Hines accepts water rates

Posted on September 30th in News

Council chooses to close city hall on Fridays

by Randy Parks
Burns Times-Herald

After several months of meetings and proposals, the Hines Common Council voted to accept the water rate increases proposed by City Engineer Doug Ferguson at their meeting on Thursday, Sept. 24.

Before Ferguson presented his proposal, City Administrator Joan Davies gave a brief review of the city’s water rates since 1992. She said that in 1992, the monthly base service charge for a 3/4” line, the most common in the city, was $18, and the current rate is $19. At one point in the 23-year time span the rate did go up to $21, but it was dropped back to back $19 in 2010. Davies added that in 1992, the council was advised that the rate should be $28.95 per month to keep the system solvent.

Ferguson told the council his proposal was what it would take to operate the present water system. He said the proposal doesn’t include any money for capital improvements or major breakdowns, which will need to be addressed in the future.

Based on the number of services and the potential performance of a 5/8-3/4” service, the recommended amount increases from $19 to $24 per month.

The  5/8-3/4” rate for out-of-town residences increases from $24 to $29, and for low-income residences, the rate goes from $12.15 to $17.

The ascending larger meter rates also increase, based on an American Water Works Association formula.

The proposal also recommended an increase on water use from $0.002 per cubic foot to $0.004 per cubic foot, which amounts to $0.534 per 1,000 gallons. Ferguson said the water use rate is reasonable, but it’s also high enough to encourage water conservation, which is needed. He said with the winter months coming up, residents won’t be using as much water as they do in the warmer months, and probably won’t notice the increase right away.

Ferguson’s proposal would bring in an estimated $318,332 for the city.

Ferguson stated the next step is to complete the water master plan, hopefully by the spring of 2016. The plan will identify the water system’s strengths and weaknesses, determine improvement needs, and what the costs will be for the improvements.

Councilor Rod Bennett stated the committee set up to study proposed water rates had submitted a proposal that would bring in more money for the city.

Ferguson replied that the city’s legal counsel didn’t approve the committee’s proposal, and that it wouldn’t work. “I was directed to do a fair rate study, and that’s what I did,” Ferguson said. “Using meter rates is as fair as we’re going to get.”

Bennett said he had a problem with the increase to $0.004 per cubic foot when there is no master plan in place.

“You can do anything you want, this is my recommendation,” Ferguson said.

Councilor Dick Baird said he was concerned about residents on fixed incomes not being able to afford the increases.

“We have to have this money or we’re going to come to a halt,” Ferguson said. “You came up with a plan and the attorney doesn’t like it. I agonized to get a plan that will work, and you guys don’t like it.”

“Doubling (the water use rate) sounds terrible, but it’s not that much on average,” Davies said. “We’re talking pennies or small dollars. And the city does have programs to help residents. We have to have it. He (Ferguson) did it and the attorney approved it.”

Davies added the city has had two water main breaks in recent days and “it’s not getting any better.”

The council voted unanimously to approve the resolution setting the new water rates, with the omission of an automatic 2 percent increase each year.


The council reviewed a proposal to close city hall on Fridays throughout the winter months to save costs.

Baird said he was against the idea because city hall has always been open five days a week and “we owe it to our citizens.”

After some discussion, the council voted 3-2 in favor of having city hall closed on Fridays from Oct. 1 until Feb. 28 at the discretion of the city administrator to make adjustments if necessary. Councilors Bennett, Ron Williams and Hilda Allison voted in favor of the motion, with Baird and John Mims voting against.


In other business:

• the council voted to accept a bid from TopLoc Asphalt in the amount of $34,490 for crack sealing and hole patching work on city streets. Williams abstained from voting as he is the owner of TopLoc;

• the council approved business licenses for Burri Construction, owned by Jon Burri,  and Wright Taxi and Transport, formerly Elite Taxi, now operated by Pat Wright;

• Davies reported the auditors were in town the previous week and everything looked good, and the auditors had mentioned Rachael Robinson’s work at city hall had been “perfect.” Davies said the city had purchased air quality flags, green and yellow, to fly during wood-stove burning season to keep residents aware of air quality standards.

