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home : current news April 29, 2016

Gorayeb resigns with more than $100,000 payout
The question of whether or not Andrew Gorayeb would be returning to his position as City Manager was finally answered at Thursday's Sisters City Council meeting. Council voted 5-0 to accept Gorayeb's resignation effective immediately.

Gorayeb had been on paid administrative leave since February 25, after complaints were made by some City employees regarding conduct that was described only as not financial, physical, or sexual in nature.

Gorayeb will be receiving a severance payment of $92,042.88, equivalent to 12 months' pay, excluding any PERS payments (retirement for public employees). The City will pay the first 12 months of COBRA premiums for Gorayeb's personal and dependent health insurance coverage, which amounts to $21,888.
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Friday, April 29, 2016
Gorayeb resigns as city manager
Andrew Gorayeb has resigned as Sisters City Manager. The Sisters City Council voted unanimously to accept his resignation at their Thursday, April 28, meeting.

Gorayeb had been on paid administrative leave since February 25, after complaints were made by some City employees regarding conduct that was described only as not financial, physical, or sexual in nature.

In a written statement, Gorayeb declined to accept disciplinary measures from the council, including a six month probationary period and instead opted to resign his position.

The Council voted 4-1 to approve a severance package to include 12 months of salary (approximately $92,000 annual salary) health coverage, and a neutral letter of recommendation. The City will take no position if Gorayeb seeks unemployment.

The City's current management team will meet tomorrow to determine whether they need an interim city manager.

Further details will be provided early tomorrow.

Thursday, April 28, 2016
Fire department to 'Burn to Learn' on Saturday
The Sisters-Camp Sherman Fire District plans to hold a "Burn to Learn" training exercise on Saturday, April 30, beginning at 8 a.m. at a house located at 484 E. Adams Ave.

District firefighters will be practicing critical skills including fire attack, ventilation and exposure protection activities.
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Thursday, April 28, 2016
Collaboration key to forest health
When conflicting interests arise in forest management, Forest Ecologist Maret Pajutee says that win-win solutions are still possible. Pajutee, whose 25-year Forest Service career is in its final days, spoke to a keenly receptive audience last week as part of the Sisters Trails Alliance (STA) speakers series. She dubbed her talk "Tale of Two Rivers - The Sequel - Keeping the 'Wild' in Wild and Scenic," building on earlier references to restoration efforts on the Metolius River and Whychus Creek.
Tuesday, April 26, 2016
ODFW plans education site in Camp Sherman
There's a hidden gem in Camp Sherman that's under consideration for development into an educational site. The proposal is causing some consternation among neighboring property owners.
Tuesday, April 26, 2016
Building moved to rodeo grounds
Early Sunday morning, a moving crew hauled a 2,400-square-foot structure from Cloverdale Road up Highway 20 to the Sisters Rodeo Grounds.
Tuesday, April 26, 2016
Announcement expected Thursday regarding Gorayeb status
Mayor Chris Frye told The Nugget Monday morning that the Sisters City Council continues to work toward resolving the status of City Manager Andrew Gorayeb.

The council held a fourth executive session on the matter early Monday morning and left without a resolution, despite having scheduled a special meeting at which an announcement was expected.

Monday, April 25, 2016
Still no resolution regarding city manager
Four citizens showed up at City Hall Monday morning expecting to hear some kind of announcement regarding the status of City Manager Andrew Gorayeb at a scheduled special meeting. However, the councilors left their executive session without holding the special meeting or making any kind of statement. City staff were unaware that the special meeting was not being held and they were not informed that no decision had been made. Mayor Chris Frye told The Nugget that he would have some kind of statement after 10:30 a.m., after he consults with City Attorney Steve Bryant.
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Monday, April 25, 2016
Fire planned for Camp Sherman
Fire management specialists are tentatively planning a 212-acre burn on Thursday in Camp Sherman.

The burn area is located two miles north of Highway 20 and The Forest Road 12 junction and west of House on the Metolius.

Objectives of this prescribed burn include reducing hazardous fuels in a historically fire-adapted ecosystem, silviculture site preparation, and improving wildlife habitat.

Burning may kick off as early as 10 a.m.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016
District promises oversight of bond projects
When the Sisters School District sought public input before seeking a $10.7 million bond issue, one of the major points of concern was oversight of bond-funded construction projects.
Wednesday, April 20, 2016
City council adopts 'Speak Your Peace'
The Sisters City Council has jumped on board with the community civility project "Speak Your Peace" - with one dissenting vote.
Tuesday, April 19, 2016
Trees on Highway 20 are in trouble
Anyone who has driven between Sisters and Black Butte Ranch has noticed it: The trees along Highway 20 are in trouble. Some of these damaged and potentially dying trees have been recognized as a public safety hazard and must be


Tuesday, April 19, 2016
Roundabout starting to take shape for Sisters
The roundabout at the west end of town is starting to take a more concrete shape.
Tuesday, April 19, 2016
Prescribed burn near Sage Meadow Tuesday
Given favorable weather conditions, Deschutes National Forest fuel specialists on the Sisters Ranger District plan to conduct a prescribed burn tomorrow, April 19. The prescribed fire area is 2-1/2 miles north of Sisters, adjacent to Sage half a mile south and west of the Indian Ford community and three-quarters of a mile northwest of Crooked Horseshoe.
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Monday, April 18, 2016
Still no action on City Manager
After meeting for their third executive session regarding employment issues surrounding City Manager Andrew Gorayeb, there still is no action on his status from the Sisters City Council.
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Thursday, April 14, 2016
Citizens disturbed by man filming
A man who goes by the Youtube handle of "Fedsmoker" has caused a high level of discomfort and concern among a number of Sisters citizens as he films and narrates encounters in town. He has visited City Hall. He has also filmed at Bi-Mart and Les Schwab and at the sheriff's office, among other places.

He consistently refers to people he is filming as "baby rapers."

Thursday, April 14, 2016
Cloverdale volunteers prepare for big move
Volunteers have been moving equipment out of the Cloverdale Road fire station in preparation for the start of construction of a new fire station apparatus building.
Tuesday, April 12, 2016
Volunteers invited for Women Build
Sisters Habitat for Humanity is seeking women volunteers for its 5th annual National Women Build Week, May 3-7.
Tuesday, April 12, 2016
City snapshot
• Last week, one of the oldest ponderosa pines in the city had to be removed due to disease and bug infestation.
Tuesday, April 12, 2016
Rimrock Ranch to be acquired for habitat
The Deschutes Land Trust announced Monday that it has finalized an agreement to purchase 1,120 acres of land along Whychus Creek northeast of Sisters. The agreement allows the Land Trust to raise the funds necessary to purchase Rimrock Ranch.
Tuesday, April 12, 2016

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