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HASSO HERING

A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

CARA buys former Wells Fargo branch

Written February 1st, 2019 by Hasso Hering

Last October, the Albany City Council authorized the city staff to negotiate to buy the former Wells Fargo Bank branch at First Avenue and Broadalbin Street. On Friday, the city closed on the purchase for $1.5 million.


Albany traffic crashes: The top spots

Written February 1st, 2019 by Hasso Hering

The latest annual report of the Albany Police Department might cause drivers to avoid certain intersections because of their crash history. But of course they’re on the main thoroughfares, so avoiding them would be hard.


Area cleaned up by — guess who?

Written January 31st, 2019 by Hasso Hering

The Swanson Path and surrounding grounds, which only a week ago had been a mess of discarded blankets and other trash, has been cleaned up, and you’ll be astonished to learn by whom.


Why Corvallis city utilities cost less

Written January 30th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

The cities of Albany and Corvallis are about the same in age, size, and geography, on the same river, and subject to the same state and federal regulations. So how come the combined city utility rates in Albany are substantially higher than in its neighbor 10 miles upstream?


Raising those manhole covers: Coming up

Written January 29th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

As for the bumps in the new pavement where there are manhole covers on Albany’s downtown Highway 20 couplet, the city says ODOT won’t fix them but the city will.


Improper zone? Driver presents his case

Written January 28th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

In Albany Municipal Court on Monday, Johnny Scot Van Ras made his case against the 20 mph speed zone on Waverly Drive on the east side of the athletic fields of South Albany High School. His argument was that the school zone on the 40-mph arterial street wasn’t properly established because of two shortcomings: Contrary […]


School zone issue: Here’s the latest

Written January 26th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

Whatever happened, you may be wondering, with the Waverly Drive speed zone alongside the athletic fields of South Albany High School? One way or another the issue is likely to come to a head this month or next.


Queen crossing: Now, a noise complaint

Written January 24th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

Albany’s Queen Avenue railroad crossing has long annoyed motorists because of the condition of the pavement and frequent delays. Now comes a new complaint: The length and volume of the air horn blasts of switch engine No. 1501.


On ADUs, council plays Groundhog Day

Written January 24th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

Eighteen people talked to the Albany City Council Wednesday about accessory dwelling units, most of them in favor of allowing larger ones. But it made no difference in the outcome: The mayor and two councilors want one thing, four councilors want something else, and nothing was resolved.


Albany going to court over DEQ permit

Written January 24th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

The state Department of Environmental Quality’s latest move to control the discharge of stormwater will cause the city of Albany and property owners all kinds of problems, so the city is going to court.


 
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