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 News    April 18, 2018 

Four candidates for county judgeship in May 15 election

Four candidates are running in the May 15 nonpartisan primary election for Linn County Circuit Court Judge Position 3: Jennifer S. Hisey, Rachel Kittson-MaQatish, Teri Plagmann and Rebecca Winters....

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    April 11, 2018

Commissioners zero in on rules for accessory dwellings in SH

The Sweet Home Planning Commission last week wrapped up a discussion about regulating accessory dwelling structures and will soon begin the public hearing process. Under a new state law, property owners will be allowed to construct accessory...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    April 4, 2018

Councilors give OK for economic strategy

The Sweet Home City Council told Community and Economic Development Director Jerry Sorte by consensus to move forward with a proposed economic development strategy last week. Sorte outlined the city’s efforts in economic development and plans...

 
 By Audrey Caro    News    April 4, 2018

County public health programs rated 'strong' in state review

The Linn County Department of Health has many areas of strength, according to the state’s most recent triennial review of the department. “This happens every three years and it is based on the intergovernmental agreement between the county and...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    March 21, 2018

Councilors approve $788,000 contract for Wastewater Treatment Plant designs

The Sweet Home City Council last week approved an agreement with Murraysmith and Associates to begin work on schematic designs for the proposed Wastewater Treatment Plant upgrades for $788,000. The city completed four projects to replace sewer lines...

 

Council approves annexation of property on Alder Street

By Sean C. Morgan Of The New Era The Sweet Home City Council last week approved the annexation of an Alder Street property, prompting a discussion among city staff and the council about annexing the entire area. The council held a public hearing on...

 
 By Audrey Caro    News    March 21, 2018

Sen. Wyden talks guns, health and trade at town hall

Gun control and mental health were the dominant topics raised by local citizens during a town hall meeting held by Sen. Ron Wyden at Linn-Benton Community College on March 17. About 175 people...

 

New tax reform will impact different folks in different ways

With the new tax reform bill, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, now is the time to start thinking about how this will affect you so that you can plan ahead for the outcomes you will start to feel in your paycheck as early as right now. This tax reform...

 

Councilors raise city service fees

Of The New Era The Sweet Home City Council added and increased a number of fees during its regular meeting on Jan. 24. Staff recommended the increases following the city's annual review of its fee sch...

 

Homeowners object to being stuck with renters' delinquent bill

A Sweet Home couple objected last week to paying delinquent water bills left behind by former tenants, launching a discussion among them, the council and city staff on the subject. Bruce Hobbs and Monica Sanders, who own multiple rental properties...

 

New laws range from guns to pumping gas

With the new year comes a whole slew of new laws. In addition to the distracted driving (“Cell Phone”) law, which went into effect pronto on Oct. 1, the Oregon Legislature passed about 750 bills in 2017, many of which took effect Jan. 1. They...

 

Jan. 23 election ballot Measure 101 to determine how state pays for Medicaid

By: Claire Withycombe (EO Media Capital Bureau) An issue on the ballot in January could impact how Oregon finances its share of the Medicaid bill. On Jan. 23 Oregon voters will have a chance to weigh in on Measure 101, helping decide how the state...

 
 By Audrey Caro    News    December 27, 2017

It's official: County to sign over quarry land

Sweet Home City Councilors voted on Dec. 19 to sign documents to finalize the transfer of the 220-acre rock quarry formerly operated by Knife River (formerly Morse Bros.) from Linn County to the city of Sweet Home. Robert Briana and Dave Trask were...

 

Regular column will aim to unveil goings-on in state capital

Editor’s note: State Rep. Sherrie Sprenger, R-Scio, has agreed to write a regular column for Lebanon Local as a means of helping constituents understand what is going on in the state capital. This is her first installment. Oftentimes people ask me,...

 

Architect cuts deal with council on new City Hall

The Sweet Home City Council last week struck a deal with architect Sid Scott to develop plans for the new City Hall. The council last month balked at spending $100,000 with Scott Edwards Architecture of Portland for the plans, consulting and construc...

 

New councilor wants to boost city's image

Bob Briana wants to improve Sweet Home's image in an effort to shore up its economy. Briana was appointed by City Council members in October to fill a vacancy created by the resignation of Ryan...

 
 By Scott Swanson    News    December 6, 2017

Commission chair Nyquist: County in good shape in many areas

Things are good in Linn County, primarily because the economy has improved significantly, County Commission Chairman Roger Nyquist said last Friday, Dec. 1. "I'm here to report to you that the state o...

 
 By Audrey Caro    News    December 6, 2017

County, city reach agreement on transfer of former Knife River quarry property

Linn County Commissioners on Nov. 28 approved the transfer of the 220-acre rock quarry formerly operated by Knife River (formerly Morse Bros.) to the city of Sweet Home. Sweet Home City Manager Ray...

 

Council balks on rising new City Hall costs

The Sweet Home City Council last week voted 4-3 to reject a proposal to pay about $101,000 for City Hall construction documents. During the council’s regular meeting on Nov. 28, councilors Dave Trask, Lisa Gourley, Bob Briana and Mayor Greg Mahler...

 

Council approves financial policies to make city more nimble in investments

The Sweet Home City Council last week approved new financial policies that will give the city more options for investing its funding reserves. Right now, the city holds its tax revenues until needed in the state-operated Local Government Investment...

 

Sherrie Sprenger named to leadership post

State Rep. Sherrie Sprenger (R-Scio) has been appointed by House Republican Leader Mike McLane to serve as an assistant leader to the House Republican Caucus. Sprenger will rejoin the House Republican leadership team after previously serving as the...

 

Councilors sweeten pot for finance director job

The Sweet Home City Council last week approved an increase in the finance director salary schedule in order to attract more experienced applicants for the position. Finance Director Pat Gray, who has worked for the city since 1991, has announced...

 

B&G Club preschool has plenty of space

In its second year of operation, a preschool operated by the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Greater Santiam is running at about half capacity. “I think we still have room for 10 kids,” said Director Kris Latimer, and she invites low-income Sweet...

 

Hoy's Hardware expands with new 'building center'

Hoy's Hardware Monday morning opened a 7,500-square-foot expansion that includes a full-fledged modern lumber yard and a center for contractors and serious do-it-yourself customers. "Hoy's Home...

 

SHHS students to present first musical in two decades

A plant with an appetite will be looking for blood in Sweet Home next week as it grows on the High School stage in a local production of the black horror musical comedy "Little Shop of Horrors." Sweet...

 

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