A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

Roadside ditches, wetlands rules

Written October 31st, 2015 by Hasso Hering

At the risk of getting lost in this regulatory swamp, let’s take a look at yet another complication arising from the morass of wetlands rules. This one is causing a year’s delay in Albany’s project to rebuild the northern stretch of Crocker Lane.

A piece of nature will be saved

Written September 2nd, 2015 by Hasso Hering

Benton County residents are getting a prime piece of wooded park land in North Albany as part of a deal to develop an adjacent subdivision and repave the northern end of Crocker Lane. As a result a grove of big old oaks and other stately trees near the corner of Crocker Lane and Valley View Drive […]

Council makes NA group happy

Written April 23rd, 2015 by Hasso Hering

The Albany City Council doesn’t often get applause during its meetings, but it got some Wednesday from a group of North Albany homeowners who had just learned their prospective street assessments had been reduced from several thousand dollars each to — nothing.

Those street costs would bite

Written March 3rd, 2015 by Hasso Hering

How’d you like to stretch your finances and buy a new house only to learn some time later that oh, by the way, you’re on the hook for a few thousand bucks in extra street assessments? You might understand the need if the street work did you some good. But not if you already have sidewalks […]

Is this project really necessary?

Written February 16th, 2015 by Hasso Hering

On a sunny and warm mid-winter day, a bike ride over the top of Valley View Drive and down Crocker Lane put me in mind of — what else? — an action by the Albany City Council last week. And I’m wondering whether the council really thinks it’s necessary to make two road improvements for which adjoining […]

Hands off Bloom Lane, except …

Written May 29th, 2014 by Hasso Hering

Here, take a look at Bloom Lane. You can see why all the property owners and residents would like the city government to keep its hands off their quiet little dead-end street in North Albany. They don’t want it widened or “improved” with curbs, gutters and sidewalks. They don’t want to be assessed for such […]

Why an expensive street job here?

Written May 11th, 2014 by Hasso Hering

You’re looking at the west side of Crocker Lane in North Albany one evening last week. Does this street look like it needs curbs, gutters and a sidewalk? City of Albany plans call for just that, however, and city officials are recommending that the council form a local improvement district so the northern 2,150 feet […]

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