HASSO HERING

A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

Two street projects to benefit Albany school kids

Written January 10th, 2021 by Hasso Hering

Albany has won grants totaling about $1.5 million intended to provide safer streets for children to get to and from two elementary schools on the south side of town.

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Seen up close, those sewer grates are safe

Written January 9th, 2021 by Hasso Hering

Friday’s short video tour of bike lanes along Highways 20 and 99E (Albany’s Santiam Highway and Pacific Boulevard) caused a least a couple of viewers to worry about the sewer grates as they flashed by.


How useful are bike lanes? Take a look

Written January 8th, 2021 by Hasso Hering

A sunny and mild day in January, a welcome break from recent rains: What better time for a little demonstration of how bike lanes make cycling more feasible on roads that carry a lot of cars and trucks.


Chaos elsewhere, city park planning here

Written January 7th, 2021 by Hasso Hering

While everybody is trying to cope with the fallout of the chaotic events in D.C., the machinery of local government grinds away on all the mundane tasks that must be done. In Albany’s case that includes planning for the future of the city’s parks.

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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.


Those old iron rails: Keep them, or what?

Written January 5th, 2021 by Hasso Hering

The news is mostly bad and getting worse, so let’s consider something completely different: What should Albany do with the remnants of long-abandoned railroad tracks in its streets?


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.


 
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