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Work starts on Dave Clark lights

Written March 30th, 2016 by Hasso Hering

The riverfront is my beat, as I may have mentioned, and on a bike ride Wednesday I discovered that construction had begun on the long-awaited project to light up the night along Albany’s Dave Clark Riverfront Trail.


One man’s big ideas for old church

Written March 28th, 2016 by Hasso Hering

On Monday I had a cup of coffee and a piece of apple pie at Universal Coffee while the owner, Alex Contreras, told me about his ideas for the old church across the parking lot. And ambitious ideas they are, ideas he hopes can help bridge what sometimes looks like an Albany cultural divide.


Benton County’s seismic dilemma

Written March 26th, 2016 by Hasso Hering

Imagine the predicament of the Benton County Board of Commissioners. They’re faced with deciding what to with the historic county courthouse, a lovely landmark that is much admired. But it is also unsafe in an earthquake and would cost an arm and a leg to shore up.


Rain tax ? Uncertainty prevails

Written March 23rd, 2016 by Hasso Hering

The rules under which small Oregon towns will have to operate their storm water systems are still in flux, and how costly they will be and what effect they will have on Albany’s eventual rain tax nobody knows.


City wants input on NA intersection

Written March 21st, 2016 by Hasso Hering

Before deciding what to do about the T-intersection of Northwest Gibson Hill Road and Crocker Lane, the Albany City Council wants to hear from the public. Councilors especially want input from North Albany commuters who use those roads and sometimes get stuck at that corner for what seems — at least to them — a […]


Rain tax: What does EPA really want?

Written March 18th, 2016 by Hasso Hering

In its march toward an Albany rain tax, the city council says the foremost reason for adopting this storm water disposal fee is a federal requirement. But it’s not clear that the feds actually require very much or that what they require has to cost a lot of money.


OReGO update: How about bikes?

Written March 17th, 2016 by Hasso Hering

Let’s check in on OReGO, which seems to be flying under the radar of public interest and perhaps awareness. Maybe people would be more interested if I raised the possibility that Oregon’s pioneering approach to road taxation might some day work to get a little extra revenue from bicyclists as well.


 
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