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 By Sean C. Morgan    News    December 11, 2019 

Council to look at fee increases

The Sweet Home City Council has approved a timeline for updating the city’s systems development charges, which are levied on new construction to pay for infrastructure needed to service new homes. Murraysmith, a public infrastructure engineering...

 

Council to be short

The Sweet Home City Council was scheduled to meet Tuesday night, Dec. 10, but no activity was planned. The council initially intended to cancel the meeting, but the city charter requires the council to meet at least once a month. The council had...

 

SH Councilor Coleman throws hat in legislative race

Sweet Home City Councilor Susan Coleman filed Nov. 24 in what is shaping up to be a crowded Republican Party primary election for state House District 17. Coleman joins a group of candidates that incl...

 

Council moves forward on exclusion law

Following a second reading of the proposed ordinance, the Sweet Home City Council voted last week to move forward to a third reading of the law that would allow police officers to exclude alleged repeat offenders from the downtown area. During the...

 

Council to consider ordinance banning sleeping in bus shelters

The Sweet Home City Council told city staff last week to move forward with a proposed ordinance to prohibit people from camping out in bus shelters. Sweet Home has three new shelters, said Ken Bronson, Senior Center manager and Linn County Shuttle...

 

Jury: State at fault in timber lawsuit

Following a 19-day trial, a Linn County jury last week found in favor of 13 Oregon counties, led by Linn County, who sued the State of Oregon for breach of contract by failing to properly manage forest policy and promote timber harvests on Forest...

 

City expulsion ordinance gets council vote

The Sweet Home City Council held the first reading of its downtown expulsion ordinance last week. During its regular meeting on Nov. 12 the council voted 5-1 to move the proposed “Enhanced Law Enforcement Area” to a first reading. The council...

 

Country Lane case goes to state Supreme Court

Country Lane residents will get another day in court – the Oregon State Supreme Court – in their dispute with Albany and Eastern Railroad over an easement to cross A&E's tracks without paying the...

 

Over protests, planners OK two towers

The Sweet Home Planning Commission Monday evening unanimously approved conditional use permits that will allow the construction of two communications poles, one by Verizon Wireless to improve its service in town and one to communicate with the Falls...

 

City staffers present plans for downtown

City staff last week outlined a multi-pronged approach to dealing with issues in the downtown area to make Sweet Home a more desirable place for people to live and businesses to locate. Staff made the presentation to the City Council during its...

 

Tax bills increase 2.8 to 7.7 percent

The New Era looked at 10 property tax bills, including statements belonging to five city councilors, two newspaper staff members, one police officer, a city department head and a random house on Elm Street. Last year, a check of 10 properties, includ...

 

Councilors urged to pass exclusion law

Members of the public last week urged the City Council to move forward with a plan to create a downtown exclusion zone, an “enhanced law enforcement area,” aimed at keeping repeat lawbreakers out of the area. The City Council continued its...

 

Jacobs makes pitch to council to continue running city treatment plants

Representatives of Jacobs Engineering last week outlined to the City Council the advantages of continuing to contract with the firm to operate the city’s wastewater and water treatment plants, while apologizing for deficiencies identified at the...

 

Councilors learn that nearly all of Corvallis livability law is already on books in SH

City Council members were told Tuesday, Oct. 8, that nearly every regulation included in a 2015 Corvallis “livability” ordinance is already duplicated by Sweet Home ordinances, building codes or state law. Council members have been discussing...

 
 By Scott Swanson    News    October 2, 2019

'Exclusion' law stirs debate as councilors take another look

A possibiltiy of an "exclusion ordinance" banning troublemakers from the downtown area stirred vigorous discussion Tuesday, Sept. 24, as the City Council took another look at the proposal. The...

 
 By Scott Swanson    News    October 2, 2019

Councilors divided over scope, need for 'livability' ordinance

The question of whether Sweet Home should try to do something about rathole rentals led to extensive discussion by the City Council at its Sept. 24 meeting. The issue has been on the council’s radar since 2016, and it reappeared in late August,...

 
 By Scott Swanson    News    October 2, 2019

Council fast-tracks changes to codes

City Council members took steps at their Sept. 24 meeting to fast-track approval of changes to the city’s Zoning Ordinance that have been approved and recommended by the Planning Commission. Planning commissioners held a work session on June 3 to...

 
 By Scott Swanson    News    October 2, 2019

Council hears timelines for water/sewer operations options

City Council members reviewed options for possible changes in management of the city’s Water and Wastewater Treatment facilities at their Sept. 24 meeting. Public Works Director Greg Springman presented three options for the council to consider:...

 

SH, other cities considering joint recycling of biosolids

Sweet Home, Lebanon and Albany officials are proposing to study the feasibility of a regional biosolids recycling program. As part of the Wastewater Treatment Plant Improvement Project, Sweet Home officials intend to begin recycling biosolid waste...

 

Councilors oppose idea of policing rental interiors

Sweet Home City Councilors and the city manager told an audience last week that the city has no intention of passing an ordinance allowing the city to enter the homes of renters. City Manager Ray Towry reiterated the message later in the week...

 

Sprenger to run for county commissioner

State Rep. Sherrie Sprenger announced her candidacy for Linn County Commissioner Thursday afternoon, Sept. 12, on the courthouse steps. "Earlier this afternoon, I filed for Linn County Commissioner...

 

Councilors discuss expanding noise ordinance, ATVs, downtown exclusion

The Sweet Home City Council last week continued discussion on several ordinances last week that would add the human voice to the noise ordinance, allow the use of certain ATVs on city streets, outlaw urination and defecation in public places and...

 

Sen. Girod blames financial 'mismanagement' for state woes

The last legislative session was tough for Sen. Fred Girod. "I loved my job up until six weeks before the end of the session," Girod said during a wide-ranging presentation at the monthly Chamber of...

 

Planning commissioners split over variance denial that new code may remedy

Of The New Era After a majority of the Planning Commission may have been leaning toward approving a variance, the group voted 4-3 to deny a request for a partition and variance that would have created three lots at 2463 Harding St. Commissioners...

 

Livability proposal gives council some pause

The idea of taking on oversight of the interior of rentals homes didn’t sit well with some Sweet Home City Council members last week during a discussion of a Corvallis ordinance they are considering adapting for use to improve livability in Sweet...

 

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