Storm drain utility moves ahead

The Sweet Home City Council held the second reading of an ordinance that will establish a storm water drainage utility and storm water drainage fees during its regular meeting on Nov. 13.

The final reading will be held on Nov. 27, and the council will likely decide whether to adopt the ordinance at that meeting. A resolution approved later would set fees for the drainage utility, proposed at $4 per month for most households.

New culvert

The council also agreed to enter an agreement with the Oregon Department of Transportation to replace a bridge culvert on 12th Avenue at Ames Creek.

The replacement will improve pedestrian access as well as fish passage as part of the overall Ames Creek Restoration project, according to city staff.

In late 2006, this project was part of a federal funding bill, called the “Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users.” The act allocated $130,000 to Sweet Home for the project.

The overall cost of the project is $280,000 and could cost more once additional engineering and environmental reviews are completed, Public Works Director Mike Adams said. The agreement is for the project to be completed within 10 years of the signing of the document. The city can match funds in cash or contribute in-kind work.

The entire $130,000 may not be available until 2009, Adams said, but once the agreement is signed, engineering and design work can proceed.

Traffic Safety Committee


Three positions on the Traffic Safety Committee expired. Al Culver and Bud Mather both were reappointed to new terms. Lance Davenport did not reapply, and the council appointed Shirley Hanson to succeed him.