YOUR GOVERNMENT: Marion County Commissioners add money to homeowner rehab program 

The Marion County Board of Commissioners on Wednesday unanimously approved a boost in funding for a homeowner rehabilitation program for low-to-moderate-income residents.

The county is adding $1.4 million to a contract with the Mid-Willamette Valley Council of Governments. That brings the contract total to about $1.89 million.

The new funding will help the council manage the program, which helps homeowners who need a new roof, ventilation system or other such improvements and are in jeopardy of either not being able to pay for them or potentially losing their home.

Commissioners unanimously approved accepting $88,000 from the state Department of Human Services to pay for the county’s Community Developmental Disabilities program

The local program works individually with people who have developmental disabilities to provide them the services they need, which could include help with daily tasks or in-home care, according to DHS’ website. Marion County’s program runs through its Health and Human Services Department. 

The new contract totals about $31.9 million. 

The board also approved a $330,000 contract with Riverbend Materials to purchase and install chip seal aggregate for roads.

Commissioners unanimously approved all other agenda items, including a proclamation designating April 2024 as Child Abuse Prevention Month in Marion County and appointing Bill Riecke as a citizen-at-large to the Marion County Solid Waste Management Advisory Council. The council has eight citizen-at-large positions and eight representatives from business and industry who make recommendations to the board of commissioners.

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.