HASSO HERING

A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

Night of the Purge: Council fires 5 volunteers

Written January 27th, 2021 by Hasso Hering

Wednesday was the night of the purge in three of the volunteer commissions that advise the Albany City Council, something that I can’t remember happening before.


More efficient meetings: Ideas for council

Written January 13th, 2021 by Hasso Hering

If you’ve sat through many Albany City Council meetings even if only as a reporter, you will appreciate an idea floated at the session Wednesday night: Increasing the efficiency of the meetings by making better use of time.


As 2020 ends, a farewell to Albany’s mayor

Written December 16th, 2020 by Hasso Hering

The last meeting of 2020 was quite an occasion for the Albany City Council on Wednesday. To get the whole picture, you should wait till the video is up on cityofalbany.net and then watch at least the first part.


Running for Albany office: Two surprises

Written August 6th, 2020 by Hasso Hering

The first two days of candidate filings for Albany City Council produced a couple of surprises. Well, at least they were surprising to me.


On ADUs, councilor argues for the aged

Written January 9th, 2020 by Hasso Hering

In the year he has been on the Albany City Council, Alex Johnson II has rarely been as outspoken as he was Wednesday on the size of accessory dwelling units or ADUs.


Is it twilight for downtown library?

Written July 23rd, 2019 by Hasso Hering

Casting about for ways to save money, the Albany City Council is talking about possibly “repurposing” the downtown Carnegie Library. What that means, apparently, is closing the library and using the building for something else.


Housing issue still divides Albany council

Written February 13th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

The Oregon legislature wants more people to be clustered in existing single-family neighborhoods. But Albany Mayor Sharon Konopa says not here. So she is once again blocking a council-passed ordinance relaxing the city code on accessory dwelling units.


 
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