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  • Eclipse information website launched for Salem area

    Eclipse information website launched for Salem area

    Date: 7/12/2017 12:00:00 AM
    Posted by: Board of Commissioners Office

    ​The City of Salem and Marion County have unveiled a new website where local residents, and visitors to the area can find information regarding the August 21 eclipse. Starting now, people can go to SalemAreaEclipse.info​ for informational articles ranging from What Local Government Agencies Are Doing to Prepare for the Eclipse, to 10 Things Businesses Should Know when Preparing for The Eclipse. There is even an article about the rules of flying a drone in Salem.

    "This website is a key component to our communication strategy," says Kenny Larson, Communications Manager for the City of Salem. "We'll continually update this site with new information as it becomes available."

    Residents are encouraged to bookmark SalemAreaEclipse.info, or add it to their favorite news reading app.

    "We needed a single place where people could find safety, traffic, and general eclipse information for the region in and around Salem." adds Jolene Kelly, Public Information Officer for Marion County. "We've made sure to include content for both visitors and locals alike."

    Local and state agencies estimate that 250,000 to 500,000 people could come to the area to view the eclipse. Visitors to area are expected to arrive in force up to a week before August 21. Heavy traffic, large crowds, and cell network congestion are expected.​

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  • River Road South Will Be Closed for Emergency Landslide Repairs

    River Road South Will Be Closed for Emergency Landslide Repairs

    Date: 7/19/2017 12:00:00 AM
    Posted by: Public Works

    ​Marion County has received emergency relief funds through the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) to complete badly needed repairs on River Road South between Salem and Independence. The resulting project will repair roadway damage resulting from recent landslide movement between Vitae Springs Road and Orville Road.  Marion County Public Works will reconstruct the roadway, replace sections of failed pavement, and install a subsurface drain system and slope stabilization measures to reduce the severity of future landslides. The project will restore a smooth driving surface and eliminate pavement ruptures that have reduced driving speeds to a crawl since January.

    During this project, River Road South will be closed between Vitae Springs Road and Orville Road for up to three weeks beginning on Monday, July 31. The timing of the closure is subject to change, but message boards will be installed on River Road South to notify drivers of the actual closure dates approximately one week before the closure begins.

    Detour options are limited. Therefore, we urge commuters that regularly use River Road South to use alternate routes during construction. A well-signed detour utilizing Orville Road, Riverdale Road and Sawmill Road will be installed during the road closure (see the enclosed map). However, the detour route is narrow and winding, and trailers and recreational vehicles will be prohibited from using the detour. The best alternative for all motorists is to avoid River Road South entirely during construction. Marion County plans to remove the road closure and detour prior to the Total Solar Eclipse on August 21.

    This project is still in development due to the fast-paced, emergency nature of the project funding. Check out the Marion County Public Works construction projects webpage at http://www.co.marion.or.us/PW/Engineering/Projects/Pages/default.aspx for periodic updates and project status. For more information, contact Brian Nicholas, Capital Projects Manager, at 503-588-5036 or bnicholas@co.marion.or.us.

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  • Marion County Public Works to Chip Seal Cordon Road and Other Salem Area Roads

    Marion County Public Works to Chip Seal Cordon Road and Other Salem Area Roads

    Date: 7/7/2017 12:00:00 AM
    Posted by: Public Works

    ​On Monday, July 10, Marion County Public Works will begin a chip seal pavement preservation project on Quail Street, 54th Avenue, 55th Avenue, and Cordon Road between OR-99E and Caplinger Road. 

    Crews will apply a chip seal to Quail Street, 54th Avenue, and 55th Avenue from OR-99E to Hazelgreen Road, on Monday, July 10.  Work on Cordon Road is scheduled to commence on Tuesday, July 11, beginning at Caplinger Road and ending at Hazelgreen Road on Monday, July 17.  All work will occur during daytime hours.

    The roads will remain open during the project with flaggers directing traffic through the work area.  Motorists should expect extended delays and are encouraged to seek alternate routes to avoid the area if possible.  Drivers are urged to comply with all signing and flagger direction and to use caution when driving through work zones.

    Questions should be directed to Marion County Public Works Dispatch at 503-588-5304.  

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  • WIC farmers market coupons now available

    WIC farmers market coupons now available

    Date: 6/20/2017 12:00:00 AM
    Posted by: Health

    ​The Marion County Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) program is pleased to announce the start of the 2017 Farmers Market coupon season. These coupons are provided by the Farm Direct Nutrition Program to promote healthy eating and to encourage the purchase of locally grown produce which helps support local farmers.

    The Farm Direct Nutrition Program allows eligible WIC participants to receive $20 in coupons to purchase fresh fruits, vegetables and herbs directly from approved farmers markets and roadside stands. Each WIC family is eligible to receive up to a maximum of $60 in farmers market coupons per year in addition to regular WIC benefits. 

    Marion County WIC will be distributing coupons at the Salem Saturday Market on July 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29. Coupons will also be distributed at the Woodburn, Silverton and Stayton WIC offices in the coming weeks. A photo ID or a WIC ID card is required when picking up coupons at these locations.

    Contact the Marion County WIC office at (503) 588-5057 for additional information. There are a limited number of coupons available that will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. Visit www.co.marion.or.us/HLT/PH/WIC/ for more information. ​

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  • Marion County Energy-from-Waste Facility celebrates 30 years of operations

    Marion County Energy-from-Waste Facility celebrates 30 years of operations

    Date: 7/17/2017 12:00:00 AM
    Posted by: Board of Commissioners Office

    ​Covanta Marion is celebrating 30 years of providing sustainable solid waste disposal operations for the residents of Marion County. Opened in 1987, the Energy-from-Waste facility has processed over 5.5 million tons of waste, saving more than 45 acres of land from being developed into landfills.

    ”The Covanta Marion Energy-from-Waste facility is the centerpiece of one of the most comprehensive and integrated solid waste and recycling systems in Oregon – and possibly the United States,” said Marion County Commissioner Sam Brentano. “Marion County prioritizes waste reduction and recycling and then recovers energy from the material that remains. We are extremely proud of our innovative and comprehensive waste management system and look forward to a continued partnership with Covanta.”    

