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  • Youth Wage Grant program now open

    Youth Wage Grant program now open

    Date: 7/23/2021 12:00:00 AM
    Posted by: Board of Commissioners Office

    Marion County is pleased to announce a new program to assist employers who hire first-time employees ages 14-17 this summer. Employers can receive a stipend of $4 per hour for each eligible youth employee under the Youth Wage Grant program.

    Program funding is provided by a portion of Marion County's video lottery proceeds designated under state law for economic development activities. "Marion County is really pleased to offer this new program to employers and local youth looking to gain work experience," said Commissioner Danielle Bethell.  She continued, "This is a win-win. It's become more and more difficult for youth to get work experience and we hope that many types of employers take advantage of this opportunity to hire local youth over the summer."    

    The program is retroactive to May 1, 2021, and concludes September 30, 2021. Eligibility requirements include:

    • Be based in Marion County;

    • Not employ more than 35 employees;

    • Can provide a copy of a valid annual Youth Employment Certificate from the Bureau of Labor and Industries (BOLI);

    • Will employ a youth at least 14 years of age, but not older than 17, who is a resident of Marion County, Oregon;

    • Will provide documentation showing the employed youth performed work between May 1, 2021 through September 30, 2021;

    • Allow a representative of Willamette Workforce Partnership to visit your worksite to assure compliance with this grant. 

    Marion County has partnered with Willamette Workforce Partnership to administer the grant program. Grant funds will be distributed on a first come, first serve basis. Additional information and grant applications will be available at https://willwp.org/

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  • Buena Vista and Wheatland Ferries to Close for Maintenance

    Buena Vista and Wheatland Ferries to Close for Maintenance

    Date: 7/9/2021 12:00:00 AM
    Posted by: Public Works

    Both Marion County ferries are scheduled to close for several weeks this summer for required maintenance.

    Buena Vista Ferry

    The Buena Vista Ferry will close Tuesday, July 13, 2021, to conduct U.S. Coast Guard required dry dock inspection and routine maintenance. The closure is expected to last approximately four weeks. The ferry crosses the Willamette River south of Independence and connects Marion and Polk counties.

    Wheatland Ferry

    The county has received federal funds for work at the Wheatland Ferry site: (1) to install tie-off structures, (2) to install a backup generator, and (3) to repair and resurface the ramps. The county has awarded the contract for construction to Legacy Contracting, Inc., of Stayton and work is in progress. The ferry is scheduled to close on July 19 through the end of August 2021. The closure may be postponed due to weather or supply constraints. The Wheatland Ferry is located north of Keizer off Wheatland Road and connects Marion and Yamhill counties.

    The closures are meant to ensure that all of the in-water work can occur within the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife's designated in-water work window for the Willamette River. The ferries will reopen as soon as work is complete.

    To receive updates about ferry operating status, email mcpwdispatch@co.marion.or.us to subscribe to ferry notification lists. Include your email address in the body of your message and indicate if you would like to be added to the Buena Vista or Wheatland Ferry list.

    For additional information about Marion County ferries, please visit www.co.marion.or.us/pw/ferries or call (503) 588-5036. 

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  • Share Your Thoughts: Housing & Community Development

    Share Your Thoughts: Housing & Community Development

    Date: 4/21/2021 12:00:00 AM
    Posted by: Board of Commissioners Office

    Surveys & Public Input Meetings

    Marion County is currently developing a five-year plan for housing, community development, and infrastructure. The plan will guide investment policy and actions such as housing, economic development, public services, public facility, and infrastructure investments over the next several years. 

    The planning process is intended to more comprehensively fulfill three basic goals: to provide decent housing, to expand economic opportunities, and to provide a suitable living environment. The plan depends on the opinions and experiences of people who are knowledgeable about housing and community development in Marion County. 

    Your input is essential to ensuring thorough representation of people living and working in Marion County and we invite you to participate in our online survey. 

    Fair Housing Survey

    Fair Housing in Marion County - English
    Vivienda justa en el condado de Marion - Spanish

    Housing and Community Development Survey 

    Housing and Community Development - English
    Encuesta sobre Vivienda y Desarrollo Comunitario - Spanish

    Virtual Public Input Meetings

    Registration required for participation in the following meetings.
    Click on meeting link to register. 

    REGISTER:  Public Input Meeting, May 5, 2021 - 6 p.m. 
    REGISTER:  Public Input Meeting, May 6, 2021 - 6 p.m. 

    After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.


