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 By Benny Westcott    News    May 5, 2021 

Ex-mayor: City should allocate federal funds to businesses

Former Mayor Dave Holley suggested to the City Council at its April 28 meeting that the city should allocate part of the $2.03 million Sweet Home is scheduled to receive from the federal government to...

 
 By Benny Westcott    News    April 28, 2021

City's budget process starts with guessing

How do you construct a budget amid the worst pandemic since the early 1900s? “The recipe for these estimates requires part science, part art, and part use of a crystal ball,” said City Manager Ray Towry as Sweet Home’s Budget Committee met for...

 

Commissioners agree to double funding for county's Youth Wage Grant Program

Linn County Commissioners Roger Nyquist, Sherrie Spenger and Will Tucker agreed Tuesday morning, April 20, that helping young people find jobs this summer is more important than ever and doubled the amount of money area employers can be reimbursed...

 

County begins work on $203.2 million budget

The Linn County Budget Committee on Thursday, April 22, approved a 2021-22 FY budget of $203,198,263. Meetings began Monday and were held at the Linn County Fair & Expo Center. The budget will now go before Linn County Commissioners Roger Nyquist,...

 
 By Benny Westcott    News    April 21, 2021

Councilors ponder best way to spend $2.03 million

What to do with $2.03 million? That was a focus of the Sweet Home City Council’s April 13 meeting, in which members discussed potential allocation strategies for the funding that Sweet Home will receive from the American Rescue Plan Act....

 

County commissioners implement stricter internal controls following misappropriation case

Since 2010, Linn County has had protocols in place regarding the daily handling of cash payments within county offices. Tuesday, April 13, Linn County Commissioners Roger Nyquist, Sherrie Sprenger and Will Tucker directed county Accounting Officer...

 

First open house Tuesday for Willow/Yucca Street Neighborhood Local Improvement District

Residents of the north 18th Avenue, Willow and Yucca streets are invited to participate in open houses the city is planning for the proposed Willow and Yucca Street Neighborhood Local Improvement District. The two meetings are being held at 6 p.m.... Full story

 
 By Scott Swanson    News    April 7, 2021

Tucker returns to County Commission

Will Tucker thought his last meeting as a Linn County Commissioner was the one in late December when he was replaced by Sherrie Sprenger after he'd decided not to run for a fourth term. But three...

 

Candidates finalized for May 18 vote

Most candidates in Sweet Home’s May 18 election will be unchallenged, following the end of the filing period to run in the various district races that are open. The only competitive race will be the Zone 8 At Large seat for the Sweet Home School...

 

Former Commissioner Will Tucker to fill vacant board seat

Will Tucker will be returning to the Linn County Board of Commissioners after a three month hiatus, filling the seat of Commissioner John Lindsey who died of cancer on March 9. Tucker, who lives near Waterloo, will complete the two years remaining... Full story

 

County commissioners tell Fair chief to start scheduling events

Linn County Commissioners Roger Nyquist and Sherrie Sprenger on Tuesday, March 16, told Randy Porter, director of the Linn County Fair & Expo Center, it is time to begin planning reopening the facility that has hosted few events in the past year due...

 
 By Benny Westcott    News    March 17, 2021

Landowner tells council LID offers solutions, despite costs

Local businessman Josh Victor of 44004 Wiley Creek spoke to Sweet Home city councilors at their March 9 meeting in support of the proposed local improvement district after residents in the north...

 
 By Benny Westcott    News    March 10, 2021

City refinances debt to save $766,000, improve its bond rating

The city was recently able to save hundreds of thousands of dollars after securing a favorable interest rate on its water and wastewater debt. “We took our water and wastewater debt, and went out to a firm out of Portland, DA Davidson & Co. and all...

 

Commissioner John Lindsey dies

John Lindsey, the longest-tenured member of the Linn County Board of Commissioners, died early Tuesday, March 9, of cancer-related causes. Lindsey, 54, was midway through his sixth, four-year term in... Full story

 
 By Benny Westcott    News    March 3, 2021

Council puts LID on hold after protests

Local citizens expressed resistance to a proposal that would include street, sidewalk, curb, gutter and storm drain improvements in the Willow Street neighborhood during a City Council meeting Tuesday, Feb. 23. The Local Improvement District...

 

Hearing on development fees silent

Sweet Home’s City Council held a public hearing Feb. 9 on a proposed a new methodology for calculating system development charges. The methodology would allow the council to set SDCs at considerably higher rates in the future than the current SDC...

 

SH's new representative getting up to speed

State Rep. Jami Cate welcomes a visitor to her new office in the House wing of the Oregon State Capitol. The Capitol building is largely empty, except for a few people huddled in a meeting in corner...

 
 By Kelly Kenoyer    News    February 3, 2021

Council discusses homeless issues

City Council members heard an impassioned presentation about the state of homelessness in Sweet Home at their Jan. 26 meeting. Councilors Greg Mahler, who is the mayor, Susan Coleman, Diane Gerson, Lisa Gourley, Dylan Richardson, Angelita Sanchez...

 
 By Kelly Kenoyer    News    January 20, 2021

Council gets new members as Richards, Sanchez are sworn in

A new group of city councilors have taken their seats. Incumbents Lisa Gourley and Dave Trask swore their oaths again, and new councilors Angelita Sanchez and Dylan Richards were sworn in for the...

 
 By Kelly Kenoyer    News    January 20, 2021

Commercial Exterior Improvement Program gets shot in arm from council

A fresh City Council, with two brand-new members, spent much of its meeting last week discussing two projects intended to improve the look of commercial districts in Sweet Home, and voted on an ordina...

 
 By Kelly Kenoyer    News    January 13, 2021

Incoming SH city councilwoman in crowd at DC rally

At least one resident of Sweet Home attended the rally in D.C. on Wednesday, Jan. 6, which turned violent as rioters stormed the U.S. Capitol. Incoming Sweet Home City Council Member Angelita Sanchez...

 
 By Scott Swanson    News    January 13, 2021

New year brings new laws, and some that continue through COVID

The year 2020 produced some unusual laws, as Oregon grappled with the COVID-19 pandemic, which materialized shortly after legislators convened in February for their biannual short session. Legislators’ attention rapidly focused on the new threat,...

 

City manager explains strategy to Library Board

Sweet Home's Library Board meeting on Dec. 10 was rife with tension, as City Manager Ray Towry attended to discuss the budget and recent furlough notices. The board members in attendance, Eva Jurney, Kevin Hill, Charlene Adams and Don Hopkins, had...

 

Council says goodbye to two departees, then ditches business license

The Dec. 8 City Council meeting was filled with laughter as the mayor and council members said goodbye to colleagues who lost their reelection bids. Councilors James Goble and Cortney Nash are leaving...

 
 By Kelly Kenoyer    News    December 2, 2020

Registration requirement in works for SH businesses

City officials are planning to implement a requirement for all businesses within city limits to have a license, and the City Council is expected to vote on that proposal in an upcoming meeting. The council’s Tuesday, Nov. 25, meeting was held...

 

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