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 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...

 

ATV ordinance back on table for city

A proposed city ordinance that would allow the use of certain all-terrain vehicles on city streets was back on the table last week as Sweet Home Police Chief Jeff Lynn told the City Council that a similar ordinance in Oakridge has not really...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    August 21, 2019

3 options on table for city waste, water treatment

The Sweet Home City Council will meet in an upcoming work session to discuss options for operation of the city's water and wastewater treatment plants. The city turned over the operation of the...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    August 14, 2019

City Hall now officially has new address after massive move

Of The New Era The City of Sweet Home opened for business in its new City Hall, 3225 Main St., Monday morning, Aug. 12. Two staff members kept the old City Hall, 1140 12th Ave., open Friday as...

 

Planners hold off on updates to city code

Of The New Era With just four members present, the Planning Commission held off taking action on proposed zoning code revisions Monday night during its regular meeting to allow more input from additional commissioners at its Sept. 3 meeting....

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    July 31, 2019

City gets first installment of $9 million total in state grants for wastewater plant

Of The New Era The Sweet Home City Council last week accepted a $2 million grant from the Oregon Business Development Department to help pay for its planned $28.2 million Wastewater Treatment Plant project. It is the first of two grants, totaling $9...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    July 31, 2019

New city utilities manager to oversee treatment contract

Of The New Era Sweet Home's new utilities manager is native Steve Haney, will provide oversight over the city's contract with Jacobs Engineering, which operates and maintains the city's wastewater and...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    July 31, 2019

New city water rates mean lower bills for most customers

Of The New Era Sweet Home city councilors last week approved adjustments to the city’s water rates, which will provide a decrease in water bills for approximately 71 percent of the city’s residents and most businesses. Residents who use 600...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    July 24, 2019

Council gives city staff OK on new water rate

Of The New Era Sweet Home city councilors last week gave an informal nod to a change in water rates that will result in lower bills for most Sweet Home residents, while increasing bills for some...

 

Council approves policy changes

During its regular meeting on July 9, the Sweet Home City Council approved a personnel policy update addressing harassment. The city’s insurance provider, CIS, suggested updates to the policy to include an additional reporting process and...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    July 10, 2019

SH moves to access mill, quarry land off 24th Avenue

Of The New Era The city planning office is considering a request by city officials to partition property to allow a property swap with a neighbor and to widen 24th Avenue in anticipation of future...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    July 3, 2019

Councilors approve deal for final wastewater plant design

Of The New Era The City Council last week approved a proposal for Murraysmith engineering services to provide final design and construction management services for the Wastewater Treatment Plant improvement project. The project, which carries a...

 

Pacific Power withdraws tower request

Pacific Power last week withdrew a request for a variance for a wireless communication tower. The Sweet Home Planning Commission had been scheduled to hold a public hearing on the variance Monday evening. Pacific Power has found a location that does...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    July 3, 2019

Council rejects plant operator's request for fee increase

Of The New Era The Sweet Home City Council last week rejected a request by Jacobs Engineering Group to increase by 3 percent the fee it charges the city to operate and maintain Sweet Home’s water and wastewater treatment plants. “We have sent...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    July 3, 2019

Jamboree plans get council OK

Of The New Era The Sweet Home City Council last week approved a package of road and park closures, waivers and permits for the 2019 Oregon Jamboree. Among the items on the list is the closure of Sankey Park to the public from 6 a.m. Monday, July 29...

 

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