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  • Silverton Bridge Closure & Load Rating

    Silverton Bridge Closure & Load Rating

    Date: 4/19/2021 12:00:00 AM
    Posted by: Public Works

    Silverton Road Bridge Replacement Project
    Silverton Road Closure & Load Rating

    Marion County has received federal funds to replace the Silverton Road Bridge over the Little Pudding River. The project is located on Silverton Road between 60th Avenue and 64th Place. The County has awarded the contract for construction to Farline Bridge, Inc., of Stayton Oregon and work has begun.

    Silverton Road will close to through traffic between 60th Avenue and 64th Place on May 12, 2021, and will reopen by Thanksgiving of 2021

    Throughout the closure, two well-marked detour routes will be in place as shown on the linked project website.

    Closing Silverton Road during construction ensures that all of the in-water work can occur within the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife's designated in-water work window for the Little Pudding River in one construction season. Silverton Road will be reopened prior to the start of the holiday shopping season, a commitment made by Marion County to the Silverton business community.

     A new load rating analysis was recently completed for this bridge. As a result of ODOT's analysis, the load limit signs have been updated as shown in the sign exhibit attached. This new load limit will remain in effect until the road is closed on May 3rd. The new bridge will not be load limited for any legal or legally permitted loads.

    If you have questions or concerns regarding this notice or the project in general, please visit the project website at https://www.co.marion.or.us/PW/Engineering/Projects/Pages/SilvRdBridge.aspx or contact Jill Ogden, Senior Engineering Technician, at (503)588-5036 or by email at jogden@co.marion.or.us.   

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  • Jul
    23

    Youth Wage Grant program now open

    Posted by: Board of Commissioners Office

    Marion County is pleased to announce a new program to assist employers who hire first-time employees ages 14-17 this summer. Employers can receive a stipend of $4 per hour for each eligible youth employee under the Youth Wage Grant program.

    Program funding is provided by a portion of Marion County's video lottery proceeds designated under state law for economic development activities. "Marion County is really pleased to offer this new program to employers and local youth looking to gain work experience," said Commissioner Danielle Bethell.  She continued, "This is a win-win. It's become more and more difficult for youth to get work experience and we hope that many types of employers take advantage of this opportunity to hire local youth over the summer."    

    The program is retroactive to May 1, 2021, and concludes September 30, 2021. Eligibility requirements include:

    • Be based in Marion County;

    • Not employ more than 35 employees;

    • Can provide a copy of a valid annual Youth Employment Certificate from the Bureau of Labor and Industries (BOLI);

    • Will employ a youth at least 14 years of age, but not older than 17, who is a resident of Marion County, Oregon;

    • Will provide documentation showing the employed youth performed work between May 1, 2021 through September 30, 2021;

    • Allow a representative of Willamette Workforce Partnership to visit your worksite to assure compliance with this grant. 

    Marion County has partnered with Willamette Workforce Partnership to administer the grant program. Grant funds will be distributed on a first come, first serve basis. Additional information and grant applications will be available at https://willwp.org/

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    Youth Wage Grant program now open
  • Jul
    9

    Buena Vista and Wheatland Ferries to Close for Maintenance

    Posted by: Public Works

    Both Marion County ferries are scheduled to close for several weeks this summer for required maintenance.

    Buena Vista Ferry

    The Buena Vista Ferry will close Tuesday, July 13, 2021, to conduct U.S. Coast Guard required dry dock inspection and routine maintenance. The closure is expected to last approximately four weeks. The ferry crosses the Willamette River south of Independence and connects Marion and Polk counties.

    Wheatland Ferry

    The county has received federal funds for work at the Wheatland Ferry site: (1) to install tie-off structures, (2) to install a backup generator, and (3) to repair and resurface the ramps. The county has awarded the contract for construction to Legacy Contracting, Inc., of Stayton and work is in progress. The ferry is scheduled to close on July 19 through the end of August 2021. The closure may be postponed due to weather or supply constraints. The Wheatland Ferry is located north of Keizer off Wheatland Road and connects Marion and Yamhill counties.

    The closures are meant to ensure that all of the in-water work can occur within the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife's designated in-water work window for the Willamette River. The ferries will reopen as soon as work is complete.

    To receive updates about ferry operating status, email mcpwdispatch@co.marion.or.us to subscribe to ferry notification lists. Include your email address in the body of your message and indicate if you would like to be added to the Buena Vista or Wheatland Ferry list.

    For additional information about Marion County ferries, please visit www.co.marion.or.us/pw/ferries or call (503) 588-5036. 

