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Masks mandatory Wednesday in all indoor public spaces

Gov. Kate Brown announced Monday that Oregonians statewide are required to wear face coverings in indoor public spaces, beginning Wednesday, July 1. The order applies to businesses and members of the public visiting indoor public spaces. Face coverin...

 
 By Scott Swanson    News    July 1, 2020

Employees, city agree on contract

The City Council, in a special meeting Monday night, June 29, approved a four-year contract with city employees to end nearly a year of negotiations. The 40-page document includes a number of changes from previous contracts that both City Manager Ray...

 
 By Scott Swanson    News    June 17, 2020

City cuts deal with Enterprise to manage fleet

Sweet Home City Council members decided Tuesday, June 9, to contract with Enterprise to manage its vehicle fleet. City Manager Ray Towry introduced the subject by telling councilors that fleet management has been an “issue” for Sweet Home. When...

 
 By Megan Stewart    News    June 17, 2020

City bosses forego COLAs to keep staff

In an effort avoid laying off city staff, all five City of Sweet Home department heads volunteered to forego their annual 3 percent salary boost in hopes of preventing layoffs, City Manager Ray Towry...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    June 17, 2020

New Planning Commission member wants to contribute

Since moving to Sweet Home last summer, Candi Unger has gotten involved in her new community by joining the city Planning Commission. The City Council appointed Unger, 44, to the commission in March....

 
 By Scott Swanson    News    June 17, 2020

Council moves to give Midway residents option to use wells

Property owners in the Midway area of the city who have wells may soon be able to disconnect from Sweet Home’s water system and use their own well water, as the City Council on Tuesday, June 9, began amending a city ordinance to allow that. City...

 
 By Scott Swanson    News    June 10, 2020

City applying for federal COVID aid funds

The City of Sweet Home is applying for a federal grant that would fund public facilities and housing improvements for low- and moderate-income residents, and childcare services for local healthcare...

 

Cate wins GOP primary as Sword concedes race

Jami Cate is officially the winner of the Republican primary race for the Oregon House District 17 seat. Scott Sword, who trailed Cate by 34 votes going into last week, announced early Friday morning, June 5, that he was conceding. “I am sorry to...

 
 By Scott Swanson    News    June 3, 2020

Cate claims victory; Sword not done yet

Jami Cate declared victory last week in the primary election for the state House District 17 seat, with a 34-vote lead over her closest competitor, Scott Sword, who says he isn't conceding yet. Cate,...

 
 By Scott Swanson    News    June 3, 2020

City seeking new engineer of record, treatment plants operator

Sweet Home City Councilors on Tuesday, May 26, gave staff members the go-ahead to seek bids for city engineering services and a new operator for the water/wastewater treatment plants. Council members...

 

June 8 School Board meeting moved to Junior High

The Sweet Home School District Board will meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday, June 8, in the new gym at Sweet Home Junior High School. Due to the COVID-19 state-wide restrictions, and in keeping with the efforts of social distancing to reduce the spread of...

 

City Council to conduct budget hearing June 9

Sweet Home City Council will meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 9, to hold a public hearing on the proposed municipal budget for fiscal year 2020-21. A copy of the budget may be inspected or obtained at...

 

$29.4M city budget OK'd by committee

The City of Sweet Home Budget Committee voted to approve the proposed 2020-21 city budget on Tuesday May 19. The committee tabled motions to approve the budget and levy taxes during its previous meeting on May 14 and then held off voting for it...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    May 27, 2020

Spenger wins, Cate leads election

Current State House District 17 Rep. Sherrie Sprenger won the Republican primary for Linn County Commissioner Position 3 with 65.79 percent of the vote during the May 19 primary election. With 10,947...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    May 27, 2020

Land use panel overturns county rezone near Crawfordsville

The Oregon Land Use Board of Appeals has reversed a decision made last year by the Linn County Board of Commissioners allowing the rezoning of 108 acres off Crawfordsville Drive from farm forest to...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    May 27, 2020

City: Daily savings from pipe leak fix 359,000 gallons day

Data collected by the city Public Works Department continues to confirm that repair of a massive water leak on the north end of 9th Avenue has solved a large percentage of the water lost in Sweet Home’s water system. During the past month, the...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    May 27, 2020

SHFAD Budget Committee approves 2.6% budget increase

The Sweet Home Fire and Ambulance District Budget Committee last week approved an increase of about 2.6 percent in General Fund expenditures for fiscal 2020-21. Committee members met May 19 to consider the proposed budget. With their approval, the...

 

City Council to hold special meeting Tuesday for public input on local housing, community development needs

The Sweet Home City Council is holding a special meeting Tuesday evening, June 2, to take input from the public on community development and housing needs, particularly those of low- and moderate-income residents, as well as other needs that could...

 
 By Megan Stewart    News    May 20, 2020

Rebound from COVID-19 dominates council's attention last week

Addressing the Sweet Home City Council last week, Linn County Commissioner Will Tucker and Rep. Sherrie Sprenger urged Sweet Home residents to follow the guidelines as the county begins reopening, both to protect lives and to prevent the state from...

 
 By Megan Stewart    News    May 20, 2020

Council gives City Manager Ray Towry high marks

The Sweet Home City Council provided City Manager Raymond Towry with positive marks on his annual evaluation. Councilors unanimously approved the evaluation during their meeting on Tuesday, May 12....

 
 By Megan Stewart    News    May 20, 2020

Budget Committee agrees to keep levy intact, move marijuana money to General Fund

The Sweet Home Budget Committee last week continued its discussion of allocating marijuana tax funds to the General Fund for future needs and $230,000 originally proposed for property tax reductions to fund up to two police officer positions. The mee...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    May 13, 2020

Budget panel nixes proposed levy reduction

City Budget Committee members last week rejected a budget proposal that would decrease property taxes by 30 cents per $1,000 of assessed value. The Budget Committee met Tuesday, May 5, as part of its ongoing review of the proposed budget. It is...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    May 13, 2020

Proposed police budget includes spending increase of $12,000

Under the proposed budget for 2020-21, the city is projecting a slight increase in police spending, less than $12,000 on a $3.1 million budget. The increase includes a proposed reduction of 30 cents per $1,000 in assessed value in the Police...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    May 6, 2020

County officials say it's time to end shut-down

Linn County commissioners are hoping that Linn County will be among the first counties to begin reopening later this month, while Gov. Kate Brown on Friday called for more testing, contact tracing and isolation of the coronavirus that causes...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    May 6, 2020

Sweet Home budget proposed at $34.7 million for 2020-21

City Manager Ray Towry outlined a relatively optimistic city budget proposal for 2020-21, but that optimism is tempered by uncertainty caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Towry delivered his annual budget message to the city’s Budget Committee on...

 

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