HASSO HERING

A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

Expenses mount in Benton’s big plans

Written August 5th, 2022 by Hasso Hering

Seven years after their last attempt to win voter approval for a new jail, Benton County officials are assembling a more ambitious and much more expensive expansion project for which property taxpayers eventually will get the bill — if it is carried out.


Justice site convenient for North Albany

Written January 26th, 2022 by Hasso Hering

For residents of North Albany, the property selected for a proposed Benton County justice center has one advantage over the other sites that have now been rejected.


Coffin Butte rejection: Appeal is pending

Written December 23rd, 2021 by Hasso Hering

On a bike ride Thursday afternoon I looked west toward the Coffin Butte Landfill from Oak Grove Drive in North Albany. Whatever happened to the controversial proposal to expand the landfill and cover up Coffin Butte Road, which the county’s planning commission denied on Dec. 7?


Benton County’s seismic dilemma

Written March 26th, 2016 by Hasso Hering

Imagine the predicament of the Benton County Board of Commissioners. They’re faced with deciding what to with the historic county courthouse, a lovely landmark that is much admired. But it is also unsafe in an earthquake and would cost an arm and a leg to shore up.


Benton’s jail: A mess of problems

Written June 11th, 2015 by Hasso Hering

Benton County officials want to build a new jail because the old one is potentially dangerous and hopelessly outdated. Now they’re trying to gauge what voters will accept. To that end the county invited the public to an informal “outreach” session Thursday, and about three dozen people showed up.


 
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