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  • Is your business disaster ready?

    Is your business disaster ready?

    Date: 9/2/2019 12:00:00 AM
    Posted by: Public Works - Emergency Management

    ​By Kathleen Silva, Marion County Emergency Manager

    Disasters happen. It's not a matter of if, but when. From the potential Cascadia Earthquake, to snow and ice, floods or droughts – there are many types of disasters we can encounter at almost any time. Personal and business preparedness is essential – help can be hours or even days away.

    In Marion County we've seen significant snow and ice, flooding, and even an EF2 tornado in Aumsville. Unfortunately, in today's world we also have to be prepared for man-made threats.

    September is National Preparedness Month. It's an annual reminder to make sure our homes and businesses are ready if disaster strikes. The American Red Cross offers the Ready Rating (readyrating.org) program that helps businesses take simple steps to prepare for emergencies.

    Membership in the Ready Rating program is free and helps businesses assess hazards their company might be vulnerable to, connect with community resources, and create an emergency action plan.

    Part of your emergency action plan will be to create a Continuity of Operations Plan (COOP). Your COOP will help you plan how to continue business operations following an emergency. You'll consider everything from determining your critical business functions, to creating evacuation plans, designating essential staff, identifying outside resources, storing important records, and planning for technology and communications needs.

    At Marion County, departments are currently updating COOP plans. We want to ensure that our offices can continue to operate and maintain the programs and services our communities rely on. We recommend that all organizations review and update their COOP plans annually.

    Making sure employees are prepared at home is also important. If your COOP plan relies on a certain number of staff to operate, employees will need to know that their own homes and families are safe before they will report to work.

    Families are encouraged to have enough emergency supplies for a minimum of two weeks. In fact, we emergency preparedness professionals recommend having three emergency kits – a personal 72-hour go bag, a 7-day work kit, and a home kit with the suggested two weeks of supplies for each household member. Recommended kit items include water, food, medicine, first aid supplies, flashlight, radio, clothing, and more as needed.

    Emergency preparedness doesn't have to be complicated, but it does require some thought and planning on your part. Be aware of potential risks, make a plan, build a kit, and stay informed. Remember, we're all in this together and there are many resources available to help you prepare.  

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  • Mill City Historic Railroad Bridge Photo Contest Winners

    Mill City Historic Railroad Bridge Photo Contest Winners

    Date: 8/28/2019 12:00:00 AM
    Posted by: Public Works

    ​As part of the commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the Mill City Historic Railroad Bridge, Marion County Public Works and the Save Our Bridge Committee hosted a photo contest capturing images of the bridge in four diverse categories: Architectural Features, Community Life, Natural Setting, and Seasonal. On August 26, the judging panel met to select the winning photographs and local photographer Judith Heitzman was chosen as the grand prize winner.

    The panel also chose the following category winners: Drew Diehl, best "Architectural Features" photo; Ben Dial, best "Community Life" photo; Drew Diehl, best "Natural Settings" photo; and, Susan Sheets, best "Seasonal" photo.

    Tim Kirsch, Mayor of Mill City, and Lynda Harrington, Chair of the Save our Bridge Committee, will award certificates and cash prizes at the Mill City Historic Railroad Bridge Centennial Celebration on Saturday, September 14, 2019, at 12:00 p.m. The celebration will be held at the bridge, at the corner of 1st Street and Wall Street in Mill City.  

    The winning photographs will be on display at the City of Mill City and Marion County Public Works offices, and will be used on the city's and county's websites and other promotional materials.

    Contest organizers appreciate the generosity of Santiam Hospital of Stayton for sponsoring the contest and donating $500 to the grand prize winner and $125 to the four category winners. They also wish to thank the contest's panel of judges for giving their time and energy to the contest. The contest judges are Colm Willis, Marion County Commissioner; Dr. Michelle Pies, Santiam Hospital; Ken Cartwright, station manager and programming director of KYAC 94.9 FM; Brian Nicholas, director of Marion County Public Works; and, Todd Miller, superintendent of Santiam Canyon School District.

