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About The Mill City enterprise. (Mill City, Or.) 1949-1998 | View Entire Issue (July 3, 1952)
By DON PETERSON
Consolidated Builders, Inc., since
sealing the big tunnel under the De
troit dam last week has been experi
encing troubles of their own during
the past week while trying to com
pletely shut off the leaks around the
big concrete logs tight enough to
allow the building of bulkheads in the
tunnel preparatoryto placing a 50-foot
With the coming of heavy rains
and the resultant high water of the
past week a large leak developed
above the portals that could not be
stopped from inside the tunnel, so the
contractors found it necessary to bring
in divers from Portland to descend
in SO feet of water to plug a hole
variously estimated at the size of a
man’s head. This hole in the rock
formation was full of dirt and did not
develop until water pressure built up
by high water washed it out.
diver went down and placed fillings in
the holes and work is expected to
proceed as planned.
An amusing feature of this opera
tion was the fact that about 100
sponge rubber balls (with the long
rubber string attached) were used to
stop the smaller leaks. The kind you
see small boys busily playing with on
almost any summer day!
* * ♦
The Army Engineers are negotiat
ing for the purchase of 15 of the
homes situated in the CB1 court.
They will be used for the operating
personnel of the Detroit dam when it
is placed in use some time next year.
Details are being worked out and it is
expected that in the near future an
nouncement of the sale will become
official. This will leave six homes to
be disposed of by other means.
♦ * *
The council this week took action to
start a city-wide paving project that
should do much to improve the beauty
of the city and they should be en
couraged to push this worth while
project with utmost speed. This has
Jong been a headache to residents be
cause of the holes that invariably de
velop in the winter time and the clouds
of dust in the summer. Paving could
not be economically started without
first planning the drainage and sewer
age problems involved. The lack of .
money to carry on preliminary surveys
has hampered work of this nature, but
this year’s budget provided finances
to get started.
It is impossible to bring new busi
ness into the community when we had
nothing but the climate to offer. We
have said before that business does
not want to come into a community
where there is on sewerage provided,
where bad streets are common, and
the telephone equipment is antiquated
and completely out of date.
• » •
We believe that the city should also
think seriously of owning its own light
and power distributing system. This
is not a new idea, in fact many cities
already operate their own power
plants and are atle to pay much
and in fact most of their city expenses
from the profits they accrue from
their plants. Monmouth is one city
that has made an excellent record with
its public power distributing business.
Tacoma, Wash., to the north has been
notorious for its cheap power and
light, besides providing revenue for its
city operating expenses.
The city council was right in being
slow to sign up a 20-year operating
permit with the local power company,
even with the 2-year cancellation
clause. This new permit will pay the
city $50 a month at the 3% rate for
use of city streets, however, Oregon
law provides that a power utility may
pay up to 5%, but the power company
has stated they would oppose such a
rate. Citizens should wait upon the
city council at their next meeting to
urge a thorough study of other cities
where the power is distributed by
• * •
Mr. and Mrs. Paul Smith were Salem
visitors Monday and Tuesday of this
week. While in Salem Pau) picked
up his new “walking man trophy” that
he hopes to get some competition for
in a walking race this summer. So
far no one seems inclined to take on
Paul in a walking race—and I don’t
blame them much, because 1 know
what a man he is when he gets “on
Today’s Statesman shows
Paul pictured with his trophy. It is
being displayed in various business
houses here in town, look it up. maybe
you can win it!
At the end of first round.
T he MILL CITY
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Vol. VIII—No. 27
MILL CITY. OREGON. Till RSDAY, JI LY 3, 1952
$2.50 a Year, ]()(• a Copy
City Council Making Plans
For City Improvements
The city council met Wednesday evening with Coun
cilmen O’Leary and Hutcheson, two of its members absent.
One of the first subjects to come up for discussion was
an ordinance granting a non-exclusive operating permit
to the Mountain States Power company to construct and
maintain power service to the city of Mill City for a
period of 20 years, and providing for a 2-year cancella
tion clause, the ordinance
only grants a permit to the
power company to continue
operations as at present and
will increase payments to the
city from 2' < to 3',.
