A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

Citizen asks city to reopen useful shortcut

Written March 15th, 2024 by Hasso Hering

There’s a short foot and bike path from 36th Avenue to Ermine Street, but this 50-foot shortcut has been unusable since the Albany City Council ordered it to be blocked in 2009.

Council OKs red light and speed cameras

Written December 13th, 2023 by Hasso Hering

There was no debate and no disagreement on the Albany City Council Wednesday as members unanimously voted for new traffic cameras likely to yield a massive increase in revenue from fines.

Photo enforcement: Albany police want more

Written December 7th, 2023 by Hasso Hering

In what would be a first for Albany, the city police chief wants speed enforcement cameras to be installed at four intersections.

Council open to Cumberland request

Written December 2nd, 2023 by Hasso Hering

With the exterior restored and a new coat of paint, the former Cumberland Church looked good when I passed it on a bike ride last month. Now the organizers of the Cumberland Community Events Center hope the Albany City Council can help their project along.

Waking up to costs of street repairs

Written November 27th, 2023 by Hasso Hering

Talk about “funding” to fix Albany streets makes people’s eyes glaze over. But the minutes of the Nov. 6 city council meeting contain a shocker that might wake people up.

Water Avenue crossings: No real choice

Written November 17th, 2023 by Hasso Hering

Nobody on the Albany City Council liked the steep jump in the price of planned construction on railroad crossings along Water Avenue. But on Wednesday a majority approved funding to pay for the work because there wasn’t any realistic choice.

Reflecting on council rooms here and there

Written October 14th, 2023 by Hasso Hering

As someone who for the past half century and more has occasionally covered city council meetings, I was interested this week in checking out the council chambers in Jacksonville in Jackson County.

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