Administrator's Blog

Spring construction projects abound for PW Department

The City’s Public Works Department has lined up several new projects for the spring and summer, including sewer relocation, road maintenance and street maintenance. Here’s a look at upcoming spring construction projects:

Compromise reached on sequoia trees

The Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT), along with the City of Woodburn and the property owner at 1510 Rainier Road, has come to an agreement on one of the two large sequoia trees along Highway 214.

Feasibility study just the first step in what to do with Association Building

On Monday, the Woodburn Urban Renewal Agency Board, which is made up of Woodburn City Councilors, accepted a report from Constructive Form Architecture regarding redevelopment options for the Association Building. 

2014 'State of the City' address

 

By Kathy Figley

Woodburn Mayor

Woodburn has been through a lot in the last several years. Our households, businesses and local government agencies have all been challenged by the worst economic conditions since the 1930s. We experienced the December 12, 2008 bank bombing and its aftermath. We are still recovering from the high school fire. We are home to many people with limited resources — youngsters, retirees, unemployed and low wage workers.

Kindles coming to Woodburn Public Library

In another move to continue to connect to our community and keep up with technology, the Friends of the Woodburn Library recently voted to spend $2,500 to allow the library to circulate Kindle Paperwhite e-book readers to its patrons. The objective of the purchase is to add flexibility to library e-book purchases, to allow the Library to affordably purchase additional copies of popular books, and to allow library patrons to experience an e-book reader without having to purchase one.

Looking back on 2013

As we say goodbye to 2013, there’s a lot to look back on and be excited about in Woodburn. This past year, there’s several milestones that I thought were important for the City – and for you as taxpayers – that I wanted to share with you.

Police Department fully staffed, patrolling citywide

After it was reported that Woodburn’s Chief of Police Scott Russell was going to be off duty for a short while, I received a few questions from residents about the Police Department and their services. In Chief Russell’s absence, Captain Doug Garrett has been appointed Acting Chief. As the holiday season is upon us, many people have a heightened sense of security, especially as it is related to vehicle and home burglaries.

Hard to believe it's been five years

This week we remembered the Dec. 12, 2008 Woodburn bombing with a heavy heart. As the five-year anniversary of the bombing passes, I was reminded of the tremendous support we received in the aftermath of tragedy.

Woodburn has a rich train history

Many people don’t know this, but Woodburn has a rich train history.  In fact, there is some speculation that Woodburn was named after the burning of trees that were cleared to make way for the railroad. In many train and history buff circles, Woodburn is known as the home site for Locomotive 1785 parked along Front Street in Downtown Woodburn.  The 1785 has an interesting and unique history, just like Woodburn.

What is an audit – and why should you care?

 

Although budgets and finances aren’t always the most exciting topic to write about, they are among the most important responsibilities we have in City Hall. During the City Council’s Nov. 25 meeting, our independent auditor presented the current audit to the council and commended the City in the manner in which we administer the City’s financial management system.

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