    Located in Brooks, Oregon, the facility is the cornerstone of Marion County’s solid waste disposal system, consistently processing an average of 550 tons of municipal solid waste (MSW) each day. Revenue from the facility has allowed the county to provide its 325,000 residents with innovative waste reduction and recycling programs and has led to an exceptional recycling rate of approximately 52 percent, among the highest in the United States.

    “For three decades, Covanta’s partnership with Marion County has yielded amazing results in sustainable waste management and a cleaner environment,” said Christopher Baker, vice president and general manager of Covanta’s West region. “Investing in an Energy-from-Waste facility was the right decision for Marion County in the 1980s and continues to hold true today with the development of a world-class system that has served as a model for those that followed. We are proud of our contribution to this success and look forward to many more years of continued partnership.” 

    Since its inception, the Covanta Marion Energy-from-Waste facility has:

    • ​Generated approximately 2.5 million megawatt hours of electricity, enough to power over 200,000 homes for one year.
    • Reduced greenhouse gas emissions by almost 3 millions of tons relative to landfilling - equal to the annual greenhouse gases from over 500,000 cars
    • Recovered the equivalent ferrous metal for recycling that would be used to build more than 100,000 cars

    Over the years, the Covanta Marion Energy-from-Waste facility has been recognized for its safety and environmental excellence. These awards include designation as a Voluntary Protection Program Star facility by the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) for workplace safety excellence, inclusion in Oregon's Safety and Health Recognition Program (SHARP) and an Excellence Award from the Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA).

    Covanta Marion is also active in the community and provides local residents and law enforcement with the safe and secure destruction of unwanted pharmaceuticals through its RX4Safety program, which helps deter prescription drug abuse and protects waterways and drinking water from pollution.

    About Covanta

    Covanta is a world leader in providing sustainable waste and energy solutions. Annually, Covanta's modern Energy-from-Waste facilities safely convert approximately 20 million tons of waste from municipalities and businesses into clean, renewable electricity to power one million homes and recycle approximately 500,000 tons of metal. Through a vast network of treatment and recycling facilities, Covanta also provides comprehensive industrial material management services to companies seeking solutions to some of today's most complex environmental challenges. For more information, visit covanta.com.

    About Marion County Environmental Services

    Marion County Environmental Services oversees a nationally-recognized integrated solid waste system that promotes waste reduction and recycling and ensures the safe and sanitary disposal of solid waste. The county maintains one of the highest recycling rates in the state and our communities recycled 52% of all waste generated in 2015. The county sponsors many programs to reduce waste including the Master Recycler training program, which trains citizens how to be better stewards of the environment; the EarthWISE program, which recognizes businesses that have made a commitment to environmentally friendly practices; and the Save the Food campaign that promotes food waste reduction. For more information, visit mcrecycles.net. ​

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  • Jul
    21

    Small Farms Benefit from Education and Research

    Posted by: Community Services

    ​By Victoria Binning, OSU Extension Service

         Marion, Polk, and Yamhill county small farmers, as well as Latino farmers across the state, have a new resource! Started in 2016, the OSU Extension Mid-Willamette Valley Small Farms Team is available to answer farming questions, providing agricultural resources, hosting on-farm hands-on workshops and conducting research to benefit small farmers. To date, they have hosted workshops on soil fertility management for annual and perennial crops, organic strawberry plug production, integrated pest management, manure management, harvest and post-harvest practices and safety, cherry and blueberry pruning, and more. The Mid-Valley Small Farms Team has specific expertise in berry and small fruit production, organic production and certification, and vegetable growing, in both English and Spanish.

         This bilingual capacity is unique within OSU Extension. Javier Fernandez-Salvador, Professor of Practice and resident berry expert, is leading the development of a Latino small farmers program to serve the needs of Spanish-speaking farmers across the state. The Mid-Valley Small Farms team is collaborating with Latino organizations across the state to host educational workshops. The team has just concluded an eight-week series of classes designed to train Spanish-speaking beginner farmers in collaboration with Huerto de la Familia in Springfield. The farmers are participating in the Cambios farm and small business incubator program and have covered a comprehensive range of topics, including: small business management, introductory plant physiology and propagation, soil fertility management, plant nutrition, irrigation, food safety, and marketing. By the end of the course, the beginning farmers develop farm management plans that they will then utilize to start and develop their own farm businesses at the Huertos de la Familia incubator farm.

         Also new and exciting, the Mid-Valley Small Farms Team is collaborating with the Olive Growers of Oregon to study best practices for olive production in the state. A cold hardiness evaluation of this kind has never yet been conducted in this latitude. Olive growers in Oregon are a pioneering group, looking both to find the next high-quality, distinctive product for Oregon - and seeking to find a crop suitable for changing weather summers and winters predicted for Oregon.

         This summer, the Mid-Valley Small Farms Team is conducting a needs assessment of small farmers in Marion, Polk, and Yamhill counties to determine our next areas of focus. What are our farmer's educational needs? What can small farms extension do for them? The Small Farms team will be designing their coming three-to five-year plan on the results of this needs assessment.

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  • Jul
    21

    Marion Flower Farms Kick off Agritourism Season

    Posted by: Community Services

    Local flower and nursery stock growers opened their farm gates this spring, giving visiting customers a firsthand view of how they raise flowers and other nursery stock in the field and greenhouse.

    "Marion County is home to some of the most splendid flower and nursery stock farms in the world," says Mary Stewart, OSU Extension Agriculture Marketing faculty. "While most of the 330 nurseries and greenhouses in Marion County are wholesale operations and export stock out of the state and country, 23 are currently retail nurseries and sell flowers, bulbs and plants directly to the public as agritourism farms and independent garden centers located on farmland."

    Visitors to these agritourism destinations fill their trunks and truck beds with a variety of plant treasures – from ornamental, shade and fruiting trees to annuals and perennials to fresh cut flowers, peony bulbs, iris rhizomes, dahlia tubers and vegetable starts.

    Marion County is the top nursery stock-producing county in Oregon. At the last measurement in 2010, annual sales topped $174 million. "And that number has gone way up since 2012," says officials at the Oregon Association of Nurseries.