Davies announced the Department of Environmental Quality would be holding a household hazardous waste event from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 3, at Burns High School. Residents can take any old paint, antifreeze, fluorescent tubes, pool chemicals, etc. to the high school for free disposal;

• the council voted to pay for mileage costs for Captain Dave Riess to attend fire training in John Day.

The next meeting is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 13, at city hall.

The vehicle crashed near milepost 114 (15 miles west of Burns), rolled multiple times, and ejected the occupants who were deceased when emergency crews arrived on the scene. (Submitted photo)

The vehicle crashed near milepost 114 (15 miles west of Burns), rolled multiple times, and ejected the occupants who were deceased when emergency crews arrived on the scene. (Submitted photo)

The Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing its investigation into a double-fatal crash that occurred Thursday, Sept. 24, in Harney County.

Just after 8 p.m. on Sept. 24, OSP received a report of a westbound vehicle driving at a high rate of speed with no headlights on Highway 20. Minutes later, OSP was advised the vehicle had just crashed near milepost 114 (15 miles west of Burns).

OSP troopers and emergency personnel arrived on scene to discover a single vehicle had rolled multiple times, killing both occupants.

Preliminary information indicates the 2001 Chevy Tahoe left the roadway for unknown reasons. The Chevy rolled multiple times and ejected the occupants. Caleb E. Lynn, 22, and Danielle Shea, 42, both of Eagle, Idaho, were deceased when emergency crews arrived on the scene.

It is not clear at the time of this release who the driver of the vehicle was. It is believed there were no safety belts in use at the time of crash, and alcohol is believed to be a contributing factor. The investigation is continuing.

OSP was assisted on scene by the Harney County Sheriff’s Office, Hines Fire Department, Harney EMS and the Oregon Department of Transportation.

More information will be released when it is available.

by Randy Parks
Burns Times-Herald

The Hilanders’ Kaleb Nyborg (No. 51) and Evan Gunderson converge on the La Pine quarterback in Burns’ homecoming game victory on Friday, Sept. 25. (Photos by JEFF GRAHAM)

The Hilanders’ Kaleb Nyborg (No. 51) and Evan Gunderson converge on the La Pine quarterback in Burns’ homecoming game victory on Friday, Sept. 25. (Photo by JEFF GRAHAM)

The Burns Hilanders scored on six of their first seven possessions and held La Pine to just 109 total yards in a 48-0 non-conference win on Friday, Sept. 25, at Corbett Memorial Field.

Nick Palmer led the Hilanders’ rushing attack, picking up 136 yards on 15 carries with two touchdowns. Trey Recanzone completed five of eight passes for 102 yards and two scores, and added another 99 yards on the ground with a pair of touchdowns.

After forcing the Hawks to go three-and-out on the game’s first possession, Burns took over at their own 38. Recanzone finished off the six-play drive with a 33-yard touchdown run, giving Burns a 6-0 lead.

Burns fumbled on their next possession, but ended up with great field position when the Hawks’ punter fumbled the snap at the La Pine 26.

Following an incomplete pass, Palmer slid through the defense and raced in for the score. Trace Tiller threw to Ty Hueckman for the two-point conversion and 14-0 Burns’ lead.

The Hilanders made it 21-0 with a 22-yard touchdown pass from Recanzone to Evan Gunderson, and the extra-point kick by James Obradovich.

Palmer scored on a 7-yard run to start the second quarter, and Tiller connected with Bryce Goss on the two-point conversion to make it 29-0.

The Hawks had their best drive of the night on their next possession, reaching the Burns’ 7-yard line before turning the ball over on downs.

Starting deep in their own territory, the Hilanders drove 93 yards in eight plays and went up 35-0 on Kyle Robey’s 7-yard run.

