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A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

City gets good news in police-fire bids

Written June 27th, 2016 by Hasso Hering

Albany city officials are pleased with the bids they received last week to construct a new police headquarters on Pacific Boulevard and a replacement fire station downtown. The amounts are within the project budget, and City Manager Wes Hare welcomed the good news. “It means we can do what we said we would do,” he told […]


Ballot hearing raises charter question

Written March 5th, 2015 by Hasso Hering

Why is it necessary to amend the Albany city charter in order for voters to approve the proposed bond issue to build a new police headquarters and main fire station? Could they not authorize the bond without amending the charter? That question was left unanswered during this morning’s hearing in Linn County Circuit Court.


Public gets voice on building looks

Written January 27th, 2015 by Hasso Hering

Albany’s effort to replace its police headquarters and main fire station downtown took another step Tuesday with a public listening session on how people would like the buildings to look.


Promotion’s OK but free speech isn’t?

Written April 18th, 2014 by Hasso Hering

Something is definitely screwy with Oregon’s election law and how it’s being enforced, and the news from Albany and Corvallis points this out. Free speech is the main issue, but so is the penchant by local government to try to affect the outcome when people are asked to vote on higher taxes.


Albany panel includes critics

Written January 17th, 2014 by Hasso Hering

  That’s one huge committee that’s been recruited to review the plans for Albany’s proposed new police headquarters and downtown fire station, and it includes both supporters and critics of past city council policies and spending decisions. Former state Sen. Frank Morse and retired Sheriff Dave Burright announced the members’ names this morning (Jan. 17). There are […]


Albany’s new start on bond proposal

Written December 12th, 2013 by Hasso Hering

Albany voters said no to a $20.3 million bond in November for building a new police headquarters and replacing the main fire station downtown, and now the city council has made a new start in trying to win their approval. It will seek the advice of respected and independent reviewers.


 
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