    According to Stewart, visitors also benefit from the experience of stepping onto a working farm, greenhouse or independent garden center. "Our society is four generations removed from the farm, and visiting an agricultural operation connects people with today’s farming practices and growers. The public’s understanding of farmers and how they do their job is critical if we are to keep these farm families in farming."

    Agritourism activity is somewhat seasonal. Greenhouse operations like Egan Gardens kick off the agritourism spring season with sales of colorful baskets and annuals. In May and June, special festivals beckon visitors to walk demonstration gardens of German Bearded Iris at Schreiner’s Iris Gardens and fields of breathtaking peonies at Adelman’s Peony Gardens. While the iris and peony festivals finished in June, sales of their rhizomes and bulbs continue year ‘round. The good news for gardeners is most nurseries--like Sebright Gardens--provide plant shopping attraction daily until temperatures dip in the fall.

    For additional information about agritourism, please contact Mary Stewart at agritourism@oregonstate.edu.

    For help finding local flower farms and nurseries, visit: http://plantsomethingoregon.com, or http://www.travelsalem.com/Things-to-Do/Farms-and-Markets or http://oregonfarmloop.com/

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  • Jul
    19

    River Road South Will Be Closed for Emergency Landslide Repairs

    Posted by: Public Works

    ​Marion County has received emergency relief funds through the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) to complete badly needed repairs on River Road South between Salem and Independence. The resulting project will repair roadway damage resulting from recent landslide movement between Vitae Springs Road and Orville Road.  Marion County Public Works will reconstruct the roadway, replace sections of failed pavement, and install a subsurface drain system and slope stabilization measures to reduce the severity of future landslides. The project will restore a smooth driving surface and eliminate pavement ruptures that have reduced driving speeds to a crawl since January.

    During this project, River Road South will be closed between Vitae Springs Road and Orville Road for up to three weeks beginning on Monday, July 31. The timing of the closure is subject to change, but message boards will be installed on River Road South to notify drivers of the actual closure dates approximately one week before the closure begins.

    Detour options are limited. Therefore, we urge commuters that regularly use River Road South to use alternate routes during construction. A well-signed detour utilizing Orville Road, Riverdale Road and Sawmill Road will be installed during the road closure (see the enclosed map). However, the detour route is narrow and winding, and trailers and recreational vehicles will be prohibited from using the detour. The best alternative for all motorists is to avoid River Road South entirely during construction. Marion County plans to remove the road closure and detour prior to the Total Solar Eclipse on August 21.

    This project is still in development due to the fast-paced, emergency nature of the project funding. Check out the Marion County Public Works construction projects webpage at http://www.co.marion.or.us/PW/Engineering/Projects/Pages/default.aspx for periodic updates and project status. For more information, contact Brian Nicholas, Capital Projects Manager, at 503-588-5036 or bnicholas@co.marion.or.us.

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  • Jul
    19

    DEPUTIES ON SCENE OF A GUNSHOT WOUND (PHOTO)

    Posted by: Sheriff's Office

    News Release from Marion Co. Sheriff's Office
    Posted on FlashAlert: July 19th, 2017 7:28 PM
    Deputies with the Marion County Sheriff's Office are on the scene of a subject shot. At approximately 5:30 pm today, deputies responded to the 4800 block of Lancaster Dr NE to the reports of a victim who was shot. As Deputies were responding, additional information was called into 911 to report a suspect was leaving the scene of the shooting.

    Deputies arrived on scene to find a 35 year old white male adult, that had a single gunshot wound. The victim was treated on scene by fire and medical personnel and later transported to Salem Memorial Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

    Other responding deputies searched the area of Portland Rd and Hayesville for the suspect. At this time deputies have not located the suspect, who is described as Hispanic male in his 20's wearing a grey hoodie sweatshirt with his hood over his head. The suspect was described as 5 foot 9 inches tall with a thin build riding a bicycle described as a "beach cruiser".

    Deputies will be processing the scene for some time into the evening. The Sheriff's Office is asking anyone with information regarding this case to call 503-588-5032. We do not anticipate releasing further information this evening.
    Contact Info:
    Primary PIO Phone: 503. 584. MCSO (6276)
    Public Information Officer Lt. Jeff Stutrud
    Email: jstutrud@co.marion.or.us
    On Twitter: @MCSOInTheKnow
    www.Facebook.com/MCSOInTheKnow
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    DEPUTIES ON SCENE OF A GUNSHOT WOUND (PHOTO)
  • Jul
    17

    Marion County Energy-from-Waste Facility celebrates 30 years of operations

    Posted by: Board of Commissioners Office

    ​Covanta Marion is celebrating 30 years of providing sustainable solid waste disposal operations for the residents of Marion County. Opened in 1987, the Energy-from-Waste facility has processed over 5.5 million tons of waste, saving more than 45 acres of land from being developed into landfills.

    ”The Covanta Marion Energy-from-Waste facility is the centerpiece of one of the most comprehensive and integrated solid waste and recycling systems in Oregon – and possibly the United States,” said Marion County Commissioner Sam Brentano. “Marion County prioritizes waste reduction and recycling and then recovers energy from the material that remains. We are extremely proud of our innovative and comprehensive waste management system and look forward to a continued partnership with Covanta.”    

    Located in Brooks, Oregon, the facility is the cornerstone of Marion County’s solid waste disposal system, consistently processing an average of 550 tons of municipal solid waste (MSW) each day. Revenue from the facility has allowed the county to provide its 325,000 residents with innovative waste reduction and recycling programs and has led to an exceptional recycling rate of approximately 52 percent, among the highest in the United States.

    “For three decades, Covanta’s partnership with Marion County has yielded amazing results in sustainable waste management and a cleaner environment,” said Christopher Baker, vice president and general manager of Covanta’s West region. “Investing in an Energy-from-Waste facility was the right decision for Marion County in the 1980s and continues to hold true today with the development of a world-class system that has served as a model for those that followed. We are proud of our contribution to this success and look forward to many more years of continued partnership.” 

