Construction projects underway around
Albany this summer
major road construction projects are underway this summer in Albany
neighborhoods. Traffic patterns will be disrupted for a few
months, and detour routes are in place.
Main Street Rehabilitation and Roundabout
includes street and storm drain improvements on Main Street between
First and Fourth Avenues, as well as improvements to intersecting
streets including Salem Avenue and Santiam Road. A roundabout
will be constructed in order to intersect Main Street with Salem Avenue
and Third Avenue and will address capacity and alignment issues at this
intersection that have contributed to unsafe traffic conditions.
in the area of the roundabout will close in late June to accommodate
construction of the street improvements. City staff anticipates
the closure will continue until the end of August; all work on the
project will be complete by October 1, 2014. Affected property
owners and the public will be notified before the streets close and
detours are posted.
Mid Valley Gravel, Philomath, is the contractor. Cost of the project is $1.7 million.
Technician Lindsey Austin is managing the construction of the Main
Street project. For more information, e-mail email@example.com or call 541-917-7651.
Center Street Rehabilitation and Water Line Improvements
Street Southeast is being reconstructed between 15th and 18th
avenues. Pacific Excavation, Eugene, is the contractor and the
cost of the project is $455,000.
pavement on these streets is in very poor condition. Existing
water lines are undersized and do not provide adequate flow for
firefighting or system connectivity. The water lines will be
replaced before the street surface is rebuilt. Work is expected to
be complete in early August.
Engineering Technician Segundo Sam is managing construction of the Center Street Project. For more information, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 541-917-7643.
Belmont Avenue Culvert Replacement
January 2012, a significant flooding event resulted in the complete
failure of the two 48-inch culverts in Oak Creek at Belmont Avenue
Southwest. Since the flood, the existing culverts have been
temporarily bridged to allow for traffic to continue accessing the
adjoining neighborhood and local businesses.
two 48-inch culverts are being replaced this summer with a three-sided
box culvert. The sewer line crossing Oak Creek is being
rehabilitated, and the 12-inch water line is being replaced at the same
contractor is North Santiam Paving of Stayton and the cost of the
project is $484,000. Seventy-five percent of the costs will be
funded through a FEMA grant that the City secured due to major flood
damage. Work should be completed in October.
Engineering Technician Manny Kurtz is managing construction of the
Belmont Culvert project. For more information, e-mail email@example.com or call 541-917-7662.
Albany City Manager Wes Hare; CARA Chair Rich Catlin; neighborhood
leader Larry Nelson; Innovative Housing Inc. representative Sarah
Stevenson; and Mayor Sharon Konopa break ground for Woodland Square
Woodland Square Project Underway
Woodland Square Apartment project broke ground for construction Monday,
June 16, 2014, at the project site, 1440 Second Avenue SE. Albany
Mayor Sharon Konopa and Rich Catlin, Chair of the Central Albany
Revitalization Agency Advisory Board, were among those who shoveled up
the first ceremonial bits of earth.
project will include 54 workforce apartments (1-, 2-, 3-, and 4-bedroom
units), 85 parking spaces, a community room, children's playground, a
classic design that blends with the historic neighborhood, and
restoration of the canyon along Periwinkle Creek that will include a
for this project is being provided by the Central Albany Revitalization
Area, Oregon Housing and Community Services, Raymond James Tax Credit
Fund, JPMorgan Chase, and Network for Oregon Affordable Housing and
project team includes developer Innovative Housing, Inc.;
ORANGEWALLstudios architecture+planning, and general contractor
Celebrate the Fourth on the Third at River Rhythms
forget: the 2014 River Rhythms concert series opens Thursday, July 3,
at Monteith Riverpark in Downtown Albany. Soul and blues artists
John Nemeth and the Bo-Keys featuring Percy Wiggins open the series'
31st year. A community fireworks show will follow the concert in
celebration of Independence Day.
at 7:00 p.m. The fireworks show is expected to begin about 10:00
p.m. Admission is free, but donations are encouraged.
Bryant Park will be
closed to the public until 10:00 a.m. July 3 to allow setup for the
fireworks show. Fireworks fans can park at Bryant beginning at
10:00 a.m. for $5.00 per vehicle.
The lower (north) Bryant shelter area will be used as the fallout zone for the fireworks and will be closed all day.
The community fireworks
are made possible entirely by donations from Albany-area businesses.
The show is presented by Lassen Toyota, Northwest Toyota Dealers,
Toyota Let's Go Places.
For information about the rest of the concert series, visit www.riverrhythms.org.
Sign up now for Willamette River Relay and Paddle Me Plunge August 8-9
Calapooia Watershed Council presents the inaugural Willamette River
Relay, a paddling/bicycling/running race, and Paddle Me Plunge in Albany
August 8 and 9, 2014, to raise awareness and funding for river
restoration efforts in the Willamette Basin, attract visitors to
historic Downtown Albany, and highlight outdoor recreation opportunities
in the mid-Willamette Valley.
