A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

Albany council heading toward added fee

Written April 26th, 2021 by Hasso Hering

Staff work continues on a new Albany utility fee to support city services. And while no decision has been made to collect such a fee, no one on the council has objected in any of the meetings where it was discussed.

Council puts Hazelwood Park up for sale

Written April 14th, 2021 by Hasso Hering

Close neighbors told the Albany City Council Wednesday how much little Hazelwood Park means to them, so much so that they have taken to trimming the grass and keeping ivy from climbing the trees. Half an hour later the council voted 5-1 to put the park up for sale.

‘Human relations:’ Council likes new draft

Written April 12th, 2021 by Hasso Hering

The Albany City Council has settled on a new job description for its Human Relations Commission. But while the language is high on principles, it is short on details.

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.

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