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 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,...

 
 News    August 5, 2020 

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,...

 
 By Scott Swanson    News    June 3, 2020

City seeking new engineer of record, treatment plants operator

Sweet Home City Councilors on Tuesday, May 26, gave staff members the go-ahead to seek bids for city engineering services and a new operator for the water/wastewater treatment plants. Council members...

 

June 8 School Board meeting moved to Junior High

The Sweet Home School District Board will meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday, June 8, in the new gym at Sweet Home Junior High School. Due to the COVID-19 state-wide restrictions, and in keeping with the efforts of social distancing to reduce the spread of...

 

City Council to conduct budget hearing June 9

Sweet Home City Council will meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 9, to hold a public hearing on the proposed municipal budget for fiscal year 2020-21. A copy of the budget may be inspected or obtained at...

 

$29.4M city budget OK'd by committee

The City of Sweet Home Budget Committee voted to approve the proposed 2020-21 city budget on Tuesday May 19. The committee tabled motions to approve the budget and levy taxes during its previous meeting on May 14 and then held off voting for it...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    May 27, 2020

Spenger wins, Cate leads election

Current State House District 17 Rep. Sherrie Sprenger won the Republican primary for Linn County Commissioner Position 3 with 65.79 percent of the vote during the May 19 primary election. With 10,947...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    May 27, 2020

Land use panel overturns county rezone near Crawfordsville

The Oregon Land Use Board of Appeals has reversed a decision made last year by the Linn County Board of Commissioners allowing the rezoning of 108 acres off Crawfordsville Drive from farm forest to...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    May 27, 2020

City: Daily savings from pipe leak fix 359,000 gallons day

Data collected by the city Public Works Department continues to confirm that repair of a massive water leak on the north end of 9th Avenue has solved a large percentage of the water lost in Sweet Home’s water system. During the past month, the...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    May 27, 2020

SHFAD Budget Committee approves 2.6% budget increase

The Sweet Home Fire and Ambulance District Budget Committee last week approved an increase of about 2.6 percent in General Fund expenditures for fiscal 2020-21. Committee members met May 19 to consider the proposed budget. With their approval, the...

 

City Council to hold special meeting Tuesday for public input on local housing, community development needs

The Sweet Home City Council is holding a special meeting Tuesday evening, June 2, to take input from the public on community development and housing needs, particularly those of low- and moderate-income residents, as well as other needs that could... Full story

 

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