    More information is available about the bridge and celebration at http://www.ci.mill-city.or.us/save-our-bridge, and contest photos will be posted online at www.millcitybridge.com.

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  • Bear Creek Park and Campground closes early for the season

    Bear Creek Park and Campground closes early for the season

    Date: 9/12/2019 12:00:00 AM
    Posted by: Public Works - Environmental Services

    ​MEHAMA, OR – Marion County Parks announces that Bear Creek Park and Campground will close on Monday, September 16, 2019.  The park is typically open until October 31 but this year the camp host departed ahead of schedule and county staff opted to close the park because of safety and security concerns. The park will reopen on May 1, 2020.  

    The county also wants to remind the public that parking fee collection on North Fork Road will end on September 16. The seasonal parking fees are enforced May 15 through September 15, and collection will resume in May 2020.

    For more information about this and other Marion County Parks, visit the website at http://www.co.marion.or.us/PW/Parks/, email parks@co.marion.or.us, or call 503-588-5036.

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  • Repair Fair and Share Event

    Repair Fair and Share Event

    Date: 8/19/2019 12:00:00 AM
    Posted by: Public Works - Environmental Services

    ​Marion County is partnering with the City of Salem and community "fixperts" to host a Repair Fair and Share Event on Wednesday, September 18, 2019, from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Experts will be on hand to fix items and to teach you how to repair your own items.

    Items to bring include jewelry, stringed instruments, textiles, small appliances, tools that need sharpening, and computers. Guests are asked to bring replacement parts to aid in the repair. The event is first come, first serve. Guests may bring one item at a time to get repaired and then bring another item after the initial repair.

    Embracing "repair rather than replace," our mission is to provide community connections that not only provides free repair service, but promotes troubleshooting and waste reduction. "Our goal is to change behaviors and encourage a repair culture," explains Jessica Ramey, the organizer of the event and a waste reduction coordinator for Marion County. "Repair is good for economic development, our wallet, and also the planet."

    This is the fifth Repair Fair & Share event. The Repair Fair & Share is always looking for repair volunteers, fixers, and supporters, as well as participants to help with the event. To sign up or learn more about this event, visit www.repairfair.net. For more information, contact Jessica Ramey at 503-365-3180 or jsramey@co.marion.or.us.

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  • 70th Avenue SE to close August 12-30 for water line repairs

    70th Avenue SE to close August 12-30 for water line repairs

    Date: 7/29/2019 12:00:00 AM
    Posted by: Public Works

    The City of Salem will close a portion of 70th Avenue SE south of Turner between Mill Creek Road and Little Road from Monday, August 12 through Friday, August 30. The city has hired Emery and Sons Construction to repair its 54 inch water transmission line at that location, and during the closure, no traffic, including local traffic and emergency vehicles, will be allowed access. Traffic will be detoured via Little Road, Marion Road, and Mill Creek Road.

    For additional information about the closure, contact at Arin Atiyeh, Emery and Sons Construction Group, at arin.atiyeh@emeryandsons.com or 503-588-7576.

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  • Sep
    12

    Bear Creek Park and Campground closes early for the season

    Posted by: Public Works - Environmental Services

    ​MEHAMA, OR – Marion County Parks announces that Bear Creek Park and Campground will close on Monday, September 16, 2019.  The park is typically open until October 31 but this year the camp host departed ahead of schedule and county staff opted to close the park because of safety and security concerns. The park will reopen on May 1, 2020.  

    The county also wants to remind the public that parking fee collection on North Fork Road will end on September 16. The seasonal parking fees are enforced May 15 through September 15, and collection will resume in May 2020.

    For more information about this and other Marion County Parks, visit the website at http://www.co.marion.or.us/PW/Parks/, email parks@co.marion.or.us, or call 503-588-5036.

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    Bear Creek Park and Campground closes early for the season
  • Sep
    2

    Is your business disaster ready?

