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 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...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    March 6, 2019

City fund-raising to get matching grant to fix up Sankey Park

To meet a grant matching requirement, city officials are conducting a month-long fund-raising campaign to pay for $405,000 in improvements in Lower Sankey Park. The Park and Tree Committee has...

 

Water rate hike on table for next year's budget

As city officials prepare the budget for 2019-20, they plan to include an incremental increase in water rates, while maintaining the sewer rate as it is. Finance Director Brandon Neish told the City Council’s Administration, Property and Finance...

 

Planners approve Strawberry Ridge cul-de-sac subdivision

The Sweet Home Planning Commission, during its regular meeting on Feb. 19, approved an eight-lot subdivision at the north end of Strawberry Ridge Drive, rejecting a plan to leave the cul de sac in the private ownership of the residents. In 2005 or...

 

Council gives OK to police car purchase

The Sweet Home City Council approved a supplemental budget allowing the Police Department to spend up to $15,500 from the city’s Narcotics Fund to replace a vehicle used by its detective. The Narcotics Fund uses money obtained through seizures and...

 

Sweet Home's Kittson-MaQatish sworn in as Circuit Court judge

Newly elected Linn County Circuit Court judges Rachel Kittson-MaQatish and Michael Wynhausen were sworn in Friday afternoon, Jan. 25, during an investiture cere-mony at Linn County Courthouse....

 

Linn County Democrats elect leaders

The Linn County Democratic Central Committee on Jan 3 elected a new slate of officers, as well as delegates and alternates to the Democratic Party of Oregon State Central Committee and the Congressional District 4 Committee.  Officers are:  Chair...

 

Mayor: City going in right direction

Although it may not be as fast as he would like, Mayor Greg Mahler believes the city is making progress in the right direction. The City Council re-elected Mahler as mayor during its regular meeting...

 
 By Scott Swanson    News    January 9, 2019

New state laws cover roadkill to retirement – and a lot more

As the echoes of fireworks died away early on Jan. 1, a bunch of new laws went into effect. They range from new rules for strangulation of a domestic partner to qualification for welfare to hit-and-run accidents, to equal pay and fair work hours....

 

New Oregon license plate to feature Smokey

Keep Oregon Green, in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service and the Oregon Department of Forestry, is launching the sale of a brand new Oregon license plate design.  The plate will feature the ico...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    January 2, 2019

Oregon Congressional delegates weigh in on fixes they'd like to see for U.S.

In addition to listening to and talking with Sweet Home officials about local issues during the delegation's trip to Washington D.C. at the beginning of December, Sen. Ron Wyden and Rep. Peter DeFazio...

 

Merkley to hold town hall in Albany

U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley will hold a town hall in Albany at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 3, at Timber Ridge Middle School, 373 Timber Ridge St. NE, off Knox Butte Road. Merkley will update constituents on his work in Washington, D.C., and answer their...

 

SH city manager gets good review from council

The Sweet Home City Council gave City Manager Ray Towry a positive evaluation in a process that ended last week. The council met in an executive session, which is closed to the public, to discuss the...

 

Local legislator Sprenger named to influential posts

House Republican Whip Rep. Sherrie Sprenger, R-Scio, will serve as vice chair of the House Committee on Judiciary and also as vice chair of the House Committee on Natural Resources. Rep. Sprenger has also been named to the influential House...

 

City Council OKs zoning changes for City Hall

The Sweet Home City Council adopted an ordinance Dec. 11, changing the zoning on a portion of the new City Hall property to highway commercial. A portion of the 6½-acre property, 3225 Hwy. 20, was zoned residential. Three small lots along Highway...

 

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