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 By Sean C. Morgan    News    May 22, 2019 

Council hears from public on city funds transfer plan

During a public hearing last week, several members of the public objected to a proposed transfer in the 2019-20 budget of money from the Police Department and library levies to a new Internal Services Fund to pay for administration and finance...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    May 22, 2019 

ODF: Get burning done now, before it's too late

Oregon Department of Forestry officials say now is the time to finish preparing for fire season. Sweet Home Unit Fire Protection Supervisor Chad Calderwood said people should get their debris burning...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    May 22, 2019 

'Shrek' musical to take stage in renovated SHHS auditorium

Sweet Home High School students will present "Shrek" as a musical play next week. The students perform at 7 p.m. May 30 and May 31 and at 2 p.m. June 1 in the high school auditorium, 1641 Long St....

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    May 22, 2019 

City Council considers up to $4 increase to most utility bills

Depending on how the City Council acts, city utility bills could increase by about $4 monthly at the most under three options presented last week to council members. City staff presented three proposals for water rate increases and a proposal to incr...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    May 15, 2019

School staffers call for funding

While teachers in some districts around the state walked out May 8 to attend rallies in support of "adequate" funding for education, teachers and staff members in Sweet Home stayed home and kept...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    May 15, 2019

High school to move to 7 periods

Pending approval of a new calendar and reaching an agreement with bargaining units regarding details, Sweet Home High School will move to a seven-period day on a semester schedule beginning next school year. The school has spent the last 24 months...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    May 15, 2019

Meals on Wheels volunteer helps keep program humming in SH

For nearly two decades, delivering Meals on Wheels has been something Joan Scofield has enjoyed because it keeps her busy and because she is helping out. Scofield has had to slow down recently and sto...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    May 15, 2019

City, school district looking into options for athletic field, park irrigation

The Sweet Home School District and City of Sweet Home are exploring options to work together on irrigating the district’s fields and Sankey Park. City Manager Ray Towry and Finance Director Bandon Neish appeared before the School Board to explain...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    May 15, 2019

Sweet Home Youth Advisory Council get taste of life in capital

The city's Youth Advisory Council along with a couple of other local high school students visited with lawmakers in Salem recently to learn more about the legislative process and discuss issues with t...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    May 8, 2019

Here's what the proposed 2019-20 Sweet Home city budget looks like

Of The New Era The 2019-20 budget approved by the city’s Budget Committee includes $17.1 million in expenditures with expected revenues of $13.5 million. The 2019-20 budget takes effect July 1. The 2018-19 budget ends June 30. The Budget Committee... Full story

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    May 8, 2019

Plan to transfer funds from cops, library OK'd by city budget panel

The City of Sweet Home Budget Committee approved the city’s proposed budget 10-0 on April 30, accepting the creation of a proposed Internal Services Fund that will draw money from the city’s various departments, including nearly a quarter of a...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    May 8, 2019

SHFAD budget focuses on stabilizing needs, maintenance

The Sweet Home Fire and Ambulance District approved a budget for 2019-20 that will catch the district up on a few needs and move it into maintenance mode. The budget, which totals out at $3.44 million in the General Fund, establishes good contingency...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    May 8, 2019

Council approves fiber optics deal for city

The Sweet Home City Council last week approved a deal with CenturyLink to provide fiber optic Internet service at the new City Hall and Comcast to upgrade Internet service to fiber quality in the city’s other three buildings. The council met in a...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    May 8, 2019

Practice makes perfect as Huskies win state forestry title

Sweet Home High School won the state championship in forestry April 26-27 at the Hopkins Demonstration Forest in Oregon City. Sophomore Becky Belcher and senior Zech Brown won the top spot as...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    May 1, 2019

Plan to use levy funds for city administration raises objections

The City of Sweet Home Budget Committee held off on final decisions Monday night, April 29, after hearing objections from three people regarding a plan to transfer funds from the police and library operating levies to a new Internal Services Fund to...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    May 1, 2019

Council gives preliminary OK to use old City Hall for business incubator

Local economic development organizations want to open a small business incubator and shared work space downtown, emulating the successes of organizations like the Corvallis Foundry, which supports...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    May 1, 2019

$50K needs assessment study first step towards proposed library upgrades

The Sweet Home City Council last week approved a nearly $50,000 contract to complete a needs assessment and conceptual drawings for the Sweet Home Public Library to help address growth in usage. The...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    May 1, 2019

Councilors approve raises for non-union city employees

The Sweet Home City Council last week approved raises for several positions not represented by unions. The increases, effective July 1, apply across a five-step salary schedule. The middle step, Step C, is set at 95 percent of the average comparable...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    April 24, 2019

Unpaved city streets to get fixes

The surface of 32nd Court and Juniper Street between 32nd Court and 35th Avenue, behind Hawthorne School, is rough, to say the least – a mix of cracked pavement, potholes, oil and gravel. Sweet Home Public Works is planning to do something about th...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    April 24, 2019

New office staff adding some muscle at SH chamber

The Sweet Home Chamber of Commerce is in the process of rebuilding its programs after coming back from the financial brink about two years ago. Under the direction of Chamber President George...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    April 17, 2019

Council OKs deal to buy police radio equipment

The Sweet Home City Council last week approved a $100,000 deal for new police radio equipment. Complete Wireless Solutions offered Kenwood dual band radios, including 20 portable units that can be carried by officers and nine mobile units used in...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    April 17, 2019

Police say they plan to focus on downtown traffic issues

Sweet Home Police Department will spend time in the upcoming months addressing traffic issues in the downtown area, and next year’s budget will include funding for four new automated speed monitoring devices and reader boards. City staff and...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    April 17, 2019

Grant ensures continued visits to PCC by mobile ultrasound van

A grant from the Sweet Home Community Foundation will help ensure that a mobile medical van continues to visit Sweet Home to provide ultrasounds and tests for sexually transmitted diseases and to...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    April 10, 2019

School Board OKs SHJH construction

The Sweet Home School Board approved a plan Monday evening, April 8, to spend $5 million and begin the first of two construction phases for the Sweet Home Junior High. The district received voter...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    April 10, 2019

Steady rains edge SH toward flood conditions

Other than a brief break March 3, the rain fell last week at about a half inch per day, and then it really came down over the weekend, closing roads around Linn County, raising the lakes to their...

 

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