A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

Lower fire insurance rates? Maybe

Written May 6th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

If you live in the area covered by the Albany Fire Department, you might want to ask your insurance company about lowering your fire insurance premiums. Why? Because the Insurance Services Office has just upgraded the department’s “public protection classification” to a 2, up from a 3.

Council OK with M’burg fire deal

Written December 11th, 2017 by Hasso Hering

The Albany City Council Monday had no objections to contracting with Millersburg for fire protection covering all of the smaller town on its northern edge.

Station 11: My brief look around

Written October 6th, 2017 by Hasso Hering

On Friday afternoon, I rode my bike to the dedication of Albany’s new Fire Station 11. Naturally the first thing I noticed was the bike racks and their unusual shape.

Not good enough? But it works

Written January 24th, 2017 by Hasso Hering

This, in case you can’t tell, is the intersection of Ellsworth Street and Sixth Avenue in Albany. It’s also the scene of what is shaping up as a big waste of public money.

Kmart site: Looking for a cleanup

Written August 31st, 2016 by Hasso Hering

The Albany Fire Department announced Wednesday it would train at the former K-mart store before the building is razed. I had circled the building on my bike on Sunday, looking for an indication that demolition had started. I saw no outward sign of that yet, and I also wondered what made people use the old truck […]

A little smoke on my ride …

Written July 23rd, 2016 by Hasso Hering

On my ride Saturday, I could smell smoke from a long way off, which seemed a little ominous in the middle of summer when open burning is not allowed. Then I got closer and realized the fire, in a pile of grass straw, had been put out but was smoldering still.

A big waste? The details say no

Written December 5th, 2014 by Hasso Hering

When I first read about this item in the Albany City Council agenda, it looked like an example of federal money being wasted. I’m happy to report that as I learned more about it, that impression proved false.

Rail car on fire in P&W yard

Written June 16th, 2014 by Hasso Hering

One of my bike routes takes me past Albany’s Talking Water Gardens, and usually nothing much happens. Today, about mid-day, I could not help but notice, in the distance on the other side of the ponds, smoke and the flashing lights of emergency vehicles. I wheeled the bike around to take a closer look, and the video […]

Police/fire panel takes significant step

Written May 2nd, 2014 by Hasso Hering

For four months now, a committee of citizens has been reviewing Albany’s plans for a new police headquarters and downtown fire station. One way to keep track is to attend the meetings every other week or so, but that is tedious work as one recent session lasted more than two hours and didn’t break up […]

Albany briefing: Fire hall land purchase OK’d

Written September 11th, 2013 by

Buying some of the property needed to expand Albany’s main fire hall, Station 11 downtown, was a mere formality Wednesday night. The city council had discussed replacing the fire station in meetings over several years and authorized its staff to offer a price at an executive meeting last month. So Wednesday night, no more discussion […]

Cycle around town!
Copyright 2019. All Rights Reserved. Hasso Hering.
Website Serviced by Santiam Communications
Do NOT follow this link or you will be banned from the site!