With 1:14 left in the half, Recanzone threw to Goss for a 16-yard TD, and Burns led 41-0 at halftime.

On their first possession of the second half, the Hilanders went 51 yards in four plays, getting the score on a 7-yard run by Recanzone.

The game went to a running clock because of the 45-point rule, and the Hilanders began rotating the starters out of the game.

The Hawks threatened to score late in the fourth quarter, but Robey came up with an interception to end the drive.

With the win, Burns evened their record at 2-2, while La Pine dropped to 1-3.

The Hilanders open up league play Friday, Oct. 2, at Imbler. The Panthers come into the game with a 1-3 record. Kickoff is set for 2 p.m.

LaP       0       0     0     0      0

Bur      21     20     7     0    48

First quarter

Bur — Trey Recanzone 33 run (kick failed) 4:00

Bur — Nick Palmer 26 run (Ty Hueckman pass from Trace Tiller) 7:04

Bur — Evan Gunderson 22 pass from Recanzone (James Obradovich kick) 10:25

Second quarter

Bur — Palmer 7 run (Bryce Goss pass from Tiller) :06

Bur — Kyle Robey 7 run (kick failed)

Bur — Goss 16 pass from Recanzone (kick failed)

Third quarter

Bur — Recanzone 7 run (Obradovich kick) 2:08

Individual statistics

Rushing — Burns, Recanzone 6-99, Goss 4-84, Palmer 15-136, Gunderson 3-9, Robey 1-7, Maupin 4-1, Freitag 1-10. La Pine, Plant 14-12, DeForest 5-16, Roes 4-2, Kentner 2-12.

Passing — Burns, Recanzone 5-8-0 102. La Pine, Roes 5-20-1 67.

Receiving — Burns, Hueckman 2-55, Tiller 1-9, Goss 1-16, Gunderson 1-22. La Pine, DeForest 2-24, Lester 1-16, Kentner 1-8, George 1-19.

OBIT Gregg WEBPrivate Fred L. Gregg passed away April 23, 1944, as a member of the 649th Ordinance Ammunition Company.

Fred was born July 9, 1921, in Ontario.

On April 22, 1944, Fred’s company landed at Humboldt Bay, Hollandia, New Guinea, in support of the invasion by United States forces. On April 23, there was a large fire in the ammunition depot, and a number of men were consumed in that fire.  The monument at Fort William McKinley says his body was unrecoverable, so it is reasonable to assume that he was burned up in that fire.

Freddie entered the service from Oregon Sept. 23, 1942. He is memorialized within the “Tablets of the Missing” in Manila American Cemetery, Manila, Philippines. Freddie was awarded the Purple Heart.

Jim and Iona Gregg would like their family, friends and community he loved to be with them as they memorialize Fred with a small plaque at the Drewsey Cemetery at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 24.

There will be a potluck lunch at the Drewsey Community Center.

Everyone is invited to attend. Pictures and a little history will be available.


OBIT Delaney WEBBill Delaney, 88, passed away of natural causes Sept. 4 at Rose Haven Nursing Home in Roseburg.

He was born June 22, 1927, to Harold and Nola Delaney in Barber, Idaho. He was married to Betty Howell Oct. 23, 1948, in Humbolt County, Nev., and they were together for 65 years, mostly in Burns.

Betty passed away in 2012.

They moved to Sutherlin nine years ago to be close to their family.

Bill Delaney is survived by his son, Dana; daughter-in-law, Sandra; grandson, Corey; and sister, Lila Tilley of Burns.

Wednesday Sept. 30

Posted on September 30th in Community Calendar

The Committee for Better Schools (CoBS) will meet Wednesday, Sept. 30, at 7 p.m. at Hines City Hall. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Storytime for preschoolers is scheduled at the Harney County Library, 80 W. “D” St., each Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. Contact the Harney County Library for more information, 541-573-6670.

Alcoholics Anonymous meets each Wednesday at 7 p.m. at Foursquare Church, 74 S. Alvord, Burns.

