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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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UPDATE FEB. 26: Free City Storm Debris Drop Sites Open Through March 7

February 22, 2021

Residents are encouraged to reach out to their neighbors and haulers for additional assistance with debris removal. Piled limbs and branches should not block sidewalks or bike lanes.

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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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Online Library Card Process Updated to Provide More Access

February 12, 2021

New patrons are always welcome, and now, patrons who sign up for a library card online have the ability to make curbside appointments as well.

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Trouble Paying Your Utilities? Help is Available

February 12, 2021

We can work with you to keep your utilities on and provide relief from past-due bills

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Salem Reads Continues Through February 27

February 11, 2021

Salem Reads 2021: One Community, One Book explores the story and themes of Walking with Peety by Eric O’Grey, a heartwarming book about a man and a rescue dog who walk their way to better health. Many free community activities and virtual events are planned throughout the month of February

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Local Non-Profit and For-Profit Developers Invited to Apply for Funding

February 11, 2021

Eligible non-profits and for-profits working to assist City of Salem residents are invited to submit proposals for approximately $2 million in City of Salem Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and HOME Investment Partnership funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and an additional anticipated $400,000 from the City’s General Funds. The online application cycle opens Monday, February 8, 2021. Apply online!

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Mar. 04
East Lancaster Neighborhood Association Meeting - ELNA7:00 p.m.9:00 p.m.Blanchet Catholic School
4373 Market St NE
Salem
OR 97301

Regular monthly meeting. See agenda for Zoom meeting link. Please wear a mask if attending in person.

Agenda:

March 4, 2021

Phone: 503-540-2303

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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 503-540-2303 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
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]

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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