How are we doing? Resident survey coming soon
a few days, the City of Albany will kick off the 2014 Albany Residents
Community Survey. It's been almost five years since our last
electronic survey, and we need to hear from you.
want to know how you rate a variety of subjects: Is Albany kept
clean? Do you feel safe in your neighborhood? Have you
volunteered your time? How do you rate the library?
These and dozens of other questions seek to know you feel about Albany and many of the services you may use.
for e-mail with a link to this important opportunity. Surveys
will be available in English and Spanish. A few minutes of your
time is all we ask, and it's your participation that can help make
Albany even better.
City proposes business-friendly Development Code amendments
The City is proposing changes to the Albany Development Code that would remove challenges to development while maintaining
neighborhood compatibility and be consistent with the City's
Comprehensive Plan and zoning district purposes. Proposed changes
would affect home businesses as well as those in more traditional
commercial areas. The proposals would allow outright
home businesses that meet measurable standards and have no noticeable
off-site impacts and allow others through a conditional-use review.
Business Ready Task Force has been working for more than a year to
review obstacles to development and redevelopment that had been
identified in the Development Code over the last few years. The
task force was made up of a broad range of citizens including property
owners, commercial brokers, the business community, residential
neighborhoods, the City Council, and the Planning Commission.
The Planning Commission public hearing on the code updates is Monday, February 3, 2014, at 5:15 p.m. The
City Council hearing on the proposed amendments is Wednesday, March 12,
2014, at 7:15 p.m. Both hearings will be held in the Albany City
Hall Council Chambers at 333 Broadalbin Street SW.
You may view or download the proposed amendments at www.cityofalbany.net/codeupdates,
in the Community Development Department at City Hall, or at either
library, 2450 14th Avenue SE or 302 Ferry Street SW. For more
information, call 541-917-7550 or e-mail email@example.com.
Friends' fundraiser kicks off centennial year
Public Library celebrates its 100th year in 2014, beginning with
Library Uncorked, a wine-tasting event on Saturday, February 8, 2014, at
the Carnegie Library, 302 Ferry Street SW, in Downtown Albany.
by the Friends of the Albany Public Library, Library Uncorked will
benefit the Friends' Youth Reading Scholarship Program.
Scholarships provide library access to GAPS schoolchildren who
live outside the city limits.
are $25 each or $45 for two and available at the Carnegie Library and
Main Library, 2450 14th Avenue SE; Browsers' Bookstore, 1425 Pacific
Boulevard SE; and the Albany Downtown Association, 202 Second Avenue SW.
centennial events will happen throughout the year, including a birthday
celebration in the summer. If you have stories or photos related
to Albany library history, please contact staff at either branch or
Albany homes may qualify for clean energy upgrades
homeowners may be eligible for no-money-down financing and up to $2,000
in instant rebates on energy-saving upgrades from Clean Energy Works
Oregon. Instant rebates are applied directly to a home energy
assessment and the cost of energy upgrades, eliminating out of pocket
than 50 homes in Benton County and Albany have already benefited from
the program, which includes an on-site energy assessment of each home
that reveals energy-draining problems such as leakage, heat transfers,
hole sizes, and infiltration rates. After an energy remodel, Clean
Energy Works does an independent inspection to make sure the home
upgrades perform as promised. Upgrades can include insulation,
upgraded windows, high-efficiency space- and water-heating systems, and
Energy Works Oregon is only available to single-family, detached homes
built before 1993 and is available in Albany in collaboration with the
Corvallis Environmental Center and Benton County. Homeowners can find
information about the program online at http://www.cleanenergyworksoregon.org/.
Applications may be done online at no obligation, and paper
application forms are available. If applying online, be sure to include
the Instant Rebate code LGBEN.
More information is available at 855-870-0049 weekdays, 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Committee named to study public safety facility needs
Former Oregon State
Senator Frank Morse and Retired Linn County Sheriff Dave Burright have
appointed a local committee to review and determine community needs
related to the Albany Police Department building and Albany Fire
Department Station 11:
- E. Elwin "Skeet" Arasmith, retired as head of the
water/wastewater treatment operator certification at Linn-Benton
Community College; operates ACR Publications.
- Geoffrey Berg, dentist; principal, Mid-Valley Dental Associates.
- Tom Cordier, retired Wah Chang engineer/executive.
- Sharon K. Edwards, retired from Qwest.
Hagerty, dentist, chair of the Samaritan Albany General Hospital board
of directors and affiliate assistant professor at Oregon Health &
- Mike Martin, principal, MartInvest Inc.
- Chris Norman, Coordinated Care Support Unit Manager, Oregon Health Authority.
- David Reece, engineer, principal, Reece & Associates.
- Greg Roe, executive director, United Way of Linn County.
- William G. Ryals, architect, principal, Modern Organic Architecture.
- Janet Steele, president, Albany Area Chamber of Commerce.
- Martha Wells, retired as publisher of the Albany Democrat-Herald.
- Buzz Wheeler, owner, Coastal Farm & Ranch Supply.
- Ralph Wyatt, Linn County administrative officer.
Morse and Burright are
the committee's cochairs. The group's first meeting was scheduled
for 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, January 28, 2014.
"An independent citizen
review of Albany's public safety facilities is the right next step to
assess the needs and make thoughtful recommendations back to the City
Council," Morse said. "I look forward to helping facilitate this
"We're pleased that
members of the community stepped up to be a part of this effort,"
Burright said. "It shows what kind of a community we have in
Albany and that they recognize the importance of the issue."
All committee meetings will be open to the public with agenda materials posted on the City of Albany website, www.cityofalbany.net.
In October 2013, the
Albany City Council called for a committee, independent of the Council,
to be created to review public safety facility needs. A $20.3
million general obligation bond measure to replace both buildings was
defeated by Albany voters in the November 5, 2013, general election.
The City of Albany turns 150 in 2014.
Oregon Governor A.C. Gibbs signed the City's articles of incorporation in October of that year.
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