Albany council – Hasso Hering


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Another virtual ordeal; Cumberland deal OK’d

Written July 8th, 2020 by Hasso Hering

Anyone else think conducting local government meetings “virtually” has been allowed long enough? Sitting through one of these online sessions is more taxing than you might think, and there are other problems as well.

Why the public has not panicked over corona

Written July 8th, 2020 by Hasso Hering

Albany Councilman Rich Kellum wishes the media more often reported details about the corona crisis in addition to the daily toll of added cases and deaths. And there is more to report, all of it readily available in the data the Oregon Health Authority publishes online.

Covid may stop Albany Veterans Day parade

Written June 22nd, 2020 by Hasso Hering

With big events around the world falling victim to COVID-19, it comes as no surprise that Albany’s Veterans Day parade this year may be called off as well.

Old church prompts yet more council talk

Written June 10th, 2020 by Hasso Hering

The Albany City Council wants to get rid of the historic former Cumberland Presbyterian Church but is having a hard time getting it done, as Wednesday’s council discussion showed again.

Gun rights ‘sanctuary’ idea still pending

Written March 27th, 2020 by Hasso Hering

On Feb. 12, way before everything ground to a halt because of COVID-19, the Albany City Council asked its lawyer to look into protecting townspeople from infringements of their gun rights. Whatever happened to that idea?

Albany council: Fewer seats for audience

Written March 18th, 2020 by Hasso Hering

Social distancing is the new motto for everyone including the Albany City Council as long as the corona emergency lasts. This was demonstrated, in part, when the council met briefly Wednesday afternoon to ratify an emergency declaration the mayor had signed last Friday.

Albany mayor declares city emergency

Written March 13th, 2020 by Hasso Hering

Albany Mayor Sharon Konopa has signed a paper declaring a “local state of emergency as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.” The city council will meet Wednesday to ratify the resolution.

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