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Sanchez, Trask, Gourley and Richards lead City Council race; city levys look to be passing

Early results Tuesday night showed Angelita Sanchez, Dave Trask, Lisa Gourley and Dylan Richards leading in the nine-candidate race for four City Council seats. Sanchez, who is seeking a City Council seat for the first time, had 1,895 votes (15.35%)...

 
 By Kelly Kenoyer    News    October 28, 2020

Council aiming to upgrade downtown

After years of watching stagnation continue in downtown Sweet Home, City Council is ready to make some serious moves to address vacant buildings and revitalize the area. That’s the outcome of a special meeting on Oct. 20, in which councilors...

 

Local land case appealed to state Supreme Court

Neighbors of a 108-acre parcel off Crawfordsville Drive are asking the Oregon Supreme Court to overrule a decision by the state appellate court that is the latest in a battle between a developer and landowners north of Crawfordsville. Neighbors are r...

 
 By Kelly Kenoyer    News    October 21, 2020

City to staff water/sewer treatment

Sweet Home’s wastewater and water treatment plants are going to be handled in-house next year for the first time in nearly 15 years, instead of being run by a contractor. That’s after a controversial decision at the Oct. 13 city council meeting,...

 
 By Kelly Kenoyer    News    October 21, 2020

City seeking proposal for downtown streetscape upgrades

The City of Sweet Home is requesting proposals for a streetscape and parking plan in the downtown area, meant to give the area a facelift and make it more pedestrian-friendly. Council voted unanimously in favor of putting out a request for...

 

Nine candidates in race for four Sweet Home City Council seats

Nine candidates, listed below, are on the ballot for four open seats on Sweet Home's City Council. Four, James Goble, Lisa Gourley, Cortney Nash and Dave Trask, are running for re-election....

 

State Senate District 9 Candidates weigh in on issues

Fred Girod, 69 Political Party: Republican Home/Years in District 9: Lyons/nearly all his life. His home in the Santiam Canyon was destroyed in the wildfires. Educa-tion: Harvard University (master...

 

Sweet Home City Council candidates state their views

Why do you want to be a Sweet Home City Council member? James Goble: I would like to retain my seat, so we can continue to make real progress through these difficult times for our community.  Lisa Gourley: In the past four years I have learned that...

 

Levies, measures on ballot deal with law enforcement, drugs, more

Sweet Home voters will see four state initiatives and three local levy renewal requests on their ballots in the upcoming election. Here is a description and analysis of each. Local Levies Sweet Home Police Five-Year Operating Levy Renewal The...

 

Four candidates in running for County Commission Seat 3

Scott Bruslind, 61 Residence/Family: Resident of Linn County since 1993; lived in Albany 1993-97, Lacomb 1997-Present. Wife Linda (married in 1993) and three children, all born at home in Lacomb....

 

County Commission Seat 3 candidates state their views

Why do you want to be a Linn County Commissioner? Scott Bruslind: Linda and I met Will Tucker at a 4-H Awards ceremony at the Linn County Fairgrounds and Expo Center, way back when our older son just started showing swine. Since then, I’ve been...

 

Three candidates aim for House of Representatives seat

Jami Cate, 33 Political Party: Republican Home/Years in District 17: Lebanon/33. Education: Oregon State University (B.S. In crop and soil science, minor in agriculture business, graduated summa cum...

 

House District 17 candidates respond to questions

Describe your view of the proper role of government under the U.S. and Oregon constitutions and how you, as a state representative, would carry out your responsibilities as a legislator. Jami Cate: I believe our government is designed to maintain...

 

Oregon's election system offers tried and true voting safeguards

By Bev Clarno A lot has changed in our world in 2020. With the emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic, much of how we live our lives has been turned upside down. In Oregon, however, one significant thing hasn’t changed: how we vote. Oregon has been...

 

Planning Commission OKs 54-lot Duck Hollow subdivision

Sweet Home planning commissioners on Monday, Sept. 21, approved a property line adjustment which will allow for a new subdivision on the north side of Long Street and east of 41st Avenue. That property has been considered for development twice...

 

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...

 

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