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  • May
    27

    County reminds visitors of Santiam Canyon closures due to wildfire damage

    Posted by: Public Works - Emergency Management

    ​Marion County is reminding visitors that six county parks and the North Fork corridor remain closed to public access due to significant wildfire damage. Public and private lands around the Little North Fork Santiam River basin were heavily damaged during the September 2020 Beachie Creek and Lionshead wildfires. In total, 165 acres of county parkland were destroyed in the fires.

    Access to North Fork, Gates Hill, and Pioneer Roads is limited to property owners and their guests, contractors, and agents. Parks closures include Niagara, Minto, Packsaddle, North Fork, and Salmon Falls Parks, and Bear Creek Park and Campground.

    Marion County Public Works anticipates it will take approximately 18 months to restore wildfire damaged roads and two to three years to fully rebuild county parks. The closures are meant to support public safety and rebuilding of wildfire damaged properties.

    County parks sustained considerable damage with the near total destruction of vegetation and park amenities and it remains unsafe to enter the parks due to the large number of dead and standing trees that can fall with little or no warning.

    A large volume of woody debris, both floating and submerged, is moving down the watershed on a daily basis making it unsafe for the public to enter the Little North Fork Santiam River at this time.

    Road signs have been placed on North Fork, Gates Hill, and Pioneer Roads notifying the public of the restricted access. Additional restrictions include:

    • No parking and no bicyclists within the North Fork, Gates Hill, and Pioneer Road rights-of-way.

    • No recreational access to the Little North Fork Santiam River from North Fork Road, Gates Hill Road, Pioneer Road, North Fork Park, Salmon Falls Park, or Bear Creek Park and Campground.

    We appreciate the public's partnership as we begin the process of making our beautiful North Fork corridor safe for residents and visitors.

    For information about closures of state and federal wildfire impacted area, please visit the Oregon State Parks Interagency Recreation Status Map

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    County reminds visitors of Santiam Canyon closures due to wildfire damage
  • Apr
    21

    Share Your Thoughts: Housing & Community Development

    Posted by: Board of Commissioners Office

    Surveys & Public Input Meetings

    Marion County is currently developing a five-year plan for housing, community development, and infrastructure. The plan will guide investment policy and actions such as housing, economic development, public services, public facility, and infrastructure investments over the next several years. 

    The planning process is intended to more comprehensively fulfill three basic goals: to provide decent housing, to expand economic opportunities, and to provide a suitable living environment. The plan depends on the opinions and experiences of people who are knowledgeable about housing and community development in Marion County. 

    Your input is essential to ensuring thorough representation of people living and working in Marion County and we invite you to participate in our online survey. 

    Fair Housing Survey

    Fair Housing in Marion County - English
    Vivienda justa en el condado de Marion - Spanish

    Housing and Community Development Survey 

    Housing and Community Development - English
    Encuesta sobre Vivienda y Desarrollo Comunitario - Spanish

    Virtual Public Input Meetings

    Registration required for participation in the following meetings.
    Click on meeting link to register. 

    REGISTER:  Public Input Meeting, May 5, 2021 - 6 p.m. 
    REGISTER:  Public Input Meeting, May 6, 2021 - 6 p.m. 

    After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.


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    Share Your Thoughts: Housing & Community Development
  • Apr
    19

    Silverton Bridge Closure & Load Rating

    Posted by: Public Works

    Silverton Road Bridge Replacement Project
    Silverton Road Closure & Load Rating

    Marion County has received federal funds to replace the Silverton Road Bridge over the Little Pudding River. The project is located on Silverton Road between 60th Avenue and 64th Place. The County has awarded the contract for construction to Farline Bridge, Inc., of Stayton Oregon and work has begun.

    Silverton Road will close to through traffic between 60th Avenue and 64th Place on May 12, 2021, and will reopen by Thanksgiving of 2021

    Throughout the closure, two well-marked detour routes will be in place as shown on the linked project website.

    Closing Silverton Road during construction ensures that all of the in-water work can occur within the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife's designated in-water work window for the Little Pudding River in one construction season. Silverton Road will be reopened prior to the start of the holiday shopping season, a commitment made by Marion County to the Silverton business community.

     A new load rating analysis was recently completed for this bridge. As a result of ODOT's analysis, the load limit signs have been updated as shown in the sign exhibit attached. This new load limit will remain in effect until the road is closed on May 3rd. The new bridge will not be load limited for any legal or legally permitted loads.

