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 By Benny Westcott    News    August 17, 2022 

Kelcey Young named new Sweet Home city manager

By Benny Westcott Kelcey Young will be Sweet Home's next city manager, Mayor Greg Mahler announced in a letter released Thursday, Aug. 18, but dated Aug. 16. Mahler wrote that the City Council, after... Full story

 
 By Benny Westcott    News    August 17, 2022 

City manager hopefuls make public debut

About two dozen people attended a Wednesday, Aug. 10, meet-and-greet with the two Sweet Home city manager candidates at City Hall. Kelcey Young and Blair Larsen each gave 10-minute presentations addre...

 
 By Benny Westcott    News    August 17, 2022 

Bid solicitations approved for Phase 1 of treatment plant

The Sweet Home City Council voted unanimously Aug. 9 to allow staff to solicit bids for Phase One of the Mahler Water Reclamation Facility Improvements Project. The city has been in design for...

 

County Planning Dept. busy with permits, post-fire rebuilding

Linn County’s Planning & Building Department issued 209 total building permits in July, Director Steve Wills told the Board of Commissioners Tuesday, Aug. 9. Board Chair Roger Nyquist was not present and Commissioner Sherrie Sprenger participated b...

 

Public Safety (Aug. 17, 2022)

Aug. 8 12:18 a.m. - Allen Dale Ensley, 33, was cited and released on a Sweet Home Municipal Court warrant for failure to appear on an original charge of second-degree criminal mischief, 18th Ave./Main St. 12:28 a.m. - Matthew Carl Martin, 32, was...

 

Need work? County Parks Dept. still needs help

Business has been booming this summer at Linn County Parks, director Brian Carroll told the Board of Commissioners Tuesday morning, Aug 2. However, he added, staffing remains well below adequate levels. “Our staff is doing a great job and they are...

 

Planners give final OK to new development code

At its Thursday, Aug. 4 meeting at City Hall, the Sweet Home Planning Commission approved an updated Sweet Home Development Code that commissioners have been working on for several years. The code will now be sent to the Sweet Home City Council for f...

 
 By Benny Westcott    News    August 3, 2022

City manager search down to 2 finalists

After a series of executive session interviews, the Sweet Home City Council has selected two top finalists from whom it plans to select Sweet Home's next city manager. The two remaining candidates are current Sweet Home Community and Economic...

 
 By Benny Westcott    News    August 3, 2022

Council: No to psilocybin businesses

A City Council majority said "no" last week to psilocybin in Sweet Home, voting Tuesday, July 26, to adopt a resolution referring to voters a measure proposing a prohibition on businesses related to...

 
 By Scott Swanson    News    August 3, 2022

Gubernatorial hopefuls face off in debate

The three women running for the Oregon governor's seat in November faced off for the first time Friday, July 29, kicking off an historic election season. Republican Christine Drazan, nonaffiliated...

 

County: No to Douglas fir monument

Linn County Commissioners Roger Nyquist, Sherrie Sprenger and Will Tucker unanimously agreed Tuesday morning, July 28, to send a letter to the mid-valley’s Congressional delegation opposing the proposed Douglas fir National Monument. The proposed...

 

New head of county Development Disabilities Department named

Chrissy Cliburn is the new director of the Linn County Public Health's Development Disabilities Department, but she isn't new to the department. She has a head for figures and a heart for helping...

 

Commissioners discuss rural garbage rate adjustments

The process of adjusting solid waste sanitation rates for the three companies that provide services to rural residents came before Linn County Commissioners Roger Nyquist and Sherrie Sprenger Tuesday morning, July 19. Commissioner Will Tucker was...

 
 By Benny Westcott    News    July 20, 2022

Sweet Home finance director to leave post

Sweet Home Finance Director Brandon Neish will be leaving his office Friday, July 29. However, he's merely jumping into the same position, this time in the city of Lebanon. He replaces Matthew Apken,...

 
 By Benny Westcott    News    July 20, 2022

City Council tables discussion of rules amendments

A unanimous vote on July 12 tabled two proposed amendments to city council rules discussed by the Administration, Finance and Property Committee and submitted to the council for review. The first would deny requests for a third telephonic/video confe...

 

County commissioners hear first reading of mushroom ordinance

The first reading of an ordinance that would allow Linn County residents to vote Nov. 8 to ban the growing and sales of psilocybin mushrooms in Linn County, was held Tuesday morning, July 12, before the Board of Commissioners. Commissioners Roger...

 

Wills to lead county planning department

Former Linn County Building Official Steve Wills has been promoted to director of the Planning and Building Department, County Administrator Darrin Lane said last week. "We have observed Steve over...

 

Planning group: No to detention pond fence

The Sweet Home Planning Commission on Thursday, July 7, denied a variance to allow a six-foot fence to be built around two sides of a detention pond on 4900 Mimosa Circle, abutting Mimosa Circle and...

 

County to continue transportation program for local veterans

Linn County will continue a highly successful medical transportation program for veterans, even after a grant from the Oregon Department of Veterans Affairs runs out next spring, Commissioners Roger Nyquist, Sherrie Sprenger and Will Tucker agreed...

 
 By Benny Westcott    News    July 6, 2022

The future of Quarry Park?

The Sweet Home City Council on Tuesday, June 28, discussed the future of the city-owned 230-acre Quarry Park property directly north of 24th Avenue and south of the Santiam River. Councilors were...

 
 By Benny Westcott    News    July 6, 2022

Council approves $20,000 to help fund local leadership program

The Sweet Home City Council last week approved an allocation of $20,000 in support of a Sweet Home Combined Community Leadership Program, which will be run by the Rural Development Initiative (RDI). RDI has customized a combined program that...

 

County looks to vote on production of psilocybin mushrooms

Linn County residents will have the opportunity to vote on whether they want to allow the production of psilocybin mushrooms outside of incorporated cities on the November ballot, Commissioners Roger Nyquist, Sherrie Sprenger and Will Tucker agreed...

 

Commissioners approve 2022-23 county budget

Linn County Commissioners Roger Nyquist, Sherrie Sprenger and Will Tucker adopted the county’s budget for the 2022-23 fiscal year during a brief meeting Thursday morning, June 23. The budget had previously been approved by the Budget Committee...

 
 By Benny Westcott    News    June 22, 2022

Downtown landowners talk vacancies

Several local business owners came to the table Monday, June 20, to discuss with city councilors what can be done about vacant buildings downtown, among other things. Peter Miner, who is considering...

 
 By Benny Westcott    News    June 22, 2022

Planning Commission OKs subdivision

The Sweet Home Planning Commission at its June 16 meeting voted 6-0 to allow the Albany-based Cordle Construction LLC to subdivide a 193,625-square-foot property west of 45th Avenue into 18 lots. Commissioners Jeffrey Parker, David Lowman, Jamie Melc...

 

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