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 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...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    May 6, 2020

Number of SH properties in compression falls, providing city more income

The number of properties not affected by property tax limitations – approximately one-third of those in the city of Sweet Home – is growing while the amount of tax revenue reduced by the limitations continues to plummet. Welcome to the world of c...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    May 6, 2020

Council mulls allowing Midway residents to connect to wells

Should residents of Sweet Home's Midway area, who were affected by groundwater contamination in the 1990s, be allowed to disconnect from city water and reconnect to their wells? That was discussed...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    April 29, 2020

Sealing mega leak already saving city major water

The recent location and repair of a major leak appears to have saved the city a lot of water, but exactly how much is yet to be determined. The Sweet Home Water Treatment Plant produced 242,000 fewer gallons per day in the seven days following a...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    April 22, 2020

Council OKs water rates increase

The Sweet Home City Council last week approved an across-the-board increase in water rates that will help fund the installation of new pumps dedicated to reducing the impact of Water Treatment Plant operations on distribution pipes. The council...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    April 15, 2020

New Planning Commission chair wants to get codes up to date

The Sweet Home Planning Commission has appointed Jeff Parker chairman. The chairman is selected annually by the commission. Parker succeeds Lance Gatchell, who is serving as the commission's vice...

 
 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...

 

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