    Since its inception, the Covanta Marion Energy-from-Waste facility has:

    • ​Generated approximately 2.5 million megawatt hours of electricity, enough to power over 200,000 homes for one year.
    • Reduced greenhouse gas emissions by almost 3 millions of tons relative to landfilling - equal to the annual greenhouse gases from over 500,000 cars
    • Recovered the equivalent ferrous metal for recycling that would be used to build more than 100,000 cars

    Over the years, the Covanta Marion Energy-from-Waste facility has been recognized for its safety and environmental excellence. These awards include designation as a Voluntary Protection Program Star facility by the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) for workplace safety excellence, inclusion in Oregon's Safety and Health Recognition Program (SHARP) and an Excellence Award from the Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA).

    Covanta Marion is also active in the community and provides local residents and law enforcement with the safe and secure destruction of unwanted pharmaceuticals through its RX4Safety program, which helps deter prescription drug abuse and protects waterways and drinking water from pollution.

    About Covanta

    Covanta is a world leader in providing sustainable waste and energy solutions. Annually, Covanta's modern Energy-from-Waste facilities safely convert approximately 20 million tons of waste from municipalities and businesses into clean, renewable electricity to power one million homes and recycle approximately 500,000 tons of metal. Through a vast network of treatment and recycling facilities, Covanta also provides comprehensive industrial material management services to companies seeking solutions to some of today's most complex environmental challenges. For more information, visit covanta.com.

    About Marion County Environmental Services

    Marion County Environmental Services oversees a nationally-recognized integrated solid waste system that promotes waste reduction and recycling and ensures the safe and sanitary disposal of solid waste. The county maintains one of the highest recycling rates in the state and our communities recycled 52% of all waste generated in 2015. The county sponsors many programs to reduce waste including the Master Recycler training program, which trains citizens how to be better stewards of the environment; the EarthWISE program, which recognizes businesses that have made a commitment to environmentally friendly practices; and the Save the Food campaign that promotes food waste reduction. For more information, visit mcrecycles.net. ​

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  • Jul
    16

    BYSTANDERS RESCUE 4 YEAR OLD AFTER DROWNING (PHOTO)

    Posted by: Sheriff's Office

    News Release from Marion Co. Sheriff's Office
    Posted on FlashAlert: July 16th, 2017 5:09 PM
    Today around 3:00 p.m., 4 strangers leapt into action after a 4 year old boy was swept down river at the North Fork County Park reaction area in east Marion County. The boy who was standing with his father and siblings next to the water's edge, ended up in the river after his father looked away for only a few moments. The water quickly took the boy from the upper pool through the rapids and into the lower pool.

    That's when two men Jason McDade and Christian Lozano jumped into action pulling the boy from the water. On the beach a certified nursing assistant Kelda Klukis and a registered nurse Maryela Lozano began CPR the boy's lifeless body. When paramedics arrived the boy was again breathing and he was transported to Santiam Hospital where he is expected to make a full recovery. The child was not wearing a life vest at the time of the accident.

    The Sheriff's Office would like to remind all of our visitors and residents that recreating in open water can be dangerous so please wear a life vest, especially in or around moving water. We would also like to thank all of the rescuers who worked together to save a young boys life.

    ***Media 2 of the rescuers have agreed to interviews their contact information can be obtained by emailing cbaldridge@co.marion.or.us***
    Contact Info:
    Primary PIO Phone: 503. 584. MCSO (6276)
    Public Information Officer Lt. Chris Baldridge
    Cell Phone: 503.930.0579
    Email: cbaldridge@co.marion.or.us
    On Twitter: @MCSOInTheKnow
    www.Facebook.com/MCSOInTheKnow
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    BYSTANDERS RESCUE 4 YEAR OLD AFTER DROWNING  (PHOTO)
  • Jul
    14

    OREGON FARM BUREAU AND SHERIFF'S OFFICE TEAM UP FOR HARVEST SAFETY MESSAGE (PHOTO)

    Posted by: Sheriff's Office

    News Release from Marion Co. Sheriff's Office
    Posted on FlashAlert: July 14th, 2017 5:57 PM
    Media B Roll in support of this story can be found at this link: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/0aoebci9jhb3920/AADCJkdnJtCEaeERgbz2yFWta?dl=0

    A blue pick-up truck driving 55 mph slams on its brakes and comes within feet of a giant tractor slowly making its way down a rural road in Marion County. The truck blares its horn and sharply swerves left, aggressively speeding past the tractor and into a blind curve. Thankfully, this was only a staged scene for a video organized by Oregon Farm Bureau and the Marion County Sheriff's Office to demonstrate what NOT to do.

    Together the Farm Bureau and the Marion County Sheriff's Office are working together to alert motorists that summer harvest is in full swing in the Willamette Valley -- meaning large, slow-moving farm equipment will occasionally travel on rural roads, moving from farm to field. Marion County Farm Bureau President John Zielinski, OFB Health & Safety Committee Vice Chair Anne Rigor, and representatives from the Marion County Sheriff's Office met at Pearmine Farms in Gervais, owned by Molly Pearmine McCargar and Ernie Pearmine of Marion County Farm Bureau, and talked safety.

    "We're reminding drivers to slow down, be patient, and use caution when encountering a tractor on the road," said John Zielinski, president of Marion County Farm Bureau. "This is the time of year when you'll see large combines moving between grass seed fields and smaller tractors driving between fruit orchards." Farmers do their best to avoid moving equipment during high-traffic times, said Zielinski, but during peak harvest season, when the fruit is ripe or the grass seed is at the right dryness, sometimes there's no choice.
    With Oregon's ever-increasing population, more people are driving on rural roads than ever before, said Sergeant Todd Moquin, of the Marion County Sheriff's Office Traffic Safety Team. For example, he estimated that the once lightly traveled McKay Road between Newberg and I-5 sees over 10,000 cars a day. Sergeant Moquin's message for drivers: "Slow down. If you're going to pass a tractor, make sure you're making a legal pass, not on a curve, and with plenty of room."

