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 By Scott Swanson    News    July 11, 2018 

Commissioners approve bed tax, discuss rural recycling costs

Linn County Commissioners last week approved what amounts to a 5 percent transient occupancy tax that will be collected from county businesses that offer lodging to visitors. The approval was...

 
 News    July 11, 2018 

4 council seats up for election

The filing period for Sweet Home City Council seats in the Nov. 6 general election is open through 5 p.m. on Aug. 28. Four seats will be open, with those positions expiring Dec. 31. Incumbents are Robert Briana, Susan Coleman, Diane Gerson and Mayor...

 
 By Scott Swanson    News    July 4, 2018

Council pushes to hold down trash rate hike

City Council members made it clear Tuesday night, June 26, that they believe a 16 percent garbage rate increase proposed by Sweet Home Sanitation to cover its increased recycling costs is excessive and questioned why it took so long for the matter...

 
 By Scott Swanson    News    July 4, 2018

Council approves budget for 2018-19 among other actions on busy evening

The City Council approved a $17,878,561 budget for the fiscal year 2018-19, which began July 1, at its meeting Tuesday evening, June 26. City Finance Director Brandon Neish told council members that though the Budget Committee approved the budget...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    June 27, 2018

City finding savings in fixing pipe leakage

Technology, innovation and simplicity are bringing down the cost of repairing manholes in Sweet Home. Public Works Director Greg Springman is reluctant to estimate the potential savings of a new technique for manhole repair because the city hasn’t...

 
 By Scott Swanson    News    June 20, 2018

Trash haulers: Recycling 'crisis' forcing rates up

Sweet Home Sanitation executives warned the City Council last week that a rate increase will be needed to cover what they described as rapidly rising costs for their company in dealing with recycling that cannot be shipped overseas. Sweet Home Site...

 
 By Scott Swanson    News    June 20, 2018

Council renews contract with water/sewer plant operator

The City Council last week agreed to renew the city's contract with Jacobs Engineering to operate Sweet Home's water and wastewater treatment plant. The approval was unanimous for Mayor Greg Mahler...

 
 By Sean C Morgan    News    June 13, 2018

Planning commissioners finalize accessory dwelling recommendations

The Sweet Home Planning Commission last week voted to recommend approval of new rules for building or siting accessory dwelling structures within the city limits. In 2017, the state legislature approved a new law, Senate Bill 1051, allowing...

 
 By Sean C Morgan    News    June 13, 2018

Council plans to transfer city's Community Grants Program to SH Foundation

The Sweet Home City Council has instructed City Manager Ray Towry to work with the Sweet Home Community Foundation on transferring the city’s Community Grants Program to the foundation. Council members discussed the issue during their May 22...

 

MaQatish, Plagmann qualify for November in contested race

During the May 15 election, Rachel Kittson-MaQatish won the most votes for Linn County Circuit Court judge, position one. With 44.92 percent of the vote, 9,915 votes, she will face Teri L. Plagmann, who received 30.04 percent of the vote (6,631...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    May 16, 2018

SH joining other cities to hire RAIN 'venture catalyst'

Sweet Home has joined seven other cities in Linn and Benton counties in pooling funds to hire a “venture catalyst,” who will help connect local budding entrepreneurs to the resources they need to build successful and lasting businesses. The...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    May 9, 2018

City to maintain its budget levels

The City of Sweet Home is proposing to maintain budget levels into the next fiscal year as it prepares for its annual budget approval process. City Manager Ray Towry presented the budget proposal for fiscal 2018-19 to the city’s Budget Committee...

 
 By Audrey Caro    News    May 9, 2018

Candidates for judge answer questions at Democrat event

Four judicial candidates were featured speakers at the Linn County Democrats meeting at the Albany Public Library on May 3. Jennifer S. Hisey, Rachel Kittson-MaQatish, Teri Plagmann and Rebecca...

 
 By Audrey Caro    News    April 25, 2018

First-time candidate sees room for new blood

Stephanie Newton, 28, decided to run for the open seat on the Linn County Board of Commissioners at the encouragement of Albany Mayor Sharon Kanopa, she said. Newton regularly attends different city...

 
 By Audrey Caro    News    April 25, 2018

Former SH councilman, running for return to commission seat

Update (2 p.m. - April 25, 2018): Larry Johnson is no longer running for the position of county commissioner, he said in an email to The New Era. --- Larry Johnson, 67, is looking to regain the seat o...

 
 By Audrey Caro    News    April 25, 2018

County ceremony highlights abuse awareness

A pinwheel garden sprouted in front of the Linn County Courthouse on Thursday, April 19, as a reminder that April is Child Abuse Awareness month. Guest speakers from ABC House, Family Tree Relief...

 

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...

 

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