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County sets July 14 as deadline to auction mill land

The Linn County Board of Commissioners will accept Requests for Proposals for the purchase of the former Willamette Industries (Weyerhaeuser) mill site at 2210 Tamarack St. in Sweet Home until 5 p.m....

 

Local election results on hold while problem ballots are counted

Rob Younger led Kenny Weld and Brock Cota in votes for the Sweet Home Fire and Ambulance District Board of Directors Position 4 seat as of noon Wednesday, following the May 18 election. Younger had 662 votes (44.34%), ahead of Weld’s 491 (32.89%)...

 

Commission extends aid deadline for restaurants

Linn County Commissioners Roger Nyquist, Sherrie Sprenger and Will Tucker have extended the deadline for restaurant owners who wish to apply for financial assistance due to the COVID-19 pandemic and state guidelines until May 28. Linn County has...

 

Cost to county taxpayers when court defendents fail to appear: some $1 million

It costs Linn County taxpayers about $1,000 every time someone charged with a crime fails to appear in court, according to District Attorney Doug Marteeny. And last year, that happened 949 times. It is the No. 1 issue on the Top 10 list of...

 

Commissioners affirm parental OK needed for vaccines

At their Tuesday morning meeting, Linn County Commissioners Roger Nyquist, Sherrie Sprenger and Will Tucker emphasized their position that minors will not be vaccinated at county-sponsored COVID-19 clinics without parental permission. The issue...

 

Younger leads race for Fire Board seat; Gourley on top in School Board race

Rob Younger led Kenny Weld and Brock Cota in votes for the Sweet Home Fire and Ambulance District Board of Directors Position 4 seat as of noon Wednesday, following the May 18 election. Younger had 662 votes (44.34%), ahead of Weld's 491 (32.89%)...

 
 By Benny Westcott    News    May 5, 2021

Ex-mayor: City should allocate federal funds to businesses

Former Mayor Dave Holley suggested to the City Council at its April 28 meeting that the city should allocate part of the $2.03 million Sweet Home is scheduled to receive from the federal government to...

 
 By Benny Westcott    News    April 28, 2021

City's budget process starts with guessing

How do you construct a budget amid the worst pandemic since the early 1900s? “The recipe for these estimates requires part science, part art, and part use of a crystal ball,” said City Manager Ray Towry as Sweet Home’s Budget Committee met for...

 

Commissioners agree to double funding for county's Youth Wage Grant Program

Linn County Commissioners Roger Nyquist, Sherrie Spenger and Will Tucker agreed Tuesday morning, April 20, that helping young people find jobs this summer is more important than ever and doubled the amount of money area employers can be reimbursed...

 

County begins work on $203.2 million budget

The Linn County Budget Committee on Thursday, April 22, approved a 2021-22 FY budget of $203,198,263. Meetings began Monday and were held at the Linn County Fair & Expo Center. The budget will now go before Linn County Commissioners Roger Nyquist,...

 
 By Benny Westcott    News    April 21, 2021

Councilors ponder best way to spend $2.03 million

What to do with $2.03 million? That was a focus of the Sweet Home City Council’s April 13 meeting, in which members discussed potential allocation strategies for the funding that Sweet Home will receive from the American Rescue Plan Act....

 

County commissioners implement stricter internal controls following misappropriation case

Since 2010, Linn County has had protocols in place regarding the daily handling of cash payments within county offices. Tuesday, April 13, Linn County Commissioners Roger Nyquist, Sherrie Sprenger and Will Tucker directed county Accounting Officer...

 

First open house Tuesday for Willow/Yucca Street Neighborhood Local Improvement District

Residents of the north 18th Avenue, Willow and Yucca streets are invited to participate in open houses the city is planning for the proposed Willow and Yucca Street Neighborhood Local Improvement District. The two meetings are being held at 6 p.m.... Full story

 
 By Scott Swanson    News    April 7, 2021

Tucker returns to County Commission

Will Tucker thought his last meeting as a Linn County Commissioner was the one in late December when he was replaced by Sherrie Sprenger after he'd decided not to run for a fourth term. But three...

 

Candidates finalized for May 18 vote

Most candidates in Sweet Home’s May 18 election will be unchallenged, following the end of the filing period to run in the various district races that are open. The only competitive race will be the Zone 8 At Large seat for the Sweet Home School...

 

Former Commissioner Will Tucker to fill vacant board seat

Will Tucker will be returning to the Linn County Board of Commissioners after a three month hiatus, filling the seat of Commissioner John Lindsey who died of cancer on March 9. Tucker, who lives near Waterloo, will complete the two years remaining... Full story

 

County commissioners tell Fair chief to start scheduling events

Linn County Commissioners Roger Nyquist and Sherrie Sprenger on Tuesday, March 16, told Randy Porter, director of the Linn County Fair & Expo Center, it is time to begin planning reopening the facility that has hosted few events in the past year due...

 
 By Benny Westcott    News    March 17, 2021

Landowner tells council LID offers solutions, despite costs

Local businessman Josh Victor of 44004 Wiley Creek spoke to Sweet Home city councilors at their March 9 meeting in support of the proposed local improvement district after residents in the north...

 
 By Benny Westcott    News    March 10, 2021

City refinances debt to save $766,000, improve its bond rating

The city was recently able to save hundreds of thousands of dollars after securing a favorable interest rate on its water and wastewater debt. “We took our water and wastewater debt, and went out to a firm out of Portland, DA Davidson & Co. and all...

 

Commissioner John Lindsey dies

John Lindsey, the longest-tenured member of the Linn County Board of Commissioners, died early Tuesday, March 9, of cancer-related causes. Lindsey, 54, was midway through his sixth, four-year term in... Full story

 
 By Benny Westcott    News    March 3, 2021

Council puts LID on hold after protests

Local citizens expressed resistance to a proposal that would include street, sidewalk, curb, gutter and storm drain improvements in the Willow Street neighborhood during a City Council meeting Tuesday, Feb. 23. The Local Improvement District...

 

Hearing on development fees silent

Sweet Home’s City Council held a public hearing Feb. 9 on a proposed a new methodology for calculating system development charges. The methodology would allow the council to set SDCs at considerably higher rates in the future than the current SDC...

 

SH's new representative getting up to speed

State Rep. Jami Cate welcomes a visitor to her new office in the House wing of the Oregon State Capitol. The Capitol building is largely empty, except for a few people huddled in a meeting in corner...

 
 By Kelly Kenoyer    News    February 3, 2021

Council discusses homeless issues

City Council members heard an impassioned presentation about the state of homelessness in Sweet Home at their Jan. 26 meeting. Councilors Greg Mahler, who is the mayor, Susan Coleman, Diane Gerson, Lisa Gourley, Dylan Richardson, Angelita Sanchez...

 
 By Kelly Kenoyer    News    January 20, 2021

Council gets new members as Richards, Sanchez are sworn in

A new group of city councilors have taken their seats. Incumbents Lisa Gourley and Dave Trask swore their oaths again, and new councilors Angelita Sanchez and Dylan Richards were sworn in for the...

 

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