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Council: No roundabout on Gibson

Written May 23rd, 2017 by Hasso Hering

Reversing a decision it made a year ago, the Albany City Council now says it does not want a full roundabout at the junction of Gibson Hill Road and Crocker Lane in North Albany.


Hot protest gets appellant nowhere

Written April 12th, 2017 by Hasso Hering

It doesn’t happen often that the Albany mayor and council lose patience with someone appearing before them, but they did on Wednesday after an applicant for a park reservation loudly lectured them for about 20 minutes about due process and his rights.


Yard debris issue coming up again

Written April 12th, 2017 by Hasso Hering

Albany Councilman Mike Sykes wants the council to revisit the idea of weekly rather than biweekly yard debris pickup, which it turned down last October. And he’ll get his wish.


Council wants more pot restrictions

Written November 9th, 2016 by Hasso Hering

Open for business? Well, not exactly, at least where marijuana is concerned. A day after Albany voters overwhelmingly repealed the city council’s ban on commerce in recreational pot, Mayor Sharon Konopa and the council majority appeared ready Wednesday to impose tight restrictions on where pot stores could open.


When the bin’s full, stop working

Written June 9th, 2016 by Hasso Hering

Picture this: The yard waste container is filled to the brim, but the pick-up day for yard debris is more than a week away. The first thing to do is to take a break from the kind of yard work that generates more debris. The next thing is to wonder whether weekly service, rather than every […]


On Gibson Hill: The smartest fix

Written April 26th, 2016 by Hasso Hering

What’s the smartest way to fix the North Albany intersection of Gibson Hill Road and Crocker Lane? Floyd Collins, the Ward I councilman and North Albany resident who dealt with public works issues all his professional life, thinks the smartest way is to rebuild the intersection once and for all, not to do one thing now […]


On riverfront: Cleanup possible

Written April 25th, 2016 by Hasso Hering

Albany’s riverfront is my beat, and there’s a bit of potential good news on the north end of Denver Street. The owner of an abandoned house there has agreed to give the property to the city. So if everything goes according to plan, the city will be able to ban trespassing, clean the place up […]


Two bike routes: Where we stand

Written January 31st, 2015 by Hasso Hering

On the mid-valley cycling front, things have been happening on two routes. The Albany City Council has confirmed its support for an Albany-Corvallis Bike Trail, though not necessarily along the alignment that has run into strong opposition from farmers, the Oregon Farm Bureau and the state Department of Agriculture. And Linn County says it is […]


A convoluted crossing story: What it means

Written September 23rd, 2013 by

  The old Oregon Electric freight rail line from Albany south is a sleepy track. Usually there’s one train in the morning and one going the other way late in the day. In the Albany neighborhood east of Geary Street, the line crosses several streets, also with very little traffic. Considering the low speed of […]


Albany briefing: Voting on Measure 22-119

Written September 1st, 2013 by

Somebody asked me what happens if Albany voters turn down the city charter amendment now on the ballot. As near as I can see, the answer is nothing. Nothing happens. The amendment is Measure 22-119. City voters have been mailed ballots. The ballots are due back no later than Sept. 17. The measure would require […]


 
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