A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

Things have changed: A flag for June

Written May 11th, 2023 by Hasso Hering

With only one dissenting voice, the Albany City Council voted Wednesday to hoist a “pride flag” in front of City Hall during the month of June.

Ten years later, it’s still a vacant lot

Written April 7th, 2023 by Hasso Hering

It was 10 years ago that the city of Albany persuaded the BNSF railroad company to hand over ownership of nearly an acre of vacant land on Water Avenue.

Council grab bag: Feral cats, natural gas etc.

Written March 23rd, 2023 by Hasso Hering

Feral cats, the right to use natural gas, and the fact that Albany does not collect the transient lodging tax from bed-and-breakfasts… What do these topics have to do with each other?

Council endorses Benton jail, justice bonds

Written March 9th, 2023 by Hasso Hering

Benton County is making a push for a $110 million bond issue for a new jail and criminal justice center. Paying off the bonds would raise property taxes for up to 31 years.

Will Bird scooters return? Wait and see

Written January 1st, 2023 by Hasso Hering

As you would expect when it’s rainy and cold, the Bird company’s electric scooters available for rent have been gone from Albany streets this winter. Some people are wondering if the scooters will be back when the weather improves.

For two longtime members, the last meeting

Written December 28th, 2022 by Hasso Hering

I’ve been following most meetings of the Albany City Council on YouTube or Zoom. But I went in person Wednesday night because the last council meeting of 2022 was also the last for longtime Councilors Bessie Johnson and Dick Olsen.

Outside, lights; inside, transit and a water issue

Written December 12th, 2022 by Hasso Hering

Sitting through an Albany City Council meeting has its reward — when it’s over and you walk out and are greeted by the festive lights on the City Hall plaza on a December night.

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