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Splash Fountains Closed for the Season - 10/12/17

All park splash fountains are closed for the season. These include Wes Bennett Park, Northgate Park, West Salem Park, Fairmount Park, River Road Park, Englewood Park, and Riverfront Park splash fountains.

For additional information, please contact the Parks Operations office by phone at 503-588-6336, or by email at

The City of Salem Annual Report on Stormwater Activities Open for Public Comment - 10/11/17

The City of Salem invites residents to review and comment on the City's Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) Annual Report. This annual report provides an update on the status of stormwater-related activities completed during Fiscal Year 2016-17. The report is a requirement of the City's National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) MS4 Permit. The NPDES MS4 Permit requires the City to implement an approved Stormwater Management Plan and report annually on the status of that Plan. It also requires that the City report on progress made toward specific permit requirements.

The MS4 Permit, Stormwater Management Plan and draft Annual Report can be found on the City's website at:

The annual report is open for a 14-day public comment period, beginning on October 11, 2017, at 5 p.m., and closing on October 25, 2017, at 5 p.m. Comments may be emailed to Keith Bondaug-Winn at, faxed to 503 588-6480, or mailed to Stormwater Services MS4 Comments, 1410 20th Street SE, Building No. 2, Salem OR 97302.

Life Jacket Loaner Station
Life Jacket Loaner Station
New Wallace Marine Park Life Jackets Loaner Stations Installed (Photo) - 10/05/17

Through a community risk reduction collaborative effort, the City of Salem, Oregon Corrections Enterprises of the Department of Corrections, American Steel, and Kilgore Blackman Building Materials teamed up to build and provide life jackets loaner stations at the Wallace Marine Park. The loaner stations provide the opportunity for our community and visitors alike to borrow and use a life jacket while visiting the river park during the summer season. The stations will be maintained and serviced by the City of Salem. The stations can be found in two locations located at the boat launch ramp and the swimming areas of the park.

Attached Media Files: Life Jacket Loaner Station
Salem Selects Firm to Lead Downtown Streetscape Design Plan - 09/29/17

Salem, Ore. -- Salem's Urban Development Department is excited to announce that Walker Macy has been selected to lead community visioning and design efforts to develop a Design Plan for downtown Salem streetscape improvements. Five proposals were received in response to a Request for Proposal (RFP) solicitation. Walker Macy's selection resulted from the evaluation of these proposals.

Streetscape improvements were identified as one of the top urban renewal funding priorities within the Riverfront-Downtown Urban Renewal Area during a series of 12 focus group meetings in 2016. A community work group worked with the Urban Development, Public Works, and Community Development Departments to develop a scope of work for consulting efforts.

The scope of work for this project includes a communication strategy that will include multiple opportunities to gather input from the community to inform development of the Design Plan. This public input process will begin later in 2017 and continue into 2018.

Walker Macy has experience in streetscape projects that have been shown to enhance downtowns. Their project team consists of experienced professionals in the fields of landscape architecture/planning, civil engineering, transportation, public involvement, and economics.

For more information on the Downtown Streetscape Plan, contact Sheri Wahrgren, Downtown Revitalization Manager, at 503-540-2495 or

For more information about downtown Salem, please go to Si necesita ayuda para comprender esta informaciĆ³n, por favor llame 503-588-6178.

The City of Salem's Urban Development Department is committed to enhancing community prosperity through an array of programs in its four major service areas: Real Property Services, Housing and Social Services, Economic Development and Downtown Revitalization. The Urban Development Department: manages the City's urban renewal areas (URA) and redevelopment projects within the URAs; administers federally funded block grant and housing programs; provides loans and grants to eligible businesses, homeowners, and renters; and manages leases, acquires, and sells properties for the City.

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City Council to Consider Garbage Rate Increases on October 9 - 09/29/17

At the October 9, 2017 City Council meeting, Council will hold a public hearing on proposed increases to garbage service rates paid by Salem home and business owners. Garbage service companies in Salem are granted exclusive rights to operate in a specific geographic location. The rates they charge are regulated by the City with the goal to keep rates low, but allow haulers to earn enough to maintain business operations.

The City has historically determined garbage rates on an annual basis by examining market conditions and the garbage service companies' financial statements. This year's review included an analysis for both 2018 and 2019 and led to the overall recommend increases below. These are representative of all services in the category but may not apply to each size of cart or container. Rates between Marion and Polk counties vary because they differ in how they dispose of waste.

*2018 Proposed General Increases*
Roll Cart Services (mostly residential): Marion Co. 3.1% | Polk Co. 0.0 %
Container Services (commercial): Marion Co. 0.0% | Polk Co. 3.7%
Drop Boxes: Marion Co. 4.3% | Polk Co. 4.5%

*2019 Proposed General Increases*
Roll Cart Services (mostly residential): Marion Co. 2.2% | Polk Co. 1.2 %
Container Services (commercial): Marion Co. 0.0% | Polk Co. 3.3%
Drop Boxes: Marion Co. 1.3% | Polk Co. 1.8%

Most Salem residents receive weekly, 35-gallon garbage cart services. Cost for this service are proposed to increase 80 cents per month in 2018 for Marion County residents and 25 cents per month for Polk County residents. In 2019, the proposed increase for the 35-gallon cart service is 60 cents per month in Marion County and 25 cents per month in Polk County.

