PILOT ROCK - Four juveniles have been cited for dozens of thefts from about 25 cars last weekend.

Tracking the youth was made easier by the snow storm, Police Chief Gary Longhorn told the city council on Tuesday.

The culprits left a clear trail in the new snow, he said.

In other police news, Longhorn said police have received a $500 grant from Oregon's Homeland Security funds for new equipment. He plans to meet with a representative from the Chemical Stockpile Emergency Preparedness Program to discuss another grant application, possibly for a backup generator for City Hall.

The council also discussed a proposed policy change making reserve officers unpaid.

Longhorn said that although reserves will serve as volunteers, they may be paid under special circumstances, under the proposed policy that also requires reserve officers put in a minimum of 16 hours a month.

In other business, the council:

•Heard an update on the Masonite property, where the west side of a fire-damaged building has been torn down. The east side will be down by the end of the week.

The council voted to transfer $20,000 from the utility reserve to the general fund in order to pay Hatley Construction for the demolition work. The money will be repaid when the city receives an insurance payment on the damage.

An environmental consulting company from Beaverton plans to complete phase two of a hazardous materials study at the Masonite property by June 30.

•Approved the annual Campfire candy sale from Jan. 21 to Feb. 28.

•Hired T.J. Maness as a reserve officer.

•Appointed Nancy Lankford to the city budget committee.

•Granted Charter Communications an extension of its cable franchise.

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