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Voters to choose from nine candidates for City Council

The field has been finalized for Sweet Home’s upcoming municipal elections on Nov. 3. Four City Council members – James Goble, Lisa Gourley, Cortney Nash and Dave Trask – have their seats up, and all four are running again. Five new...

 

Councilors OK plan to raise building fees

City Council members came to a consensus on planned increases to system development charges at a work session on Thursday, Sept. 3. The council decided, informally, to implement the increase in phases, and also capped the increase about $3,000 lower...

 

City Councilors discuss raising SDC fees for new construction

By Kelly Kenoyer Of The New Era City Council members last week discussed increasing the city’s System Development Charges over the next several years, which would bring the charges to a level similar to other comparable cities. Councilors Diane...

 

Cost of wastewater plant improvements rises, but changes should last longer

Of The New Era Costs for the planned wastewater treatment plant have risen about $1.9 million since the last estimate, but planners say the changes will help the plant last a lot longer. City Council...

 
 By Kelly Kenoyer    News    August 26, 2020

Local officials working to put COVID revenue to use for kids

Plans are coming together for childcare during the new socially distanced school year for Sweet Home students, thanks to money from a Linn County emergency order. Linn County Commissioners earlier this month determined to step up for local kids by...

 
 By Scott Swanson    News    August 26, 2020

City Public Works tries new (to it) surfacing technique to fix street

A serpentine pile of gravel down the center of 29th Avenue last week represented what could be a new approach to fixing streets in Sweet Home: chip sealing. Thursday morning, Aug. 20, a street...

 
 By Kelly Kenoyer    News    August 19, 2020

Councilors OK zoning change for apartments

Sweet Home City Council members spent an hour on Tuesday, Aug. 11, listening to public testimony and addressing questions from concerned neighbors about a zoning change application for a property overlooking Mountain View Road. The proposed zoning...

 

Four candidates so far for Nov. 3 City Council election

Four candidates have already registered to run for Sweet Home’s City Council, which will have four vacant seats to fill in the Nov. 3 election. Councilors James Goble, Lisa Gourley, Cortney Nash, and Dave Trask are up for re-election, and Nash and...

 
 By Scott Swanson    News    August 12, 2020

County commissioners declare local emergency – for kids

By Scott Swanson Of The New Era Linn County Commissioners last week determined to step up for local kids by approving a declaration of local emergency in response to Gov. Kate Brown’s July 28 order that students in fourth grade and above in countie...

 
 By Kelly Kenoyer    News    August 5, 2020

Councilors split over zoning change for proposed apartments

Of The New Era A public hearing at Sweet Home City Council to consider a zoning change drew debate from the community and led to an evenly divided council with no decision. At their July 28 meeting, councilors considered an order that would rezone a...

 
 By Kelly Kenoyer    News    August 5, 2020

East-end sidewalk project costs keep rising, thanks to delays

Of The New Era A sidewalk project along Highway 20 in Sweet Home, which has been in the works for five years, has ballooned to over $3 million in total costs, City Council members learned Tuesday,...

 

Rallies take place with 'no issues'

Two rallies held in Sweet Home Friday evening, July 31, were peaceful, with "no issues," Police Chief Jeff Lynn said Monday. A Freedom Rally held at the corner of 15th Avenue and Main Street...

 
 By Scott Swanson    News    July 29, 2020

Supreme Court rules for Country Lane neighbors in railroad crossing dispute

The Oregon Supreme Court last week ruled that the residents of Country Lane do not have to pay to cross the Albany and Eastern Railroad Company line that separates their homes from Highway 20, west of Sweet Home. In a decision handed down Thursday,...

 
 By Kelly Kenoyer    News    July 22, 2020

Water bill breaks starting to cost

Sweet Home is giving residents a break on water bills during the pandemic, but the costs are starting to mount. When the coronavirus pandemic hit in March, the City Council adopted a new policy to provide emergency relief for utility accounts and...

 
 By Kelly Kenoyer    News    July 22, 2020

City councilors ponder options for spurring local economic development

Sweet Home has nearly half a million dollars to spend on economic development projects, so City Council members are weighing several ideas regarding how to do that. Options include bringing in city-wide broadband internet, a program to improve the...

 
 By Kelly Kenoyer    News    July 15, 2020

New COVID rules don't apply across board – yet don't apply

Gov. Kate Brown announced Monday, July 13, that she is implementing two new mandates across the state of Oregon to prevent the spread of COVID-19. First, indoor gatherings of more than 10 people are banned, and second, masks are now required in...

 

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,...

 

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