City Legislative Priorities: The League of Oregon Cities, which is the primary lobbying organization for municipalities needing the ear of state lawmakers, has released their 2023 priorities. In turn, the City of Corvallis Legislative Committee will be going over these priorities for the coming year.
The city had sought for the LOC to focus on infrastructure finance and resilience, funding for critical infrastructure for needed housing, and local funding to address houselessness.
In a release from the LOC, they will be advocating for an increase in the state’s investment in key community level infrastructure funding sources. In addition, the LOC will advocate for funding of critical infrastructure that provides incentives for needed housing so there are more affordable housing options available.
In addition, they are seeking additional state funding to support coordinated, local community responses to addressing homelessness. This comes on the heels of a coordinated effort between both the city and county to combat the growing homelessness issue.
Unlike last year, there has been little contention locally over what the priorities should be for the LOC. And notably, the goals of the LOC and Corvallis sync somewhat closely this cycle.
Know Your City: The League of Women Voters in cooperation with the City of Corvallis is hosting an informational session at 7 p.m. January 31 focusing on how to understand the services funded by your monthly City Services bill.
The event will take place at C3 – Corvallis Community Center, 2601 NW Tyler Ave. The session will also be available on Zoom for virtual attendance. More information is available online at https://lwv.corvallis.or.us/event/your-city-services-bill-explained/.
Roadside Weed Spray: It’s that time of year, Benton County Public Works will be conducting its annual roadside shoulder spraying program. In a release from the county, this is done in order to control vegetation along county roads in late March.
The Public Works Department also conducts spraying of noxious weeds and roadside vegetation throughout the year.
Spray Opt-Out: Residents who don’t want roadside spraying to control weeds along their property can opt out by completing a Vegetation Control Permit and a Vegetation Control Liability Release form by March 1.
Residents who choose not to participate in the program will be given a ‘no spray’ sign that is required to be posted on their property by March. 15.
In addition, if a resident is interested in a modified spray program (for example: spraying for noxious weeds but not roadside grasses) you can call the county at 541-766-6821 or visit our “No Spray” web page.
By: Jennifer Williams