The City of Albany and The Nature Conservancy are partners in the events.
For information on event registration, volunteer opportunities, and sponsorship, visit www.riverrelay.com or contact Kyle Smith of the Calapooia Watershed Council at 541-466-3493 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mondays @ Monteith concerts begin July 7
Parks & Recreation is proud to present the Mondays @ Monteith
concert series July 7-August 4, at Monteith Riverpark in Downtown
Albany. Bring a blanket or lawn chair and enjoy live music beside
the Willamette River.
are free of charge, but donations are encouraged. Music begins at
7 p.m. Food will be available for purchase.
For additional details on the performers, visit http://www.mondaysatmonteith.org
|Top: Wildhorse Lake, Allan Doerksen; Bottom: Homestead Root Cellar, Rich Bergeman|
Eastern, Central Oregon photos featured in July exhibit
Valley photographers Rich Bergeman, Kurt Norlin, Dennis Galloway, Allan
Doerksen, and Bob Ross will exhibit photographs of Eastern and Central
Oregon at Albany City Hall for the month of July.
Albany Arts Commission coordinates and sponsors City Hall displays of
art from around the mid-valley and the Northwest in exhibits that change
every month, year-round. Art work in a variety of media is
displayed on both floors of the building and is available for viewing
weekdays during business hours and a few evenings each month when public
meetings are held.
information about the exhibits and the Arts Commission, contact
Commissioner Billie Moore, 541-928-6182, or Debbie Little, 541-917-7778,
or email@example.com .
Albany history comes alive at Masonic Cemetery July 23
By Cathy Ingalls, Albany Regional Museum volunteer
K. Weatherford, Delazon Smith, Nicholas Riazance, Felix O'Toole, and
Reuben Coleman Hill are long dead but telling of their life stories will
almost bring them back during the History in Headstones tour at
7:00 p.m. Wednesday, July 23, 2014, at the Albany Masonic
free 7th annual event is sponsored by St. John's Lodge No. 17, AF &
AM, and the Albany Regional Museum. The cemetery is at the west
end of Seventh Avenue at Broadway Street.
program begins with a short ceremony conducted by the Masons to
dedicate a newly installed interpretive sign. Afterward, visitors
can wander the cemetery until 8:30 p.m., visiting the graves of seven
former Albany residents whose histories will be recounted by
will mark those gravesites, and fliers and maps will be available to
help guide participants to those buried in the cemetery established on
the Harvey Gordon Donation Land Claim.
Darrel Tedisch will portray J.K. Weatherford,
founder of the Weatherford, Thompson, Cowgill, Black & Schultz law
firm. Mike Cowgill is Weatherford's great great grandson.
was born in Missouri in 1848. In 1864, Weatherford was offered
the chance to drive an ox team to Oregon with a wagon train, and he took
it. Upon arriving, he went to work for the Thomas Kay Woolen
Mills in Brownsville and later hauled supplies to miners in Boise.
Realizing the importance of an education, he enrolled at Corvallis
College, now Oregon State University, graduating in 1872.
Weatherford Hall, built in 1928, is named for him.
taught school in Linn County and was elected county school
superintendent. While serving his term, he read law, paving the
way for the Oregon Supreme Court to admit him to practice in 1875, a job
he continued until he died in October 1935. It is said he
particularly liked to defend people charged with murder.
Delazon Smith will be portrayed by Richard Hammel.
was born in 1816 in New York and arrived in Oregon in 1852. He
was a farmer, lawyer, and newspaperman, founding the Albany Democrat
newspaper and editing it until his death. He also served in the
Territorial House of Representatives, was a delegate to the state
constitution convention, and served as a U.S. senator but was not
elected to a second term. He wrote a letter to his wife on
February 14, 1859, from Washington, D.C., stating that Oregon had been
voted into the Union. He died in 1860.
Nicholas Riazance will be recalled by his daughter, Jeannine Riazance Lawrence.
was born in western Russia not long before his father was killed in
World War I. Shortly after, he and his mother moved to Strasbourg,
France, where he earned a degree in chemical engineering. Later,
while studying at the University of Caen, he was recognized for his
athletic ability after he swam the English Channel from Calais to Dover
in 18½ hours.
He could play three games simultaneously while blindfolded. He spoke Russian, Latin, German, and English.
finishing his education, Riazance worked in the textile industry in
France and later moved to Poland to become assistant professor of
hydrochemistry at the University of Cracow. During World War II,
he was sent to Germany to work as a metallurgist for the Messerschmidt
his wife, and three children emigrated from Strasbourg to the United
States in 1958. He joined the Bureau of Mines and came to Albany
in 1966. He died in 1980.
Felix O'Toole will be portrayed by Larry Bardell.
has the largest monument in the cemetery. He arranged for the
marker before he died in August 1888 at age 74. The gravestone
cost $2,500, and payment came from his estate that was valued at
whose friends called him "Doc," was born in Ireland about 1820.
He was a shoemaker in Detroit and sold boots to fishermen in Au Sable.
