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Boating news, and Millersburg fire deal

Written April 25th, 2018 by Hasso Hering

Sgt. Ryan Moody of the Benton County Sheriff’s Office looks at part of a snag before it was removed last week at the end of the Bowman Park dock.

In other riverfront news, Albany-area boaters are still waiting for the new floating dock at Takena Landing, but the ramp at Bowman Park is once again clear of woody debris and OK for putting boats in and taking them out.

A big snag had been blocking easy access to the Bowman dock from the river, and it made launching a bit tricky too. A tree and a bunch of roots or branches had been lodged under the float for some time. They were still there last Thursday when a Benton County sheriff’s deputy became aware of them. By Friday they were gone and the dock was clear.

Upstream at Takena, the new metal dock the city of Albany bought with a grant from the Oregon State Marine Board has been sitting in the parking lot for a few weeks.

When I asked the parks department last week, I was told they were waiting for better weather and the river level to go down. The weather has been great the last few days, and the Willamette is down to a fairly moderate flow. So maybe they’ll install it in the next few days.

I went by Takena Landing on my way to an Albany City Council meeting, which was about as exciting as life on the riverfront has been lately.

One thing of note: As expected, the council unanimously approved an agreement to have the Albany Fire Department provide fire and life-safety services to all of Millersburg. Millersburg will provide a station, probably a temporary one at first, and Albany will staff it. The smaller town will pay Albany $2 per thousand dollars of property valuation, the same as the rural fire districts around Albany. Millersburg’s council approved the deal earlier.

Why bury the Millersburg fire contract under updates on boat ramps? Because it’s been a foregone conclusion for months and is interesting only to a handful of dedicated watchers of municipal affairs. (hh)

The new Takena Landing dock has been stored in the parking lot, awaiting installation.

4 responses to “Boating news, and Millersburg fire deal”

  1. H. R. Richner says:

    We in Millersburg value your reporting very much. We thank you for the extra effort this requires using your bike. There are big plans ahead for us for which adequate fire protection and ambulance services are more necessary than ever.

  2. Gothic Albany says:

    What is going to happen to Jefferson Fire District’s existing station in Millersburg?

  3. James Engel says:

    Can anyone recall when Bowman Park was a lousy dirt/gravel boat ramp??!! It was part of the gravel/concrete operation operated by Hub City Concrete. This point has much less current flow. Trouble with Takena Landing is that it is at a very aggressive north side current point at the river. Makes for some tricky piloting to launch & return. Great that at least we “citizens” have a couple of reasonable access points to the river in our area. At least one point of “our” government is working for our benefit. JE


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