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Thursday, October 23, 1997
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-V-V K. -ir , ra.,-- , AlbanyMid-valley ALBANY (OR.) DEMOCRAT-HERALD, THURSDAY, OCT. 23, 1997 A3 City to look again at new outlet for Lehigh area BY GRAHAM KISUNGBURY Albany Democrat-Herald Center Street just west of Interstate 5 is the only street tunneling out of the Lehigh-Riderwood neighborhoods in Albany. Left or westbound turns from Center onto Santiam Highway are often difficult and dangerous, residents and members of the city council say. Installation of a traffic light there is out of the question, according to the state Department of Transportation, because the intersection is too close to Interstate 5. Past city propoals for creating an outlet street from the Lehigh-Riderwood neighborhoods onto Waverly Drive have been scrapped because of neighbors' opposition over questions about who should pay for improvements. But the city council on Wednesday decided it was time to look at the issue again after it approved a proposed duplex development that will generate an estimated 59 to 115 more vehicle trips each day on Center. City staff will gather information for the Public Works Committee about the feasibility of extending 14th Avenue east to Short-ridge Street and connecting 16th Avenue to Shortridge. Questions will include: How much developable property is there along the potential connection? How much right-of-way is needed? And who would have to pay for an extension project through a local improvement district (LID)? The Public Works Committee will meet at 5 p.m. Nov. 3 at City Hall to talk about a schedule for a connection study. It could be January before the council receives the committee's recommendation. Public hearings would be scheduled on any proposed connection. Meanwhile, the planned duplex development will make the traffic problem worse, a resident of 13th Avenue Southeast told the council. "It's hell going left on Santiam (from Center)," Paul Heins said. "There should be nothing going in there until the traffic problem is resolved. I think you'll see a whole lot more accidents in there." : Council members shared Heins' worries as they struggled with a request by Karen and Gordon Vogt and Bob Mitchell for a zone change that would allow them to develop 12 duplex units on 1.23 acres. The development will be on a new street with a cul-de-sac just south of Santiam Highway. It will empty west onto Center Street. The property was zoned officeprofessional. If developed for that use, it could generate an additional 204 to 600 daily vehicle trips a day, according to Fred Wright, a Corvallis engineer hired by the applicants The applicants requested a zone change to residential limited multiple family (RM- 5). The applicants' attorney, Vance Croney, said, "What our proposal does is lessen the (traffic) impact." (Wright's estimate an average of 59 vehicle trips per day generated by the development; city staff estimate 115 trips per day). After more than an hour of discussion, the council voted 5-1 to approve the zone change and development requests. In dissenting, Councilor Sharon Konopa said, "Shouldn't we hold off on building until we solve the (traffic) problem? Others shared Councilor Doug Killin view. "There's no way we can legally turn down the subdivision," he said. "We better get hustling on 14th Avenue." f .Mix .... A hL A J .2i MARK YLENDamocnt-Harald Turning a new leaf in Jefferson Joseph Tolentino, 1 12, and his sister Krysta, 4 12, play in a pile of leaves their mother Rebecca had just raked Wednesday afternoon at their home in Jefferson. Brightly-colored leaves are beginning to blanket the ground throughout the mid-valley. Their descent and the shorter days mark the changing autumnal season. Pacific Standard Time will return at 2 a.m. Sunday. Remember to set your clocks and watches back an hour before turning-in Saturday night. Fire officials also suggest changing and testing your smoke detector battery at the same time. : Albany man sent to prison for beating his former wife BY MARILYN MONTGOMERY Albany Democrat-Herald Billy Raymond Sisson of Albany was sentenced to nine years and seven months in prison Wednesday for beating his estranged wife and abducting her and their 2-year-old son last November. Sisson, 35, pleaded guilty in Linn County Court Monday to charges of second-degree assault and first-degree kidnapping following negotiations with the Benton County district attorney's office. He was indicted on five felonies after the Nov. 6, 1996, incident. The remaining charges were dismissed in exchange for the guilty pleas. Prosecutor Ken Osher said Sisson and his wife met while he was awaiting trial for severely beating an ex-girlfriend. The couple married after Mrs. Sisson got a divorce from her fourth husband. Their son was born while Sisson served 17 months in prison for the earlier attack. Shortly after Sisson was paroled, they separated. Mrs. Sisson got a restraining order against him. Three months later, he showed up as she was leaving for work 'He can't handle rejection or anger or disagreement except by using his fists or his guns. There's no justification in the law or in social custom for what he did to her Prosecutor Ken Osher she and Sisson and their son got into her car. At