    If you have questions or concerns regarding this notice or the project in general, please visit the project website at https://www.co.marion.or.us/PW/Engineering/Projects/Pages/SilvRdBridge.aspx or contact Jill Ogden, Senior Engineering Technician, at (503)588-5036 or by email at jogden@co.marion.or.us.   

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    Silverton Bridge Closure & Load Rating
  • Apr
    13

    FDA and CDC announce pause in use of Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 Vaccine

    Posted by: Health and Human Services - COVID Testing

    Update: Monday, April 26, 2021

    On Friday, the FDA announced that it recommends use of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine be resumed. The Oregon Health Authority has cleared providers to begin using the vaccine again as long as patients are provided information warning of the rare but serious risk of blood clots. More information is available from the Oregon Health Authority.

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    On Tuesday, April 13, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food & Drug Administration announced that use of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine has been paused while they investigate six cases of a severe and rare type of blood clot in women between the ages of 18 and 48.

    Following directives from the Oregon Health Authority, all vaccine providers in Marion County have been notified to pause use of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. 

    People who have received the J&J vaccine who develop severe headache, abdominal pain, leg pain, or shortness of breath within three weeks after vaccination should contact their health care provider. Health care providers are asked to report adverse events to the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System at https://vaers.hhs.gov/reportevent.html.

    Resources:

    As more information becomes available, we will update this post. 


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  • Mar
    10

    North Fork Corridor closes to public access

    Posted by: Public Works

    Marion County is temporarily restricting access and closing parks along the Little North Fork Santiam River corridor. Today, the Board of Commissioners approved two orders that will restrict public access to North Fork, Gates Hill, and Pioneer Roads to property owners and their guests, contractors, and agents. The county is additionally closing North Fork Park, Salmon Falls Park, and Bear Creek Park and Campground and the corridor will be closed to bicyclists and non-resident pedestrians.

    Public and private lands around the Little North Fork Santiam River basin were heavily damaged during the September 2020 Beachie Creek and Lionshead wildfires. The closures are meant to support rebuilding and reconstruction of wildfire damaged properties.

    Commissioner Danielle Bethell said, "These restrictions are meant to protect people from hazards in the North Fork corridor. We understand there will be frustration from the public; however, we have to do what is right and safe for everyone. We hope people will have understanding and grace through the rebuilding process." She continued, "For the time being we're encouraging people to explore Oregon's other amazing parks and recreational opportunities."

    Public Works anticipates it will take approximately 18 months to restore wildfire damaged roads and two to three years to fully rebuild county parks. Marion County parks sustained considerable damage with the near total destruction of vegetation and park amenities and it remains unsafe to enter the parks due to the large number of dead and standing trees that can fall with little or no warning.

    A large volume of woody debris, both floating and submerged, is moving down the watershed on a daily basis making it unsafe for the public to enter the Little North Fork Santiam River at this time.

    Marion County Public Works will post road signs on North Fork, Gates Hill, and Pioneer Roads notifying the public of the restricted access. Signs are expected to be in place within the next month. Additional restrictions include:

    • No parking and no bicyclists within the North Fork, Gates Hill and Pioneer Road rights-of-way.
    • No recreational access to the Little North Fork Santiam River from North Fork Road, Gates Hill Road, Pioneer Road, North Fork Park, Salmon Falls Park or Bear Creek Park and Campground.

    We appreciate the public's partnership as we begin the process of making our beautiful North Fork corridor safe for residents and visitors. 

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  • Mar
    2

    Reduced Bridge Load Rating

    Posted by: Public Works

    South River Road: Willamette River Bridge
    Independence, OR 
    Bridge #05789A

    SALEM, OR – ODOT recently completed an updated load rating analysis for the South River Road Independence Bridge (bridge #05789A) over the Willamette River. As a result of ODOT's analysis, all single unit trucks will be limited to 25 tons gross vehicle weight and all tractor-trailers will be limited to 27 tons gross vehicle weight. The following sign will be posted at each end of the bridge, as well as major roads leading to the bridge. The sign depicts single unit and multi-unit truck configurations along with the respective weight limit for that configuration. These load restrictions will not affect passenger vehicles, pickups, RVs and other non-commercial vehicles.

    The County is required to post the bridge within 30 days of receiving notice of a load rating resulting in a reduction in load capacity.  An alternative route exists for many trucks via Highway 22 through West Salem. Reducing the allowable truck loads on this bridge will prevent over-stress of the structure and will help preserve this vital community link.

