City Council approves $500 grants for Little Promises, Farmers Market

Sean C. Morgan

The Sweet Home City Council last week approved $500 grants for Little Promises preschool and the Farmer’s Market as part of its reconstituted grant program.

The council received six grant requests during the application period in February. Three did not meet the program criteria.

Of those three, one was not from a registered nonprofit, one did not benefit the Sweet Home community, and one was a second application from Little Promises.

The three remaining requests included the winning applications and an application from the President’s Club for funds for the Christmas Store program.

The grant to the Farmer’s Market will pay for music during the upcoming season. The grant to Little Promises will help pay for fencing to meet regulatory requirements. Little Promises will pay $800 toward the fencing. Its additional request was for funds to help pay for a hand railing.

The council’s Administration, Finance and Property Committee considered and ranked the grant requests, and staff recommended funding for the top-ranked request. The council chose to fund the top two.

The funds are available from the city’s general fund.

Present at the council meeting were councilors Susan Coleman, Lisa Gourley, Ryan Underwood, Mayor Greg Mahler, Dave Trask, James Goble and Diane Gerson.

In other business, the council:

n Adopted the Economic Opportunity Analysis completed by ECONorthwest. The report evaluated future needs for commercial and industrial land in Sweet Home and whether Sweet Home has sufficient land available. It determined that Sweet Home has sufficient land.

It also includes objectives and goals that the council will consider including in the city’s Comprehensive Plan. They will go to the Planning Commission May 1 for a public hearing and a recommendation before returning to City Council for final adoption.

n Approved a lease renewal for a 10-year term with the Sweet Home School District for the Sweet Home Skate Park. The School District owns the property, which borders its Central Office, 1900 Long St.

n Appointed four persons to the Budget Committee.

The council voted 7-0 to reappoint former mayor Dave Holley.

It voted 6-1, with Underwood voting no, to appoint Mark Woody, pastor at Harvest Christian Center. It voted 6-1, with Coleman voting no, to appoint Dave Jurney, a retired Sweet Home resident, and it voted 6-0, with Coleman stepping out of the room to deal with a family emergency, to appoint Bob Briana, a Sweet Home resident who has owned a business and is a softball and basketball official.

The terms are for three years.

The Administration, Finance and Property Commmittee interviewed the candidates on March 14 and recommended the four to fill vacancies.

The Budget Committee comprises the City Council and an equal number of Sweet Home residents. It is responsible for reviewing, adjusting and approving budgets proposed by city staff. Following Budget Committee Approval, the council decides whether to adopt the approved budget.

n Approved a draft design plan for the new City Hall, 3225 Main St.

n Approved a proposed fun run, the Solar Eclipse Run, to be held the Saturday, Aug. 17, before the solar eclipse, Aug. 21. For more information, call the city at (541) 367-5128.

n Mahler proclaimed April 2017 as Child Abuse Prevention Month in Sweet Home.

The public can pick up blue antenna ribbons for cars at the Sweet Home Police Department dispatch window.

At 11 a.m. Saturday, April 8, the public is invited to help plant a pinwheel garden at the Sweet Home Police Department, 1950 Main St. Pinwheels may be purchased at the Police Department for $1. Proceeds go to the ABC House to ensure that Sweet Home children are able to get to assessment appointments by providing gas cards for transportation.

Following the planting of the pinwheel garden, participants are invited to “Walk for a Child” with a Police Department escort. The walk will be from the Police Department to Safeway and back.

People are asked to wear blue during the event.

For more information, call the Police Department at (541) 367-5181.