gunpoint, she drove to Corvallis and west toward Waldport on Highway 34 while Sisson threatened repeatedly to "crush her skull" or kill her in other ways, Osher said. They returned to Albany and Sisson let her and the child go after agreeing on a custody and visitation arrangement, Osher said. Mrs. Sisson told Albany police about the incident the next day. Sisson vanished. He was featured as a reaction to the end of the marriage came from concern for his son, Collins said. Sisson maintained that the boy was developmentally behind except when he was around. Sisson told Judge Jackson Frost that his son was "the only good thing that came out of our marriage." His voice broke as he implored the judge to make sure his son is monitored by a state caseworker to look for signs of abuse. "How the defendant can somehow now claim that his presence benefits the child stretches the limits of the imagination," Osher said. Sisson criticized Frost for his role in a hearing earlier this year when Sisson's parents had sued for custody of the boy. He said he believed he would never be treated fairly in Linn County courts because his ex-wife had recently married the victim's advocate caseworker assigned to her by the Linn DA's victim assistance office, and Albany police who had investigated the abduction attended her wedding. Frost said the marriage had nothing to do with the sentence. "I cannot have sympathy for this defendant," Frost said. "This society does not tolerate the kind of violence Fish plans food drive ' The annual Fish Food Drive " will be held Saturday. Some 300 youngsters will be going door to door throughout Albany between 9:30 a.m. and noon collecting canned goods and other nonperishable food items. People who wish to donate but who won't be home can leave items on their porch or bring them next week to the food pantry, 1880 Hill S.E.. The food drive supplies roughly half of the organization's annual food supply . Volunteers still are needed to drive and to pick up food. They may meet at 8:45 a.m. Saturday at the First Assembly of God, where breakfast is being served, this year by Washington Mutual employees. Peggy Hanson is coordinating this year's drive. For more information, call Fish at 9284460. Timet receives approval for new pollution permit fugitive NBC's "Unsolved Mvsteries" Osheiai(FSissonhoveMhe--Fenroa7 and eaptured in April in you visited uponithe victim). yr M a tiflk inM hio nnfa'e fthocr t . i r i: ml l-t.: -J i 1 iNonnem laiuonua. ine vicuiu auvucaie no longer rHe can't handle rejection or angeroxksortheJLinn DA. The mar-or disagreement except by using his riage was the reason for calling in fists or his guns, Osher said. There s no justification in the law or in social custom for what he did to her." Sisson's lawyer, Howard Collins of Salem, described Mrs. Sisson as manipulative, possessive, and the opposite of her husband. Sisson's butt of a rifle into his wife's chest, hither- face-with-his-fist-severaL times, then rammed the rifle butt into her mouth and threatened to kill her. She tried to calm him down by telling him she loved him, Osher said, and went with him into the apartment, where the child was. After cleaning the blood from her face and changing her clothes, Osher as special prosecutor. The former Mrs. Sisson has been in hiding since the attack. Her attorney attended the sentencing. The court had arranged for her to make a statement by telephone, but she did not call. BY ROBERT HOOD Albany Democrat-Herald Timet Castings Corp., 150 Queen Ave., S.W.i Albany, will receive a new air pollution discharge permit tants within the next 45 days. The company, which manufactures titanium parts for the aerospace industry, is now melting over 100 tons of titanium per year, triggering the need for an air pollution permit The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality held a public hearing Wednesday night to take testimony on the permit. Two citizens asked what cumulative health effect Timet's air pollution would have on Albany's population when coupled with air pollution from other industries in the city. "From our perspective, we do not consider this to be a medical risk," said Bob Harris, an environmental engineer with the DEQ. Harris said no medical studies are available to describe the health affects of air pollution in Albany but said Timet's request won't significantly alter the air quality in the city. "We get approximately 1,500 such requests each year and this certainly isn't unusual in any way," he said. Under the terms of the permit, Timet will be allowed to release approximately 6 tons of particulate into the air each year. Another 12 tons of oxides of nitrogen and 1.5 tons of carbon monoxide will be released from the burning of natural gas. The company will also release 248 tons of hydrocarbons annually. Harris said the permit is valid for five years but said the company will need a federal air quality permit next year because the 1990 federal Clean Air Act requires a permit for any company emitting more than 100 tons of pollutants per year. Costa appointed to state board David Francis Costa Jr., an architectplanner in Albany, has been appointed to the Oregon Board of Architect Examiners for a four -year term. Costa has practiced architecture for 40 years. 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