ALANON, an ongoing support group for friends and families of alcoholics, meets every Wednesday from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at Foursquare Church, 74 S. Alvord, Burns. Please use the north side door. For more information, call 541-589-0329.

A Women’s AA meeting is held every Wednesday at noon at Foursquare Church, 74 S. Alvord, Burns.

Thursday Oct. 1

Posted on September 30th in Community Calendar

There will be a free wine tasting at the Burns-Hines Liquor Store at 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 1.

First Thursday: Dress up in your favorite generation…20s, 30s, 40s, and gather at Broadway and Washington. Win prizes. Shop at participating businesses from 5-7 p.m. Sponsored by the Harney County Chamber 541-573-2636.

Burns Butte Sportsmen’s Club meets the first Thursday of each month at the State Office Building, 809 W. Jackson, at 7 p.m.

A Walking Class is held each Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from  10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. indoors at the Harney County Senior and Community Services Center.

Kiwanis Club of Burns-Hines meets for a no-host luncheon at noon each Thursday at Bella Java, 314 N. Broadway in Burns.

Take Off Pounds Sensibly meets at noon each Thursday at Hines City Hall, 101 E. Barnes. Call 541-573-2896.

Tai Chi for Better Balance with Diane Rapaport is held each Tuesday and Thursday at Harney County Senior and Community Services Center from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. — free.

Friday Oct. 2

Posted on September 30th in Community Calendar

Oregon Old Time Fiddlers, District 9, meets the first, third and fourth Friday of each month. Call Micky, 541-573-2515, for time and place.

A recovery group, “Celebrate Recovery,” meets each Friday at the Harney County Church of the Nazarene, 311 Roe Davis Ave. in Hines. Snacks served at 5:30 p.m. The main meeting is held at 6 p.m. and small group sessions are at 7 p.m. For more information, call 541-573-7100.

Alcoholics Anonymous meets each Friday at 10 a.m. at Harney District Hospital in the small conference room near the cafeteria.

Alcoholics Anonymous meets each Friday at Symmetry Care at 5 p.m.

Saturday Oct. 3

Posted on September 30th in Community Calendar

To make sure everyone has an opportunity to get the flu shot, HDH Family Care is offering them during all October Saturday Clinics! Stop by between 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 3, 10, 17, 24 or 31 to get yours. For more information, call HDH Family Care at 541-573-2074.

Farmers Market is held every Saturday from 7 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the Hines Park. The final market will be held Oct. 17 at the Chili Cookoff in downtown Burns.

The Harney County Arts & Crafts Association will meet Saturday, Oct. 3, from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. in the basement meeting room at the courthouse. Zelley will lead a workshop on finger spinning yarn. The workshop will be followed by a business meeting. The public is invited.

Waggin’ Tales is held the first and third Saturday of the month at Harney County Library from 1-3 p.m. Please call the library, 541-573-6670, for an appointment to read with a dog.

A Veterans lunch will be served at the Hampton Station Cafe the first Saturday of each month beginning March 1. RSVP  by calling Shelley at 541-576-4951.

Diabetes Support Group meets at the Harney County Health Building, 420 N. Fairview, the first Saturday of each month at 2 p.m.

Sunday Oct. 4

Posted on September 30th in Community Calendar

Save the date: Respect Life Sunday, Oct. 4. Join the Life Chain on North Broadway Avenue at 2:30 p.m.

A free community dinner, eat in or take out (no strings attached), is served the first Sunday of each month from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Pioneer Presbyterian Church, 417 W. Washington in Burns. The church is both wheelchair and walker accessible, and a limited number of deliveries are available. For more information, call 541-493-1987.

Overeaters Anonymous meets each Sunday at 1 p.m. in the Harney District Hospital Annex (downstairs in cafeteria area).Enter through the cafeteria door on North Grand. For more information, call Susie at 541-589-1522.

Alcoholics Anonymous meets every Sunday at 7 p.m. at Foursquare Church for 12×12 study.

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