HASSO HERING

A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

Council’s red-letter day: No masks required

Written July 15th, 2021 by Hasso Hering

For the first time in 16 months, the Albany City Council met in person this week, and the public was allowed in. No masks required.


Offer for city land in N.A.: Save it as is

Written July 9th, 2021 by Hasso Hering

Three years ago I got a look at a piece of wooded city-owned land in North Albany that included a meadow running down to a pond. The city is planning to sell the property, and the owner of a neighboring property has offered to buy and preserve it as a kind of private nature reserve.


Neighbors hope to save park — by buying it

Written July 7th, 2021 by Hasso Hering

Families living behind Albany’s Hazelwood Park, which the council has offered for sale, hope to save the wooded parcel by buying it and making it part of their yards.


Albany council enacts new city fee — or tax

Written June 23rd, 2021 by Hasso Hering

Well, it’s official now. The Albany City Council has adopted a new “city services fee” — or utility tax if you will — to help support its general fund, which pays for police, fire protection, parks, libraries and planning, among other things.


Substation security: No climbing that fence

Written June 12th, 2021 by Hasso Hering

Odd little things I see from the bike strike me as noteworthy sometimes. One of them is the fence around the construction site of the Hazelwood electric substation in southwest Albany.


Albany service fee stalls, delayed 2 weeks

Written June 9th, 2021 by Hasso Hering

It will be another two weeks before the Albany City Council makes the decision whether to impose a new city services fee after the ordinance creating the fee stalled Wednesday night.


Food trucks: Council considers many rules

Written May 25th, 2021 by Hasso Hering

Food trucks in Albany would be regulated differently under a new city law up for action by the city council Wednesday night. The ordinance would allow food trucks to remain in place indefinitely, with renewable annual permits, but it would also subject them to an array of standards and rules.


 
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