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Help Redraw Salem City Council Ward Boundaries

October 15, 2021

Salem is divided into eight wards, each represented by a City Councilor. Ward reapportionment is the process of redrawing the City ward boundaries to ensure equal population distribution. This process takes place every 10 years after national Census We expect the Salem City Council will adopt new boundaries by the end of the year.

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Salem Earns Project of the Year Award for Wetland Restoration

October 13, 2021

The City of Salem’s Public Works Department was recently awarded a prestigious award for their efforts restoring wetlands at the Mill Creek Corporate Center in Southeast Salem. The American Public Works Association’s, Oregon Chapter, awarded the City of Salem the 2021 Public Works Project of the Year Award in the Environmental ($5 million to $25 million) Division for their efforts in restoring the wetlands.

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Share Your Thoughts About Increasing Salem’s Tree Canopy

October 11, 2021

Salem’s tree canopy provides great benefits to everyone. Because of these often overlooked benefits, Salem is seeking to expand our tree canopy. To do that, we need private property owners to plant more trees. We want to know what you think about trees in your neighborhood, and at your home, and what may motivate you to plant some trees.

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Amanda Wojick Creates Public Art for Salem Library

October 6, 2021

Salem’s newest public art titled Call Number Cascade by Amanda Wojick is on display in the newly renovated Library. This site-specific sculpture is a whimsical composition of color and form inspired by a love of libraries, landscapes, and a story of seven hidden waterfalls not far from Salem. The hand-painted steel sculpture is sited on a double-height concrete sheer wall on the library’s main floor.

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Tibby Larson Retires After Two Decades as Volunteer Coordinator

October 5, 2021

Tibby has helped bring hundreds of thousands of community hours to volunteer at the City of Salem

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Resident Input Essential as Salem Police Develops Three-Year Strategic Plan

October 1, 2021

Resident Input Essential as Salem Police Develops Three-Year Strategic Plan

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Comprehensive Plan Draft, Proposed Maps to be presented to Council, Planning Commission

September 30, 2021

After three years of extensive community engagement and planning, staff will present a draft of the updated Salem Area Comprehensive Plan and associated maps to City Council and Planning Commission at a joint work session on October 18. The meeting will be an opportunity for discussion among Councilors and Commissioners and public comment.

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City of Salem releases 2021 Stormwater Report

September 30, 2021

The City of Salem operates under a stormwater management plan that outlines 66 best management practices to help reduce water pollution. Salem also operates under a Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) Implementation Plan to address water temperature in local streams. Each year, we report on the actions taken to address stormwater pollution and high water temperature. This year’s reports are open for a two-week public comment period that ends October 18, 2021.

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Salem Council Approves First Temporary Shelter for the Unhoused in West Salem

September 29, 2021

As part of its mission to create a safe and welcoming community for all residents of Salem, the Salem City Council voted to establish a temporary shelter site at 2700 Wallace Rd. The new site, located on city-owned property in West Salem, will be managed in partnership with Church at the Park, a local non-profit that has an established track record for outreach to Salem’s unhoused population.

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What’s happening
Oct. 25
Urban Renewal Agency6:00 p.m.10:00 p.m.Virtual Meeting

Regular Meeting of the Urban Renewal Agency

Agenda:

https://salem.legistar.com/Calendar.aspx

 

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.

Oct. 26
South East Salem Neighborhood Association Meeting-SESNA7:00 p.m.9:00 p.m.Virtual Meeting

Regular monthly meeting. Please see agenda for Zoom meeting link.

Agenda:

October 26, 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.

Lansing Neighborhood Association Meeting7:00 p.m.9:00 p.m.Capital Baptist Church
3000 Lansing AVE
Salem OR 97301

Regular monthly meeting. Meeting will also be hosted on Zoom. Please see agenda for Zoom link.

Agenda:

October 26, 2021

Phone: 503-540-2303

Learn more

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.

Oct. 27
Salem Climate Action Plan Task Force Meeting9:00 a.m.12:00 p.m.Virtual Meeting

This Salem Climate Action Plan Task Force meeting will focus the draft Salem Climate Action Plan and the launch of a community review and comment period. Please see the agenda for information on how to view this workshop. Task Force members should expect to receive an invitation with instructions on how to join.

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

Phone: 503-588-6211

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 503-588-6211 at least two business days prior to the meeting.

Airport Advisory Commission6:00 p.m.7:00 p.m.Virtual Meeting

Regular quarterly meeting of the Airport Advisory Commission

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

Phone: 503-588-6314

Learn more

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 503-588-6314 at least two business days prior to the meeting.

Hearings Officer5:30 p.m.7:30 p.m.Digital Meeting

Public meeting held the second and fourth Wednesday of every month.

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

Phone: 5035402304

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 5035402304 at least two business days prior to the meeting.

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