    Posted by: Public Works - Emergency Management

    ​By Kathleen Silva, Marion County Emergency Manager

    Disasters happen. It's not a matter of if, but when. From the potential Cascadia Earthquake, to snow and ice, floods or droughts – there are many types of disasters we can encounter at almost any time. Personal and business preparedness is essential – help can be hours or even days away.

    In Marion County we've seen significant snow and ice, flooding, and even an EF2 tornado in Aumsville. Unfortunately, in today's world we also have to be prepared for man-made threats.

    September is National Preparedness Month. It's an annual reminder to make sure our homes and businesses are ready if disaster strikes. The American Red Cross offers the Ready Rating (readyrating.org) program that helps businesses take simple steps to prepare for emergencies.

    Membership in the Ready Rating program is free and helps businesses assess hazards their company might be vulnerable to, connect with community resources, and create an emergency action plan.

    Part of your emergency action plan will be to create a Continuity of Operations Plan (COOP). Your COOP will help you plan how to continue business operations following an emergency. You'll consider everything from determining your critical business functions, to creating evacuation plans, designating essential staff, identifying outside resources, storing important records, and planning for technology and communications needs.

    At Marion County, departments are currently updating COOP plans. We want to ensure that our offices can continue to operate and maintain the programs and services our communities rely on. We recommend that all organizations review and update their COOP plans annually.

    Making sure employees are prepared at home is also important. If your COOP plan relies on a certain number of staff to operate, employees will need to know that their own homes and families are safe before they will report to work.

    Families are encouraged to have enough emergency supplies for a minimum of two weeks. In fact, we emergency preparedness professionals recommend having three emergency kits – a personal 72-hour go bag, a 7-day work kit, and a home kit with the suggested two weeks of supplies for each household member. Recommended kit items include water, food, medicine, first aid supplies, flashlight, radio, clothing, and more as needed.

    Emergency preparedness doesn't have to be complicated, but it does require some thought and planning on your part. Be aware of potential risks, make a plan, build a kit, and stay informed. Remember, we're all in this together and there are many resources available to help you prepare.  

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    Is your business disaster ready?
  • Aug
    28

    Mill City Historic Railroad Bridge Photo Contest Winners

    Posted by: Public Works

    ​As part of the commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the Mill City Historic Railroad Bridge, Marion County Public Works and the Save Our Bridge Committee hosted a photo contest capturing images of the bridge in four diverse categories: Architectural Features, Community Life, Natural Setting, and Seasonal. On August 26, the judging panel met to select the winning photographs and local photographer Judith Heitzman was chosen as the grand prize winner.

    The panel also chose the following category winners: Drew Diehl, best "Architectural Features" photo; Ben Dial, best "Community Life" photo; Drew Diehl, best "Natural Settings" photo; and, Susan Sheets, best "Seasonal" photo.

    Tim Kirsch, Mayor of Mill City, and Lynda Harrington, Chair of the Save our Bridge Committee, will award certificates and cash prizes at the Mill City Historic Railroad Bridge Centennial Celebration on Saturday, September 14, 2019, at 12:00 p.m. The celebration will be held at the bridge, at the corner of 1st Street and Wall Street in Mill City.  

    The winning photographs will be on display at the City of Mill City and Marion County Public Works offices, and will be used on the city's and county's websites and other promotional materials.

    Contest organizers appreciate the generosity of Santiam Hospital of Stayton for sponsoring the contest and donating $500 to the grand prize winner and $125 to the four category winners. They also wish to thank the contest's panel of judges for giving their time and energy to the contest. The contest judges are Colm Willis, Marion County Commissioner; Dr. Michelle Pies, Santiam Hospital; Ken Cartwright, station manager and programming director of KYAC 94.9 FM; Brian Nicholas, director of Marion County Public Works; and, Todd Miller, superintendent of Santiam Canyon School District.

    More information is available about the bridge and celebration at http://www.ci.mill-city.or.us/save-our-bridge, and contest photos will be posted online at www.millcitybridge.com.

