From Our Files: July 11, 2024

One of the first wrecking balls ever to be used in Sweet Home got into the swing of things to demolish the oldest portion of the high school in 1974. This area will form a courtyard for bus loading.

July 11, 1974


A number of residents along 18th Avenue are reluctant to give up one to five feet of their property for the city’s road improvement project. Most argued they would lose trees and shrubs they cultivated for years. The city attorney recommended the city council not pay for the land acquisitions because the improvements would be a benefit to those who live there. The city engineer said improvements could be completed without sidewalks if they do not donate their land.


City Council actions this week included: authorizing final payment for a new sewer line on Tamarack Street that already has reports of leakage; planning a work session to determine a location for a Roy Clover Memorial Fountain; approving the elimination of some parking along 13th Avenue between Main and Long streets; making payments for work completed on the new sewage treatment plant.


The East Linn Museum Society honored nine people who lived the most consecutive years in the Sweet Home area. They are: Ralph Robnett, Stella Simons, Arthur and Maude Sportsman, Fred and Verda Simons, Frank and Rita Donaca, and Mae Sneddon.


July 14, 1999


City Council denied a variance to allow up to eight housing units on a lot in a high-density residential  zone with a maximum density of 5.4 units. The planning commission had made a decision to allow Mike McGovern to build six apartment units on Seventh Avenue, but a neighbor reported the lot was zoned incorrectly. After reviewing the comprehensive plan and zone maps, which were a bit confusing, Councilman Craig Fentiman ultimately decided the high-density zoning was correct, but McGovern still failed to demonstrate an appropriate justification for the variance.


Russell Allen was hired as School District 55’s business manager, replacing Erland Erickson who retired after 20 years. Allen comes to Sweet Home after six years with the Salem Fire Department where his last assignment was as support service manager.


A Middle Fork Ranger District archaeologist is seeking volunteers to help repair the historic Ash Swale trail shelter as part of a Passport in Time project. Built by the Civilian Conservation Corps, the shelter is a classic Adirondack-style building that has fallen into disrepair.