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 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...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    July 25, 2018

Water service shut-offs rise

The City of Sweet Home is shutting off more water services to delinquent customers each month than it did last year. During 2017, the city generally shut off between 20 and 46 water services for delinquent bills, according to city records. The...

 
 By Scott Swanson    News    July 25, 2018

Gubernatorial candidates lay out cases for newspaper crowd

With Gov. Kate Brown bowing out, a proposed debate between the top gubernatorial candidates became, instead, campaign stump speeches by her chief opponents, Republican Knute Buehler and Independent Patrick Starnes, to an audience of newspaper...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    July 18, 2018

Planners OK permits for 2 public projects

The Sweet Home Planning Commission approved conditional use permits for the School District’s construction project at Sweet Home Junior High School and the Sweet Home Fire and Ambulance District’s plans to expand Foster Station. The School Distri...

 

Commissioners approve 8% rural trash rate increase

Linn County Commissioners on July 10 approved an 8 percent rate increase for waste haulers who serve rural customers in Lebanon and Sweet Home. The board had discussed the matter at length the previous week, July 3, but decided to table the matter...

 
 By Scott Swanson    News    July 11, 2018

Commissioners approve bed tax, discuss rural recycling costs

Linn County Commissioners last week approved what amounts to a 5 percent transient occupancy tax that will be collected from county businesses that offer lodging to visitors. The approval was...

 

4 council seats up for election

The filing period for Sweet Home City Council seats in the Nov. 6 general election is open through 5 p.m. on Aug. 28. Four seats will be open, with those positions expiring Dec. 31. Incumbents are Robert Briana, Susan Coleman, Diane Gerson and Mayor...

 
 By Scott Swanson    News    July 4, 2018

Council pushes to hold down trash rate hike

City Council members made it clear Tuesday night, June 26, that they believe a 16 percent garbage rate increase proposed by Sweet Home Sanitation to cover its increased recycling costs is excessive and questioned why it took so long for the matter...

 
 By Scott Swanson    News    July 4, 2018

Council approves budget for 2018-19 among other actions on busy evening

The City Council approved a $17,878,561 budget for the fiscal year 2018-19, which began July 1, at its meeting Tuesday evening, June 26. City Finance Director Brandon Neish told council members that though the Budget Committee approved the budget...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    June 27, 2018

City finding savings in fixing pipe leakage

Technology, innovation and simplicity are bringing down the cost of repairing manholes in Sweet Home. Public Works Director Greg Springman is reluctant to estimate the potential savings of a new technique for manhole repair because the city hasn’t...

 
 By Scott Swanson    News    June 20, 2018

Trash haulers: Recycling 'crisis' forcing rates up

Sweet Home Sanitation executives warned the City Council last week that a rate increase will be needed to cover what they described as rapidly rising costs for their company in dealing with recycling that cannot be shipped overseas. Sweet Home Site...

 
 By Scott Swanson    News    June 20, 2018

Council renews contract with water/sewer plant operator

The City Council last week agreed to renew the city's contract with Jacobs Engineering to operate Sweet Home's water and wastewater treatment plant. The approval was unanimous for Mayor Greg Mahler...

 
 By Sean C Morgan    News    June 13, 2018

Planning commissioners finalize accessory dwelling recommendations

The Sweet Home Planning Commission last week voted to recommend approval of new rules for building or siting accessory dwelling structures within the city limits. In 2017, the state legislature approved a new law, Senate Bill 1051, allowing...

 
 By Sean C Morgan    News    June 13, 2018

Council plans to transfer city's Community Grants Program to SH Foundation

The Sweet Home City Council has instructed City Manager Ray Towry to work with the Sweet Home Community Foundation on transferring the city’s Community Grants Program to the foundation. Council members discussed the issue during their May 22...

 

MaQatish, Plagmann qualify for November in contested race

During the May 15 election, Rachel Kittson-MaQatish won the most votes for Linn County Circuit Court judge, position one. With 44.92 percent of the vote, 9,915 votes, she will face Teri L. Plagmann, who received 30.04 percent of the vote (6,631...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    May 16, 2018

SH joining other cities to hire RAIN 'venture catalyst'

Sweet Home has joined seven other cities in Linn and Benton counties in pooling funds to hire a “venture catalyst,” who will help connect local budding entrepreneurs to the resources they need to build successful and lasting businesses. The...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    May 9, 2018

City to maintain its budget levels

The City of Sweet Home is proposing to maintain budget levels into the next fiscal year as it prepares for its annual budget approval process. City Manager Ray Towry presented the budget proposal for fiscal 2018-19 to the city’s Budget Committee...

 
 By Audrey Caro    News    May 9, 2018

Candidates for judge answer questions at Democrat event

Four judicial candidates were featured speakers at the Linn County Democrats meeting at the Albany Public Library on May 3. Jennifer S. Hisey, Rachel Kittson-MaQatish, Teri Plagmann and Rebecca...

 
 By Audrey Caro    News    April 25, 2018

First-time candidate sees room for new blood

Stephanie Newton, 28, decided to run for the open seat on the Linn County Board of Commissioners at the encouragement of Albany Mayor Sharon Kanopa, she said. Newton regularly attends different city...

 

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