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See page 5. Long-time Coquille business is closing; new business tO arrive. See page 7. COQUILLI WEATHER Date High l.ow Prec. June 4 60 40 .03 June 5 61 43 .07 June 6 58 47 .03 June 7 69 46 June 8 72 47 June 9 72 50 .09 June I 0 65 43 24 Coquille, Oregon. Wednesday, June 13, 2001 www.coquillevalleysentinel.com 50 Cents fishing draws crowds Taylor Fischer, 5, of Myrtle Point, spent Saturday morning at hoping to catch The Big One. He Was one of 202 kids taking part fishing derby at the pond, Janet Richardson photo ng, contests bring young anglers to Powers On Saturday, 202 kids took HoLess. families joined free fishing week- and Sunday, brav- "rwds and avoiding Department of (ODFW)host- clinic and dey for age 16 at Powers part in the fishing derby. Yager said that number is down from last year, and he attributed the decline to an onion truck that overturned, blocking both lanes of Highway 42 just west of the Powers Junction for about two hours early Saturday morning. Many of the angler families arrived the night before and morning, camped at Powers Park. Yager stations on angler habitat and species provided training, and "Big Fish" heated competi- this 'Year was a fish- where kids fish and placed a a/I the painted fish ds really enjoyed Probably do that year," ODFW tst Max Yager said he was impressed with how many families spent the week- end together, camping and fish- ing at the park until Sunday. The pond was stocked with 1,500 mid-sized trout on Thursday, and about 70 trophy- sized fish on Friday, Yager said. Winners of the casting con- test winners were (age 11 and under): first place, Jody Ann Saint John; second, Halley Riley; third, James Clausen. Age 12 and over: first place, Josh Whittaker; second, Jesse Sizemore; third, Shyla Winners of the "Big Fish" contest were: Age 4 and under: first, Darrin Rice; second, Christian Rains; third, Katrina Hartley. Ages 5-7: first, Dale Larsen: second, Carl Martinez, third, Dallas Cagely. Ages 8-10: first, Zac Barker; second, Erika Liebeh; third, Kim Fetter. Ages 11-13: first, Derick Gurney; second, Eli Vaughn; third, Casey Cagely. Ages 14-16: first, Josh Whittaker; second, Brian Sumner; third, Daniel Whittaker. The overall winner of the "Big Fish" contest was Derick Gurney, whose 22,25" trout weighed in at five pounds. His catch also netted him the grand prize: an inflatable raft. A variety of prizes were donated by local businesses for winners of the annual fishing contests. Senate budget bill paves way for five-day DMV service here B__y_Janet Richardson and i)el Richardson Legislators have won conces- sions from Oregon's l)cpartment of Motor Vehicles to m-open an office in Coquille at least one day a week, but getting full five-day service is quickly becoming a possibility. Representative Joanne Verger -('oos Bay) has worked with V officials to get one-day ser- vice back to Coquillc, which is ,just outside her district. ! "I hope that this service will be of benefit to the citizens of Coquille, and especially senior citizens who need convenient access," Verger said in a press release last Thursday. After learn- ing that a bill sponsored by Rep. AI King would require DMV to provide service in some rural areas, Verger requested that Coquille bc added to that list. Coquille's DVM office was closed last November. The pendulum swung toward five-day a week service on Friday, when the Senate passed SB 5545, the budget bill for the Oregon Department of Transportation. The bill includes funding for the Coquille office for five days a week, said Susan Jordan, legislative analyst with the Legislative Fiscal Office. The budget report states: "The Subcommittee added 203a... to re-open field offices in Milton Freewater, Oak Ridge, and Coquille and to open a new field office in LaPine. The total approved expenditure limitation is $618,378 Other Funds. The package also includes eight posi- tions and 4.80 full-time equiva- lents." Jordan said she expects the Senate bill to reach the floor of the House next week. See DMV, page 3 Commissioners to consider county nuisance ordinance By Del Richardson hearing..." current inability to enforce codes Sick of the junkyard in your neighborhood? Worried about your property rights'? Coos County residents will have a chance to voice their opinions in an upcoming town hall meeting about a proposed countywide ordinance that will deal with nui- sances. The Coos County Board of Commissioners last Wednesday announced one town hall meeting and two public bearings to gather comments on a draft countywide nuisance abatement ordinance. "This will give us an adminis- trative procedure to deal with alleged code violations which we don't have now," said Commissioner John Griffith. Commissioner Nikki Whitty said the reason for the town hall meet- ing was "so that we can have a good, open public discussion before we go into a formal public Coos County does not have a nt)isance ordinance, nor does it have administrative procedures to enforce current county codes, commissioners said. The pro- posed ordinance addresses both issues. Noting that people have had