HASSO HERING

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Santiam Canal: A deal looks possible

Written June 28th, 2015 by Hasso Hering

The war of words between Albany and Lebanon over the Albany-Santiam Canal has calmed down, thanks at least in part to the public works professionals of both towns. As a result, it’s now possible to envision an agreement that meets the goals of each, and the hope is that the respective city councils see it that […]


Santiam Canal: Two money disputes

Written February 23rd, 2015 by Hasso Hering

The good old Albany-Santiam Canal is back in the news, as it frequently is, and money is the cause. Albany plans to bill Lebanon for a share of canal maintenance costs. And in a seemingly unrelated matter, a contractor and the city of Albany are trying to settle on the final payments for a repair job […]


How to solve fight over canal

Written October 21st, 2014 by Hasso Hering

Albany and Lebanon are in danger of slipping into an un-neighborly fight over the Santiam-Albany Canal. Albany’s latest overture is not likely to help, and already the spat is costing Lebanon more money — on studies and options on land for a new intake — than it should have to spend. For my recommendation for […]

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City: Canal ‘paths’ still possible

Written September 22nd, 2014 by Hasso Hering

Contrary to what I reported on Sept. 17, the city of Albany says it could still build walkways or “esplanades” along the Santiam Canal even though it told the federal government it had no plans for and did not allow recreational uses along the canal.


City on canal recreation: No way!

Written September 17th, 2014 by Hasso Hering

Albany has told the federal government it has no intention of opening trails or allowing any other recreational use along the 18-mile Albany-Santiam Canal, no matter what it might say in its Town Center Plan or the downtown urban renewal program. And that is just one of the many issues — and a minor one […]


Santiam Canal: Where dollars flow

Written September 1st, 2014 by Hasso Hering

A boat, they say, is mostly a hole in the water into which to pour money. At times the Santiam Canal must seem like that to the city of Albany.


Canal dispute: Compromise needed

Written August 13th, 2014 by Hasso Hering

In Texas and maybe elsewhere, they say that whiskey is for drinking and water is for fighting over. Let’s hope a fight can be avoided in the lingering, water-related dispute between the cities of Albany and Lebanon. The impasse is holding up Lebanon’s plans to build a new treatment plant.


 
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