O'Toole moved to Albany in 1878, where he lived on proceeds
generated by rentals and the interest on many accounts.
bachelor, he was respected for his social nature, his good word for
everyone he met, and he was well known for his courage and
Reuben Coleman Hill will be portrayed by David Fitchett.
born in 1809, died in 1890, was a physician, a Baptist preacher, and a
schoolteacher. Educated in Kentucky, he married Margaret Graham
Lair in 1832, crossed the plains to the California gold mines in 1850,
and came to Oregon in 1851.
lived in a tent in Corvallis but soon moved to Albany, where he
preached in the Monteith House. He taught school in Albany and
organized the Corvallis Baptist Church, the North Palestine Church in
Benton County, and the Good Hope Church on Oak Creek in Linn County.
He assisted in organizing the First Baptist Church in Albany in
Mary Arnett will tell the story of Rufus and Bessie Hale, African Americans, who operated the Deluxe Shoe Shine Parlor in Albany for years.
Wyatt Hale was born in East St. Louis, Illinois, in 1899 and moved to
Idaho in 1922, where she met her husband-to-be, who was employed by the
railroad. Rufus Hale was born in St. Louis, Missouri, in 1897.
The couple married in Idaho and moved to La Grande and then to
Albany in 1931. During the Great Depression, he worked as a
chauffeur and she kept house for her husband's employer.
of working for others, the Hales opened the shoeshine parlor at 213
First Avenue SW in 1939 and operated it together until Rufus died in
1971. Bessie kept the parlor open until she died from a stroke in
1990. She believed she was the first woman on the West Coast to
make her living shining shoes.
Help clean headstones
at least middle school age and older are invited to help preserve some
of the cemetery's headstones during a cleaning party from 9 a.m. to
noon, Saturday, July 12.
Materials will be provided, but participants are asked to bring their own gloves.
To sign up, contact Kathy Griffiths at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Albany Regional Museum at 541-967-7122.
APD bike registration program online
Bicycle owners in Albany are encouraged to register their bikes with Albany Police as extra protection against theft.
- In 2013, APD received reports of 202 stolen bicycles; only 21 were returned to owners.
- In the last five years, APD has sent 1,000 unclaimed bikes to auction.
Registration is online only: http://www.cityofalbany.net/departments/police/forms
Questions? Contact Sandy Roberts, email@example.com or 541-917-3206.
Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan available for review
January 26, 2011, the Albany City Council adopted a revised Natural
Hazard Mitigation Plan. The plan was approved by FEMA Region X in
City's hazard analysis identifies eight natural hazards that can have
an effect on the City and it citizens to varying degrees. These
hazards include high winds, floods, ice and snow storms, droughts,
landslides, volcanoes, and earthquakes. These hazards are included
in the City's Hazard Mitigation Plan along with action items that, when
implemented, can help the City identify methods to reduce the hazards'
impact on property and lives.
Hazard Mitigation Steering Committee meets twice a year to review
progress on action items to assure the City is moving forward and doing
what it can to reduce the impact of each natural hazard on the
city. The plan will be reviewed and updated again in 2015.
and the City of Albany encourages citizens to read, understand, and
comment on this plan. An electronic copy of the 2010 Natural
Hazard Mitigation plan can be found at http://www.cityofalbany.net/fire/.
Hard copies are available at Albany Public Library, 2450 14th
Avenue SE, and at City Hall in the Public Works Engineering and
Community Development offices on the second floor.
in mitigation activities provides jurisdictions with a number of
benefits, including reduced loss of life, property, essential services,
critical facilities, and economic hardship; reduced short-term and
long-term recovery and reconstruction costs; increased cooperation and
communication within the community through the planning process; and
increased potential for state and federal funding for recovery and
For more information about the plan, call Darrel Tedisch at 541-917-7725 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lunch available for Albany kids through August 15
Albany Public Schools is providing free lunches to Albany children, age
1-18, June 23-August 15, 2014, at locations throughout the community.
Here is the list of meal sites and serving hours:
Takena Elementary, 1210 12th Avenue SW
11:15-11:35 a.m. in front of the school
Lafayette Elementary, 3122 Madison Street SE
11:30-Noon, in front of the school
Waverly Elementary, 425 Columbus Street SE
11:30-11:50 a.m., south of the school
Central Elementary, 336 Ninth Avenue SW
11:00-11:20 a.m., east of the school
South Albany High School, 3705 Columbus Street SE
Noon-12:20, courtyard by the gym
Boys & Girls Club of Albany, 1215 Hill Street SE
Sunrise Elementary, 730 19th Avenue SE
Noon-12:30, in front of the school
Meadows Apartments, 5001 Pacific Boulevard SW
12:10-12:30 p.m., play area
YMCA, 3311 Pacific Boulevard SW
5:00-5:30 p.m., inside
Free breakfast is also available at the Boys & Girls Club from 8:30-9:00 a.m.
All meals must be eaten on-site. No meals will be served on Friday, July 4, due to the holiday.
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