During their Monday, Dec. 4, meeting, councilors will discuss plans for the revenue task force and will consider facilitating an affordable housing development by temporarily buying a property to later be sold to a developer.
About 265 gallons of raw sewage spilled into the creek in southeast Salem Thursday afternoon.
With days of rain ahead, the National Weather Service has issued a flood watch for Salem. Three sandbag stations are now open across the city.
Salem legislators think they have a better chance during the 2024 Legislature to get state money paid in lieu of property taxes to help close a city budget deficit. Mayor Chris Hoy cautioned any such payment won’t fix the city’s budget issues.
During the Salem City Council meeting on Monday, Nov. 27, councilors voted to form a revenue task force to find funding options for the city and advanced plans for a connector road at a planned west Salem apartment complex.
Salem’s next mayor is likely to be named Hoy and live in east Salem, but that’s where the similarities end.
At a joint session Monday with the Salem City Council, Marion County Board of Commissioners and Salem-Keizer School District, Marion County Sheriff Nick Hunter said the same surge in shootings seen in Salem is likely happening in unincorporated areas east of the city.
Local officials are scheduled to get a public briefing Monday on a new report outlining escalating gun violence in Salem. Researchers recommended focused community intervention on those most at risk to be shooters or gunshot victims.
The city of Salem would have to pay at least $1 million out its budget to satisfy a judgment awarded to a Salem man who jurors concluded was subjected to excessive force. The city is considering appealing the recent verdict.
A Tuesday, Nov. 14, town hall with Councilor Jose Gonzalez, Ward 5, drew a small but engaged crowd of residents. The conversation focused on revenue options for the city and his priorities for northeast Salem.