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    Mill City Historic Railroad Bridge Photo Contest Winners
  • Aug
    27

    Spong's Landing Park closed September 12 for pavement work

    Posted by: Public Works - Environmental Services

    ​On Thursday, September 12, 2019, Marion County's contractor, Pave NW, Inc., will perform pavement work at Spong's Landing Park, located north of Keizer along the Willamette River. The park will be closed to the public on Thursday so the contractor can apply pavement treatments, but will reopen on Friday, September 13.  

    For more information, contact Russ Dilley, parks coordinator, at parks@co.marion.or.us or 503-588-5036.

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  • Aug
    23

    Marion County to offer Master Recycler Class

    Posted by: Public Works - Environmental Services

    ​Are you ready to go beyond basic recycling? Marion County has just the course for you.

    The Marion County Master Recycler Program provides expert instruction to people who live and work in Marion County. The class covers all aspects of solid waste management and ways to reduce, reuse, and recycle as much as possible.

    "Many folks wonder why we have an entire class on recycling," said Alan Pennington, Waste Reduction Coordinator for the County. "But once they get into the class, they discover that we cover a lot more information than simply what can be recycled."

    Those things include: how do commercial operations actually separate materials that are all mixed together in those blue roll carts; why all plastics are not alike; how does food waste get composted; and, where does all the garbage go if it doesn't go to a landfill.

    The course, which runs for seven weeks, will be held on seven consecutive Thursday evenings from September 12 through October 24, 2019.  The class also includes two Saturday field trips on September 14 and September 28, to local recycling and composting facilities, which begin at 8:30 a.m. and finish at 3:30 p.m.

    For more information about the class, people should visit the Marion County website at http://MasterRecycler.net, or contact staff by email at environmentalservices@co.marion.or.us or by phone at (503) 365-3188. The course is limited to 30 students and space is limited.  Registration closes on Wednesday, August 28, 2019.  The class costs $25 and students must agree to complete 30 hours of relevant volunteer service upon completion.

    Over 750 people have participated in the program which was first offered in Marion County in 1994. Collectively graduates from the class have contributed over 8,000 hours of volunteer service to educate the community about solid waste issues.

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  • Aug
    19

    Repair Fair and Share Event

    Posted by: Public Works - Environmental Services

    ​Marion County is partnering with the City of Salem and community "fixperts" to host a Repair Fair and Share Event on Wednesday, September 18, 2019, from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Experts will be on hand to fix items and to teach you how to repair your own items.

    Items to bring include jewelry, stringed instruments, textiles, small appliances, tools that need sharpening, and computers. Guests are asked to bring replacement parts to aid in the repair. The event is first come, first serve. Guests may bring one item at a time to get repaired and then bring another item after the initial repair.

    Embracing "repair rather than replace," our mission is to provide community connections that not only provides free repair service, but promotes troubleshooting and waste reduction. "Our goal is to change behaviors and encourage a repair culture," explains Jessica Ramey, the organizer of the event and a waste reduction coordinator for Marion County. "Repair is good for economic development, our wallet, and also the planet."

    This is the fifth Repair Fair & Share event. The Repair Fair & Share is always looking for repair volunteers, fixers, and supporters, as well as participants to help with the event. To sign up or learn more about this event, visit www.repairfair.net. For more information, contact Jessica Ramey at 503-365-3180 or jsramey@co.marion.or.us.

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  • Aug
    6

    Bat tests positive for rabies

    Posted by: Health and Human Services

    ​Public health officials are warning area residents to take precautions after a rabid bat was found in the Breitenbush area of Marion County.

    An out of state visitor had physical contact with the bat on the evening of August 3.  The bat was sent to Oregon State University for testing. Results confirmed the bat was positive for rabies. Based on the positive test, Marion County Health & Human Services recommended rabies prophylaxis for the exposed individual.

    According to the Oregon Health Authority, bats are the most common carriers of rabies in this state. About 8 to 10 percent of the bats tested for rabies are positive every year. So far in 2019, four bats have tested positive for rabies in Oregon.

