A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

More efficient meetings: Ideas for council

Written January 13th, 2021 by Hasso Hering

If you’ve sat through many Albany City Council meetings even if only as a reporter, you will appreciate an idea floated at the session Wednesday night: Increasing the efficiency of the meetings by making better use of time.

City tries to shut down camp under path

Written January 12th, 2021 by Hasso Hering

The Albany police have cracked down on a long-established transient camp underneath the Dave Clark Riverfront Path. Whether it sticks this time, we’ll have to wait and see.

DEQ revises stormwater rules Albany fought

Written January 6th, 2021 by Hasso Hering

Two years ago the city of Albany went to court to block new state regulations on the discharge of stormwater, saying that the rules went beyond what the federal Clean Water Act demands and would cost city ratepayers $5-7 million over five years. Now an agreement may be at hand.

Albany council starts 2021: Just one surprise

Written January 4th, 2021 by Hasso Hering

There was only one unexpected development when the Albany City Council, with three new members, held its first meeting of the year Monday afternoon. And I missed getting a picture of it.

Two-way streets downtown? Forget about it!

Written January 4th, 2021 by Hasso Hering

Turning First and Second avenues in downtown Albany into two-way streets is not in the cards, not now and probably never, judging by what the city’s Traffic Safety Commission heard this morning.

Albany school construction: Keeping track

Written December 30th, 2020 by Hasso Hering

From the street, you don’t see much of the progress the builders are making on the $62 million expansion of West Albany High School. But there’s a way to get a better picture, one that’s detailed and complete: The monthly report.

Two-way conversion? They’ll talk about it

Written December 29th, 2020 by Hasso Hering

There’s a lot to consider if Albany should ever want to go back to two-way streets in the commercial section of downtown. The city’s Traffic Safety Commission will discuss it on Monday, Jan. 4.

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