complaints in the past and the cottnty hasn't been able to respond, Commissioner Nikki Wbitty said that the ordinance would enable the county to meet the needs of the public. "When somebody calls in and says 'my house is worth $20,000 less because I've got a junkyard next to it' we need to be able to do something," Whitty said. Commissioner Pete DeMain said that the proposed ordinance would be posted on the county's web site, www.co.coos.or.us. DeMain said that the ordinance is lengthy because it covers the issue of code enforcement. Expressing frustration over the violations, DeMain, who is also serving as the county codes enforcement officer said that the ordinance won't be "heavy hand- ed, but it's going to be an aggres- sive thing once we get it in force." In brief, the ordinance will: Prevent or eliminate "the accumulation of operable or inop- erable vehicles.., junk" and other materials that can be viewed from a public right of way. "Prevent or eliminate condi- tions that reduce or eliminate an owner's right to use, enjoy and market real property." "To provide a program of noise control to protect the health, safety, and welfare of Coos County citizens..." "To prevent a condition or practice which is offensive, unsightly, obnoxious, or annoying or which is hazardous to the pub- lic health or safety." See Nuisance, page 3 sort or not to sort? That is the (waste) question issue between Coos garbage haulers came Solid Waste Advisory last Wednesday. The Hill landfill won't take from haulers, while and other out-of-county making it attractive for go elsewhere. The com- CUssed ways to attract Streams which would costs of the dump. who represents pri- the committee that to keep the garbage em, according to that Beaver Hill won't Vith construction and Waste mixed in. ISsue because we' ve got with out garbage... reason we ship it out of that, I think we could son said. R0000rdson that .... for Steve Allen, solid waste manager for Coos County, said he would see if there's a way the site could accommodate mixed garbage. Richardson said that the haulers were told they would be fined up to $100,000 for bringing out unsorted waste. Allen told the group that things had changed. The attitude and the sorting techniques are different than they were. "That hasn't been a problem in five years... My predecessor told you guys not to bring it or we'd turn you arotmd and send you out," Allen said. Richardson said that haulers had been forced to reload a load they had dumped. "We had to take our truck out there and put it back in the box and take it away, and that was pretty much the start of all the problems," Richardson said. Allen designated Richardson and hauler Gary Jensen to report to the com- mittee on how to get C&D waste to Beaver Hill. "I believe i could offer the haulers financial incentive to make it worthwhile for you and the business owners to bring it back," Allen said. The committee also addressed the issue of attracting other, larger waste streams, including medical waste to the facility. Allen told the meeting that med- ical waste ix a high value waste stream because it is high BTU waste. It could be a profitable addition to Beaver Hill. Medical waste is more difficult to handle, but Allen said that there are ways to deal with it. One way would be to incinerate it immediately because it can't be stockpiled. Richardson and committee member Martin Abts were assigned to find out what kind of medical waste stream is available locally. Allen told the meeting that he believed he could offer out-of-county waste streams a tipping fee of $38 a ton. Admitting that the public wouldn't like others dumping for less than residents are charged, Allen said that $38 a ton could be attractive to Curry County and other large waste streams. An additional 15,000 tons of garbage at that rate would generate additional net revenue of $221,000 per year. If the county could increase its municipal solid waste (MSW) by that amount, local tip fees could be lowered or revenue could be used to meet long term environmental obligations. Allen said that he favored building up the clo- sure reserve to a point that interest from the money in the account would pay the annual installment. In other committee business, Allen said that Coffin Butte recently announced a $2 per ton tip fee increase. Committee member Bob Dillard reported that the cost of operation at Beaver Hill, less the environmental monitoring costs and fixed costs, comes to about $57 a ton. Cost to haul to Coffin Butte is $50 a ton. The difference, according to Dillard is roughly ten percent, or 63 cents per can. a month. During a public forum held in Coos Bay in April, county and city leaders reactivated the Solid Waste Advisory Committee to discuss the future of the Beaver Hill facility and whether or not to send county garbage to Coffin Butte landfill near Corvallis, Issues include lowering the high costs of dumping at Beaver Hill and the pos- sibility of using the facility to generate electricity. The next committee meeting will be held at the Coos Bay Public Library on Wednesday, July II at 6:30 p.m. The meeting is open to the public.