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    8A COTTAGE GROVE SENTINEL September 9, 2015
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Water rate
debate
heats up
BY JON STINNETT
The Cottage Grove Sentinel
R
egistered voters in Creswell
will have a decision to make
next week, one that could pro-
foundly affect the way they pay for
their water.
On Tuesday, Sept. 15, voters will
weigh the outcome of two compet-
ing ballot measures. Measure 20-
233 aims to limit the annual amount
that water rates may increase in
Creswell to the annual rise in the
cost of living, or the Consumer
Price Index (CPI), adding that any
increase above that amount would
necessitate a public vote. The mea-
sure is being championed by Jacob
Daniels, a former Creswell City
Councilor who resigned in 2014
after loudly disagreeing with the
adoption of the 2014-15 budget.
According to the Creswell
Chronicle, Daniels began collect-
ing signatures to place Measure
20-233 on the ballot last fall after
the Council approved rate increas-
es of four, eight and eight percent
that would take place in January
of 2015, July of 2015 and again in
January of 2016. (Daniels could
not be contacted by the Sentinel for
this article).
In a response to Daniels’ measure,
Concerning
Creswell
News and notes from our neighbor to the north
way for Creswell, so of course I’ll
go out and stump for it.”
Stram said he has concerns that
the CPI is “not a measurement of
what’s really happening in any
community.”
“It doesn’t refl ect the reality of
Creswell,” he said. Stram said that,
in contrast to those who believe
their rates have steadily increased,
water rates have increased just half
of one percent over the last fi ve
years.
“We didn’t realize that until
2014, and we realized that the CPI
would not be doable in Creswell,”
he said, adding that he doesn’t think
“there’s a chance in the world that
people would voluntarily raise their
water rates.”
Measure 20-234 would create
“fi ve layers of decision-making”
that Stram said is a “lot better pro-
cess for setting rates.”
The people of Creswell have
a “gut reaction” to talk of rate in-
creases, Stram said, with many
feeling that government is raising
rates for its own “evil purposes.”
He said the issue has meant “a lot
of destructiveness” and a step back-
ward for the public conversation.
the Creswell City Council drafted
Measure 20-234, which would
amend the City Charter to set up a
new system for analyzing potential
rate increases, including the forma-
tion of an auditory committee and
public hearings to be held before an
increase is enacted.
It’s an issue that has drawn fi erce
debate from both sides, debate that
has spilled over from one to two
pages of opinion in the “Chronicle”
and that often fi nds supporters of
both sides demonstrating and hand-
ing out information in support of
their views downtown.
Mayor David Stram has been an
outspoken opponent of 20-233 and
supporter of 20-234, having penned
fi ve articles in recent editions of the
Chronicle. While Stram acknowl-
edged that he’s more likely to hear
comments in support of his posi-
tion, he said that 80 percent of the
feedback he’s heard so far has been
positive. Still, that support doesn’t
mean Stram knows how the elec-
tion will turn out.
“I wouldn’t want to predict the
outcome,” he said. “Measure 20-
234 is our measure; we voted 6-1
that this is what we think is a better
LORANE COUNTRY NEWS
BY LIL THOMPSON
For the Sentinel
S
chool is back in session in all
grades. Welcome back, staff
and students. Here’s to a great year.
Please watch for students along
the road waiting for buses and for
buses stopping. Everyone must
stop in both directions while red
lights are fl ashing. Our days will
soon be shortening and mornings
will be darker, so please slow down
between 7 and 8:30 a.m. Keep our
children safe!
Crow Booster Club’s annual car
show is this Saturday. It is one of
their biggest fundraisers.
It is fi nally here — the Lorane
Celebration 2015 is this Saturday,
Sept. 12. The day begins with an
“eye opener” walk starting at 8 a.m.,
which meets at the Grange Hall. The
craft/sales and quilt show at Lorane
Grange opens at 10 a.m. as do the
garage sales around Lorane. Lunch
will be sold at the Grange. Deli-
cious goodies will be on sale all day
at the Rebekah Lodge, which will
also host several family activities.
Be sure to stop by the Lorane Fire
Hall for information on emergency
preparedness. The garage sales and
sales at the grange will end at 4 p.m.
There will be a barbecue from 3-5
p.m. in front of the Lorane Chris-
tian Church and an outdoor movie
at 7 p.m./dusk on the south side
of the Lodge sitting on the church
lawn. An interesting and fun day is
planned with many interesting crafts
and baked goodies to enjoy.
The next workday for Lorane
Grange is Saturday, Sept. 20. Many
of you will be excited to hear that the
spaghetti dinner and bingo nights are
returning to Lorane Grange on Fri-
day, Sept. 25 at 5:30 p.m. They will
only be on Friday nights through
November due to Duck and Beaver
games. Then the dinner and bingo
nights will return to Saturdays.
The Rural Art Movie Nights re-
turn on Saturday evening, Oct. 10
starting at 6 p.m. It will be a family
night, and Lorane Grange will serve.
Lots of great movies are planned!
Rabid bat bites
Creswell man
CRESWELL, ORE– Offi cials from Lane County
Public Health (LCPH) have received laboratory con-
fi rmation from the Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory at
Oregon State University of a rabies-infected bat which
had previously bitten a man in Creswell.
On Sept. 2, Lane County Environmental Health re-
ceived a report that a man living in Creswell was bit-
ten by a bat. The bat was captured and sent to the lab,
where tests confi rmed the bat was positive for rabies.
The Lane County Department of Health and Human
Services said the man has begun a four-part prophy-
laxis regimen since this time.
"The real public health message here is to avoid wild
animals and for pet owners to make certain their dogs
and cats are vaccinated against rabies. When our pets
are protected from rabies, it provides a buffer zone
of immune animals between humans and rabid wild
animals, such as bats," says Dr. Patrick Luedtke, Lane
County Health Offi cer.
While bats help control insect populations, includ-
ing mosquitoes, they are the primary reservoir of rabies
in our wild animal communities. Thus far this year in
Oregon, 12 animals have tested positive for rabies; all
were bats.
Lane County residents and veterinarians should be
aware that other animals could be exposed to the rabies
virus and should, therefore, be alert to potential signs
of the disease. Rabies is a viral disease that affects the
nervous system of humans and mammals. It is almost
100 percent fatal once symptoms begin. The virus is
carried in the saliva of an infected animal; transmission
can occur when that animal bites, or in rare instances,
scratches another animal or person. If bitten by a bat the
wound should be immediately and thoroughly cleaned
with soap and water. In addition, medical attention
should be sought. Finally, if easily accomplished, the
bat should be captured and the event reported to the
Lane County Public Health department.
There are several strains of rabies found in the U.S.
(e.g., bat, skunk, fox, raccoon) but only bat rabies is
found in Oregon. Other animals that have tested posi-
tive for rabies in Oregon have contracted it from bats.
People should stay away from bats and not handle
them.
To protect citizens and pets, Lane County Public
Health recommends the following:
Vaccinate your pets (dogs and cats) against rabies
Do not handle bats with bare hands
Watch wildlife from a distance. Do not approach or
attempt to handle wild animals.
Do not feed wild animals
Keep garbage in secure containers and away from
wildlife
Feed pets indoors
Seal openings in attics, basements, porches, sheds,
barns and screen chimneys that might provide access
to bats and other wildlife
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