Trash Talk: The Benton County Talks Trash Work Group will be giving one of its final updates at the Benton County Board of Commissioners meeting on March 7. At the meeting Darren Nichols, Community Development Director, will be asking for direction and approval for remaining work tasks and the final budget for the project from commissioners.
The workgroup was created to assist the county in deciding the fate of the Coffin Butte Landfill. The group presented a 451-page final draft to commissioners on Jan. 25.
This will be one of the final times the workgroup presents to the commissioners ahead of the March 24 deadline for the final report. An open house was scheduled for March 9 for community members to come and ask questions and get more information. Details on the open house were not available at press time. Click here for the County’s Solid Waste Process Work Group
Housing Development: Corvallis Housing First is hoping for city council support of a 46-unit permanent supportive housing project at Third Street Commons in South Corvallis – and the matter is on the council’s Monday meeting agenda.
The City of Corvallis has invested $45,000 of Construction Excise Tax funds to assist with predevelopment activities. “At this stage in the process, Corvallis Housing First has secured over $8 million of capital and is applying for additional funding from Oregon Housing and Community Services,” said Paul Bilotta, Community Development Director.
In addition, the Corvallis City Council will also look at a proposal for another housing development for 24 additional units of affordable housing at Rivergreen Apartments, specified as Phase II, in South Corvallis on Rivergreen and Midvale.
“The City of Corvallis has committed $400,000 of Construction Excise Tax funds for Phase I of the Rivergreen Apartments in April 2022 and will review a second application for additional CET funding opportunities for Phase II in the near future,” said Bilotta.
The Corvallis City Council will look at funding and proposals for both housing developments at their March 6 meeting – they are considering letters of support for both, which may help secure further funding, and approvals from the County.
Corvallis Police 101: The City of Corvallis in cooperation with the Corvallis Police Department are hosting Corvallis Police 101, which is a way for the public to get to know local police
officers, and to learn about all facets of the police department, the services it provides, and how it delivers those services.
Residents who are considering a role in law enforcement can enroll into the program. Participants come from the full range of demographics that make up our community, according to a release from CPD. Those interested can fill out an application by clicking the link. You can also submit questions to CPDEvents@corvallisoregon.gov.
By: Jennifer Williams