    Whether a giant combine or a small orchard-sized tractor, farm equipment is designed to travel at speeds of no more than 25 miles per hour (mph) and must display a reflective, triangular, orange-and-red, slow-moving-vehicle sign if going out on public roads. It can be surprising just how slow 25 mph is on a highway. A tractor that appears to be far on the horizon can end up directly in front of a fast-moving car within seconds.

    "If you're driving 55 mph on a highway and come upon a tractor that's moving at only 25 mph, it takes only 8 seconds to close a gap the length of a football field between you and the tractor," said Anne Rigor, vice chair of the OFB Health & Safety Committee and member of Benton County Farm Bureau. "In low light, it's even harder to judge how fast you're approaching a slow-moving farm vehicle," said Rigor.

    Promoting rural road safety is a personal matter for Zielinksi, who lost a friend and fellow farmer in a deadly accident. Scott Miller, who served with Zielinski on the Marion County Farm Bureau Board of Directors, was killed in 2014 when a car rear-ended his tractor, which was pulling a trailer. "Too many people underestimate how dangerous it is when you don't slow down or try to pass a tractor recklessly," said Zielinski.
    In fact, in 2015, there were 54 traffic accidents involving farm equipment, resulting in 30 serious injuries and one death, according to the Oregon Dept. of Transportation. In 2014, there were 40 accidents with 34 injuries and three deaths.

    To provide safety tips for both farmers and motorists, the OFB Health & Safety Committee offers its Rural Road Safety brochure. "The brochure provides tips that help save lives," said Rigor. "It's heartbreaking to hear about injuries or deaths involving tractors that could've been avoided if drivers had simply slowed down or farmers took a few simple steps."
    Tips for motorists include:

    * If you decide to pass farm equipment on the road, please do so with caution.
    * Be watchful of vehicles behind you that may also try to pass.
    * If you must enter the oncoming lane of traffic, do not proceed unless you can see clearly ahead of both your vehicle and the vehicle you will pass.
    * If there are any curves or hills ahead that may block your view or the view of oncoming vehicles, do not pass.
    * Do not pass if you are in a designated "No Passing Zone" or within 100 feet of any intersection, railroad grade crossing, bridge, elevation structure, or tunnel.
    * Do not assume that a farm vehicle that pulls to the right side of the road is going to turn right or is letting you pass. Due to the size of some farm implements, the farmer must make wide left-hand turns. If you are unsure, check the operator's hand signals and look at the left side of the road for gates, driveways, or a place the vehicle might turn.
    Safety tips for farmers include:
    * Oregon law requires a slow-moving vehicle reflector on any machine that travels the road slower than 25 mph. Always point the triangle up, keep the SMV emblem clean to maximize reflectivity, and replace the emblem when it fades, normally every two to three years.
    * Mark the edges of tractors and machines with reflective tape and reflectors. Consider installing retrofit lighting on older machinery to increase visibility.
    * Turn on your lights, but turn off rear spotlights when going onto the road. From a distance spotlights can be mistaken for headlights.
    * Be aware of heavy traffic patterns.
    * Consider installing mirrors on equipment so you can see motorists around you. Be careful where the mirrors are placed.
    * When moving multiple farm vehicles down a highway, drive in a tight convoy to dissuade cars from pulling in between equipment.

    Download a PDF of the OFB Rural Road Safety brochure at oregonfb.org,
    or request as many free copies as you'd like by contacting annemarie@oregonfb.org or 503.399.1701.

    Story by Oregon Farm Bureau in cooperation with the Marion County Sheriff's Office.

    Media B Roll in support of this story can be found at this link: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/0aoebci9jhb3920/AADCJkdnJtCEaeERgbz2yFWta?dl=0
    Contact Info:
    Primary PIO Phone: 503. 584. MCSO (6276)
    Public Information Officer Lt. Chris Baldridge
    Cell Phone: 503.930.0579
    Email: cbaldridge@co.marion.or.us
    On Twitter: @MCSOInTheKnow
    www.Facebook.com/MCSOInTheKnow
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    OREGON FARM BUREAU AND SHERIFF'S OFFICE TEAM UP FOR HARVEST SAFETY MESSAGE (PHOTO)
  • Jul
    12

    Eclipse information website launched for Salem area

    Posted by: Board of Commissioners Office

    ​The City of Salem and Marion County have unveiled a new website where local residents, and visitors to the area can find information regarding the August 21 eclipse. Starting now, people can go to SalemAreaEclipse.info​ for informational articles ranging from What Local Government Agencies Are Doing to Prepare for the Eclipse, to 10 Things Businesses Should Know when Preparing for The Eclipse. There is even an article about the rules of flying a drone in Salem.

    "This website is a key component to our communication strategy," says Kenny Larson, Communications Manager for the City of Salem. "We'll continually update this site with new information as it becomes available."

    Residents are encouraged to bookmark SalemAreaEclipse.info, or add it to their favorite news reading app.

    "We needed a single place where people could find safety, traffic, and general eclipse information for the region in and around Salem." adds Jolene Kelly, Public Information Officer for Marion County. "We've made sure to include content for both visitors and locals alike."

    Local and state agencies estimate that 250,000 to 500,000 people could come to the area to view the eclipse. Visitors to area are expected to arrive in force up to a week before August 21. Heavy traffic, large crowds, and cell network congestion are expected.​

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  • Jul
    7

    Marion County Public Works to Chip Seal Cordon Road and Other Salem Area Roads

    Posted by: Public Works

    ​On Monday, July 10, Marion County Public Works will begin a chip seal pavement preservation project on Quail Street, 54th Avenue, 55th Avenue, and Cordon Road between OR-99E and Caplinger Road. 

    Crews will apply a chip seal to Quail Street, 54th Avenue, and 55th Avenue from OR-99E to Hazelgreen Road, on Monday, July 10.  Work on Cordon Road is scheduled to commence on Tuesday, July 11, beginning at Caplinger Road and ending at Hazelgreen Road on Monday, July 17.  All work will occur during daytime hours.

    The roads will remain open during the project with flaggers directing traffic through the work area.  Motorists should expect extended delays and are encouraged to seek alternate routes to avoid the area if possible.  Drivers are urged to comply with all signing and flagger direction and to use caution when driving through work zones.

    Questions should be directed to Marion County Public Works Dispatch at 503-588-5304.  

