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Elm Street residences to get updated water line connections

By Sean C. Morgan Of The New Era The Sweet Home City Council last week approved a project to abandon an old 2-inch water main along the eastern end of Elm Street and move service connections there to...

 

Citizens sought for committee that will review Sweet Home's charter

The City of Sweet Home is seeking citizens to serve on a committee that will be tasked with reviewing and possibly recommending changes to the city charter. The committee’s role will review the charter – the city’s governing document, which dic...

 

Councilors raise concerns about Jamboree impacts

By Sean C. Morgan Of The New Era The Oregon Jamboree will need to look at new options for camping next year and city councilors are concerned about the length of time the country music festival keeps...

 

City Hall goes to bid

The Sweet Home City Council last week approved plans to seek bids to remodel the new City Hall building. The council voted 7-0 to move forward with the project during its regular meeting on Aug. 28. City officials are planning to move City Hall to...

 

Council selects three members to travel to Washington, D.C.

The Sweet Home City Council voted 6-0 to send three members to Washington, D.C., for the upcoming national tree lighting ceremony to be held on the west lawn of the U.S. Capitol. A fourth councilor’s plans to travel there will not be sanctioned by...

 

City looking for grant for sidewalks around SHJH

The City of Sweet Home is pursuing a grant to construct sidewalks around Sweet Home Junior High School, including on the hill on Mountain View Road between Ames Creek Road and 22nd Avenue. While the Sweet Home School District is moving forward with...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    August 22, 2018

Realities of pot production not looking so green for growers

A report released by the Oregon-Idaho High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area this month shows that marijuana overproduction in Oregon is fueling illegal transport to black markets out of the state. Linn County is part of the Oregon-Idaho HIDTA, and...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    August 15, 2018

Voters to choose on pool levy

In the Nov. 6 general election, voters will decide whether to continue a local option levy used to pay for swimming pool operations at Sweet Home High School. The Sweet Home School District voted Monday evening during its regular board meeting to...

 

Incumbents only candidates for council so far

All four incumbents, as of Monday, Aug. 13, had filed to run for open City Council seats in the Nov. 6 general election. They are Susan Coleman, Bob Briana, Greg Mahler and Diane Gerson, all cu. Their terms in office expire Dec. 31. The filing...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    August 8, 2018

Planners OK another pot retail store

The Sweet Home Planning Commission on July 30 approved a conditional use permit for a fourth retail marijuana outlet in town following a public hearing. Voting to approve the permit during the commission’s regular monthly meeting were Thomas Herb,...

 

Thus far, 3 candidates file for 4 council openings

Three candidates as of Monday, Aug. 6, had filed to run for City Council in the Nov. 6 general election. They are Susan Coleman and Diane Gerson and Greg Mahler, all incumbents. The filing period for City Council is open through 5 p.m. on Aug. 27...

 

County seeking applicants for advisory boards

The Linn County Board of Commissioners is seeking applicants who are interested in serving on various advisory county commissions and boards that currently have vacancies: Three-year terms are available on the: Compensation Board, Developmental...

 
 By Scott Swanson    News    August 1, 2018

Council OKs inter-fund loan to pay for City Hall

The City Council, meeting Tuesday, July 24, at its new chambers location, the Police Station community room, approved an inter-fund loan within the city’s budget to finance the new City Hall at 3225 Main St. The council last year authorized the...

 
 By Scott Swanson    News    August 1, 2018

Councilors take Jamboree to task for late request before granting it

The Sweet Home City Council voted 5-2 to approve a list of requests for closures and fee waivers from the Oregon Jamboree Tuesday, July 24, after a lengthy give-and-take exhange over particulars in the request and other concerns. The list of street...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    July 25, 2018

Water service shut-offs rise

The City of Sweet Home is shutting off more water services to delinquent customers each month than it did last year. During 2017, the city generally shut off between 20 and 46 water services for delinquent bills, according to city records. The...

 
 By Scott Swanson    News    July 25, 2018

Gubernatorial candidates lay out cases for newspaper crowd

With Gov. Kate Brown bowing out, a proposed debate between the top gubernatorial candidates became, instead, campaign stump speeches by her chief opponents, Republican Knute Buehler and Independent Patrick Starnes, to an audience of newspaper...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    July 18, 2018

Planners OK permits for 2 public projects

The Sweet Home Planning Commission approved conditional use permits for the School District’s construction project at Sweet Home Junior High School and the Sweet Home Fire and Ambulance District’s plans to expand Foster Station. The School Distri...

 

Commissioners approve 8% rural trash rate increase

Linn County Commissioners on July 10 approved an 8 percent rate increase for waste haulers who serve rural customers in Lebanon and Sweet Home. The board had discussed the matter at length the previous week, July 3, but decided to table the matter...

 
 By Scott Swanson    News    July 11, 2018

Commissioners approve bed tax, discuss rural recycling costs

Linn County Commissioners last week approved what amounts to a 5 percent transient occupancy tax that will be collected from county businesses that offer lodging to visitors. The approval was...

 

4 council seats up for election

The filing period for Sweet Home City Council seats in the Nov. 6 general election is open through 5 p.m. on Aug. 28. Four seats will be open, with those positions expiring Dec. 31. Incumbents are Robert Briana, Susan Coleman, Diane Gerson and Mayor...

 
 By Scott Swanson    News    July 4, 2018

Council pushes to hold down trash rate hike

City Council members made it clear Tuesday night, June 26, that they believe a 16 percent garbage rate increase proposed by Sweet Home Sanitation to cover its increased recycling costs is excessive and questioned why it took so long for the matter...

 
 By Scott Swanson    News    July 4, 2018

Council approves budget for 2018-19 among other actions on busy evening

The City Council approved a $17,878,561 budget for the fiscal year 2018-19, which began July 1, at its meeting Tuesday evening, June 26. City Finance Director Brandon Neish told council members that though the Budget Committee approved the budget...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    June 27, 2018

City finding savings in fixing pipe leakage

Technology, innovation and simplicity are bringing down the cost of repairing manholes in Sweet Home. Public Works Director Greg Springman is reluctant to estimate the potential savings of a new technique for manhole repair because the city hasn’t...

 
 By Scott Swanson    News    June 20, 2018

Trash haulers: Recycling 'crisis' forcing rates up

Sweet Home Sanitation executives warned the City Council last week that a rate increase will be needed to cover what they described as rapidly rising costs for their company in dealing with recycling that cannot be shipped overseas. Sweet Home Site...

 
 By Scott Swanson    News    June 20, 2018

Council renews contract with water/sewer plant operator

The City Council last week agreed to renew the city's contract with Jacobs Engineering to operate Sweet Home's water and wastewater treatment plant. The approval was unanimous for Mayor Greg Mahler...

 

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