YOUR GOVERNMENT: Marion County commissioners consider state money to fix wildfire-damaged rails

The Marion County Board of Commissioners meets Wednesday, March 22, to consider hiring a Fairview-based contractor to rebuild guardrails damaged by 2020 wildfires in the Santiam Canyon.

State funding would pay for the $474,000 contract with Dirt & Aggregate Interchange, intended to restore guardrails on Pioneer, Gates Hill, and North Fork Roads through December 2024.


Commissioners will also consider adding $160,000 to a contract with Lane County to provide online food handler testing for Marion County residents, and reimburse Marion County for each test. 

The board will consider adding $100,000 to a contract with Advanced Security Inc. of Salem to provide around-the-clock unarmed security for the Psychiatric Crisis Center, an all-day facility on Salem Hospital’s grounds operated by the county Health and Human Services Department. 

The company would also provide overnight patrols by car at the department’s Center Street campus. 

Commissioners will consider adding $19.2 million to a contract with the Oregon Health Authority for operating public health services, such as disease prevention and education, through June.

The board will consider adding $50,000 to a contract with Interface Network, a health care access nonprofit, to provide Covid vaccine outreach through June.

There will also be a public hearing Wednesday to consider changes to Marion County’s urban and rural zone codes.

Meeting details: The commissioners meet at 9 a.m. Wednesday in the Senator Hearing Room at 555 Court St. N.E. Anyone can sign up to comment at the meeting. The meeting is streamed live on YouTube

Contact reporter Ardeshir Tabrizian: [email protected] or 503-929-3053.

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Ardeshir Tabrizian has covered criminal justice and housing for Salem Reporter since September 2021. As an Oregon native, his award-winning watchdog journalism has traversed the state. He has done reporting for The Oregonian, Eugene Weekly and Malheur Enterprise.