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  • Jun
    29

    North Fork Park will open on Saturday

    Posted by: Public Works - Environmental Services

    ​MEHAMA, OR – Marion County parks staff has announced that North Fork Park will open for the season on Saturday, July 1. The park's opening has been delayed while work crews expanded and paved the parking lot. Russ Dilley, parks coordinator, said "North Fork Park is one of our most popular parks in the North Fork Corridor and we're happy to be able to open it for the July 4 weekend with enhanced parking for parkgoers." He added, "There is now a $5 daily parking fee at all county parks in the North Fork Corridor and for roadside parking along North Fork Road." Fee stations are located in Bear Creek, North Fork and Salmon Falls parks and along North Fork Road, and $30 annual parking passes are also available to purchase at Marion County Public Works.

    Other Marion County parks along the North Fork of the Santiam River that have already opened for the season include Bear Creek and Salmon Falls parks.

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

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  • Jun
    26

    Paving on South Abiqua Road and Abiqua Road

    Posted by: Public Works

    ​SILVERTON, OR – A contractor working for Marion County Public Works began pavement repairs on South Abiqua Road, from 1,100 feet east of Davis Creek Road to Abiqua Road on Friday, June 23, 2017.  The contractor will resurface South Abiqua Road and Abiqua Road from South Abiqua Road to Briar Knob Loop, and from 180 feet south of the steel bridge to Milk Ranch Road, from June 26 through July 7. 

    These road segments will be chip sealed later this summer by Marion County operations crews to complete the resurfacing treatment, which will restore the road surface and prevent more costly pavement repairs in the future. 

    The resurfacing work will be performed 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on weekdays.  The construction zone will be restricted to one bi-directional travel lane controlled by flaggers and pilot cars. 

    Variable message signs and fixed signs will be located at the project limits to alert road users of the project.  Motorists are advised to exercise caution when traveling through the work zone.

    For additional information, contact Chuck Williams, Project Inspector, or Dave Chamness, Project Engineer at (503) 588-5036.

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  • Jun
    25

    MARION COUNTY SEARCH AND RESCUE LOCATES LOST HIKERS

    Posted by: Sheriff's Office

    News Release from Marion Co. Sheriff's Office
    Posted on FlashAlert: June 25th, 2017 7:12 PM
    Three hikers and a dog left yesterday to hike part of the Pacific Crest Trail south of Whitewater trail head. They planned on hiking in, camping and returning today but became lost. Marion County received the information around 11:00am this morning and were able to make phone contact with the lost hikers. Cell service was limited but Search and Rescue personnel were able to obtain a GPS coordinate based on the location of the hikers phone.

    Members from the Marion County Sheriffs office Posse, SARCOM and Team 18 were requested. Members from Team 18 were already deployed to assist Clackamas County Sheriff's Office on their search in the Bull of the Woods area. Once the Marion County Posse arrived, they deployed toward the lost hikers. During this time, search and rescue personnel were able to send a map by text to the lost hikers and requested they begin hiking out to meet the Posse.

    At approximately 4:45pm this afternoon members with the Posse made contact with the lost hikers and escorted them out to the trail head. The lost hikers did not need any kind of medical attention.

    The Marion County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue team would like to remind people to be prepared when trekking out into the wilderness. Sgt Shane Burnham said to be prepared, hikers should take maps of the area, a compass, GPS and extra food, clothing and water. The Marion County Sheriff's Office would like to thank all of the volunteers of the search and rescue team who responded to this search as well as the Clackamas County Search.

    We will not be releasing the names of the hikers tonight as they are still making their way out of the area and back into cell service, we do not want to release the names until they have been able to notify family members they are ok.

    I am waiting on photographs to be sent once SAR personnel get down to cell service.
    Contact Info:
    Primary PIO Phone: 503. 584. MCSO (6276)
    Public Information Officer Lt. Jeff Stutrud
    Email: jstutrud@co.marion.or.us
    On Twitter: @MCSOInTheKnow
    www.Facebook.com/MCSOInTheKnow
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  • Jun
    20

    WIC farmers market coupons now available

    Posted by: Health

    ​The Marion County Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) program is pleased to announce the start of the 2017 Farmers Market coupon season. These coupons are provided by the Farm Direct Nutrition Program to promote healthy eating and to encourage the purchase of locally grown produce which helps support local farmers.

    The Farm Direct Nutrition Program allows eligible WIC participants to receive $20 in coupons to purchase fresh fruits, vegetables and herbs directly from approved farmers markets and roadside stands. Each WIC family is eligible to receive up to a maximum of $60 in farmers market coupons per year in addition to regular WIC benefits. 

    Marion County WIC will be distributing coupons at the Salem Saturday Market on July 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29. Coupons will also be distributed at the Woodburn, Silverton and Stayton WIC offices in the coming weeks. A photo ID or a WIC ID card is required when picking up coupons at these locations.

    Contact the Marion County WIC office at (503) 588-5057 for additional information. There are a limited number of coupons available that will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. Visit www.co.marion.or.us/HLT/PH/WIC/ for more information. ​

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  • Jun
    14

    Students recognized for gambling awareness artwork

    Posted by: Health

    ​Results are in for the Oregon Health Authority's annual Problem Gambling Awareness calendar art search. Designs from two Marion County youth are among the top 12 artistic designs selected from entries submitted throughout the state. The student art calendar contest is sponsored by OHA's Health Systems Division.

    Congratulations to Jesus Mendoza and Elizabeth Painter who will have their art featured in the 2018 calendar. Both are 7th grade students from Claggett Creek Middle School in Keizer and entered the art search as part of an activity encouraged through their health classes.

    There were 90 entries from Marion County middle school students as part of this year's local art search. Marion County awarded prizes for the top five entries that moved on to the state contest. These included the two state award winners as well as entries by Daniela Santos, grade 7, Claggett Creek Middle School; Diana Beane, grade 7, Parrish Middle School; and Logan Martinez, Grade 7, Claggett Creek Middle School.

