PILOT ROCK - The Pilot Rock City Council hired a new police officer, adopted a tougher youth curfew and learned it will have a new mayor next year during its regular meeting this week.

The council voted to hire Douglas Lane from Lebanon as the new police officer. Lane will start work Aug. 16, and has signed a contract specifying that he will repay the cost of his Police Academy training if he leaves the job within three years. His starting salary is $2,100 per month.

The council passed an ordinance that took effect immediately creating the following curfew:

•For children under 16 - 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.

•For children 16-17 - 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.

Regarding city leadership, Mayor Don Bensel announced he will not run for re-election in November. There also will be three City Council elections: Ward 1, now held by Patricia Reed; Ward 2, held by Stewart Harp; and the member at large position held by Scott Sager. Applications for candidacy are available at City Hall and must be returned by 5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 27.

In other business, the council:

•Accepted donations and grants of $150 from resident Marilyn Morrell that is not earmarked for any special project, $1,000 from the Land Conservation and Development Commission for planning activities, and $9,000 from the county to Pilot Rock Together. A third of the Together grant will fund the swim program in 2005, with the rest going to youth projects, including a dance on Aug. 20 at the community center.

•Voted to spend $5,000 for the annual sewer cleanup and $4,000 for street repairs.

•Heard that signs have been posted permitting ATVs on four city streets, which brings the city into compliance with state law. ATV riders may cross Highway 395, but may not ride on the highway.

•Learned the city will correct the spelling of a yield sign at Southeast Cherry and Fifth. The misspelled sign was painted by Pioneer Asphalt when the street was resurfaced last year. The city will bill Pioneer for the work.

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