HASSO HERING

A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

A new traffic signal, needed or not

Written July 6th, 2018 by Hasso Hering

A year and a half ago, the Albany City Council was pressured into spending nearly half a million dollars on a new traffic signal that nobody except ODOT thinks is necessary. On Wednesday the council will be asked to complete that action by awarding a bid.


On Lyon, less space for cyclists

Written September 21st, 2017 by Hasso Hering

I wonder if this is what the designers had in mind: Putting the sidewalk that close to heavy traffic in front of the new Albany Fire Department’s Station 11 and Hasty Freez, one of the best burger-and-shake joints in town.


A win for Albany, but a slim one

Written May 19th, 2015 by Hasso Hering

Seriously? A mere 53 percent affirmative vote? If that holds up, it’s more than enough to pass the bond issue for a new Albany police headquarters and downtown fire station. But considering the enormous amount of work that went into this proposal, one might have wished for a greater majority of supporting votes. According to […]


Albany bond update: Hasty Freez spared!

Written November 2nd, 2013 by Hasso Hering

The good news: Hasty Freez, Albany’s venerable burger, ice cream and shake emporium at the corner of Seventh and Lyon, can stay where it is under the current plan for building a new fire station in place of the old Station 11 downtown. On Wednesday (Nov. 6) the city council will vote on authorizing the […]


Albany briefing: Exec session on real estate

Written August 28th, 2013 by

In Albany, the city council got a progress report Wednesday night on negotiations for real estate the city hopes to acquire for an expansion of Station 11, the main fire station on Lyon Street downtown. As usual, and as allowed by the Oregon Public Meetings Law, the discussion was held in “executive session,” from which the […]


Albany bonds? Now’s the time

Written July 27th, 2013 by

Albany City Manager Wes Hare makes a good case for asking voters to authorize a bond issue to help finance new fire and police stations. These projects had been on the verge of going ahead about three years ago when Albany received $18.5 million in settlement of its lawsuit over PepsiCo’s planned but not-built Gatorade factory. But the council […]


 
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