HASSO HERING

A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

Worth a visit any time, even in winter

Written February 21st, 2019 by Hasso Hering

There’s no bad day to visit Thompson’s Mills, the state park east of Shedd. And if you’re new to the mid-valley, you owe yourself a trip there. As the only remaining water-powered mill in the state, the place shows off the ingenuity of the Oregon pioneers of 160 years ago.


Creating the ‘Opera House Apartments’

Written February 20th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

When the remodeling of the former Spruce Apartments at 222 First Ave. S.E. is finished, they will be named the Opera House Apartments, and a plaque on the building will tell the story of this site in Albany history.


Linn board says no to bridge district idea

Written February 19th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

No surprise here: The Linn County Board of Commissioners wants no part of a proposal introduced in the legislature to pay for a new Willamette River bridge in Salem.


EV charging stations downtown?

Written February 18th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

Should the Central Albany Revitalization Area provide charging stations for electric cars downtown? The CARA advisory board will get a chance to talk about that idea when it meets on Wednesday afternoon.


Salem bridge bill involves Linn, Benton

Written February 16th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

  A proposal brewing in the legislature would try to involve Linn or Benton County in the planning and financing of a third Willamette River bridge in Salem.


Albany, Linn County spar over land use

Written February 15th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

The Albany City Council has voted to try to block a land division outside the city limits approved by the Linn County Board of Commissioners. The case is of interest to anyone who owns and might want to develop property within the city’s “urban growth boundary.”


City: DEQ permit would cost millions

Written February 14th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

Albany says in court that trying to comply with a new state-issued stormwater discharge regulation would cost the city $5-7 million over five years. The city is asking the court to declare that the DEQ violated the Clean Water Act and Oregon law in issuing the regulation, and to set it aside. (See an update […]


Housing issue still divides Albany council

Written February 13th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

The Oregon legislature wants more people to be clustered in existing single-family neighborhoods. But Albany Mayor Sharon Konopa says not here. So she is once again blocking a council-passed ordinance relaxing the city code on accessory dwelling units.


Pump station on path worries neighbors

Written February 12th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

Some Albany residents have become concerned about plans to build a sewer pump station on the Dave Clark Path near where they live in the Iron Works townhouses on Water Avenue. But the design is more than half done, and the city says changing it would cause delays and a significant increase in the cost.


School zone ticket: Defendant prevails

Written February 11th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

One part of the Great Waverly Drive School Zone controversy has been resolved with a verdict in Albany Municipal Court: Not Guilty!


 
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