HASSO HERING

A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

SB 554 puts gun issue before council

Written March 26th, 2021 by Hasso Hering

A year ago the Albany City Council considered a gun issue and then dropped it. Now guns may come up again, in an entirely different context, if the Oregon House goes along and passes Senate Bill 554.


Albany relations panel looks for a mission

Written March 22nd, 2021 by Hasso Hering

The city of Albany has had a “human relations commission” since 2007. Last year it blew up in discord, and now the city council is trying to write down what the newly constituted commission is supposed to do and why it exists.


Council gets options for new Albany fee

Written March 22nd, 2021 by Hasso Hering

A new utility fee averaging $9 a month for residences and $18 for commercial accounts would raise around $2.7 million a year toward supporting city services, the Albany City Council was told on Monday.


Albany’s new shopping cart code: Now what?

Written March 10th, 2021 by Hasso Hering

When it takes effect in 30 days, Albany will have a new shopping cart law. The city council unanimously passed it Wednesday night without debate, but it’s not clear what difference it will make in the number of carts being dumped and left.


Albany council starts 2021: Just one surprise

Written January 4th, 2021 by Hasso Hering

There was only one unexpected development when the Albany City Council, with three new members, held its first meeting of the year Monday afternoon. And I missed getting a picture of it.


Issues for ’21: Street hoops and food trucks

Written November 30th, 2020 by Hasso Hering

Once the new Albany City Council takes office in January, two of the first issues it will face are what if anything to do about food trucks and basketball hoops in the street.


Council news: Here’s what may affect you

Written October 14th, 2020 by Hasso Hering

The big news out of Wednesday’s Albany City Council meeting, in terms of its effect on residents? Not the verbal blast against Councilman Rich Kellum but the coming crackdown on people who put unrecyclable trash in their recycling carts.


 
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