    Statewide, it is estimated that about 1 in 25 youth ages 10 to 18 may have a potential gambling problem. However, many youth are making healthy choices and in Marion County most youth do not participate in gambling activities. According to data from the 2016 Student Wellness Survey, more than 65 percent of 8th graders and 63 percent of 11th graders in Marion County indicated they had not gambled in the past 30 days.

    The 2018 Problem Gambling Awareness calendar will be printed and distributed this fall. For more information about problem gambling prevention, or to request a free calendar, please contact Susan McLauchlin, Marion County Health Department, at smclauchlin@co.marion.or.us or (503) 981-2464.  ​

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  • Jun
    13

    Safe Sleep Coalition promotes safe sleep spaces for infants

    Posted by: Health

    ​The Marion and Polk Infant Safe Sleep Coalition received a $50,000 Salem Health Partner Grant to fund evidence-based practices that are proven to reduce the risk of Sudden Unexpected Infant Death. Each year, the Marion-Polk region experiences preventable sleep related infant deaths. Although numbers are small, this is one of the greatest tragedies that parents and caregivers experience.

    The Oregon Health Authority's 2014 report Child Fatalities in Oregon, notes that 34 of 36 Sudden Unexpected Infant Deaths were sleep related. Education is a crucial foundation for this project as families either have safe sleep spaces but don't know how to use them properly, or do not have them at all.

    Infant safe sleep practices include:

    • Always place your baby "Back to Sleep."  Tell all caregivers that your baby sleeps on his/her back only.

    • Share the same bedroom during the infant's first year of life (but not the same bed).

    • Only baby goes in the crib; no toys, blankets or other items.

    • Provide tummy time while supervised.

    • A pacifier can be used once breastfeeding is established or after one month of age.

    • Keep room temperature between 65-71 degrees. Do not over-bundle your baby when sleeping.

    • Do not smoke in your house.

    • Do not leave children sleeping in a car seat or other infant seat. 

    • Do not cover car seats with a blanket or other materials.

    Grant funding has provided the coalition with the services of a part-time health educator, Hayden Barnes, who began supporting the coalition work in May. Hayden is a Salem native who graduated from Portland State University with a degree in Community Health Education. She is completing grant objectives that will ensure that the coalition has the necessary infrastructure to embed infant safe sleep messaging and support in Marion and Polk counties so the work continues regardless of future funding.   

    Ms. Barnes will be working with hospitals and agencies serving families expecting babies and parenting infants to develop a process to teach and model infant safe sleep. She will also be working to ensure that all families with infants have access to a safe sleeping environment which may include providing pack and play cribs or baby boxes to eligible families.

    Infant safe sleep will be folded in to the Marion and Polk Community Health Improvement Partnership and will be an ongoing part of the region's public health focus. The partnership is developing robust education materials so that early childhood professionals, medical professionals, parents and other caregivers have access to up-to-date evidence-based safe sleep information.

    Safe Sleep Coalition members include Marion County Health Department, Polk County Health Department, Salem Hospital, Santiam Hospital, Silverton Hospital, WVP Health Authority MOMS Program, Oregon Child Development Coalition, Marion & Polk County Early Learning Hub, Childcare Resource and Referral, Marion County Community Services, Community Action Head Start, Family Building Blocks and the Salem-Keizer Schools District Teen Parent Program.

    For more information about safe sleep practices or the Marion and Polk Infant Safe Sleep Coalition, contact the Marion County Health Department at (503) 588-5357 or email health@co.marion.or.us. ​

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  • Jun
    8

    SEX OFFENDER NOTIFICATION (PHOTO)

    Posted by: Sheriff's Office

    News Release from Marion Co. Sheriff's Office
    Posted on FlashAlert: June 8th, 2017 10:41 AM
    The Marion County Sheriff's Office is releasing the following information pursuant to ORS181.507, OAR 291-28-30, which authorizes Parole and Probation to inform the public when the release of information will enhance public safety and protection.

    The individual who appears on this notification has been convicted of a sex offense that requires registration with the Sheriff's Office. Additionally, this person's criminal history places them in a classification level which reflects the potential to re-offend. This notification is not intended to increase fear; rather, it is our belief that an informed public is a safer public.

    NAME: Sabre Eddings
    SID#: 5747265
    DOB: 01/04/1955
    CURRENT AGE: 062

    RACE: W SEX: M
    HEIGHT: 5' 06'' WEIGHT: 195lbs
    HAIR: BRO EYES: BLU

    RESIDENCE: 8801 PORTLAND RD NE, SALEM, OR 97305

    Sabre Eddings is on Post Prison Supervision for the crime(s) of : PUB INDECENCY

    This person was granted Supervision on: 10/14/2016
    Supervision expiration date is: 10/13/2018

    Special restrictions include: [X] No contact with minors (male/female)
    [X] Sex offender treatment
    [X] Submit to polygraph
    [X] No alcohol

    Other: Eddings' victim pool includes adult and juvenile males and juvenile females.
    Contact Info:
    Primary PIO Phone: 503. 584. MCSO (6276)
    Public Information Officer Lt. Chris Baldridge
    Cell Phone: 503.930.0579
    Email: cbaldridge@co.marion.or.us
    On Twitter: @MCSOInTheKnow
    www.Facebook.com/MCSOInTheKnow
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  • May
    3

    Women's Accelerated Reentry Program helps women's transition needs

    Posted by: Marion County Reentry Initiative (MCRI)

    This article appears in the Spring 2017 MCRI newsletter 

    ​Women's Accelerated Reentry Program helps women's transition needs – and reduces census at Coffee Creek

    By Jenna Moller, Bridgeway Recovery Services

    By the end of 2016, Oregon was running out of options. Coffee Creek Correctional Facility in Wilsonville had been running at capacity for more than a year, causing behavioral issues between inmates and putting more stress on the facility than it could bear. To combat this, the Oregon Department of Corrections planned to open another prison.  The Oregon legislature encouraged the Corrections Department to find another alternative. "Incarceration on its own hasn't proven to be super successful in reducing recidivism," said Tina Bialas, Behavioral Health Director at Bridgeway Recovery Services. So the department got to work.

