General Obligation Bonds on November 5 ballot
Albany voters are
being asked to consider amending the City Charter to authorize $20.3
million in general obligation bonds for construction of a new downtown
Fire station and a new Police station. Here is the language that
appears as Measure 22-221 on ballots for the election that ends November
City of Albany General Obligation bond authorization
Shall Albany issue
up to $20.3 million in general obligation bonds for public safety
facilities? If the bonds are approved, they will be payable from
taxes on property or property ownership that are not subject to the
limits of sections 11 and 11b, Article XI of the Oregon Constitution.
amends the City Charter to authorize up to $20.3 million in principal
amount of City general obligation bonds to finance capital costs related
to new, seismically sound public safety facilities, including a police
station and a main fire station. The City estimates that the levy
for these bonds will be at the same rate as the City levies for its
outstanding general obligation bonds (about 43¢ per $1,000 of assessed
City recruiting appointees to advisory boards, commissions, committees
The Albany City
Council is conducting its annual recruitment for volunteers to serve on
its 14 City boards, commissions, and committees. Applicants must
be residents of the city of Albany unless otherwise specified. Of
91 positions, 29 terms will expire December 31, 2013, or are vacant due
- Airport Advisory Commission: Three positions,
appointed by Councilors Collins, Coburn, and Kellum. No fewer than
four members shall have their principal place of residence within the
city limits. By policy, Council does not appoint persons who have a
significant financial interest in the anticipated considerations of
- Albany Arts Commission: Two positions.
- Albany Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Commission: One position.
Budget Committee: Three positions, appointed by Mayor
Konopa and Councilors Olsen and Coburn. Appointees need not be
residents of those wards but must be city residents.
Board of Appeals: One position. Applicants must be
qualified by experience and training to pass on building construction
- Central Albany Revitalization Area
Advisory Board: Two positions, appointed by Councilors Collins and
Johnson. Appointees need not be residents of those wards but must
be city residents.
- City Tree Commission: Two
positions. Applicants who own property or maintain a business
within the city of Albany do not need to be city residents.
Relations Commission: Two positions, appointed by Mayor Konopa
and Councilor Collins. Appointees need not be residents of those
wards but must be city residents.
Advisory Commission: Three positions. Applicants must have
demonstrable knowledge, interest, or competence in historic preservation
and in one of the following: architecture, landscape
architecture, history, art history, education, construction, real
estate, development, urban planning, archaeology, law, finance, cultural
geography, cultural anthropology, local history, or related
- Parks & Recreation Commission: Two positions.
Commission: Two positions, appointed by Mayor Konopa and
Councilor Kellum. Appointees must be city residents from the
respective Councilor's ward. The Mayor's appointments are at
- Public Safety Commission: Two
positions, appointed by Councilors Kopczynski and Kellum.
Appointees need not be residents of those wards but must be city
residents except for the rural fire districts' representative.
- Senior Center Endowment Committee: Two positions.
- Traffic Safety Commission: Two positions.
limited to serving simultaneously on only one of the panels that have
the greatest influence on Council decisions: Budget Committee,
Library Board, Parks & Recreation Commission, and Planning
Deadline for submitting an application is Friday, December 6, 2013.
For more information or an application, interested persons can stop by
City Hall, 333 Broadalbin Street SW; call 541-917-7508; or visit http://www.cityofalbany.net/city-council/boards-commissions.
| Share your bling to support foster grandparents, RSVP
Albany Parks &
Recreation is collecting unwanted, unused, precious costume or partial
jewelry for its first Bling! fundraiser event Friday and Saturday,
November 8 and 9, 2013, to benefit Foster Grandparent and RSVP programs
in Linn and Benton Counties.
have been set up in Albany, Lebanon, and Corvallis for tax-deductible
donations of unwanted, broken, or costume jewelry, jewelry parts, and
jewelry boxes. Tax receipts are available at all locations.
The Bling! sale
event will be held 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Saturday, November 9, at the
Wheelhouse Events Center, 421 Water Avenue NE. Admission is free.
Want first pick?
A presale event will happen from 5:30-8:00 p.m. Friday, November
8, at the Wheelhouse. Tickets are $20 and include appetizers and a
For more information, to donate, or to purchase tickets, call Albany Parks & Recreation at 541-917-7777 or visit www.lovebling.org.
Police Property and Evidence Specialist named Outstanding Public Safety Employee
Property and Evidence Specialist for the Albany Police Department, is
the Outstanding Public Safety Employee for 2013. Buchert received
the award at the October general membership forum of the Albany Area
Chamber of Commerce. The award is sponsored Security Alarm Corp.
Buchert has been
employed by Albany Police since October 2004 and in her current position
since November 2006. She was instrumental in getting a bar coding
system integrated into processing property and evidence; monitors an
average of 14,000 items in the property and evidence inventory;
established a timeline to purge more than 5,000 items earlier this year;
and set up the Police Department to sell surplus, seized, recovered,
found, and unclaimed property online, netting more than $13,000 for the
City's General Fund so far.
Buchert makes sure
that all items in evidence are properly packaged, labeled, weighed, and
initialed and has volunteered to help at the department's front counter
during times when staffing was short.
Police Lt. Chris
Carter nominated Buchert for the award, saying she "epitomizes our
mission of Excellence through Service. She consistently holds
herself to the highest professional standards and integrity that builds
trust. Her dedication to our department family builds unity and
Human Relations Award nominations due November 29
Nominations are open for the Human Relations Award, sponsored by the City of Albany Human Relations Commission.
wants to recognize individuals and nonprofit organizations or nonprofit
businesses in Albany that have worked to promote harmonious relations
among the citizens of Albany. Selection will be based on a
demonstrated commitment to promoting human relations, diversity, and/or
equality through community programs and activities. Nominees need
not be Albany residents.
will be chosen in two categories: "individual" and "nonprofit"
organization/"nonprofit" business. Up to two runners-up in each
category will also be recognized. Awards will be announced and
presented at the January 22, 2014, meeting of the Albany City Council.
