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Pacific] is going to go internally---take it up--- it go to the head of the line," told those assembled at City Hall after getting phone with someone re- I to as Union Pacific's gov- affairs director in Wash- in attendance included Manager Patti Strain; Coquille City Council Paul Mather, region for the Oregon Depart- (ODOT); from Cen- and Pacific Railroad State Senator Veral (R); and State Rep. Ken (R). happened to be the South Coast last informed by Tarot that the abandonment would take around three without his as- the City can't wait long," Tarot said. "We're trying to clear sofne hurdles We're asking for your help in that regard." Strain expressed similar senti- ments. "I think that Union Pacific could be asked to speed up the process," Strain said. The proposed abandonment at the tail end of the track would only impact one business, Ron's Oil. Service to Roseburg Forest Products' Coquille division would continue unabated. Since Coquille favors the aban- donment, COPR's reps stated that the process should not hit any snags unless a protest is filed by Ron's Oil, which they are not ex- pecting. Final approval must then be issued by the Surface Transporta- tion Board, a federal agency. Smith has promised to help with this stage of the process, as well. According to Strain, the aban- donment process would involve removing all tracks and trestle between the east end of the G-P site and the Highway 42 intersec- tion about a mile away. She said it must be agreed upon before Jim Murraymwho has en- tered into an agreement to pur- chase 12 acres of land on the former Georgia-Pacific Mill site for nearly $446,000 and also has an option of buying 10 additional acres---can proceed with devel- oping a shopping center, which would include Bi-Mart and other PLEASE HEED THE CALL--Senator Gordon Smith talked with numerous local officials Nov. 30 about the railroad abandonmenlincluding Council member Mollie Anderson and interim C ty  Manager Patti Strain (standing). (Photo by Corey Albert) stores. "The developer can't build without the railroad issue being resolved," Strain said. And in the opinion of Council- man Loran Wiese, Murray might be running out of patience. "We're fearful our developer [may not] stay around if it's an- other two or three year delay," Wiese said. Council member Mollie Ander- son concurred. As a business owner herself, she told Smith that Coquille merchants desperately need the economic revitalization which Murray's project has the potential of providing. "We need to be a destination shopping place," Anderson said. After seeing how quickly Smith contacted Union Pacific's top people in Washington, Strain seemed confident that the aban- donment process could be speeded up considerably and may take as little as half a year. "I'm just happy with the meet- ing, happy with the outcome, happy with Sen. Smith's help," Smith said. "I just hope it comes to pass within six months." Resolution of another kind may also be getting nearer. At the meeting with Smith, (See "SENATOR" Page 3) Adams St. specified in City's resolution T Sentinel Editor After reaching consensus on the issue several weeks ago, the Coquille City Council passed areso- lution Monday night which autho- rizes the extension of Adams Street onto the former Georgia-Pacific Mill site, thus making Adams the site's primary vehicle access point. "The extension of Adams Street really gives the Council's direc- tion," Interim City Manager Patti Strain said following the meeting. The Council also authorizx.'d two grant applications to build a bridge over Dutch John Creek at Adams. If approved, an Oregon Eco- nomic and Community Develop- ment Department grant could net the City azaywhere from $250,000 to $500,000. A grant from the newly instituted Local Street Network Fund, meanwhile, could mean up to $500,000in additional assistance for CoquiUe. In addition, the Council autho- rized City staffto begin negotiating with ODOT to 11 three of the six uru'estricted vehicle access points on the G-P property. "There's going to be three ac- cesses there that will go away in this process," said Strain, who added that SB 86 established that ODOT must reimburse the owner of an access point in order to take it away. do holiday shopping at Bazaar i 'TIL YOU DROP--The .............. ;;;i;;iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii;;i;;iiiiiiiiiiiii!i!i i ii main picture at left). Items s' annual Christmas ......... >:::`::::`:: ranging from food to jewelry to ar . elc Friday and I'day at the Coquille ........... ::.::,::::::::::::::::,::::::: avanlable for purchase. Most g--was once ii::ii!iiiiiiiiii!ii:i!!iiiiii!:iiii!iiiiii:iii!i!ii!iiiiiiiiiiiiii::ii!::i::::i::i::i! booths were staffed by private a popular attraction for of residents seeking just the right holiday gift for their took their shopping extremely seriously the two women in the pictures on the right), while others , casual attitude (such as the shopper in the vendors, but such non-profit organizations as Veterans of Foreign Wars (VWF) and Friends of Animals With Needs (FAWN) were also represented, along with Lincoln School students raising money for a field trip to OMSI (see our special holiday insert in this issue for more on those groups). l4ake your Lhdstmas 5hopoing ee by shopping early and close to home! "x The merchants ill this seclion have nlad your Christmas Shopping easy by stocking up on many gill items, toys, appliances, candics, wrapping paper and much. much lllOl'e ! So, this is Christmas... It's time once again for The Sentinel's annual holiday tabloid edition, the cover of which is reproduced above. The section is included free with this newspaper. It includes information about numerous seasonal specials from area retailers; articles about holiday-themed events along the South Coast; and festive pictures of many of the Christmas activities which have recently taken plate in Coquille. drive tomorrow, Dec. 9, 12:30-5:30 p.m. at Community Biddy.