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A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

Tree protection? Albany doesn’t have much

Written July 18th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

The Albany Planning Division is processing a request for a zone change that would allow more and smaller residential lots on a piece of undeveloped woodland off Franklin Avenue and Airport Road.


DEQ fines city over Talking Water leaks

Written July 16th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

Listening to the calming murmurs of Albany’s Talking Water Gardens on a sunny afternoon, you would not think there could be a problem. But there is, or at least the DEQ thinks it’s a problem.


Why this has been taking so long

Written July 15th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

So what’s the deal with the unfinished construction at the former San Blas Mexican Restaurant at Bain Street and Santiam Highway? That was the gist of an email that arrived last week.


Wild turkeys on parade in West Albany

Written July 12th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

Seeing wild turkeys is no longer all that unusual in Oregon cities, but it’s still a reason to come out of the house and watch, or to stop the car and take a picture.


A night-time rescue — where it happened

Written July 11th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

Today’s report by the Albany Fire Department of an unusual night-time rescue made me go take a look at the place where it happened, under the Third Avenue bridge across the Calapooia River and the waterfall on the Albany-Santiam Canal.


Why hearings on steps, door? It’s the code

Written July 10th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

The Albany Landmarks Advisory Commission spent only about half an hour Wednesday night to conduct two “quasi-judicial” public hearings and then approve minor alterations on the alley side of buildings facing First Avenue.


A question of speed: Legal versus prudent

Written July 9th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

No, the speed limit in the curves of Scenic Drive in North Albany is not 15 miles an hour, no matter what it says on top of the feedback sign that was there on Monday.


Site work, demolition to start at ‘Pheasant Run’

Written July 8th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

In a matter of days, construction crews will start tearing up the ground in North Albany where Hayden Homes plans to develop a 147-lot subdivision it calls, apparently without irony, “Pheasant Run.”


Council to lend food company $744,000

Written July 8th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

The Albany city budget is so tight over the next two years that a few positions in police and other departments are going unfilled. But this does not apply to the city’s reserve fund that’s available to goose the local economy.

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Two little requests get city hearings

Written July 7th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

You wouldn’t think that replacing four wooden steps at your back door would require a public hearing, but in Albany’s downtown historic district it does. So does replacing a rear door on another building not far from those steps.


 
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