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    Polk County
Polk County Itemizer-Observer • November 8, 2017 4A
Story missed the
mark in Monmouth
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Mail: Editor, Polk County
Itemizer-Observer, P.O. Box
108, Dallas, OR 97338.
Fax: 503-623-2395.
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Public Agenda is a listing of upcoming meetings for gov-
ernmental and nongovernmental agencies in Polk County.
To submit a meeting, send it at least two weeks before the
actual meeting date to the Itemizer-Observer via email
• Independence Heritage Museum Commission — 4 p.m.,
Independence Heritage Museum, 112 S. Third St., Independ-
ence. 503-838-1212.
• Monmouth Library Advisory Board — 7 a.m., Monmouth
Public Library, 168 Ecols St. S., Monmouth. 503-838-0725.
• Monmouth Parks and Recreation Board — 7 p.m., Volun-
teer Hall, 144 Warren St. S., Monmouth. 503-838-0725.
• Polk County Board of Commissioners — 9 a.m., Polk
County Courthouse, first floor conference room, 850 Main St.,
Dallas. 503-623-8173.
• Polk County Fire District No. 1 Board — 6 p.m., Central
Station 90, 1800 Monmouth St., Independence. 503-838-1510.
• Western Days Commission — 7 p.m., Independence Civic
Center, 555 S. Main St., Independence. 503-838-1212.
• Falls City City Council — 6 p.m., Falls City Community Cen-
ter, 320 N. Main St., Falls City. 503-787- 3631.
• Dallas School Board — 6:30 p.m., Dallas School District of-
fice, 111 SW Ash St., Dallas. 503-623-5594.
• Independence City Council — 7 p.m., Independence Civic
Center, 555 S. Main St., Independence. 503-838-1212.
• Polk County Board of Commission work session — 9 a.m.,
Polk County Courthouse, BOC office, 850 Main St., Dallas. 503-
• WIMPEG Board of Directors — Noon, Volunteer Hall, 144
Warren St. S., Monmouth.
• Monmouth Planning Commission — 7 p.m., Volunteer
Hall, 144 Warren St. S., Monmouth. 503-838-0725.
• Polk County Board of Commissioners — 9 a.m., Polk
County Courthouse, first floor conference room, 850 Main St.,
Dallas. 503-623-8173.
Herb Swett’s coverage of
the Oct. 17 Monmouth City
Council meeting gives the
impression that the city is
facing an onslaught of pop-
ulation growth (“Population
growth behind Monmouth
zoning change,” Oct. 25).
Nothing could be further
from the truth.
Nowhere in staff’s presen-
tation to the city council did
they provide evidence of
current, or even anticipated,
population pressures. In
fact, my testimony pointed
to a report recently released
by Portland State Universi-
ty’s Population Research
Center, finding that Mon-
mouth will experience rela-
tively slow growth for the
next 50 years. Further, I
showed that the Planning
Commission, which had
recommended the City
Council approve the zone
change, failed to conform to
its own ordinance standards
for zone changes.
The city council, never-
theless, chose to ignore
much of my testimony and
voted for a zone change to
make way for high-density
housing in a seasonal wet-
land at the south edge of
town. No conditions were
set by either the commis-
sion or the council to en-
sure that construction be
integrated with the wetland,
which covers more than 50
percent of the property, in a
manner to reduce pooling
of water during winter rains.
Wendy Hudson
Teachers are
We all hear that teachers
have an extremely difficult
job, but no one can fully
appreciate it until they ex-
perience it. I was fortunate
enough to have that expe-
rience with the physical
education teachers at
LaCreole Middle School:
Mark Hess, Andy Jackson,
Julie Petersen and Jen
Reinhardt. What I wit-
nessed was nothing short
of amazing.
The sheer number of
kids they work with, all
their quirky personalities,
the noise level, and having
to repeat the same instruc-
tions over and over and
over again. I was exhausted
just watching. The teachers
were patient, fun, efficient,
and dealt with five things
coming at them all at once.
I was baffled, astonished,
and awed.
The next time you see
them (or any other teacher
for that matter) around town,
be sure to give them a pat on
the back for the excellent job
they are doing for the stu-
dents in our community.
Alice Bibler
BOC not enforcing
zoning codes
See something interesting
happening in Polk County?
Call us at 503-623-2373.
We check out your news tips!
This is the second year as
a property owner I paid
taxes without representa-
tion. It is the obligated du-
ties of our three commis-
sioners to enforce the land
use laws of the county and
state. Our Polk County com-
missioners are aware of
what violations are ongoing
by this commercial/indus-
trial wood manufacturing
business being run in a resi-
dential zoned neighborhood
since spring 2016. The prop-
erty owner does not live at
these premises, so he also
needs to be accountable.
Maybe I am dealing with
politics because it is not the
residential land use laws.
Vote with your conscious
not the party.