    Do not approach bats, wildlife, or other mammals seen exhibiting odd behavior. If you find a bat, stray animal or other wildlife on your property, take children and pets indoors and authorities emphasize the main protection for humans is to make sure pets are vaccinated and to avoid contact with stray animals and wildlife. Public health officials advise taking extreme precautions before attempting to handle a bat. If it is necessary to pick up a bat, it is best to wear heavy gloves, use a shovel or both.

    Sick bats may be seen flopping around on the ground or otherwise acting unusual. If you find a sick bat or other sick wildlife on your property, take children and pets indoors. If you do have an exposure (e.g., scratch or bite) from a bat, immediately clean the wound and seek medical attention. If your pet has encountered a bat or been bitten by a wild animal, contact your veterinarian immediately or call the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife at 866-968-2600.

    In the event of bat contact such as a bite or scratch, an attempt should be made to safely capture the bat for testing for the rabies virus. Efforts should be made to collect the bat without destroying the head and the bat should be kept in a cool place.  Immediately seek medical attention and report the incident to Marion County Health & Human Services at 503-588-5346.

    For more information about rabies, please visit the Oregon Health Authority, Public Health Division website or visit the Center for Disease Control and Prevention website.   

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  • Jul
    29

    70th Avenue SE to close August 12-30 for water line repairs

    Posted by: Public Works

    The City of Salem will close a portion of 70th Avenue SE south of Turner between Mill Creek Road and Little Road from Monday, August 12 through Friday, August 30. The city has hired Emery and Sons Construction to repair its 54 inch water transmission line at that location, and during the closure, no traffic, including local traffic and emergency vehicles, will be allowed access. Traffic will be detoured via Little Road, Marion Road, and Mill Creek Road.

    For additional information about the closure, contact at Arin Atiyeh, Emery and Sons Construction Group, at arin.atiyeh@emeryandsons.com or 503-588-7576.

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  • Jul
    22

    Don't Miss Deadline to Enter the Mill City Historic Railroad Bridge Photo Contest!

    Posted by: Public Works

    ​The August 14 deadline is nearing for the Mill City Historic Railroad Bridge Photo Contest. The contest is in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Historic Railroad Bridge in Mill City, and is hosted by Marion County Public Works and the Save Our Bridge Committee in Mill City. All interested photographers are invited to submit up to two photos for each of the following categories: Natural Setting, Architectural Features, Community Life, and Seasonal.

    One grand prize winner will receive a $500 cash prize and the four category winners will each receive $125 cash prizes thanks to the generosity of the photo contest's sponsor, Santiam Hospital of Stayton.

    Entries must be submitted by 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, August 14, 2019. Photos will remain the property of the contestant, but by entering the contest photographers grant Marion County and the City of Mill City the rights to publicly display and reproduce the photo in future publications, websites, and programs. Only digital photos will be accepted.

    The panel of judges includes Colm Willis, Marion County Commissioner; Dr. Michelle Pies, Santiam Hospital; Todd Miller, superintendent of Santiam Canyon School District; Ken Cartwright, station manager and programming director of KYAC 94.9 FM; and, Brian Nicholas, director of Marion County Public Works. The panel will select the five winning photographs based on overall quality, creativity and how well the photograph portrays the Mill City Historic Railroad Bridge in the four listed categories

    Winning contestants will receive their awards at Mill City's Historic Railroad Bridge Centennial Celebration on Saturday, September 14, 2019, in Mill City where their winning photos will be framed and put on a display. Following the celebration, these photographs will also be displayed at the City of Mill City and Marion County Public Works offices, and the digital images on the city's and county's websites.

    Mill City's Historic Railroad Bridge was built in 1888 and moved to Mill City by the Southern Pacific Railroad in 1919. The railroad suspended service to Mill City in 1967 and the last train crossed it in 1971. It now serves the community as a well-used bike and pedestrian bridge and is the last remaining Phoenix Column Bridge still in service in Oregon.

