A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

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.

A city street user tax in distant future?

Written August 7th, 2023 by Hasso Hering

At City Hall, Albany officials are taking another stab at finding a way to pay for maintaining and repairing streets. It will take more than a year of meetings, discussions, and public “outreach.” Wish them luck, for the chance of solving this issue is small.

Albany-Corvallis path is still a long way off

Written June 28th, 2023 by Hasso Hering

Planned and talked about for more than 20 years, the proposed Albany-Corvallis bikeway is still in the works, but don’t expect its completion any time soon or, depending on your age, before you die.

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