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 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...

 
 By Scott Swanson    News    June 26, 2019

Tucker to retire from County Commission

Of The New Era Will Tucker has decided not to run again for his seat on the County Commission in the 2020 election. But he emphasizes he’s not “calling it quits.” “That’s not quite what I...

 

New economic development director brings education, small-town experience to SH

By Sean C. Morgan Of The New Era Sweet Home’s new community and economic development director says he chose to work in small towns because he can make a difference in them. Blair Larsen brings exper...

 

Councilors look at other cities as they ponder rates

By Sean C. Morgan Of The New Era City of Sweet Home water bills are at the upper end of a group of similarly sized cities, but comparisons of operational costs among different cities is difficult, thanks to a variety of variables. That’s the...

 

Forest Service to host open house on Quartzville-Middle Santiam Project activities

The Willamette National Forest is inviting members of the public to share ideas about future activities proposed for the Quartzville-Middle Santiam Project on the Sweet Home Ranger District. An open house will be held Thursday, June 6, from 5:30 to...

 

If I Were Mayor winners

Local sixth-graders Peyton Lindsey and Payton Messmer, winners of the annual If I Were Mayor contest take their place behind the council dais as Councilor Diane Gerson and Mayor Greg Mahler look on....

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    June 5, 2019

City Council members agree to another year of RAIN

City Council members agreed to renew an agreement with other local cities and the Regional Accelerator and Innovation Network to pay $7,124.76 over the next fiscal year to keep RAIN operating in the...

 
 By Scott Swanson    News    June 5, 2019

Council OKs city budget; delays on utility rate hike decisions

The Sweet Home City Council on Tuesday, May 28, voted 4-3 to approve a $19,761,737 city budget for the 2019-20 fiscal year beginning July 1. Voting in support of the budget were Mayor Greg Mahler and Councilors Susan Coleman, James Goble and Dave Tra...

 

Local election has lots of write-ins

The two unopposed candidates for School Board were elected to new terms of office in the May 21 election. Jenny Daniels, receiving 900 out of 912 votes, was elected to the final two years of her term...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    May 22, 2019

Council hears from public on city funds transfer plan

During a public hearing last week, several members of the public objected to a proposed transfer in the 2019-20 budget of money from the Police Department and library levies to a new Internal Services Fund to pay for administration and finance...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    May 22, 2019

City Council considers up to $4 increase to most utility bills

Depending on how the City Council acts, city utility bills could increase by about $4 monthly at the most under three options presented last week to council members. City staff presented three proposals for water rate increases and a proposal to incr...

 

Election mix-ups result in shortage of candidates on ballot

Sweet Home has two incumbent candidates filed for the May 21 School Board election with a third incumbent running as a write-in candidate, and no candidates filed for the Fire and Ambulance District, with three incumbents running as write-in...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    May 8, 2019

Here's what the proposed 2019-20 Sweet Home city budget looks like

Of The New Era The 2019-20 budget approved by the city’s Budget Committee includes $17.1 million in expenditures with expected revenues of $13.5 million. The 2019-20 budget takes effect July 1. The 2018-19 budget ends June 30. The Budget Committee...

 

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