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Forest Service to host open house on Quartzville-Middle Santiam Project activities

The Willamette National Forest is inviting members of the public to share ideas about future activities proposed for the Quartzville-Middle Santiam Project on the Sweet Home Ranger District. An open house will be held Thursday, June 6, from 5:30 to... Full story


If I Were Mayor winners

Local sixth-graders Peyton Lindsey and Payton Messmer, winners of the annual If I Were Mayor contest take their place behind the council dais as Councilor Diane Gerson and Mayor Greg Mahler look on....

 By Sean C. Morgan    News    June 5, 2019

City Council members agree to another year of RAIN

City Council members agreed to renew an agreement with other local cities and the Regional Accelerator and Innovation Network to pay $7,124.76 over the next fiscal year to keep RAIN operating in the...

 By Scott Swanson    News    June 5, 2019

Council OKs city budget; delays on utility rate hike decisions

The Sweet Home City Council on Tuesday, May 28, voted 4-3 to approve a $19,761,737 city budget for the 2019-20 fiscal year beginning July 1. Voting in support of the budget were Mayor Greg Mahler and Councilors Susan Coleman, James Goble and Dave Tra...


Local election has lots of write-ins

The two unopposed candidates for School Board were elected to new terms of office in the May 21 election. Jenny Daniels, receiving 900 out of 912 votes, was elected to the final two years of her term...

 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

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...


Election mix-ups result in shortage of candidates on ballot

Sweet Home has two incumbent candidates filed for the May 21 School Board election with a third incumbent running as a write-in candidate, and no candidates filed for the Fire and Ambulance District, with three incumbents running as write-in...

 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

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 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

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 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 10, 2019

Comcast fiber line price quote gives councilors sticker shock

The Sweet Home City Council balked Thursday night, April 4, at the price of extending a fiber optic line to the new City Hall in a proposal by Comcast to provide fiber Internet service to city buildings. The proposed price tag was $24,380. Councilor...

 By Sean C. Morgan    News    April 10, 2019

Proposed 2019-20 city budget includes big capital projects spending hike

Sweet Home's city manager is proposing an 18.8-percent increase in spending, mostly composed of some $6.5 million in capital projects, in the city's proposed 2019-20 budget. City Manager Ray Towry...

 By Sean C. Morgan    News    April 3, 2019

City proposes lowering school district water rates

The city’s Administration, Finance and Property Committee has directed City Manager Ray Towry to move forward with a proposal to return the Sweet Home School District’s water rates to last year’s levels for a period of six months. During that...

 By Sean C. Morgan    News    April 3, 2019

Council to weigh street-legal side-by-side ATVs

The Sweet Home City Council will consider whether to allow the use of side-by-side all-terrain vehicles on city streets at an upcoming meeting. The council directed staff during its regular meeting on March 26 to prepare an ordinance for its...

 By Sean C. Morgan    News    March 27, 2019

City builds funding for sewer plant

If everything goes just right, City Manager Ray Towry told the City Council March 12, the project to rehabilitate and expand the city's Wastewater Treatment Plan could be as much as 60 percent funded...


Few file for open seats in May 21 election

Two incumbents have filed for the May 21 Sweet Home School Board Election. The district has five open seats out of nine. The Sweet Home Fire and Ambulance District and the Sweet Home Cemetery District had no candidates filing. SHFAD has three out of...


Armed standoff ends peacefully

A high-speed pursuit ended in a standoff Friday night between an armed male subject and multiple law enforcement agencies and the arrest of a 50-year-old man in the area of Clark Mill Road. Darrell...

 By Sean C. Morgan    News    March 20, 2019

SH Sanitation won't increase garbage rates

A Waste Connections company official told the Sweet Home City Council last week that Sweet Home Sanitation will not increase trash rates this week, although the recycling crisis continues and will continue to be a big problem. Under its franchise...

 By Sean C. Morgan    News    March 6, 2019

City to contract with COG rather than hire new planner

The Sweet Home City Council last week approved an inter-governmental agreement with the Oregon Cascades West Council of Governments contracting for planning services in lieu of hiring a new city planner. The resignation of Jerry Sorte last month...

 By Sean C. Morgan    News    March 6, 2019

County planning to auction former Willamette Industries mill site

The Linn County Board of Commissioners is moving forward with plans to auction off some 172 acres of former mill property. The property, the former site of Willamette Industries Sweet Home Mill, was t...


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