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 By Sean C. Morgan    News    October 17, 2018 

Planners OK permit for new City Hall

The Sweet Home Planning Commission Monday approved a conditional use permit for the new City Hall. During its regular meeting, the Planning Commission also recommended to the City Council the approval of a zone change, from low-density residential...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    October 17, 2018 

Republican and incumbent John Lindsey says things good in county

Through hard times, Linn County and its Board of Commissioners have performed, says Commissioner John Lindsey, who is running for what would be his sixth four-year term in office. They've done more...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    October 17, 2018 

Challenger Stephanie Newton: Commission needs new blood

If elected to the County Commission, Stephanie Newton says she wants "to bring a fresh perspective" and will pursue businesses to create family wage jobs while expanding access to healthcare and affor...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    October 17, 2018 

Independent candidate Gary Sullivan: cut taxes for residents

Gary Sullivan would like to charge much lower property taxes on residential properties. "It's not so much for me," Sullivan said. "I seem to get by." It's about the little old lady scraping by who has...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    October 17, 2018 

Councilors mixed in reactions to business license proposal

The Sweet Home City Council last week, by consensus, directed city staff to begin looking into options for creating a business license at the request of the Sweet Home Chamber of Commerce. Bob Briana, Susan Coleman and Diane Gerson said during the...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    October 17, 2018 

Incumbent Sprenger says she's made progress, but has more to do in Legislature

Sherrie Sprenger says she still has more work to do. Sprenger, 53, is the Republican incumbent for state House District 17, which includes the Lebanon, Stayton and Sweet Home areas, a position she has held for 10 years. She faces a Democrat...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    October 17, 2018 

Windsor-White would bring understanding of rural issues to Salem

Renee Windsor-White says that she can speak to the issues facing the people of House District 17 because she’s faced those issues before. Windsor-White, 66, is running as a Democrat for state House District 17, which includes the Lebanon, Stayton...

 

As election nears, commissioner finds himself embroiled in ongoing dispute

Linn County Commissioner John Lindsey, who is running for re-election, has found himself in an ongoing skirmish over the past several months with a relative of a former neighbor. Albany resident...

 

Commissioners weighing future of SH Justice Court

The Linn County Board of Commissioners is considering whether to close the Sweet Home Justice Court, due to its low level of activity. The board discussed the issue during its regular meeting on Oct....

 
 By Scott Swanson    News    October 3, 2018

Judge candidates discuss qualifications, concerns at forum

A judicial shortage in Linn County Circuit Court and the need to help unrepresented litigants were two big topics as candidates for two open judgeships made their cases last week to voters at a forum...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    October 3, 2018

City to collect transient occupancy tax for county

The Sweet Home City Council approved a resolution Sept. 25 to begin collecting transient occupancy taxes on behalf of Linn County, which has imposed a new 3-percent tax. The Linn County Board of Commissioners approved the tax during its July 3...

 

Elm Street residences to get updated water line connections

By Sean C. Morgan Of The New Era The Sweet Home City Council last week approved a project to abandon an old 2-inch water main along the eastern end of Elm Street and move service connections there to...

 

Citizens sought for committee that will review Sweet Home's charter

The City of Sweet Home is seeking citizens to serve on a committee that will be tasked with reviewing and possibly recommending changes to the city charter. The committee’s role will review the charter – the city’s governing document, which dic...

 

Councilors raise concerns about Jamboree impacts

By Sean C. Morgan Of The New Era The Oregon Jamboree will need to look at new options for camping next year and city councilors are concerned about the length of time the country music festival keeps...

 

City Hall goes to bid

The Sweet Home City Council last week approved plans to seek bids to remodel the new City Hall building. The council voted 7-0 to move forward with the project during its regular meeting on Aug. 28. City officials are planning to move City Hall to...

 

Council selects three members to travel to Washington, D.C.

The Sweet Home City Council voted 6-0 to send three members to Washington, D.C., for the upcoming national tree lighting ceremony to be held on the west lawn of the U.S. Capitol. A fourth councilor’s plans to travel there will not be sanctioned by...

 

City looking for grant for sidewalks around SHJH

The City of Sweet Home is pursuing a grant to construct sidewalks around Sweet Home Junior High School, including on the hill on Mountain View Road between Ames Creek Road and 22nd Avenue. While the Sweet Home School District is moving forward with...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    August 22, 2018

Realities of pot production not looking so green for growers

A report released by the Oregon-Idaho High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area this month shows that marijuana overproduction in Oregon is fueling illegal transport to black markets out of the state. Linn County is part of the Oregon-Idaho HIDTA, and...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    August 15, 2018

Voters to choose on pool levy

In the Nov. 6 general election, voters will decide whether to continue a local option levy used to pay for swimming pool operations at Sweet Home High School. The Sweet Home School District voted Monday evening during its regular board meeting to...

 

Incumbents only candidates for council so far

All four incumbents, as of Monday, Aug. 13, had filed to run for open City Council seats in the Nov. 6 general election. They are Susan Coleman, Bob Briana, Greg Mahler and Diane Gerson, all cu. Their terms in office expire Dec. 31. The filing...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    August 8, 2018

Planners OK another pot retail store

The Sweet Home Planning Commission on July 30 approved a conditional use permit for a fourth retail marijuana outlet in town following a public hearing. Voting to approve the permit during the commission’s regular monthly meeting were Thomas Herb,...

 

Thus far, 3 candidates file for 4 council openings

Three candidates as of Monday, Aug. 6, had filed to run for City Council in the Nov. 6 general election. They are Susan Coleman and Diane Gerson and Greg Mahler, all incumbents. The filing period for City Council is open through 5 p.m. on Aug. 27...

 

County seeking applicants for advisory boards

The Linn County Board of Commissioners is seeking applicants who are interested in serving on various advisory county commissions and boards that currently have vacancies: Three-year terms are available on the: Compensation Board, Developmental...

 
 By Scott Swanson    News    August 1, 2018

Council OKs inter-fund loan to pay for City Hall

The City Council, meeting Tuesday, July 24, at its new chambers location, the Police Station community room, approved an inter-fund loan within the city’s budget to finance the new City Hall at 3225 Main St. The council last year authorized the...

 
 By Scott Swanson    News    August 1, 2018

Councilors take Jamboree to task for late request before granting it

The Sweet Home City Council voted 5-2 to approve a list of requests for closures and fee waivers from the Oregon Jamboree Tuesday, July 24, after a lengthy give-and-take exhange over particulars in the request and other concerns. The list of street...

 

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