    To submit photo entries and view the full list of contest rules, go to www.millcitybridge.com.

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  • Jul
    1

    Junction box installation and sidewalk ramp replacement on Buffalo Drive SE may impact traffic

    Posted by: Public Works

    ​Marion County's contractor Gelco Construction is scheduled to begin construction the week of July 8, 2019, to upgrade the stormwater system at 4868 Buffalo Drive SE. The construction will include installing a new junction box and replacing a sidewalk ramp with one that meets the standards of Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

    Access for pedestrians, including those with disabilities, will be available and identified through or around the work area during construction.

    Buffalo Drive will remain open with flaggers directing traffic through the work area. Motorists may experience short delays and are advised to use an alternative route when possible. When traveling through the work zone, please be considerate of bicyclists and follow the flagger's directions.

    For the most current information visit Marion County's web site at: http://www.co.marion.or.us/PW/Engineering/Projects/Pages/default.aspx

    For additional information, contact Tina Powell, Department Specialist, or Shane Ottosen Jr., Project Engineer, at 503-588-5036.

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  • Jun
    17

    Marion County announces appointment of new Emergency Manager

    Posted by: Public Works - Emergency Management

    ​Marion County is pleased to announce that Kathleen Silva has been appointed the new Marion County Emergency Manager. Ms. Silva, who previously served as the Emergency Preparedness Coordinator for Marion County, begins her appointment on June 17, 2019. Ms. Silva also served as the Emergency and Risk Manager for Chemeketa Community College and Emergency Planning Specialist for the State of Nebraska Military Department.

    As County Emergency Manager, Ms. Silva is responsible for the overall management and operations of the county's emergency management program, which includes planning and directing emergency activities and projects; teaming with other agencies in the public, private and non-profit sectors to conduct and coordinate preparedness, response and recovery activities; and updating and maintaining the county's comprehensive emergency operations plan. The Marion County Emergency Management program also oversees volunteer programs, including Amateur Radio teams, Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT) and the Medical Reserve Corps involving more than 400 community volunteers.

    "Successful emergency preparedness and response demands a leader that is able to plan, communicate and build relationships with diverse stakeholders on a region-wide basis," according to Brian Nicholas, Marion County Public Works Director. "Kathleen Silva has all of those qualities with a passion for Emergency Management that can't be beat. She is a tremendous addition to Marion County's leadership team."

    Ms. Silva graduated from Grand Canyon University in 2012, where she earned a Master of Science in Leadership, Disaster Preparedness & Executive Fire Leadership, as well as California State University where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice.

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  • Jun
    17

    Collaboration leads to community project in East Salem neighborhood

    Posted by: Sheriff's Office

    ​The scenery at the intersection of Phipps Ave NE and Glendale Ave NE looks different today as a result of a partnership between community members and Marion County. This project started when a group of concerned community members came to the Sheriff's Office and the Board of Commissioners asking for help as this pathway had become a magnet for criminal activity and frequent law enforcement calls for service. For years this area had an unofficial pathway which led between Phipps Ave NE and the back parking lot of Courthouse Club Fitness on Devonshire Ct NE in East Salem. The pathway, a county owned easement, was never intended to be used as a way for people to come and go from the neighborhood.

    After listening to the community's concerns, Marion County got to work. Representatives from the Sheriff’s Office, Public Works, and the Board of Commissioners Office came together with community stakeholders to look at ways to bring relief to the neighborhood. As possible solutions were being explored, Sheriff Jason Myers coordinated with Salem-Keizer School District Superintendent Christy Perry to have buses rerouted so children in the neighborhood would not need to use the walkway to get to and from school. Public Works Director Brian Nicholas and his team led efforts to explore vacating the county easement that was ultimately approved by the commissioners, 

    Following a public hearing in March, the Board of Commissioners decided to vacate the easement, granting ownership to the two adjoining property owners. Additionally, the Board of Commissioners authorized the use of Good Neighbor Funds to put up new fencing to help close off the area. The Good Neighbor Fund was established to provide funding for small projects affecting safety and livability in neighborhoods.

