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 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...

 
 By Kelly Kenoyer    News    January 20, 2021

Commercial Exterior Improvement Program gets shot in arm from council

A fresh City Council, with two brand-new members, spent much of its meeting last week discussing two projects intended to improve the look of commercial districts in Sweet Home, and voted on an ordina...

 
 By Kelly Kenoyer    News    January 13, 2021

Incoming SH city councilwoman in crowd at DC rally

At least one resident of Sweet Home attended the rally in D.C. on Wednesday, Jan. 6, which turned violent as rioters stormed the U.S. Capitol. Incoming Sweet Home City Council Member Angelita Sanchez...

 
 By Scott Swanson    News    January 13, 2021

New year brings new laws, and some that continue through COVID

The year 2020 produced some unusual laws, as Oregon grappled with the COVID-19 pandemic, which materialized shortly after legislators convened in February for their biannual short session. Legislators’ attention rapidly focused on the new threat,...

 

City manager explains strategy to Library Board

Sweet Home's Library Board meeting on Dec. 10 was rife with tension, as City Manager Ray Towry attended to discuss the budget and recent furlough notices. The board members in attendance, Eva Jurney, Kevin Hill, Charlene Adams and Don Hopkins, had...

 

Council says goodbye to two departees, then ditches business license

The Dec. 8 City Council meeting was filled with laughter as the mayor and council members said goodbye to colleagues who lost their reelection bids. Councilors James Goble and Cortney Nash are leaving...

 
 By Kelly Kenoyer    News    December 2, 2020

Registration requirement in works for SH businesses

City officials are planning to implement a requirement for all businesses within city limits to have a license, and the City Council is expected to vote on that proposal in an upcoming meeting. The council’s Tuesday, Nov. 25, meeting was held...

 

City seeking to fill Planning Commission vacancy

The City of Sweet Home is seeking to fill a vacancy on the Planning Commission. The seven-member Planning Commission provides citizen review and recommendations on planning-related matters to the City Council. The commission has two distinct...

 

Councilors approve plan to refinance debts, save city money

Sweet Home City Council is looking to refinance some of its debts to take advantage of unusually low interest rates. Councilors Lisa Gourley, Greg Mahler, Diane Gerson, Dave Trask, Susan Coleman, and...

 

Election: City Council gets 2 new members

Angelita Sanchez, Dave Trask, Lisa Gourley and Dylan Richards were the winners in the nine-candidate race for four Sweet Home City Council seats in the Nov. 3 election. Sanchez, who was seeking a...

 

No charges filed against watercraft operator in fatal accident at Foster

No charges will be filed against the operator of a personal watercraft that struck and killed a young boy at Foster Lake last summer, the county District Attorney's Office has decided. In the July 20...

 

Governor pleads for Oregonians to stay home, stop COVID spread

After record-shattering spikes in COVID-19 cases across Oregon, Gov. Kate Brown held a press conference on Friday, Nov. 6, to announce new restrictions for the worst-off counties and to beg the rest...

 

Measure 108 passage means businesses, customers will be paying increased tobacco taxes

With the approval of Measure 108 by Oregon voters last week, the state Department of Revenue is moving ahead with the implementation of increases in cigarette and tobacco taxes along with a new tax on inhalant delivery products. As a result of the...

 
 By Kelly Kenoyer    News    November 4, 2020

Councilors decide to purchase new street sweeper for city

Sweet Home city councilors voted Oct. 27 to buy a new street sweeper using a loan from the city's Street Improvement Fund. Councilors Diane Gerson, Lisa Gourley, Mayor Greg Mahler, Dave Trask, Susan C...

 

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