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HASSO HERING

A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

City wage hikes: A percentage of what?

Written December 17th, 2018 by Hasso Hering

The Albany City Council and one of the city’s employee unions have been unable to agree on a new labor contract providing, among other things, certain percentage increases in wages. News reports haven’t mentioned to what amounts the percentages would apply, so I asked.


New warning signs on the Clark Path

Written December 14th, 2018 by Hasso Hering

New signs have sprouted along a segment of Albany’s Dave Clark Path, opening the possibility that people could be cited for trespassing if they camp on the riverbank below.


Coffin Butte lessens price jump

Written December 14th, 2018 by Hasso Hering

Republic Services has revised downward its intended price increase for dumping small loads at the Coffin Butte Landfill. Instead of $85.75, the minimum fee starting Jan. 1 will be $40.


A traffic change: Dotted line turns solid

Written December 13th, 2018 by Hasso Hering

ODOT has followed through on changing an important lane marking on Ellsworth Street between Eighth and Ninth avenues. Now let’s see if Albany drivers get the hint.


This particular eyesore is gone

Written December 12th, 2018 by Hasso Hering

Checking on the status of an abandoned car on Wednesday, I rounded the corner of Second and Chicago in Albany just as a tow truck was taking off with the wreck on its bed.


What’s that? Another construction site…

Written December 11th, 2018 by Hasso Hering

What are they building there? That’s a question I get now and then, and in the case of 416 Pacific Blvd. S.W. in Albany, the short answer is “a commercial building.”


Coffin Butte: The price and other concerns

Written December 8th, 2018 by Hasso Hering

Republic Services wants to sharply increase the minimum fee for taking stuff to the Coffin Butte landfill, but the price of dumping is not the only issue that should concern the public.


Extra-house issue still roils Albany council

Written December 5th, 2018 by Hasso Hering

The conditions for allowing detached accessory dwelling units — essentially little houses in backyards — continue to divide Mayor Sharon Konopa from four members of the city council. They’ll try for a compromise in January, but what shape that will take no one knows.


School construction: Taking a look

Written December 5th, 2018 by Hasso Hering

Crews are making all kinds of progress on building two new Albany elementary schools. On Tuesday I got a tour of both projects, Meadow Ridge and Oak Grove.


Doubling up on valley trains — but when?

Written December 4th, 2018 by Hasso Hering

Planners for Oregon Passenger Rail are aiming to double the number of round trips up and down the Willamette Valley, from three to six. That’s one of the details I was reminded of at an open house on the project Tuesday night.


 
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