YOUR GOVERNMENT: Marion County commissioners consider buying water truck

The Marion County Board of Commissioners has a brief agenda for their Wednesday meeting, which includes several new liquor license applications and a new water truck.


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

Commissioners will vote on authorizing the purchase of a 4,000-gallon water truck from Premier Truck Group of Portland. The truck costs $224,065 and will be used at the Brown’s Island Compost Facility.

Commissioners will also consider an amended contract with Matthew Piehler, a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, to provide medical assessments and supervision to county health department clients. The new contract would cover an additional year of services from Piehler, authorizing spending up to $300,000 through February 10, 2024.

They will also vote on two liquor licenses applications, one for the Pink Elephant Tavern in southeast Salem, which has changed ownership according to the license; and one for catering company Genuine Foods, operating in northeast Salem.

The Oregon Liquor and Cannabis Commission has recommended approval on both licenses.

Contact reporter Rachel Alexander: [email protected] or 503-575-1241.

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Rachel Alexander is Salem Reporter’s managing editor. She joined Salem Reporter when it was founded in 2018 and covers city news, education, nonprofits and a little bit of everything else. She’s been a journalist in Oregon and Washington for a decade. Outside of work, she’s a skater and board member with Salem’s Cherry City Roller Derby and can often be found with her nose buried in a book.