    If you have questions or concerns regarding this notice, please contact Jeff Johnson, Office Specialist, at (503) 588-5036 or by email at JJohnson@co.marion.or.us.   

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  • Feb
    22

    Toll Rates Scheduled to Change at Wheatland and Buena Vista Ferries on March 15th

    Posted by: Public Works

    ​SALEM, OR – The cost of riding the Wheatland and Buena Vista ferries is scheduled to change on March 15, 2021. At Wheatland Ferry, which crosses the Willamette River north of Keizer, the toll for vehicles less than 22 feet in length, which includes motorcycles, passenger cars and pickups, will increase $1. The new Wheatland Ferry rate will match the rate already in effect at the Buena Vista Ferry, which crosses the Willamette River at the town of Buena Vista. The toll for motorcycles, cars and pickups will remain unchanged at the Buena Vista Ferry. Bicycle tolls will remain unchanged and pedestrians will continue to be allowed to ride both ferries for free.

    The new rate structure includes toll changes for trucks and tractor-trailers greater than 22 feet in length, too. Once these rates go into effect, the toll schedule for the Wheatland and Buena Vista Ferries will be the same. Upcoming toll changes have been posted at both ferries to inform people that ride the ferries on a regular basis. You can view all Marion County ferry toll rates on the county's website at: https://www.co.marion.or.us/PW/ferries.

    The two ferries operated by Marion County provide an important transportation resource for various segments of the county. The upcoming toll increases will not make the ferry program profitable, but are designed to keep operating losses to a manageable level while keeping toll rates as low as possible. This will be the first rate increase for the Wheatland ferry in 12 years.

    Thank you for using Marion County's ferries. If you have any questions or concerns about the upcoming toll changes, please email your comments to MCDPW@co.marion.or.us.

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    Toll Rates Scheduled to Change at Wheatland and Buena Vista Ferries on March 15th
  • Jan
    21

    Silverton Road Bridge Replacement Project Upcoming Construction

    Posted by: Public Works

    ​SALEM, OR – Marion County has received federal funds to replace the Silverton Road Bridge over the Little Pudding River. The project is located on Silverton Road between 60th Avenue and 64th Place. The County has awarded the contract for construction to Farline Bridge, Inc., of Stayton Oregon and construction is scheduled to begin this spring. The contractor's closure schedule will be released when it becomes available.

    During construction, Silverton Road will be closed to through traffic between 60th Avenue and 64th Place. The closure will start this spring and will end by Thanksgiving 2021. While Silverton Road is closed, two well-marked detour routes will be in place.

    Closing Silverton Road during construction ensures that all of the in-water work can occur within the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife's designated in-water work window for the Little Pudding River in one construction season. Silverton Road will be reopened prior to the start of the holiday shopping season, a commitment made by Marion County to the Silverton business community.                                     

    If you have questions or concerns regarding this notice or the project in general, please visit the project website at https://www.co.marion.or.us/PW/Engineering/Projects/Pages/SilvRdBridge.aspx or contact Jill Ogden, Senior Engineering Technician, at (503)588-5036 or by email at jogden@co.marion.or.us.  


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    Silverton Road Bridge Replacement Project Upcoming Construction
  • Dec
    1

    County expands mental health crisis services to serve Woodburn community

    Posted by: Health and Human Services

    ​Woodburn, OR - In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, many community members find themselves struggling with mental health. In response, Marion County Health & Human Services, which has operated a crisis center in Salem for over 25 years, has expanded its mental health crisis services to the Woodburn community.

    Beginning today, December 1, 2020, crisis counselors will be on-site at the department’s Woodburn office seven days a week from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. Counselors can assist those who are struggling with depression, anxiety, and thoughts of suicide. No appointments are necessary to utilize the program; individuals may walk-in for service or call the Woodburn office at 503-981-5851.

    Cydney Nestor, Behavioral Health Division Director, said, “We are pleased to offer local, convenient mental health care to the Woodburn community. This area has been disproportionately impacted by COVID-19, and these supportive services are needed now more than ever. Our hope is to provide a safe space for youth, families and adults of all ages to get the help and support they need.”

    Services will be offered in English and Spanish, with interpreter services available in other languages as needed. Individuals may receive services regardless of insurance, immigration status, or ability to pay. Marion County Health & Human Services’ Woodburn office is located at 976 N. Pacific Highway.

    More information about Marion County’s Behavioral Health Programs is available at: www.mchealthy.net.


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