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Beauty in Diversity

August 7, 2020

The City of Salem Human Rights Commission is dedicated to listening to and solving issues of discrimination experienced in our City

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Proposed Changes to Utilities, Stormwater and Floodplain Overlay Zone Code

August 4, 2020

Ordinance 8-20 proposes to amend Salem Revised Code Chapters regarding utilities, stormwater, and 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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Take the Water Conservation Pledge During August and Win!

August 1, 2020

Salem is participating in the Wyland National Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation and competing with other city’s to get the most residents to take the pledge. Help Salem win by taking the pledge at mywaterpledge.com.

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Summer Reading Club 2020 Prize Pickup Information

July 31, 2020

Prize pickup for children, teens, and adults who completed the the 2020 Summer Reading Club will be by appointment beginning Tuesday, August 18. Prize winner information and details about signing up for a SRC Prize Pickup will be emailed to participants on August 13.

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Open Rebuttal Period on Kuebler Gateway Shopping Center

July 31, 2020

During the public rebuttal period, anyone may submit testimony or evidence that rebuts or addresses testimony or evidence submitted earlier by another party. Persons submitting rebuttal testimony should indicate what earlier testimony they are responding to.

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Mayor Cheers “Great Work” around COVID-19 Efforts in Salem

July 27, 2020

Salem Mayor Chuck Bennett cheered “the great work everyone has done in Salem as we move forward” in slowing the spread of COVID-19.

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July 2020 Status Update: What’s Happening with the Kuebler Gateway Shopping Center?

July 22, 2020

Get the latest information on Salem’s City Council consideration of the State Land Use Board of Appeals remand of their 2018 decision on the Kuebler Gateway Shopping Center.

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COVID-19 Update: Public Safety, Streets and Parks in Salem

July 17, 2020

The Centers for Disease Control and the Oregon Health Authority continue to advise that we should take precautions to help keep ourselves healthy by wearing face coverings, maintaining a safe distance from those outside our family groups, limit gatherings to no more than ten people indoors, and keep our hands clean

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City Suspends In-person Services Pending Reduced Risk of COVID-19 Spread

July 16, 2020

City will continue to provide updates on the rapidly changing COVID-19 pandemic and how it affects City services.

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Secor Park Improvements Scheduled for Construction Starting July 2020

July 15, 2020

Beginning this summer 2020, you’ll see the construction of the new bridge across Waln Creek and installation of a drinking fountain, paved paths, benches, and playground equipment. The park will be closed during construction, which is anticipated to last four months.

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What’s happening
Aug. 12
Acrylic Painting - Center 50+ online class10:00 a.m.12:00 p.m.Virtual Meeting

You will enjoy painting a portrait of either a landscape, floral, animal seascape or still life. In order to attend this class online, you will need a laptop computer, desk computer with camera and microphone, smartphone, or tablet. Class will be held utilizing GoToMeeting. After students have registered for class, instructor Bridget Miller will send more information via email or phone. Last date to register for class is the Friday before each Tuesday class.

Cost: $ 14

Presenter: Instructor Bridget Miller

Phone: 503-588-6303

North Neighbors (N2) Meeting11:30 a.m.1:00 p.m.

Join neighbors and partners as they work together to make a difference in North Salem Neighborhoods. For more information, call Salem Leadership Foundation at 503-315-8924.

We meet every second Tuesday of each month. Locations vary.

Phone: 503-315-8924

Quaran-Teen Book Chat3:00 p.m.4:00 p.m.Digital Meeting

This casual chat group focuses on a different book, book series, or book type each week. The time is split between trivia (using Kahoot), discussion of the week’s focus book, and books in general. Find out what we’re discussing on Facebook, the library website, or by event email. Sign up to get weekly notices about the Quaran-Teen Book Chat. You will get the Zoom ID by email the day before each meeting.

Phone: 503-588-6315

Live Book Suggestions: Childhood Favorites Edition4:00 p.m.6:00 p.m.On Facebook - @spl.oregon

Tell us your favorite childhood book and we'll send you 3-4 personalized book suggestions that are at your current reading level, but will bring you the same feels! A team of SPL librarians will be live at your fingertips from 4-6 p.m. Wednesday, August 12. Watch for our live post at 4 p.m. to make your request in the comments or email us anytime at [email protected]

Phone: 503-588-6315

Salem Public Library Advisory Board5:30 p.m.7:00 p.m.Virtual Meeting

Monthly meeting of the Salem Public Library Advisory Board.

Agenda:

LAB agenda packet for August 2020

Phone: 503-588-6071

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 503-588-6071 at least two business days prior to the meeting.

Hearings Officer 5:30 p.m.7:30 p.m.Council Chambers
555 Liberty ST SE RM 240
Salem OR 97301

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

Agenda:

​Agenda

CU-ADJ20-05 Staff Report

CU-ADJ20-05 Staff Presentation

Phone: 503-540-2304

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 503-540-2304 at least two business days prior to the meeting.

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