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Cyclist seriously injured after getting hit by car, sheriff's office said

2 months ago

Fund to help distressed renters and landlords opens with high hopes

 

A state fund set up to help landlords cover unpaid rent is open for businesses. 

On Wednesday last week, the Landlord Compensation Fund received its first 263 applications from seeking an initial $5.5 million out of a total pot of $50 million, according to Kate Gonsalves, spokeswoman for Oregon Housing and Community Services. If approved, those applications could provide relief to 282 tenants behind on rent. Gonsalves did not have a breakdown of how many applications were from Salem. 

In response to the pandemic, Gov. Kate Brown issued a moratorium on evictions in March. Since then, landlords complained they had no way to pay their mortgages or get back rent from cash-strapped tenants. Tenant advocates complained that out-of-work tenants would be saddled with back rent they couldn’t pay. In response, the $200 million program was created during a special session in December. 

“I’m thrilled that this program is one of only a handful in the nation to offer landlords protection against financial stress in the form of payments for missed rent during the pandemic,” said Julie Cody, Oregon Housing and Community Services’ affordable rental housing director, in a statement. “In doing so, these funds will provide some stability and peace of mind to landlords and their struggling tenants.

Applications will be reviewed after the first round closes on March 2. Applications will be scored based on landlord size and percentage of rent debt. There will be additional rounds until the money is spent.

-Jake Thomas 

2 months ago

About 3,500 still without power in Salem 10 days after ice storm

A Salem Electric crew prepares to get limbs off a power line in west Salem on Sunday, Feb. 14. (Ron Cooper/Salem Reporter)

Almost 3,500 Portland General Electric customers in Salem remained without power Monday afternoon, 10 days after the ice storm that knocked out lines across the region.

Company officials said the remaining repairs would proceed more slowly because remaining outages typically affect only a handful of customers, meaning each repair brings service back for fewer people.

“Those big wins, we’re not going to get them anymore,” said Quintin Gaddis, PGE's senior manager for substation and meter operations, during a news conference Monday.

As of Monday afternoon, repairs are expected in Salem within the next two days, according to the PGE website, with repairs in outlying parts of Marion and Polk counties expected to last until the end of the week.

Outages reported in Salem-area ZIP codes as of Monday afternoon are listed below.

97301 – 326

97302 – 852

97303 – 45

97304 - 37

97305 – 485

97306 – 1,225

The city is continuing to provide sites for property owners to drop off woody debris. The sites are operating from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., including on Sunday at the following locations:

•Woodmansee Park, 4629 Sunnyside Rd. S.E.

•Wallace Marine Park, 200 Glen Creek Rd. N.W.

•Geer Park, 241 Geer Dr. N.E.

•McKay Park, 2755 Hollywood Dr. N.E.

Damage to trees on public property should be reported to Salem Public Works Dispatch at 503-588-6311 or by email to [email protected].

-Rachel Alexander

2 months ago

Sheriff's Office identifies cyclist killed in car crash

Marion County Sheriff's Office. (Rachel Alexander/Salem Reporter)

A Salem cyclist who was hit by a car Sunday evening died at the hospital, the Marion County Sheriff's Office said Monday afternoon.

Blake Saville, 25, succumbed to his injuries after he was hit while crossing the road in the 300 block of Lancaster Drive S.E., the sheriff's office said.

The driver in the crash, Anthony Mankins, 29, of Salem, was uninjured. He remained on the scene Sunday and called 911, the sheriff's office said.

-Saphara Harrell

2 months ago

AGENDA: Salem City Council to consider long range planning, free library parking and legislative priorities Monday

A screengrab of the Salem City Council at its first meeting of the year 2021.

The Salem City Council meets Monday to consider free parking at the main library parkade, approving the “Our Salem” vision which will guide amendments to the city’s long range planning documents and discuss the city’s legislative priorities in the current session.

AGENDA

The council will consider a resolution that would establish either 90-minute or three hours of free parking at the main library parkade when it’s expected to re-open this summer.

“Potential library patrons experience access barriers in both the cost to park and limited payment methods,” the staff report reads.

City staff have recommended the 90-minute free parking, while the Library Advisory Board and Library Seismic Retrofit Project Committee recommend the three-hour option.

This year the city is updating its comprehensive plan, titled the “Our Salem” project, to plan for the next 20 years of growth.

The council will consider approving the “vision,” a document that focuses on housing, neighborhood hubs, mixed use, and employment.

The council will also adopt positions on legislative priorities like a house bill that would provide $5 million of funding for a navigation center in Salem, a house bill that would provide grants for cities to create mobile crisis intervention teams and a bill that would allow historic properties in Salem to receive a lower tax assessment through 2028.

A navigation center is a facility that would be open 24 hours a day to help people find aid with housing or other more immediate basic needs, such as toilets or potable water. 

To participate: The meeting starts at 6 p.m. Monday and is streamed live on YouTube. Submit comments on agenda items by 5:00 p.m. the day of the meeting at [email protected] Public comment and testimony may also be provided during the meeting via Zoom. Please pre-register between 8:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. on the day of the meeting at the following link: https://www.cityofsalem.net/Pages/Public-Comment-at-Salem-City-CouncilMeeting.aspx

-Saphara Harrell

2 months ago

Cyclist seriously injured after getting hit by car, sheriff's office says

Marion County Sheriff's Office.(Rachel Alexander/Salem Reporter)

A cyclist remains in critical condition after he was hit by a car in east Salem Sunday evening, the Marion County Sheriff’s Office said Monday.

The sheriff’s office said a driver called 911 around 8:17 p.m. Sunday to report hitting a cyclist in the 300 block of Lancaster Drive S.E.

The cyclist, a 25-year-old man, had life-threatening injuries from the crash and was taken to Salem Hospital, the sheriff’s office said. Police didn’t identify the cyclist or driver in a Monday news release.

The driver wasn’t injured in the crash and remained at the scene, the sheriff’s office said. Investigators said they believe the cyclist was crossing the road when the driver hit him.

“Neither driver impairment nor speed appears to have been contributing factors to the collision,” the sheriff’s office said.

Deputies are asking anyone who may have witnessed the crash to contact Dep. Michael Frieze at [email protected] or to call our non-emergency dispatch at 503-588-5032.

-Saphara Harrell

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