Cities to pursue composting

At the gate of the wastewater pant in May of 2016.

Here's an update on the Jan. 15 story reporting on the preferred alternative for solving the pesky problem of what to do about undigested solids produced at the Albany-Millersburg Wastewater Treatment Facility -- the sewage plant, in other words. Continue reading

CARA told of River View project

Robyn and Patrick Morley talk to the CARA board Wednesday night. Behind them, wearing boots, is architect Christina Larson, whose Albany firm, Varitone, would design the project.

A former industrial site overlooking the Willamette River east of Bowman Park is destined to become a housing complex. But it may be up to CARA, Albany's urban renewal agency, whether it's a standard apartment setup or a more ambitious design. Continue reading

Rebuilding of Hill Street coming up

Hill Street at 21st Avenue shortly after noon on Tuesday, looking north.

On Facebook and in real life, people in South Albany have been clamoring for the city to fix up the rough pavement on Hill Street, or wondering when this would finally be done. The answer is pretty soon, namely this year and probably next. Continue reading

Smelly sludge — a way forward?

One of the old tanks at the Albany-Millersburg sewage treatment plant, in a shot taken last week.

After years of study and weighing alternatives, Albany public works officials say the best way to deal with smelly solids at the Albany-Millersburg sewage treatment plant is to build an off-site facility to turn the sludge into class-A compost that could be sold or given away. Continue reading

Water and Hill: What’s going on

At Water and Hill, the intersection was closed to traffic while work continued on Jan. 12.

On the Albany riverfront, the intersection of Water Avenue and Hill Street has been torn up for weeks. It's being rebuilt to make it look like the corner of Water and Jackson Street five blocks to the west, and you may wonder what's behind this and why. Continue reading

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