Detroit is starting out all new. Moved to a new site, a move into incorporation was in order. Friday the voters
of Detroit by a big majority, 64 to 2, gave the nod for incorporation. The new townsite is not a puny one, it
includes some 50(1 acres on the new highway north of the site of “old" Detroit. The reservoir for Detroit dam
forced the moving of Detroit to its present home. Friday's vote was the third one taken on the issue of incor
poration. The upper photo shows a new market in new Detroit and a cafe and club building in the process
of construction. Below is a residential section of this new North Santiam city, which borders the North Santiam
(Photos courtesy Capital Journal)
Idanha Lumber Buys
9 Million Feet Timber
CpI. George Child Jr.
Promoted to Sargeant
Hells Canyon and
70,000 More Jobs
Cpl. George Child Jr., of the 566th
Police Sqd. at Hamilton Field,
Washington, D.C. — Citing 70,000
Idanha—The Idanha lumber com
has been promoted to the ' jobs as dependent upon authorization
pany recently purchased 9,000,000
board feet fit national forest timber grade of sargeant, or airman first 1 and rapid construction of the Hells
class, as it is now called.
rV'anyon dam, Congressman Hugh B.
located on Boulder Ridge north of!
Idanha. Total value of the sale was j Child received his basic training Mitchell, (D, Wash.) told the House
at the Lockland Air Base. Tex., tran. - j of Representatives today, the project
reported to be $113,135.
Included were 6,000,000 feet of ferring to Wichita Falls, Tex., and is “vital to the welfare of the Pacific
Douglas fir for which $16.87 per then to the Hamilton Air Field Base, northwes-t^nd the nation.”
Describing the Idaho Power com
thousand board feet was paid, anu 3,- Calif., where he is stationed now.
Airman Child and his wife reside pany as “the most powerful single op
000,000 feet of Hemlock at a cost of
at San Rafael, Calif., which ¡ b near ponent of the Hells Canyon project",
$3,63 per thousand.
Mitchell charged the company, aided
In addition to the bid price for the air base.
by oiganized private utilities through-
stumpage the company will pay an
i out the nation, with launching an all
extra 35 cents per thousand for slash
out drive to kill the project.
disposal and 20 cents per thousand
for replanting of the area after logs
The congressman expressed regret
have been removed. Immediate oper
that Governor Langlie “has espoused
ations are expected to begin on the
the cause of private monopoly by pro
Detroit.—Loss of about $100 in mer viding it with a willing spokesman
chandise, including watches, billfolds in the person of Holland Houston, his
and tobacco, was reported Friday by engineering ‘consultant’.”
the Cedar tavern of Detroit when
Mitchell referred to Houston’s ap
thieves broke in through a window of pearance before the Interior commit
Planned Next Week
the establishment between 2 and 4 tee of the House to oppose authoriza
There was a fair amount of interest I a.m.
tion of Hells Canyon dam and stated
According to the proprietor, the loss | that Houston’s testimony “was heavily
shown in the special classes which
were started last week. The classes might have been greater had not the i seasoned with half-truths and un
will continue next week and it is hopeu thieves been frightened away when truths.” The congressman said that
that more children will be able to take they disturbed the telephone while at , this evaluation was affirmed by Sen
part. As soon as enough participants tempting to remove Xhe safe. They ator Morse of Oregon. Mitchell urged
are enrolled in the classes, competi- j had ransacked the building, collecting the members to read Senator Morse’s
ham, steaks, beer and merchandise “devastating criticism of Mr. Hous
tion will be organized.
from the shelves and apparently would ton’s testimony,” in the Congressional
Schedule for next week:
have taken it all had they not upset Record.
A.M. — Playground activities.
the telephone which alerted the De
The Idaho Power company low
Tennis: Mon., Wed., Fri.
dams, if built in place of Hells Can
Connection between the entry at De yon, would result in permanent loss of
Archery: Tuesday and Wed.
troit and the robbery at Chuck’s Tav 594.000 prime kilowatts, Mitchell said.
P.M. — Arts and Crafts
ern Tavern near Gates the some He contended this would cost the Pa
Little league and junior basebait night was considered doubtful.
cific northwest 70.000 free enterprise
jobs, an annual payroll loss of $240,-
000,000 anda federal tax loss of $45,-
Hells Canyon dam authorization and
rapid construction is vital to economic
welfare. Mitchell said, “the nation
needs the 1.4 million kilowatts of elec
tric energy. My state of Washington
and the region need the added protec
tion from floods that Hells Canyon
would make possible.
are interested in its irrigation bene
fits, our business men and workers in
the jobs and factories that would be
created by the sorely-needed incre
ment of hydro-electric power.”
