Canyon Journal Dave Wildman, project engineer from Anderson- : Perry & Assoc. ofLa Grande, presented the master water plan for the City of Richland in detail at a public meeting Thursday, Sept. 4. The plan was adopted by the Council on May 8, and has also been reviewed and approved by the Oregon De- partment of Human Services Drinking Water Program and the Oregon Economic and Community Development Department, funding agen- cies for the project. Improvements will include the installation of water meters at all residences, some service line replacements, and improvement of distri- butions systems in South Al- ley, Second Street, Main Street west of the reservoir and Main Street from Alder Street to Moody Road. Me- tering and pump systems will be upgraded, and chlorine contact chambers and backflow devices will be in- stalled on services along the transmission line above the reservoir. Other parts of the project provide for land ac- quisition and easement to protect water quality at the source and to repair leaking sections of the transmission Mention: "Horses," concrete bowl by Erin Hansen, Haines Edible Art dessert com- petition Professional: charlotte russe by Kneads Bakery, La Grande Individual: huckleberry cheesecake by Linda Gray McKean, baked in a dish she had made. A lemon supreme pie by Charlene Curry of Halfway was one of the finalists. Photo by Anna RIchardson Plan Presented Council line. Chlorination system improvements include a so- dium hypo-chlorination sys- tem. The master meter and fire hydrant will also be re- placed. The City anticipates re- ceiving a $ 750,000 block grant from the Oregon Community Development program, and a low-interest, 30-year loan from the Safe Drinking Wa- ter Revolving Loan Fund to pay for the improvements. The funding agencies re- quire that water rates be based on water usage, which will be determined by what consumers actually use. It is estimated that residen- tial water rates will increase to $28 per month. The City of Richland will raise the base rate during the project design and construction phase to meet the first loan payment at the end of the year. At the completion of the project, Richland will be in full compliance with regula- tory requirements. Water use will be accurately measured, and circulation will be im- proved with consistent pres- sure throughout the distri- bution area. Richland City residents are encouraged to learn more about the project by stopping by City Hall during business hours and reading the plan. Photo by Sherrle Kvamma PROJECT ENGINEER DAVE WILDMAN gives a detailed final report on Richland's master water plan to council- woman Ellen Stancliff, Councilman Marvin Schaber (hold- ing chart), City Recorder Gerri Stevens and Mayor Nancy Gover.