The first Human Relations award was presented in January 2012.
Nomination forms-in English and Spanish-are available on the City website, www.cityofalbany.net, and hard copies will be provided on request.
due no later than 5:00 p.m., Friday, November 29, 2013. They may
be hand-delivered to Albany City Hall, 333 Broadalbin Street SW; mailed
to Human Relations Award, P.O. Box 490, Albany, OR 97321; or
faxed to 541-917-7511.
Relations Commission was established in 2007 to promote harmonious
relations among Albany citizens. It was created to recommend
programs, activities, ordinances, expenditures, and other appropriate
governmental activities that serve the goal of maintaining respectful
interactions within the community. Annually, the Commission
supports events or activities to observe the Martin Luther King, Jr.,
holiday; mental illness and mental health awareness; National Night Out;
and Festival Latino. The Commission also seeks opportunities to
meet with groups or individuals throughout the community to learn about
their experiences of living in Albany.
Commission members are appointed by the Mayor and City Councilors.
City Council reschedules meetings for holidays
The Albany City Council has changed its meetings schedule for November and December 2013 to accommodate the year-end holidays.
The Council will
hold a work session at 4 p.m. Monday, November 4, and regular meetings
at 7:15 p.m. Wednesdays, November 6 and 13. City Hall offices will
be closed on Monday, November 11, for Veterans' Day and again Thursday
and Friday, November 28-29, for Thanksgiving.
In December, the
Council will hold regular meetings at 7:15 p.m. Wednesdays, December 4
and 11, with a work session at 4 p.m. Monday, December 9. City
Hall offices will be closed on Wednesday, December 25, 2013, and
Wednesday, January 1, 2014, for Christmas and New Year's Day.
City Council work
sessions are held in the Municipal Court Room and regular meetings are
in Council Chambers, both on the first floor of Albany City Hall, 333
Broadalbin Street SW. All meetings are open to the public and
Meetings are also streamed live at www.cityofalbany.net,
broadcast live on Comcast Ch. 28 in Linn County and Ch. 23 in Benton
County, rebroadcast for two weeks on the Comcast channels and archived
on YouTube and the City website. For more information, call
541-917-7507 or e-mail email@example.com.
|Leaf pickup begins November 4
Services will pick up autumn leaves over three 2-week periods,
beginning November 4. Thousands of trees drop leaves every year
through the 17-plus square miles inside the Albany city limits.
Residents can help keep streets, gutters, and sidewalks free of leaves
by raking and sweeping regularly and putting as many leaves as possible
in the yard debris carts provided by Republic Services or collecting the
leaves to use as winter ground cover for sensitive plants or for
Allied Waste will pick up leaves:
debris - leaves, grass clippings, branches, fertilizers - can lead to
flooding when they are swept or blown into storm drains and gutters and
water pollution as they work their way from storm drains into the rivers
and creeks. In addition to using yard debris for compost or
disposing of it in yard debris carts:
For more information on stormwater protection, call Kim Kagelaris, Environmental Services Technician, at 541-791-0087.
To report illegal dumping of yard waste, call 541-917-7600.
For information about residential yard waste collection, call Republic Services at 541-928-2551.
Paddlers help clean up Willamette River
Clouds parted and showers held off for the bring-your-own-boat
Great Willamette River Cleanup on Saturday, October 5, 2013. A
dozen eager paddlers put their three kayaks and four canoes in at Hyak
Park and combed the river for debris, taking out at Bowman Park.
The volunteers filled half of a three-yard Dumpster, fished out four
tires, and collected lots of plastic bottles. Calapooia Brewing
Company rewarded the effort with a tall cold one for each adult.
The event was coordinated by Willamette Riverkeeper with assistance from
the City of Albany for this river section. For information about
future cleanups, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call Kim at 541-791-0087.
Park rest rooms closed for winter; weekend rentals open in April
Rest rooms in Albany city parks have been winterized and are closed for the winter season.
Albany parks will
be available for weekend rentals again starting in April 2014.
Park facilities may be rented daily beginning with Memorial Day weekend
through the end of October 2014. Park shelters may be reserved up
to 13 months in advance.
be made by phone with a MasterCard or Visa or in person at Albany City
Hall, 333 Broadalbin Street SW. For more information or to
make a reservation, call 541-917-7777.
Parks & Recreation volunteers recognized
than 120 volunteers turned out for the 2013 Parks & Recreation
Volunteer Recognition dinner sponsored by NW Natural on Tuesday,
September 17. Rain did not dampen the party or the spirits of
attendees as Parks & Recreation staff paid tribute to the volunteers
who gave more than 36,000 hours in fiscal 2012-2013 to help to make
programs and events possible for Albany residents.
Another Albany college scholarship winner
Mendoza is too young to attend school, but he has already started
preparing for his college education at the Albany Public
is one of 15 Oregon students to win a $1,000 college savings account
from the Oregon College Savings Plan. Each summer since 2010,
Albany Public Library has awarded entry forms for the scholarship
drawing to any child up to age 18 who has logged reading time on at
least ten days during the Library's Summer Reading Program. An
Albany child has won a $1,000 scholarship account each of these four
years, and each year the Library also received a $500 prize as well.
Become a Master Gardener
have been essential to the ongoing success of the Willamette Community
Garden, located on City property at First Avenue and Main Street NE.
Oregon State University Extension Service is taking applications
now for the 2014 Master Gardener program. To find out more, visit http://extension.oregonstate.edu/ linn/horticulture.