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A budget shortfall in Bend may be affecting the length of time it takes police and fire to get to your home in an emergency. Bend Fire and Police leaders say fewer workers during the past few years means the lighter coverage and seems to be showing up in longer response times. At the City Council meeting Wednesday, Bend Mayor Jeff Eager says they heard from both the fire chief and police chief.  "There's obviously the main concern is the safety and life of people who live in Bend the longer those response times go the greater chance of someone who's injured or worse. That's the primary concern, but I think there might also be concerns about property insurance." The police and fire chiefs both showed numbers at the meeting showing their staffing and service levels are typically below the state and national averages. Besides safety, Eager says another concern with slower fire response times is potentially higher insurance rates for consumers.

 

 

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Jones Road, full road closure between Bennington Lane and NE Butler Market Road. May 18 – August 18, local access only.
 

Oregon State University off-site improvements for intersection reconstruction, July 11 – August 3,    7 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., at intersection of Chandler Avenue and Yates Drive.

 

Orion Drive closed in two locations for sewer work; at the intersection with Avery Lane and between Desert Woods Drive and King Hezekiah Way.  From July 11 to Sept. 6. Detours marked.

 

Valhalla Sewer Relocation Project, Mt. Washington Drive at Shevlin Park Road intersection and North to Regency Street. Nighttime closures with detours marked during roundabout construction. Daytime closures for construction towards Regency Street.    7 p.m. – 7 a.m., July 11 – November.

 
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