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As Community Clean-up Continues, City Extends Geer Park Drop Site through March 14

March 4, 2021

City crews continue to clear neighborhood and street tree debris, as well as work on damage at City facilities

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Salem Could Meet Greenhouse Gas Reduction Goal

March 3, 2021

Meeting the 2035 goal requires commitments to renewable energy, and actions by the City and its partners

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Our Salem Vision Goes to City Council March 8

March 2, 2021

If accepted, the vision will be used as the foundation of the future update of Salem Comprehensive Plan, zoning code and zoning map

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World Water Day is on March 22

March 1, 2021

World Water Day on March 22 celebrates water and brings to light water issues facing the world.

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Library services to expand due to status change for Marion, Polk counties

February 26, 2021

Access and services at the Salem Public Library will increase beginning March 8 in response to recent news that Marion and Polk counties have moved to the state’s “High Risk” category. Additional appointments and hours will be available for limited, contactless Curbside Service, Operation Bookshelf deliveries will resume, and monthly Take & Make Kits will return. In addition, the library’s array of Virtual Services is available 24/7.

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Proposed Changes to Floodplain Overlay Zone Code

February 25, 2021

Ordinance 1-21 proposes to amend Salem Revised Code Chapter 601 regarding floodplain overlay zones as a major step toward reducing costs for Salem citizens with flood insurance policies. The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA’s) Community Rating System (CRS) program offers local communities the opportunity to reduce its flood insurance premiums by implementing measures that exceed the minimum federal standards. These code amendments are needed to improve Salem’s CRS rating and reduce flood insurance costs.

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Minto-Brown Island Park Opens; Free City Storm Debris Drop Sites Open Through March 7

February 22, 2021

Thank you to our community for your ongoing support as we all work together to restore our parks, neighborhoods and streets.

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Emergency Declaration Issued in Salem for Winter Storm Conditions

February 22, 2021

Hazardous trees and conditions continue to persist across Salem. City crews continue to respond to fallen trees, debris, traffic signal failures, and other emergencies. Threat of falling limbs remains high.

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5 Kinds of Nonfiction Reading Challenge (PreK to Grade 12)

February 22, 2021

From March 1 to 31, Salem Public Library is participating in "5 Kinds of Nonfiction Reading Challenge," a Winter Reading Challenge sponsored by Lerner Publishers and powered by Beanstack for PreK – Grade 12.

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Winter Storm Response Efforts Continue

February 15, 2021

Crews continue to respond to the large amount of fallen trees and debris from the weekend winter storm and anticipate that all public streets will be clear for vehicular travel by Tuesday, Feb. 16.

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What’s happening
Mar. 05
Legislative Committee Meeting11:00 a.m.12:00 p.m.Virtual Meeting

regularly scheduled committee meeting

Agenda:

Legislative Committee Agenda

Phone: 503-540-2426

This is an open, public meeting or public hearing at an accessible location. Special accommodations are available, upon request, for persons with disabilities. Services may be requested for sign language interpretation or languages other than English. To request accommodations or services, please call 503-540-2426 at least two business days prior to the meeting.

Mar. 06
SPL Storytime Live Stream10:30 a.m.11:00 a.m.Virtual Meeting

We miss seeing you in the library, but we are still here for you online. To that end, families with toddlers and preschoolers are invited to join Youth Services staff for special LIVE storytimes online the first Saturday of each month. Early, literacy-rich storytimes are fun ways for families to help their babies, toddlers, and preschoolers get ready to learn to read when they start elementary school. Sign up to receive a Zoom meeting invitation and passcode at https://form.cityofsalem.net/s3/Storytime-Live-at-SPL.

Phone: 503-588-6315

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Mar. 08
Cancelled - Executive Session of the City Council5:30 p.m.5:45 p.m.Virtual Meeting

Executive Session - ORS 192.660(2)(e) - Real Property Transactions

Agenda: An agenda for this meeting is not yet available.

Phone: 503-588-6091

This is an open, public meeting or public hearing at an accessible location. Special accommodations are available, upon request, for persons with disabilities. Services may be requested for sign language interpretation or languages other than English. To request accommodations or services, please call 503-588-6091 at least two business days prior to the meeting.

Salem Housing Authority Commission Meeting6:00 p.m.7:00 p.m.Virtual Meeting

Regular meeting of the Salem Housing Authority Commission

Agenda:

Agenda Salem Housing Authority Commission Meeting

Meeting Minutes:

Minutes Salem Housing Authority Commission Meeting

Phone: 5033733801

This is an open, public meeting or public hearing at an accessible location. Special accommodations are available, upon request, for persons with disabilities. Services may be requested for sign language interpretation or languages other than English. To request accommodations or services, please call 5033733801 at least two business days prior to the meeting.

City Council Meeting6:00 p.m.10:00 p.m.Virtual Meeting

Regular Meeting of the City Council

View meeting in real-time on Comcast Cable CC:Media Channel 21 or CCTVSalem You Tube Channel

Submit comments on agenda items no later than 5:00 p.m. on the day of the meeting at [email protected]lem.net.

Real-time 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 Public Comment at Salem City Council Meeting

Agenda:

March 8, 2021 City Council Agenda

Meeting Minutes:

March 8, 2021 City Council Minutes

Phone: 503-588-6097

This is an open, public meeting or public hearing at an accessible location. Special accommodations are available, upon request, for persons with disabilities. Services may be requested for sign language interpretation or languages other than English. To request accommodations or services, please call 503-588-6097 at least two business days prior to the meeting.

Urban Renewal Agency6:00 p.m.10:00 p.m.Virtual Meeting

Regular Meeting of the Urban Renewal Agency

Agenda:

​httos://salem.legistar.com/Calendar.aspx

Phone: 503-588-6087

This is an open, public meeting or public hearing at an accessible location. Special accommodations are available, upon request, for persons with disabilities. Services may be requested for sign language interpretation or languages other than English. To request accommodations or services, please call 503-588-6087 at least two business days prior to the meeting.

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