Juanita Robson
West Salem
White House ‘adult
day care center’
Well, the organ grinder
and his monkeys are still
alive and well at the White
The EPA chief, Scott
Pruitt, states “the war on
coal is over,” and wants to
repeal the 2015 climate poli-
cy that saves approximately
3,600 lives a year.
Toxic cleanup of the
Willamette River is in peril
due to changes the EPA
wants to make.
On Dec. 22, 2016, Trump
stated, “the United States
must strengthen and ex-
pand its nuclear capability
until such time as the
world comes to its senses
regarding nukes.” Isn’t that
like playing with matches
in a dynamite factory?
When will he come to his
On Oct. 13, Trump pro-
poses cutting billions in
medical subsidies — so
much for his “big heart.”
And let’s not forget Sarah
Sanders. Her sarcastic attitude
is hard to swallow day after
day when she is attempting to
clarify what Trump states,
such as the comment, “the
president wasn’t criticizing
previous administration, just
stating a fact,” when he said
no one called families of fallen
Trump’s former campaign
manager is under house ar-
rest for “conspiracy against
the United States” and
money laundering.
On Oct. 8, Sen. Bob Cork-
er called it correctly when
he said, “the White House
has become an adult day-
care center.”
Lord help us all.
Cliff Brown
Old Legion member
would be proud
The American Legion
Post 33 lost its longtime
member, Ed Pomeroy. Ed
passed away earlier this
year with 70 years member-
ship in the Independence
post. Ed would come to the
meetings, sometimes just
Ed and myself, which was
the case of the last meeting
he would attend last May.
He talked about his mili-
tary service, life around In-
dependence, and the possi-
bility of his reaching 100
years old.
However, Ed’s main con-
cern which he brought up
at each meeting was sup-
porting the Independence
Heritage Museum. Ed was
passionate about the mu-
seum in general, but his
heart was in the military
With Veteran’s Day this
month, the Independence
Heritage Museum is having
a grand re-opening of the
military exhibit. Unfortu-
nate that Ed passed away
before the completion of
the project and the opening
on Nov. 10. I’m sure that Ed
would have liked what is
proposed for the exhibit.
Even with Ed’s passing away
he asked that contributions
in his memory be made to
the Independence Heritage
Polk should
consider home rule
Kari Meyer is an eighth-
grade teacher at Talmadge
Middle School. Kari is al-
ways doing something
kind of someone else. Her
sisters decided to return
the favor and do some-
thing to surprise Kari on
her birthday.
So Saturday, Nov. 4, the
family all met for breakfast
at Independence Grill to
celebrate her birthday. After
the extended family of 11
was seated and chatting, a
surprise 12th family mem-
ber arrived — it was Kari’s
son, Zachary. He had left
home in early August to at-
tend college in Colorado.
He was not going to come
home until Christmas
break. His aunts and grand-
parents felt he would be
the best present they could
give Kari, so they secretly
arranged for him to fly
home for the birthday sur-
The secret was kept from
Zachary’s dad and his little
sisters as well because we
couldn’t risk someone
spilling the beans.
A good time was had by all,
and Kari learned that birth-
day miracles still do happen.
Open letter to the citizens
of Polk County regarding
Commissioner Craig Pope’s
coauthored editorial oppos-
ing Home Rule in Douglas
County. Pope’s hands aren’t
full enough managing the
affairs of Polk County? You’re
paying him $70,188 annual-
ly, plus an additional 35 per-
cent for benefits and PERS,
to meddle in Douglas Coun-
ty’s affairs? We must wonder
why Polk County’s commis-
sioners are concerned with a
Home Rule initiative hap-
pening in our community.
Are they afraid it’s catching?
Let’s hope so; and, we can
help you get started.
It is offensive and taboo
for a commissioner from
another county to involve
himself in the politics and
affairs of another local gov-
ernment. Pope opposed our
charter on behalf of com-
missioners who are under
suspicion, as recently re-
ported in the Oregonian, for
misuse of Federal Title III
dollars. The same commis-
sioners who closed the
county’s libraries, out-
sourced public health serv-
ices, logged old growth trees
at county parks and ap-
proved planning permits al-
lowing a foreign corporation
to take private properties
through eminent domain.
Our charter calls for five
elected commissioners giv-
ing outlying rural commu-
nities a voice, and a profes-
sional county manager; not
just someone whose only
qualification is “they can
win elections.”
Polk County citizens are
very generous considering
your median income is
about $42,000 and you pay
your commissioners over
$70,000 a year, and that
doesn’t even include the
cost of their benefit pack-
age or PERS. Our commis-
sioner’s salaries are
$121,000+ with benefits
and PERS. A bit out of
whack when the average
annual income in Douglas
County is right around
Starting to see our point?
Reach out to us at 541-
863-4449 so we can help Polk
County citizens with Home
Rule; where citizens at the
grass roots level institute
measures requiring account-
ability from overpaid elected
officials. Polk County needs a
Charter too. Call today.
Pat Ediger
Diana Larson and Stacey
Steven Russell
Visit from son
perfect gift
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