Meet Police Chief candidates
May 1 at City Hall
The City of Albany will
host a community forum on Wednesday, May 1, 2013, for Albany residents
to meet the three finalists for the job of Chief of Police. The public
is invited and light refreshments will be served.
The forum is scheduled from 4:00-5:00 p.m. in Council Chambers at Albany City Hall, 333 Broadalbin Street SW.
The job candidates are:
Dan Hendrickson, Captain, Corvallis Police Department; Mario Lattanzio,
Assistant Chief, Mesa, Arizona Police Department; and Jim Peterson,
Deputy Chief, Pocatello, Idaho, Police Department.
The candidates will each make a brief statement about themselves and their interest in the Chief's
position, then will circulate to talk to the public. Public comments
about the candidates will be considered by City Manager Wes Hare in
choosing a new chief. Comments are due by 5:00 p.m. Thursday, May 2,
2013, and can be made by e-mail to email@example.com or phone to
All three candidates
will be in Albany on April 30 to ride along with Albany Police officers
and undergo formal job interviews. They will meet with Albany police
personnel that evening and the evening of May 1. Police will take the
three men on a tour of the community as well.
Ed Boyd, Albany's Chief of Police since January 2006, will retire at the end of May 2013.
American Wetlands Month: Learn! Explore! Take Action!
|Photo by Allen Norby|
May 2013 marks the 22nd
anniversary of American Wetlands Month, when the U.S. Environmental
Protection Agency and its partners in federal, state, tribal, local,
nonprofit, and private organizations celebrate the vital importance of
wetlands to the nation's ecological, economic, and social health.
It is also an
opportunity to discover and teach others about the important role that
wetlands play in our environment and the significant benefits they
provide, such as improved water quality, increased water storage and
supply, reduced flood and storm surge risk, and critical habitat for
plants, fish, and wildlife.
Talking Water Gardens engineered wetlands is celebrating by inviting the public to join in the following events:
- Eco Rangers
Invasive Plant Pull, 10:00 a.m.-noon, Saturday, May 4, 2013. Remove
invasive plants from the wetlands. Help for an hour or stay for the
whole event. Instructions, tools, and drinking water are provided.
Please wear sturdy shoes or boots.
Scavenger Hunt, 10:30 a.m.-noon, Saturday, May 11, 2013. With passport
in hand, search for a variety of flowers, vegetation, birds, and other
creatures. Take a photo of what you discover and create a scrapbook to
share with Albany Parks & Recreation and Public Works Departments.
Each family's scrapbook with be entered into a drawing for a
gift certificate to a local family restaurant. Dress for the
weather. Photos will also be posted on the City's Facebook page and website.
For more information, contact Heather Slocum at 541-791-0058 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tall grass and weeds?
2013 should be another banner year for weeds. Unfortunately, Albany residents can't rely on the City to do anything about overgrown private properties.
City staff who have
handled grass and weed complaints in prior years are also responsible
for keeping track of vacant houses and other buildings and making sure
they are secure. The increase in vacant homes due to the foreclosure
crisis combined with a limited City budget leaves staff unable to
investigate complaints of overgrown lawns, weeds, and blackberries on
private, occupied property.
But staff can take
action when offending vegetation is on City-owned property or in clear
vision areas that must be maintained at each access to a public street
(such as driveways) and at any property corners next to street or
railroad intersections. (Albany Development Code 12.180)
Residents can help out, too. If there is a yard nearby that hasn't
been mowed for weeks, reach out. A neighbor who is unable to mow
the yard on his or her own might appreciate some help. A little
investment of time and caring can pay off in making the entire
If you know of a vacant property that is not being maintained, call 541-704-2321 or e-mail email@example.com.
Sign up now for Safety Camp
Registration is open for two sessions of Summer Safety Camp for Albany youth who will enter 4th, 5th, or 6th grade this fall.
Camps will be held June
24-27 and July 22-25, 2013, at South Albany High School. Campers will
learn about burn prevention and gun and Internet safety; camp will
include daily swimming at Albany Community Pool and Zumba exercise. Each
camp will also include a field trip to the Kroc Center in Salem.
Cost is $35 and includes
daily snacks and lunches; scholarships are available. Register at the
Boys & Girls Club of Albany, 1215 Hill Street SE.
Safety Camp is
cosponsored by the City of Albany Fire, Police, and Parks &
Recreation Departments; Greater Albany Public Schools; and the Boys
& Girls Club of Albany. For more information, call the Fire
Department at 541-917-7700.
Do you have FireMed?
FireMed is a membership program designed by the City of Albany Fire
Department to provide affordable ambulance service to the community. It
is not insurance but is prepaid coverage in excess of any health
insurance or medical benefits.
FireMed provides 24-hour ambulance service for your entire family.
To sign up or for more information, follow the link or call 541-917-7710.
Fire Lieutenants honored by Albany Chamber
Albany Fire Department Lieutenants Chuck Harris and Phil McPherson
recently received the Security Alarm Corporation Public Safety Officer
Recognition awards for leadership in fire investigations.
involves digging through ashes after the excitement of fighting the fire
is done, Fire Chief John Bradner said. Fire investigators have to sift
through what remains after a fire has destroyed a building in order to
reconstruct exactly how things were before the fire started.
of every fire investigator is to determine what caused the fire in an
effort to prevent a similar situation from ever happening again," Bradner said at the awards ceremony.
Harris and McPherson
worked for Albany Fire Department for 33 years before retiring at the
end of March. Bradner said the two spent their careers helping others
and responding to emergencies whenever 9-1-1 called.
"They have devoted their lives to bringing order out of chaos," the Chief said.
It is rare for two public safety employees to receive the award at the same time, Bradner said, "but both of them have repeatedly demonstrated a willingness to sacrifice for the betterment of our department and the community."
The semiannual Public
Safety Officer Recognition awards are sponsored by Security Alarm
Corporation and the Albany Area Chamber of Commerce. Harris and
McPherson were honored at the Chamber's March 20 Forum.