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 By Sean C. Morgan    News    March 25, 2020 

Councilors declare COVID-19 state of emergency

The Sweet Home City Council on Thursday, March 19, declared a state of emergency in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and approved a plan to waive fees for shutting off and starting water service for...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    March 25, 2020 

Governor's order shuts down state

With the number of persons testing positive for COVID-19 in Oregon reaching 191 as of Monday morning, Gov. Kate Brown issued an executive order requiring Oregonians to stay at home, closing businesses and requiring social distancing measures. A resid...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    March 18, 2020

City councilors ponder water rate proposals

City staff members have proposed increases for all of the city’s water customers. Staff presented their recommendations to the City Council at its March 10 meeting. At the low end, those using 300 cubic feet per month or less, water bills would...

 

Update: City shuts down some operations, chamber banquet postponed

The Sweet Home Chamber of Commerce announced Thursday morning that its awards banquet, scheduled for Saturday, March 14, will be postponed indefinitely, due to concerns about local instances of the coronavirus. Shortly before that, the City of Sweet... Full story

 
 By Scott Swanson    News    March 11, 2020

Country Lane residents, A&E day in (Supreme) Court Thursday

Country Lane residents expect to get a final resolution of their dispute with Albany and Eastern Railroad beginning Thursday, March 12, when the Oregon Supreme Court hears their case at the University of Oregon Law School in Eugene. Fourteen...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    March 11, 2020

Gerrit Southard, Josh Bondeson top public safety honorees

Josh Bondesen was named the Sweet Home Fire and Ambulance District Firefighter of the Year, while the Police Department presented its Police Officer of the Year Award to Gerrit Southard, and Katie...

 
 By Scott Swanson    News    March 11, 2020

Commissioner gives local retirees first-person account of Timber Trial

Linn County Commission Chair Roger Nyquist told a group of local retirees last week that the $1 billion timber lawsuit Linn and 12 other counties won against the Oregon Department of Forestry last November unveiled a dearth of data behind the state...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    March 4, 2020

City staff: Water rate hike needed

The city council intends to use the proceeds from the sale of the former Public Works headquarters and Water Treatment Plant on 9th Avenue to help pay for needed capital projects at the Water Treatment Plant and offset some potential rate increases...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    March 4, 2020

City Council takes steps to change zoning in problem areas

The Sweet Home City Council held the first readings of ordinances that will change zoning in two areas. The first of those is composed of 32.1 acres between 18th and 22nd avenues and between Tamarack...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    March 4, 2020

City hires consultants to overhaul planning rules, using model codes

Planning consultants John Morgan and Walt Wendolowski have started working on a complete overhaul of Sweet Home’s planning ordinances based on model codes they have developed for Millersburg. Morgan, who has assisted Sweet Home in a variety of plan...

 

Councilors aim for downtown streetscape plan

The Sweet Home City Council is essentially continuing forward with last year’s goals, while adding an action plan to create a downtown streetscape plan. The council met with City Manager Ray Towry and department heads in an annual three-day work...

 

City Council gives Jacobs the pink slip

The Sweet Home City Council has officially agreed to part ways with Jacobs Engineering, which has operated the city’s water and wastewater treatment plants since 2006. A year ago, city staff conducted an audit of the Water Treatment Plant that...

 

Councilors OK bus shelter loitering ban

The Sweet Home City Council last week gave final approval to a new ordinance that bans the use of bus shelters for any other purpose than waiting for a bus. The council voted 5-1 to approve the ordinance during its regular meeting on Feb. 11...

 

Second SH resident enters House race

A 22-year-old Sweet Home man and Oregon State University senior has thrown his hat into what is now a six-way race for the Republican Party primary nomination for state House Dist. 17. Dylan Richards...

 

Rep. Sprenger introduces riot crimes bill

Rep. Sherrie Sprenger (R-Scio) has introduced a bill to increase penalties for riot crimes if a person is wearing a mask to conceal their identity during the commission of the crime. “In recent years we have seen an alarming increase of violent...

 

TimberUnity goes to Salem

A convoy of trucks left Sweet Home at 5 a.m. this morning to join the TimberUnity rally in Salem. Our reporter Sarah Brown is on the scene. Look for her report in our Feb. 12 edition about local... Full story

 

City to end relationship with Jacobs

The Sweet Home City Council last week declined to negotiate with Jacobs Engineering to continue operating the city’s water and wastewater treatment plants. In a work session held Tuesday, Jan. 14, the councilors made no official decision but...

 

Councilors approve exclusion law on 5-2 vote

The Sweet Home City Council last week approved an ordinance that will allow police officers to exclude people from the downtown area after they are cited or arrested for a third offense in a year....

 
 By Sarah Brown    News    January 15, 2020

Timber Unity gearing up for legislative session

Timber Unity members are warming up their trucks for another rally at the capitol on Thursday, Feb. 6, to put pressure on the legislature regarding a successor to House Bill 2020 that is expected to b...

 

City eyes zoning change near 18th and Tamarack

The City of Sweet Home is requesting a zoning change in the area east of 18th Avenue and north of Tamarack Street, from residential-industrial transition to medium-density residential. City Associate...

 

New laws greet Oregonians with arrival of new year

The Oregon Legislature passed a total of nearly 700 new bills in 2019, many of which kicked in on Jan. 1. The new laws impact a wide range of aspects of Oregonians’ daily life: shopping, driving, work and employment, housing, the environment, and...

 

Grants available for arts, culture

The Linn County Cultural Coalition is accepting proposals for grants to fund projects that will promote and improve access to the arts, to history and local heritage, and for humanities-related activities in Linn County. The LCCC is a 501(c)3 non-pro...

 

Council, police union sign off on new contract

Barely enough City Council members to form a quorum, needed to make a decision, gathered Wednesday evening, Dec. 18, to approve two salary increases for city employees. The four councilors who were able to attend the meeting, one by phone, approved...

 

Council to look at fee increases

The Sweet Home City Council has approved a timeline for updating the city’s systems development charges, which are levied on new construction to pay for infrastructure needed to service new homes. Murraysmith, a public infrastructure engineering...

 

Council to be short

The Sweet Home City Council was scheduled to meet Tuesday night, Dec. 10, but no activity was planned. The council initially intended to cancel the meeting, but the city charter requires the council to meet at least once a month. The council had...

 

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