    As this project was wrapping up over the last few weeks, neighbors in the area saw Sheriff's Office work crews clearing overgrown vegetation and putting in new fences. The work crews, staffed with inmates from the Sheriff's Office Transition Center, provide a valuable opportunity for offenders to perform community service while learning skills which may help them be more successful when seeking out employment after incarceration.

    Marion County would like to thank our community members for coming forward with their concerns and collaborating with us to help make a difference in their neighborhood. This project would not have been possible without the partnership between Marion County and our community stakeholders.

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  • Jun
    14

    Safety enhancements installed on Marion County roads

    Posted by: Public Works

    ​Motorists traveling throughout Marion County will benefit from enhancements to several county roads as part of a safety enhancement project. The project was funded almost entirely by the Oregon Department of Transportation's All Roads Transportation Safety (ARTS) Program, which is a state safety program to address needs on public roads throughout Oregon.

    The ARTS-funded project installed a combination of centerline rumble strips, profiled lane striping and other durable pavement markings on the following county roads: McKay Road NE, Yergen Road NE, Ehlen Road NE, Howell Prairie Road, Silverton Road NE, Butteville Road NE, Cascade Highway, Vitae Springs Road South, Orville Road South, Abiqua Road NE, and Cordon Road NE. The county was awarded over $1,000,000 from the state program, which funded 100% of the costs for all roadway enhancements except Cordon Road, which was funded at 92.22%.

    Brian Nicholas, Marion County Public Works Director, said he appreciated the funding opportunity for this important project and the swift installation by the county's contractor, Apply-A-Line. "Lane departure accidents, accidents resulting from vehicles crossing the centerline or running off the road, have increased nation-wide due to a number of factors, including distracted driving from cell phones and other devices. The enhancements installed by this project have been shown to reduce the frequency of lane departure accidents. ODOT has been a great partner in making these funds available to cities and counties." He added, "Marion County also appreciates the efficient, high quality work done by Apply-A-Line for making sure these enhancements were completed before the height of the summer driving season."

    To learn more about Marion County's current and upcoming road construction projects, visit our website at http://www.co.marion.or.us/PW/Engineering/Projects/Pages/default.aspx.

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  • Jun
    6

    Marion County will begin resurfacing various county roads on June 10

    Posted by: Public Works

    ​Marion County's contractor, Roy Houck Construction, will begin paving on various county roads beginning June 10, 2019, with a completion date of September 14, 2019.

    Roads will remain open with flaggers directing traffic through the work area.  Motorists should expect short delays and are advised to use an alternate route.  When traveling through the work zone, be considerate of bicyclists and follow the flagger's directions.

    For a complete list of roads scheduled for paving this summer, visit Marion County's web site at:  http://www.co.marion.or.us/PW/Engineering/Projects/Pages/Resurf2019.aspx

    For additional information, contact Tina Powell, Department Specialist, or Spencer Hohenshelt, Senior Engineering Technician at 503-588-5036.

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  • May
    29

    Enter The Mill City Historic Railroad Bridge Photo Contest!

    Posted by: Public Works

    ​MILL CITY, OR – In celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Historic Railroad Bridge in Mill City, amateur and professional photographers are invited to enter their best images of the bridge in the "Mill City Historic Railroad Bridge Photo Contest" hosted by Marion County Public Works and the Save Our Bridge Committee in Mill City. The contest allows photographers of all skill levels to capture photographs of the bridge through their own unique lens.

    Send in your best photos for a chance to win! One grand prize winner will receive a $500 cash prize and the four category winners will each receive $125 cash prizes, thanks to the generosity of the contest's sponsor Santiam Hospital of Stayton.

    Winning contestants will receive their awards at Mill City's Historic Railroad Bridge Centennial Celebration on Saturday, September 14, 2019, in Mill City where their winning photos will be framed and displayed. Following the celebration, the framed photographs will also be displayed at the City of Mill City and Marion County Public Works offices, and the digital images on the city's and county's websites.