    On January 30, 2017, the Women's Accelerated Reentry Program was launched by the Marion County Sheriff's Office and Oregon Department of Corrections. Women at Coffee Creek serve up to the last six months of their prison sentence at Marion County Transition Center in Salem. Criteria for selection include being nonviolent offenders; having a history of substance abuse, mental health problems or co-occurring disorders; being within 180 days of their original release date; and releasing to Marion County. Once individuals are identified, they are transferred from Coffee Creek to the Transition Center. This is where the real work starts.

    At the Transition Center, each woman is assigned a parole officer that is well-versed in the program's rigorous curriculum. Bridgeway Recovery Services staff conducts a thorough assessment of each woman and provides ongoing individual counseling support. Participants also attend weekly meetings with their parole officers; two classes a week facilitated by the De Muniz Resource Center; weekly employment classes run by Sheriff's Office staff; and five treatment groups a week facilitated by Bridgeway—all at the Transition Center. These women have experienced a high prevalence of trauma, such as childhood abuse and domestic violence. Such difficult experiences make the counseling support they receive that much more important. 

    Participants find many benefits from counseling support and classes. "I think the classes, [parole officer] interactions, and community reintegration have helped me tremendously," said one client. "I feel ready to get back out into life and that I'll be successful in reaching my goals."

    Participants also get the chance to attend healthy leisure and recreational outings each week to help them feel connected to their community, including bowling or volunteering at the Marion-Polk Food Share. Outings are led by their parole officers as well as their Bridgeway Recovery Mentor, Morgan Nelson. "It gives the clients real life opportunities to practice pro-social behaviors," Bialas said.

    Even more importantly, these trips have opened the women's eyes to new outlooks on life. "[These outings] showed me that you don't have to be high to have fun," said another participant.

    The women also get an extra family visit. Bridgeway mentors facilitate these meetings and give women feedback after observing the visit, such as how they might communicate with their children more effectively or how they did a great job explaining how they felt about a certain situation. Mentors being involved with the participants' families help build relationships between the clients and mentor, which aids in treatment.

    "I can't say enough how much good work [the Bridgeway mentors and counselors] have done," Bialas said, adding that because of them, program participants actively engage in treatment, even if they originally had no interest.

    At the end 90 days, if participants complete the program without any behavioral issues, they receive a certificate and the opportunity to continue their substance abuse or mental health treatment with Bridgeway Recovery Services.  "We're hoping this program will be personally impactful and hope [the women] will continue in treatment," Bialas noted.

    Many women plan on doing just that. "I have found who my real self is, but I still have more exploring to do," said a participant. "Once I'm done, I'll be a brand new woman."​

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  • May
    2

    Marion County invites students to particiate in 2017 Art Calendar Contest

    Posted by: Public Works - Environmental Services

    ​Marion County and the Mid-Valley Garbage & Recycling Association are once again sponsoring an art calendar contest to promote waste reduction and resource conservation in schools, and this year's theme is "Repair & Reuse." As in previous years, we are inviting all K-12 students within Marion County to submit colorful drawings that focus on waste prevention through repair and reuse. Each student will be allowed to submit up to three drawings and entries must be received no later than 5:00 p.m. on October 6, 2017.

    Thirteen illustrations will be selected to produce the 2018 calendar and a $50 gift card will be awarded to twelve winners in the following grade group categories: K - 3rd grades, 4th – 6th grades, 7th - 9th grades and 10th -12th grades. A student from one of these four categories will have the opportunity to win the Grand Prize, which includes a $100 gift card plus their artwork will be featured on the cover of the calendar. Additionally, the teacher of the student whose artwork is selected for the grand prize will also receive a $500 gift card for classroom use. Selected winners will be honored at a televised Marion County Board of Commissioners meeting.

    To learn more about the 2017 Art Calendar Contest, please visit www.mcrecycles.net and click on "Events" or email EnvironmentalServices@co.marion.or.us.   

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  • Apr
    13

    Section of St. Louis Road to Close for Railroad Crossing Replacement

    Posted by: Public Works

    ​Beginning Friday, April 28, 2017, St. Louis Road will be closed from approximately 1,000 feet west of the Portland & Western Railroad crossing to approximately 1,000 feet east of the crossing.  During the road closure, Portland & Western Railroad will replace the existing crossing, and Marion County will reconstruct the adjacent roadway.  The road closure is located between Manning Road NE and the St Louis Road / I-5 overpass.

    During the closure, a signed detour utilizing Manning Road NE and Keene Road NE will be in place.  Road work associated with the road closure is expected to be completed no later than June 15, 2017.  Motorists should expect the road work to continue after the road is opened to traffic, with flaggers directing traffic through the work area.  Access to St. Louis Fish Ponds County Park will remain open throughout construction from St. Louis Road on the east side of the railroad crossing, coming from Gervais.

    For additional information, contact Ken Karnosh, Project Inspector, or Steve Preszler, Project Engineer at (503) 588-5036. 

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  • Mar
    30

    Delaney Road Sidewalks and Bike Lanes Construction Notice

    Posted by: Public Works

    ​TURNER, OR – Marion County is scheduled to begin construction for the City of Turner on Delaney Road from 8th Street to 3rd Street on April 3, 2017. Work is scheduled to be completed by August 31, 2017.  This completion date may be modified depending on weather.  The work will be performed by KSH Construction Company, which is responsible for the construction schedule. 

    Construction will include new sidewalks with curbs, storm drainage and bike lanes on both sides of the street.  The project will connect existing sidewalks west of 7th Street with existing sidewalks at 3rd Street. It will also include a new crossing surface at the existing railroad crossing. The road will remain open during construction with flaggers directing traffic through the work area.  Motorists should expect minor delays and are encouraged to use alternate routes when possible.

    Marion County and KSH Construction Company appreciate your patience during construction.  Please obey posted construction signs and remember the flaggers are there for your protection. 

    To find information about the project and a link to contact us by email visit our web site at: http://www.co.marion.or.us/PW/Engineering/Projects/Pages/Delaney.aspx

    For questions about this project, please call Alicia Robe at 503-588-5036 or email arobe@co.marion.or.us.   If there is an after-hours emergency during construction, please call Marion County Public Works Dispatch at 503-588-5304.

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