Discussion continues on state of emergency

Benny Westcott

At Sweet Home City Council’s Sept. 14 meeting, Crawfordsville resident David VanDerlip spoke against Resolution No. 22 for 2021, which proclaimed a “state of emergency” as a result of mask mandates and other precautionary restrictions ordered by the state to slow the spread of COVID-19.

“Our medical systems are overwhelmed,” he said. “People with non-COVID emergencies like late stage cancer, heart problems, and strokes now do not have access to needed care because COVID cases from unvaccinated people are filling the hospitals. The anti-mask movement is killing innocent people. The city must do whatever it can to stop this needless slaughter.”

“I’m sorry that I have to even be here to talk about this today,” he continued. “We have officials on [the] city council who are not wearing masks. That’s setting a really poor example, and it may be violating the law.”

Lori Martin, of Brownsville, replied, “It’s been a proven fact that masks don’t help. Thirty-six studies say that they don’t work.”

She did not cite any specific studies.

“As far as the council wearing them or not wearing them, it’s a choice,” she added.

In other business, the council:

— Reappointed Don Hopkins to the library board for a four-year term. Hopkins has lived in the area for 55 years and is a retired school superintendent, having served as chairman on the Sweet Home School District, the Linn Benton Lincoln Emergency Service District board and the Linn County Budget Board. He was also president of the Sweet Home Chamber Ambassadors and the Sweet Home Fire & Ambulance District.

— Unanimously approved an application from Cadwell Realty Group to subdivide 1.43 acres identified as Tax Lot 600 on Linn County Assessor’s Map No. 13s01e33A into eight lots of detached, single family dwellings. 

The subdivision’s tentative plan states, “Presently, this property is an open grassy field with scattered shrubs and trees.” The plan also noted that a 2,019-square-foot shed located approximately 40 feet east of the western property line will be demolished with development of the site.

The application will also dedicate approximately 12,126 square feet as public right-of-way to extend Live Oak Street, currently a paved, two-lane road that terminates on the east and west boundaries of the subject property. The proposed subdivision will connect both sections of the street.

Along with approving the application, the council approved the applicant’s proposal to change the zoning map in an area consisting of approximately 62,291 square feet (1.43 acres). The Sweet Home Zoning Map is being changed from the Low Density Residential (R-1) Zone to the Medium Density Residential Zone in that area.

— Unanimously approved a public address permit for The Woods Roadhouse to play amplified music in their outdoor venue until 1 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.