    Contestants may submit up to two photos for each of the following categories: Natural Setting, Architectural Features, Community Life, and Seasonal. Only digital photos will be accepted and although they will remain the property of the contestant, by entering the contest photographers grant Marion County and the City of Mill City the rights to publicly display and reproduce the photo in future publications, websites, and programs. For a full list of contest rules and to enter photos in the contest, visit the Mill City Historic Railroad Bridge Photo Contest web page at www.millcitybridge.com.

    Entries must be submitted by 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, August 14, 2019. Contest entries will be judged on overall quality, creativity and how well the photograph portrays the Mill City Historic Railroad Bridge in the four listed categories.  

    Mill City's Historic Railroad Bridge was built in 1888 and moved to Mill City by the Southern Pacific Railroad in 1919. The railroad suspended service to Mill City in 1967 and the last train crossed it in 1971. It now serves the community as a well-used bike and pedestrian bridge and is the last remaining Phoenix Column Bridge still in service in Oregon.

    To submit photo entries and learn more about the contest, go to www.millcitybridge.com.

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  • Apr
    22

    Marion County parks offer a wealth of recreational opportunities

    Posted by: Public Works

    ​By Dick Hughes, special to Marion County 

    From picnicking to geocaching to hiking, Marion County parks offer a wealth of recreational opportunities for residents and travelers.

    "We have 18 parks that are scattered throughout the county. There are some that are absolutely gorgeous," Parks Coordinator Russ Dilley said.

    "We have all kinds of different recreation. A majority of the parks are on water, so there are a lot of water activities. Some have shelters for group picnics. We have smaller parks that are in the neighborhoods for kids to go play on the playgrounds."

    Most of the parks now stay open year-round. And with the May 1 opening of the remainder, visitors will find improvements throughout the park system.

    Those improvements include a repaved parking lot, new picnic shelters and a larger restroom at Scotts Mills Park; additional picnic tables at North Fork, Bear Creek and Salmon Falls parks; a stairway down to the North Santiam River at Minto Park; and expanded garbage collection and lots of fix-up throughout the 18 parks.

    For years, the county's parks staff consisted of Dilley and a summer employee. Marion County has now invested in a second fulltime employee and eight seasonal staff.

    "For so long, we were playing catchup," Dilley said. "To go from two people in the summertime to 10 people is amazing."

    The results show.

    At Scotts Mills, "on an average hot day, we had a 20-person line waiting" for the single restroom, Dilley said. Visitors using the 13-acre park for swimming, playing ball and other activities will appreciate now having a two-restroom facility.

    During the winter, weather closes the county parks along the Little North Fork of the Santiam River. Come late spring and summer, North Fork, Bear Creek and Salmon Falls parks are so heavily used – for water play, fishing, hiking, picnicking and, at Bear Creek, camping – that the county instituted a parking fee from May 15 through September. The price is $5 per vehicle per day, or $30 annually.

    "The area up there was being loved to death. We're not trying to restrict anyone with the parking pass, instead limit the numbers because of the environmental factors," Dilley said.

    "This has been something that we're working on with the BLM and the Forest Service, trying to just make people aware: Tread lightly."

    North Fork Park drew an estimated 11,800 visitors from last May through September.

    Just north of Salem and Keizer is Spong's Landing Park, where a significant beautification and renovation project has been under way. Rock trails and additional picnic tables have been added, although April's flooding along the Willamette River impeded that work. The 61.6-acre park includes picnic tables and shelters, barbecues, play equipment, horseshoe courts and a ballfield.

    Reservations are not needed for picnic shelters at the county parks.

    The oldest park, dedicated in 1955, is Niagara County Park off Highway 22. "It's an absolutely beautiful park with a great interpretative trail and a beautiful view of the North Santiam River which runs through the park," Dilley said.

    As travelers and local residents enjoy the county parks, Dilley reminds them to use the trash cans or pack out their garbage.

    He adds: "Be safe. Tread lightly. Be respectful. Enjoy."

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