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June 2013 Issue
City of Albany, Oregon
333 Broadalbin St SW
Albany, Oregon 97321
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Sharon Konopa

Ward I Councilors
Dick Olsen
Floyd Collins

Ward II Councilors
Bill Coburn
Ray Kopczynski


Ward III Councilors
Bessie Johnson
Rich Kellum



City Manager
Wes Hare

General Information

Building Inspection




Fire (Non-Emergency)


541-917-7580 (Main)
541-917-7585 (Carnegie)

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Water lines being replaced in Broadalbin, Hill Streets


People who work or do business in Downtown Albany and those who live or drive in parts of South Albany will see construction activity this summer as new water lines are installed underground.


In downtown, 310 feet of new 8-inch ductile iron pipe will replace deteriorated 4-inch pipe in Broadalbin Street between Second and Third Avenues.  City records show the old pipe was installed in 1910.


Work is expected to begin May 28, 2013, and should be completed the week of June 17. 


Broadalbin Street will be closed between Second and Third Avenues during construction, but access to businesses fronting the construction area will remain open.  The street will be reopened by 6:00 p.m. each day.  Canby Excavating, Inc., of Canby is the contractor.  Cost of the project is $86,705.


Approximately 2,950 feet of deteriorated 8-inch steel distribution lines will be replaced with 30-inch transmission lines between Queen and 24th Avenues and on 18th Avenue from Hill to Main Street, improving water service in Southeast Albany.  As future improvements are completed, the new line will help move large quantities of water from the Albany-Millersburg Water Treatment Plant to all of south Albany. 


In addition to new transmission lines, approximately 750 feet of deteriorated 2-inch and 6-inch steel water lines on 18th and 19th Avenues west of Hill Street will be replaced with new 8-inch lines.  Work should begin on June 17 and be completed by August 23.  Cost of the project is $1,124,225, and the contractor is Pacific Excavation, Inc. of Eugene.


Engineering Technician Lindsey Austin is managing both projects.  For more information, contact her at or call 541-917-7651. 


Fire Station 11 gets protective paint


The outside of Albany's downtown fire station was painted in early May in an attempt to seal the structure against water leaks that have plagued the 63-year-old building.


The fire station was reroofed in the summer of 2011 because the old roof could no longer be patched and repaired.  City staff found mold inside leaking south and west interior walls, primarily in the firefighters' living quarters in the spring of 2012, which required follow-up air quality testing, mold removal, and structural repairs.


A thorough inspection of the building found that the mold was caused by water coming through cracks in exterior walls, and the building's evaluators recommended painting the exterior to seal it from rain.  Weather conditions kept paint from adhering to the building when the fix was first tried in October 2012.


Exterior paint and the new roof are surface improvements to address water leaks and mold.  They do not remedy seismic and other critical deficiencies that have been identified in the structure.  The City Council and staff are discussing options for the station's continued use as a fire and medical emergency response facility.


Fitzpatrick Painting applied the paint for $10,600.


Summer Book Sale June 14-15


The Friends of the Library will host a summer book sale in the public meeting room at the Main Library, 2450 14th Avenue SE, June 14-15, 2013.


Sale hours are 2:00-7:00 p.m. Friday and 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Saturday.


General fiction, mysteries, children's books, and miscellaneous paperbacks will be sold for prices ranging from 50 cents to $2.00. Proceeds are used to support Library programs and projects.


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, gun and Internet safety, 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.


Water life vests available to loan this summer


Albany Fire Department loans life safety vests for summer water recreation use at no charge.  Vests are available Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day, September 2, 2013.


The vests hang on a display board outside Albany Fire Station 11 at the corner of Sixth Avenue and Lyon Street, within walking distance of COOL! Swanson Park Action Center pool and several parks on the Willamette River.


Vests are available in adult and youth sizes and are checked out on an honor system with the expectation they will be promptly returned so others may use them.  Fire staff sets the vests out each morning, takes them in at night, and inspects them regularly.


The program is made possible through the Albany Firefighters Community Assistance Fund and generous financial support from Takena Kiwanis.


Fire Department recognizes members with Lifesaving and Unit Citation awards


Mayor Sharon Konopa and Fire Chief John Bradner presented members of the Albany Fire Department with lifesaving awards and unit citations in April for their actions at Hill Street apartment fire in January 2013.


Lieutenant Jamie Smith and Firefighter Curt Wilson received lifesaving awards.  They and the following other members of their unit also received unit citations for their contributions at the same fire:


Battalion Chief Ryan Bond; Lieutenants Phil McPherson, Dean Dirks, and Kyle Romey; Apparatus Operators Steve Crofcheck, Ron Wackford, and Steve Surmeier; and Firefighters Ed Coleman, Jon Mang, Ben Cooper, Tommy Byrd, Mark Bernt, Jason Katzenstein, Joe Brier, Matthew DeFrancisco, Tim Hart, and Tim Schrader


Albany Police officers were the first to arrive at the fire and rescued one of the two trapped men by kicking in the front door and dragging the man outside to safety.  When firefighters arrived, Smith and Wilson entered the apartment with a fire hose to search for the other known victim and put out the fire. Smith located the unconscious victim lying on the floor inside the apartment, directly under the area they had just fought the fire.  Wilson dragged the victim to the front door, where other firefighters took him, provided treatment, and transported both men to the hospital.


The victims were father and son Mike and Kenneth Smith.  Both made full, remarkable recoveries and were present for the award presentations at the April 24 Albany City Council meeting.


Police Lt. Travis Giboney, Sgt. Stephanie Warren, and Officer Ben Arthur were honored for their actions by the Mayor and Police Chief Ed Boyd at the same meeting.


A lifesaving award is presented to a member of the Fire Department whose actions specifically save the life of another human while acting on duty or off duty.  A unit citation recognizes a company, team, or division that overcomes adverse conditions as a team to uphold the Albany Fire Department's mission to prevent and protect from harm.


Time to check lawn irrigation systems


It's been a long winter for your yard.  While plants go dormant to cope with colder weather, sprinkler systems can feel the effects of winter, too.  Cracks in the pipes can lead to costly leaks, and broken sprinkler heads can waste water and money.  Now is the perfect time to spruce up irrigation systems to save water and money this summer.


Before ramping up watering this spring, take your irrigation system through four simple steps:  inspect, connect, direct, and select:

  • Inspect.  Look for clogged, broken, or missing sprinkler heads.  If you're not the do-it-yourself type, find an irrigation professional certified through a WaterSense labeled program.
  • Connect. Examine points where sprinkler heads connect to pipes and hoses.  If water pools in the landscape or creates large wet areas, the system could be leaking.  A leak about as small as the tip of a ballpoint pen (or 1/32nd of an inch) can waste about 6,300 gallons of water per month.
  • Direct.  Aim sprinklers to apply water only to the landscape, not the driveway, sidewalk, or house.
  • Select.  Update the system's watering schedule each season or select a WaterSense labeled controller to take out the guesswork.

For more tips and resources, visit the City of Albany's website for Conserving Water Around Your Home;  for lawn care; or the EPA's WaterSense program.


To schedule a free outdoor irrigation audit, contact Kim Kagelaris at 541-220-0312 or


Pick up a free outdoor water conservation kit at City Hall, upstairs at the Public Works counter (limited quantities are available June - August).

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