Citing Governor I-anglie's earlier
Hells Canyon project support. Mitchell
said the governor had done “an about-
face” and was “playing the game of
the Idaho Power company”. Efforts
to kill Hells Canyon dam, Mitchell
said, were “buttressed by a nation
wide slicknaper advertising cam
paign.” Mitchell displayed a copy of
a nrivate power company sponsored
advertisement published in numerous
national magazines and contended it
contained “lies and distortions” about
Mitchell asserted that the “Con
gress should have full information on
(Continued on Page 8
Cedar Tavern Robbed
Last Friday Night
1 hir Great America A
The ordinance was given first read
ing and held over for final disposi
tion at the next meeting. The grant
ing of a’permit will give the city 3%
Petitions seeking vital changes in of its collections instead of the pres
the setup of the government of Mill ent 2% now being paid without the
City were placed in the laps of the ! use of an operating permit.
city fathers at this meeting.
The | Mr, N. W. Haner, Portland engineer
petitions, signed by 106 signees, called was commissioned to prepare esti
for city charter amendments making mates for paving and drainage proj
several present appointive offices elec- ■ ects for the city to use in a city-wide
Mr. Haner was
tive ones. The petitions represent a improvement plan.
demand for placing the whole issue present and went over the many de
tails of the plan to make these im
on the fall November ballot.
provements with the council.
The petitions are aimed at chapter
It was stated that the cost of paving
III, sections 9 and 10 of the Mill City a 50 foot lot frontage would be ap
charter. This portion of the charter proximately $100, or $2.00 per foot
provides at present for the appoint for each half of a 10-foot paving strips
ment of the city recorder and munic This can be bonded and paid for over
a 10-year period, making the cost very
Now the mayor of Mill City is reasonable.
Plans are to obtain estimates and
chosen from among the members of
the council, and thus the position is I layouts for these various projects and
filled by vote of the people only in then the council will call a public
hearing to discuss the plans with the
directly. The petition would have the citizens and get a better understand-
charter amended so that the mayor, ingof the desire of the city as a whole.
too, would be elected. Th« same is true It it is feasible petitions will be cir
of city recorder and municipal judge. culated and a bonding election will be
If the petitioners have their way, | held so that work can be started at.
a new section will go into the city j an early date.
charter. This provision sets out the 1 will take at least four or five months
accomplish these chores and as a
general qualifications of
rs. New] to
ersult no paving can I. ready for thia
residence and property holding re year, however drainage could bo
quirements are added to the officer's started this fall in time for use thia
list of qualifications.
year, and would be necessary before
Proposed section 12 provides, “No any paving can be started.
At the public hearing any and all
person shall be eligible to hold any
office in the city of Mill City, who, questions will be answered by com
at the time of his election is not en-, petent engineers. Plans are to have
titled to the privileges of an elector, attorneys from the League of Oregon
according to the general laws of this Cities present and Mr. Haner will also
on hand to answer questions.
state and in addition to the above be The
question of a sewerage and
qualifications shall be owners of real treatment plant for the city was dis
estate within the corporate limits of I cussed and colncilmen expressed the
said city, and have resided therein for I thought that in the very near future
six months immediately preceding the city will have that problem to
solve also. Information will be avail
If the voters so desire, the charter able at the public meeting being
will read, “Further elective officers planned to inform the citizens about
shall be mayor, a recorder-treasurer, this important improvement.
and a municipal judge, and these elec
Problems involving the city jail
tive officers shall hold their respective were discussed and further informa
offices for a term of two (2) years tion will be necessary before they can
or until their successors are elected be settled, Attempts are being made
to have prisoners housed in the Linn
The petitions are addressed to the county jail where anyone is incarcer
honorable Lee Ross, recorder of the ated for more than 24 hours.
City of Mill City. Five signed and! The council held over action of att
notarized petitions were presented to initiative and referendum ordinance to
the city council. The petitions call next meeting because of the absence
for a vote of approval by the common of the two members of the council.
council of the City of Mill City for
The council passed a motion to ap
putting the charter change issue on point a new member to the council to
the November election ballot.
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To Mill City
CITY WATER WILL BE SHUT OFF
TUSEDAY MORNING, JULY 8th, FROM
1 to 4 AM., WHILE THE «-INCH MAIN IS
PLEASE SHUT OFF WATER HEAT
ERS AS A SAFETY MEASURE.
Mountain States Power Co.