HASSO HERING

A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

Just how is this a ‘permanent’ path?

Written August 19th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

Ten years ago, the Albany City Council closed a short bike and walking path near South Albany High School to cut down on teenagers causing trouble. The city says neighbors are still grateful, but the continued closure appears to violate a city law passed in 1975.


Cumberland church: Bigger costs on horizon

Written August 17th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

It’s been more than a year since the Albany City Council voted to try to get rid of the former Cumberland Presbyterian Church it owns at Main Street and Santiam Road. Volunteers have been working on saving the building, and now the council faces a decision on whether to spend money on major repairs.


City seeks bids to remove river gravel

Written August 16th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

The city of Albany has obtained an emergency permit to remove a gravel bar that has made the boat ramp at Takena Landing trickier than usual to use. Now it’s hoping to find a contractor to do the job.


Looks of electric equipment bug mayor

Written August 15th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

Albany Mayor Sharon Konopa called it “one ugly piece of equipment.” It’s a voltage regulator assembly, and Pacific Power plans to install it on city-owned property just north of the park-and-ride station off North Albany Road.


On Hill Street, no more bumpy rides

Written August 14th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

The new pavement on Hill Street at the corner of 31st Avenue on Aug. 13.After being torn up for a complete reconstruction, 10 bocks of Hill Street in South Albany now have been repaved and restriped and will reopen to through traffic soon.


Discovering an Albany gem: Draper Park

Written August 13th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

The thing about aimlessly tooling around town on a bike is that sometimes you discover a new place — new to you, that is. Which is what happened Tuesday when I turned a corner, saw some majestic old trees, went that way, and found myself in Draper Park.


Crossed wires? Worrying about phone lines…

Written August 12th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

Not too long ago, on a ride on the Perwinkle Bike Path, I came across this mess of telephone wiring at the corner of Queen Avenue and Geary Street. It made me wonder about the vulnerability of our landline telephone system to vandalism and ordinary wear and tear.


Governor signs bill on ‘Idaho Stop’

Written August 10th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

It took a while for the legislative database to catch up, but today it showed that the governor signed a law change affecting bicyclists at stop signs in Albany and elsewhere in Oregon. The change takes effect this coming Jan. 1.


Groundwater pumping worries neighbor

Written August 9th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

Temporary wells are pumping water out of the ground at a street construction site near Albany’s Draperville neighborhood, and at least one resident there is worried this may lower the water table so her own well will no longer work. The city engineer says the risk of that happening is “very low.”


‘Spruce’ apartments clear Landmarks review

Written August 8th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

The continuing renovation of the “Spruce Apartments” in downtown Albany has cleared a procedural hurdle with the approval by the city’s Landmarks Advisory Commission.


 
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