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Meet City volunteers and staff at open house December 3
City of Albany will host an open house at Albany City Hall at 5:30 p.m.
Monday, December 3, 2012, to recognize the work of the City's various
advisory boards, commissions, and committees.
The public is invited and encouraged to attend.
individuals serve on 15 panels as advisors to the City Council
considering issues that include bicycle and pedestrian safety, land-use
planning, historic building preservation, parks and recreation, public
safety, library services, human relations, senior services, Albany
Municipal Airport, and water and wastewater. Members are appointed
by the Mayor and City Councilors. Most of the panels meet monthly
Manager Wes Hare said the event is an opportunity for Albany residents
to meet current members of the boards and commissions, learn about what
they do, thank them for their service, and consider applying for
appointment to one or more panel that serves an area of their interest.
refreshments will be provided. No Strings Attached, a local
instrumental ensemble, will provide music for the occasion.
27th Children's Performing Arts Series coming in January
27th Children's Performing Arts Series, presented by Albany Parks &
Recreation kicks, off January 19, 2013. All performances are
free, on the Linn-Benton Community College campus on Saturdays at 10:00
a.m., and open to the public.
All but one performance will be in the LBCC Forum. The African Acrobats will perform in the Activities Center on March 2.
See the full schedule at http://www.cityofalbany.net/cpas
| Albany honored by
Air National Guard
Oregon Air National Guard 142nd Fighter Wing dedicated an F-15 Eagle
fighter jet to the City of Albany at the Portland air base on November
15, 2012. Mayor Sharon Konopa unveiled the artwork on the nose of
the jet. Special guests for the occasion, from left, are Jimmie
Lucht, Executive Director of the Albany Visitors Association; Floyd
Collins, City Councilor; Bill Coburn, City Councilor; Mayor Konopa; Ray
Kopczynski, City Councilor; Patty Louisiana, Veterans Commemoration
Association; and Albany high school students Daniel Barnes, Cary Olsen,
and Alex Amador.
Louisiana is the
organizer of Albany's annual Veterans Day Parade. The students
have been working on preparing some decommissioned fighter jets for a
static display at Albany Municipal Airport.
Col. Rick Wedan, vice
commander at the base, said Albany is the 12th Oregon city to be honored
with flying artwork and was chosen because of the Veterans' Day Parade
and more than a dozen Air Guard members who live in Albany. The
artwork depicts the Train House at Seventh Avenue and Ellsworth Street
SW and was rendered by graphic artist Tech. Sgt. Aaron Perkins, public
affairs specialist for the Fighter Wing.
|Oak, Jackson Street projects wrap up
Construction work is nearly complete on two major Albany street reconstruction projects.
- Oak Street has been
rebuilt between Pacific Boulevard and Queen Avenue. The new street
has sidewalks, and underground utilities were replaced under the full
length. More than 60 new trees are being planted along the street.
A portion of a building was demolished to allow Oak Street to
connect to Pacific Boulevard, and new traffic signals have been
installed at Pacific and Ninth Avenue. Total cost of the project
is about $5 million.
Street was rebuilt from the Pacific Boulevard overpass to13th Avenue,
and 9th Avenue was rebuilt from Jackson Street to the Pacific Boulevard
on-ramp. The pavement on these two streets was in very poor
condition due to heavy truck traffic from the surrounding industrial
area. Jackson Street was widened to add bike lanes and on-street
parking on both sides. Improvements and repairs were made to storm
drains, sanitary sewers, and water lines to avoid having to cut the
pavement in the future. New curb ramps were installed throughout
to improve accessibility for those with mobility limitations.
For more information about these street projects, contact Chris Cerklewski, 541-917-7646 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
New booklet helps explain City finances
The City of Albany has created its first Popular Annual Financial Report (PAFR) for the fiscal year that ended June 30, 2012.
document boils down financial information from the nearly 200-page
Comprehensive Annual Financial Report to make it easier to understand
for Albany residents and others who don't have a background in public
finance. Information is presented in text, charts, graphs, and
photos with links to extended information online.
The 20-page full-color
booklet includes general information about the Albany community, the
City's form of government, financial funds, the annual balance sheet and
income statement, an overview of sources of income, property taxes, a
five-year revenue history, expenditures, and a summary of the 2011-2012
City budget, financial, investment and risk management policies.
The PAFR will be
submitted to the Government Finance Officers Association to receive the
Popular Annual Financial Reporting Award. Albany already receives
the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award and the Certificate of
Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting from GFOA. Lake
Oswego is the only city in Oregon that currently receives all three
The PAFR will be
available online, and physical copies will be available at the Libraries
and the Parks & Recreation counter at City Hall.
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