Times-Litho gets a look

Jerry Johnson of Johnson Reid LLC, a Portland-based real estate consulting firm, started on a market analysis of the City of Forest Grove’s Times-Litho building last Friday. Reid will look at demand and supply for commercial, retail and residential developments in Forest Grove and in the broader market, including Hillsboro, according to Jeff King, the city’s economic development manager. He will examine rental and sale prices and offer a financial analysis based on his findings, including recommendations, said King, who expects a draft analysis and prospesctus in six weeks and a final in eight weeks.

In addition, the city has appointed an ad-hoc Redevelopment Committee for the building. Its nine members cover a broad range of expertise and include Rod Fuiten, owner of Fuiten Plumbing; Mike Mallery, vice president of administration and finance at Pacific University; Brian Wilbur, owner of Pacific Insurance Partners; Don Jones, branch manager at Bank of the West; John Crosley and Gene Zurbrugg, both contractors and property owners/managers; Patty Schmitz-Thursam, managing broker at John L Scott; commercial broker Cindy Sturm; and architect Kerry Vanderzanden.

Illegal burning draws fine

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality issued a $4,500 penalty to Blue Chip Inc. for illegally burning prohibited material such as tires, roofing, and wet garbage on two properties the company owns in Gales Creek.

Such material emits dense and noxious smoke plumes. This potentially raises the levels of chemicals in the atmosphere, posing a threat to the environment and public health, especially the young, elderly and those with respiratory conditions.

The $4,500 penalty results from four separate complaints of dense smoke in late 2012 and early 2013 at the Eugene-based company’s properties at 5321 N.W. Potts Road and 52510 N.W. Wilson River. Forest Grove Fire & Rescue responded and reported the illegal burning each time.

Blue Chip Inc. has until May 6 to appeal the penalty.

Deputy on paid leave

An off-duty Washington County Sheriff’s deputy wound up at a drunken party in a Gales Creek barn early Sunday morning and is on paid leave following an altercation at the site.

Sheriff’s deputies were called to the 11000 block of Northwest Parsons Road at 3:05 a.m. Sunday, April 28, said Sgt. Bob Ray, a sheriff spokesman.

“They found a party in a barn and everyone there was very intoxicated,” Ray said. They also found Eric Gargalis, a Washington County Jail deputy, who did not seem to know anyone at the party. According to Ray, partygoers invited Gargalis into the barn when they noticed him walking past. Gargalis was off-duty and carrying his personal firearm until at some point, there was an altercation and his gun was taken, Ray said. No shots were fired, no one was seriously injured and the Washington County Major Crimes Team is investigating the event, led by a Tualatin detective, Ray said. Gargalis is on paid administrative leave until the investigation ends.

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