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Wednesday, November 28, 2018 The Nugget Newspaper, Sisters, Oregon
City snapshot
By Sue Stafford
• The  Christmas  season 
has arrived, and Sisters is all 
lit up to celebrate the holidays 
and welcome visitors. Lights 
on the community Christmas 
tree were turned on last Friday 
evening  followed  by  the 
Christmas parade on Saturday 
afternoon.  Lighted  snow-
flakes bedeck the light poles 
in town and most businesses 
are illuminated in the spirit of 
the season. A number of giv-
ing trees around town contain 
tags with gift suggestions for 
children  and  elders  in  our 
community.  The  Habitat  for 
Humanity  Gingerbread  Trail 
can  be  found  in  businesses 
throughout town.
• The  City  has  received  a 
site  plan  for  27  apartments 
south  of  Railway  Avenue 
that  are  part  of  the  original 
Village at Cold Springs mas-
ter  plan  by  Hayden  Homes. 
At this time, it is not known 
who the builder of the apart-
ments will be or the timeline 
for their completion. Although 
they  agreed  to  including  the 
apartments  in  their  original 
master plan, Hayden has since 
informed the City they don’t 
build apartments.
• Hayden Homes has sub-
mitted  a  land-use  applica-
tion to the City, proposing to 
remap the open space zone at 
the McKenzie Meadow prop-
erty to an area that is largely 
treed.  The  master  plan  for 
Hayden’s newest project calls 
for 116 single-family homes, 
22  single-family  attached 
units  (townhouses),  and  60 
multi-family  units.  At  the 
present time, the timeline for 
the  198-unit  development  is 
four to five years.
• The Sisters Cold Weather 
Shelter  is  currently  seek-
ing volunteers for meals and 
monitoring  for  the  month  of 
December.  To  bring  meals, 
signups may be done online at 
To  be  a  monitor  from  5:30 
to 10:30 p.m., sign up on the 
same  site,  if  training  and  a 
background check have been 
completed. For those who are 
new, contact JoAnn Rundell, 
volunteer  coordinator,  at
• The City Parks Advisory 
Board discussed the possibil-
ity of establishing permanent 
conservation  easements  and 
view corridors in Sisters at its 
last  meeting.  The  topic  will 
undergo further discussion.
• The  foundational  and 
utility  work  on  the  Barclay/
Highway  20  roundabout  is 
completed, with the installa-
tion of all the rock pillars and 
boulders. The statues of the elk 
and  pronghorn  are  currently 
being cast at the foundry. It is 
hoped they will be installed in 
time for Christmas. The land-
scaping project will go out to 
bid in January, with installa-
tion  of  plant  material  in  the 
• Public  Works  director 
Paul Bertagna reports all the 
pavement  rehab  within  the 
city  is  completed.  Speeding 
enforcement  is  taking  place 
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with the installation of a speed 
feedback  sign  on  Jefferson 
Avenue,  a  trouble  spot  that 
has received numerous speed-
ing complaints from residents 
along the street.
• Coin  machines  at  the 
Village  Green  Park  showers 
have  been  swapped  out  and 
will now accept either tokens 
or  quarters.  Tokens  may  be 
secured  from  the  Family 
Access Network office in the 
Sisters School District admin-
istration headquarters on East 
• The  ODOT/Kittleson 
Engineering feasibility study 
on the proposed mini-round-
about  at  the  intersection  of 
Locust  Street  and  Highway 
20  is  completed.  Public 
Works Director Paul Bertagna 
reported  to  the  City  Council 
that  the  response  to  the  pro-
posal from the freight industry 
was not favorable.
• Design  work  on  the 
riparian  restoration  proj-
ect  along  Whychus  Creek, 
between  Creekside  Park  and 
the  campground  is  continu-
ing.  On  Tuesday,  December 
4  (a  change  of  meeting  day 
for December only), the City 
Parks  Advisory  Board  will 
review  a  50  percent  design 
before  it  goes  to  the  City 
Council on December 12.
• The bus shelter located on 
South Locust Street near East 
Washington Avenue  is  being 
removed  since  no  bus  stops 
there anymore. The City hopes 
that COIC will make improve-
ments to its three current bus 
stops in Sisters.
rate up slightly
Unemployment  levels 
ticked up slightly in October 
across  Central  Oregon,  and 
unemployment  rates  are 
largely  unchanged  over  the 
past  year.  Recent  revisions 
using  payroll  tax  records 
revealed  that  hiring  was 
slower  than  initially  esti-
mated  for  much  of  Central 
Oregon. Although the region 
continues  to  add  jobs,  the 
pace  of  hiring  slowed  com-
pared to the first half of 2018.
The  unemployment  rate 
in Deschutes County was 4.0 
percent  in  October,  a  slight 
increase from 3.8 percent in 
September. The rate is largely 
unchanged from this time last 
year when it was 4.2 percent.
Deschutes County lost 390 
jobs in October, typical losses 
for this time of year. Seasonal 
losses  were  concentrated  in 
accommodation  and  food
services,  which  shed  1,250 
jobs from September.
Job growth continues at an 
elevated pace, however recent 
revisions  revealed  that  the 
pace  of  growth  was  slower 
than initially estimated. The 
county added 3,720 jobs from 
this time last year (+4.5 per-
cent). All major industry sec-
tors added jobs over the past 
year  with  the  largest  gains 
in  construction,  healthcare, 
retail trade, and professional 
and business services. Public-
sector employment was also 
up significantly over the past 
year  due  to  strong  gains  in 
local government education.
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