By NR Staff • 

Dundee council to meet tonight

A variety of contract issues promises to occupy Dundee city councilors when they convene tonight. They are scheduled to meet from 7 to 9 p.m. at city hall, 620 S.W. Fifth St.

Councilors plan to award a contract for management services during construction of the city’s new fire station.

Four companies submitted proposals. The city’s consultant on the project is recommending Carlson Testing Inc.

One bid came in under Carlson’s, but the consultant said its experience with such projects gave it an edge.

Councilors are also scheduled to review a proposal for design and engineering work on a new public works facility at the sewage treatment site. It will replace one in the way of the new fire station.

In addition, the council plans to review a proposal from the city auditor to extend its contract through 2014 and to consider applications for the city budget committee.

The city has received a loan offer from the Oregon Transportation Infrastructure Bank for its $315,200 share of the Newberg-Dundee Bypass. Payments are estimated at $20,372 a year on a 20-year loan carrying an estimated interest rate of 2.58 percent.

That development will also be shared with councilors.


Community Choir Celebration on tap

The seventh annual McMinnville Community Choir Celebration will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 6, at the McMinnville Community Center. Admission is free, although an offering will be taken to benefit the Yamhill Enrichment Society.

Choral groups of all ages will be featured. Performers include the Grandhaven Elementary School Choir, directed by Frosty Lay; the combined choir from Patton and Duniway middle schools, directed by Joseph Demianew; the McMinnville Women’s Choir, directed by Betty Busch; cast members from “The Wiz,” the play Robin and Mark Pederson are directing at Gallery Theater; the McMinnville High School Symphonic Choir, directed by Robin Pederson; and the Linfield Concert Choir, directed by Anna Song.

For more information, contact Pederson at 503-565-4200.


Water system on Amity’s agenda

AMITY — The Amity City Council will discuss a water system cross-connection program when it meets at 7 p.m. Wednesday at city hall.

A presentation by the Stop the Dump coalition is also scheduled. The group organized in 2008 in an effort to stop expansion of Riverbend Landfill.

For more information, call the city at 503-835-3711.



Donations sought for special dance

Organizers of McMinnville High School’s second inclusivity dance, focused students who might not have a chance to attend the prom or other formal events, are seeking donations.

Food, flowers and funds are needed, along with decorations, said teacher Francesca Morrison. She said she already has arranged for pizza, and has chosen students to serve as DJ and portrait photographer.

Sponsored by the school’s Unity Club, this year’s inclusivity dance is slated for May 25 at the McMinnville Community Center.

The inaurural dance was held in April 2012. Unity Club members invited students who tend to shy away from high school activities, feeling they don’t belong.

“It’s important that everybody, kids with disabilities and those without, feel accepted,” said club member Liz Sweigart.

The Unity Club was founded in 2011, after presentation of “It’s Our School, Too,” a play about inclusion. Proceeds from the production helped cover the cost of the first dance.

For more information, contact Morrison at 503-565-4200.

— The News-Register staff

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