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 By Benny Westcott    News    October 27, 2021 

Group considers interim fix for homeless population

With colder weather and proposed “sleep center” plans for Sweet Home’s homeless population in flux (Linn County has not weighed in on its intentions and the Sweet Home city council hasn’t voted on it yet), officials and citizens gathered...

 
 By Benny Westcott    News    October 27, 2021 

Firefighter takes leave over mandate

By Benny Westcott Of The New Era A top Sweet Home Fire and Ambulance District volunteer has taken a six-month leave of absence in response to the state’s requirement that he be vaccinated to serve as a firefighter or medic. Cascadia Station No. 24...

 

Council weighs in on Main Street ramp project

At its Oct. 12 meeting, the Sweet Home City Council heard a pitch from Oregon Department of Transportation representatives on an intergovernmental agreement between the city and ODOT. If approved, the agreement would allow ODOT to move forward on a...

 

Property market values in county rise to $21B-plus

The real market value of all properties in Linn County climbed to more than $21 billion for the 2021 tax year, according to Linn County Assessor and Tax Collector Andy Stevens. That's up sharply from...

 

County adds to youth wage-grant program

Linn County’s annual First-Time Youth Wage Grant program added five more participants in September, the Board of Commissioners learned Tuesday morning, Oct. 12.  There are now 29 companies and 62 young people participating in the program, which...

 

Hearing held on county-line property

Linn County Commissioners Roger Nyquist, Sherrie Sprenger and Will Tucker will decide whether property on the Linn and Lane county line near Harrisburg should be rezoned from Farm/Forest to Non-Resource five-acre minimum on Nov. 23. The...

 
 By Benny Westcott    News    October 6, 2021

Care clinic outlined; debate continues on homeless center

During the Tuesday, Sept. 28, Sweet Home City Council meeting, Samaritan Health Services representatives discussed plans for a 15,000-square-foot primary and urgent care clinic on the 42-acre site...

 
 By Benny Westcott    News    October 6, 2021

Mill site requires $500K asbestos abatement

An Oregon Department of Environmental Quality assessment of the former Willamette Industries mill site in Sweet Home found that $500,000 is necessary to abate the asbestos in buildings on the site....

 

Legislature approves state redistricting maps

Linn County residents east of Albany will find themselves in a new congressional district and a new state senatorial district, and with a new state house district number following approval of...

 

Land transferred to Sierra Cascade Forest Products

A Linn County/Sierra Cascade Forest Products land transfer that began in May 2020 was completed during the Board of Commissioners’ weekly meeting Tuesday, Sept. 28. On Aug. 11, the county had approved giving Sierra Cascade Forest Products time to c...

 

Crawfordsville Drive map amendment approved

On Tuesday, Sept. 21, Linn County Commissioners Roger Nyquist, Sherrie Sprenger and Will Tucker approved, with conditions, a land-use proposal that would allow a plan map amendment and zone change on...

 

Commissioner Will Tucker seeks fifth term

Linn County Commissioner Will Tucker said last week that he will seek a fifth term in office.  He has placed his name on the May 2022 primary ballot.  Tucker, 69, has served on the Board of...

 

Malone named new county engineer

New Linn County Engineer Daineal Malone has been involved in the planning and execution of numerous road projects - from Courtney Creek Drive near Brownsville to Mill City - during her 14 years with t...

 

Discussion continues on state of emergency

At Sweet Home City Council’s Sept. 14 meeting, Crawfordsville resident David VanDerlip spoke against Resolution No. 22 for 2021, which proclaimed a “state of emergency” as a result of mask mandates and other precautionary restrictions ordered b...

 

Permit fee waived for homes lost in 2020 Santiam Canyon fires

Linn County has waived more than $71,000 in building permit fees for Santiam Canyon families who lost their homes in the 2020 Labor Day fires, Planning Department Manager Alyssa Boles told Commissioners Sherrie Sprenger and Will Tucker Tuesday,...

 

Homeless facility discussion continues at special meeting

The Sweet Home City Hall hosted a special meeting Thursday, Sept. 9, to discuss a proposed homeless facility on Linn County-owned property behind the Bi-Mart, next to Sweet Home Public Works....

 

Council passes COVID-19 state of emergency

Proclamation cites concerns related to mental health By Benny Westcott Of The New Era The Sweet Home City Council on Tuesday, Sept. 7, voted unanimously to approve Resolution No. 22, proclaiming a “state of emergency” regarding the COVID-19...

 

County rejects 4 bids for SH mill site

The Linn County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday, Sept. 7, rejected four bids for the former Willamette Industries mill site in Sweet Home Tuesday morning and agreed to consider offering individual parcels of the 150-acre property for sale....

 

Legislators Cate and Girod to hold town hall Saturday morning at Sankey Park

State Sen. Fred Girod and Rep. Jami Cate will hold a town hall from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 7, at Sankey Park, 877 14th Ave. The legislators will present updates from the 2021 legislative session and will take input from constituents. All are... Full story

 
 By Scott Swanson    News    July 28, 2021

Mayor: City 'stayed the course' during year of pandemic

Mayor Greg Mahler presented a summary of the past year in Sweet Home during the Chamber of Commerce’s Awards Banquet Saturday evening, July 24, at Sankey Park, noting that “2020 was a year that many of us would remember as a time that changed...

 

Commissioners take steps to beef up county's web presence

Linn County Commissioners Roger Nyquist, Sherrie Sprenger and Will Tucker agreed Tuesday morning to seek Requests For Proposals to develop a new county website. Over the last four months, a four-person committee has met with elected officials and...

 
 By Benny Westcott    News    July 21, 2021

Councilors address speeders, LID qualms

The Sweet Home City Council's July 13 session at City Hall covered a lot of ground, from discussions of Main Street's speeding problem to the cost of a local improvement district. A highlight, however...

 

Commissioners OK county budget

The Linn County Board of Commissioners adopted a $215,343,477 budget for the 2021-22 fiscal year at its June 29 meeting. The budget had previously been approved by the Budget Committee headed up by chair Jennifer Stanaway, vice chair Kerry Johnson,...

 

Commissioners: Eateries to get last of CARES funds

Some 94 Linn County restaurants will soon receive another $4,446 each – on top of $4,000 already distributed – Commissioners Roger Nyquist, Sherrie Sprenger and Will Tucker agreed Tuesday morning, June 15. The funds are the remainder of $950,000...

 
 By Benny Westcott    News    June 16, 2021

After mixed feedback from residents, council approves $1.63 million Willow/Yucca LID

Sweet Home City Council members voted 5-2 on June 8 to direct city staff to prepare a resolution and ordinance necessary to form a neighborhood local improvement district (LID) in the Willow/Yucca...

 

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