The Salem City Council meets every 2nd and 4th Monday of the month at 6 p.m. in Council Chambers at City Hall, 555 Liberty St SE, Rm 240. If you can't make it to the meeting but would like to provide written testimony, please email by 12 p.m. October 9. If you have questions regarding the proposed increases, please email, or call the Mid-Valley Garbage and Recycling Association at 503-390-4000.

Iconic Salem Bridge Receives Project of the Year Award - 09/28/17

Salem, Ore. -- The American Public Works Association (APWA) Oregon Chapter recently selected Salem's Peter Courtney Minto Island Bridge for the 2017 Project of the Year in the Structures Category for $5 - $25 million projects. The award will be presented to the City of Salem, OBEC Consulting Engineers, and Legacy Contracting at the APWA banquet on Oct. 19 in Pendleton, Ore.

The new bicycle and pedestrian bridge opened in Aug. 2017 and links Downtown Salem to Minto Island and more than 20 miles of off-street trails, as well as 1,400 acres of parks and natural areas. The bridge was a long term community and City Council vision in Salem and was made possible with funding from the Friends of Two Bridges, Oregon Department of Transportation, Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, Business Oregon, Salem Keizer Area Transportation Study (SKATS), and Salem's Urban Renewal Agency Board.

The APWA is a worldwide membership organization that serves public works professionals, including personnel from local, county, state/province, and federal agencies, as well as private sector personnel who supply products and services to those professionals. APWA provides educational and networking opportunities that help public works personnel to grow and directly impact the communities they serve.

For more information on the Peter Courtney Minto Island Bridge, please go to Si necesita ayuda para comprender esta informaciĆ³n, por favor llame 503-588-6211.

The City of Salem's Urban Development Department is committed to enhancing community prosperity through an array of programs in its four major service areas: Real Property Services, Housing and Social Services, Economic Development and Downtown Revitalization. The Urban Development Department: manages the City's urban renewal areas (URA) and redevelopment projects within the URAs; administers federally funded block grant and housing programs; provides loans and grants to eligible businesses, homeowners, and renters; and manages leases, acquires, and sells properties for the City.

Volunteer Recognition Award Ceremony To Be Held on October 2 - 09/27/17

On Monday, October 2 the City of Salem will celebrate the contributions of more than 9,300 volunteers at the annual Volunteer Recognition Celebration held at the Salem Public Library. Please plan to attend this evening of entertainment, light refreshments, and recognition of distinguished volunteer service.

Entertainment and light refreshments starts at 5:15 p.m. The awards ceremony will commence at 6:00 p.m.

Parking will be available at the Salem Public Library Parkade. Parking meters will not be enforced this evening. Please enter through the front entrance of the library.

The City relies heavily on the skills, time, talent, and energy of residents who work with appointed officials, paid staff and elected representatives on issues of importance to the community. Please join us in honoring outstanding volunteer achievement and celebrating more than 212,645 hours of volunteer service given to the City of Salem.

City of Salem Awards Architect and Owner's Representative Services Contracts for Police Facility Project - 09/25/17

Salem, ORE. -- The City of Salem has chosen CB | Two Architects to lead the architect consultant team designing the new Police facility approved by Salem voters in May 2017. CB | Two Architects, based in Salem, will be joined by DLR Group, a nationwide firm with expertise in police facility design. The team combines CB | Two Architects' unique experience of local work in Salem, with DLR Group's experience with law enforcement projects.

The Owner's Representative Services contract was awarded to Day CPM located in Beaverton. Day CPM will provide project management and specialized building construction management expertise throughout the design and construction of the facility. Day CPM has extensive experience in Salem and with the needs of law enforcement facilities.

The City will negotiate a final scope of work and fee with each consultant firm before design work begins in October.

CB | Two Architects has completed numerous projects in Salem including: Broadway Commons, the Kroc Center, South Block Apartments, and the WaterPlace building across from the City Hall.

DLR Group has completed 80 justice facilities nationally in the past 8 years, and will be supported by staff from its Portland office.

In May 2017, Salem voters approved a $61.8 million bond to build a new facility to house the Salem Police Department. The new facility will meet current seismic standards for a police station, and allow the police department to operate more efficiently by bringing together many important police functions that are currently located off-site in separate and leased buildings. The Salem Police Department is currently housed in the bottom floor of City Hall which is not designed to meet the needs of a modern police department. Construction of the new facility could start as early as Summer 2018 and project completion is scheduled for Fall 2020.

City Creates Information Website for Salem Public Library Bond on November 2017 Ballot - 09/20/17

The City of Salem created an informational website for proposed Salem Public Library Bond Measure 24-423, which will be on the November 2017 ballot for Salem voters.

Please refer to for information about the proposed seismic retrofit, Americans with Disabilities Act, and safety improvements included in the $18.6 million bond measure.

Mission Street Closed Overnight on September 24 for Pavement Improvement Work - 09/20/17

Mission Street SE will be closed to through traffic between Commercial Street SE and Church Street SE from 8 p.m. on Sunday, September 24, 2017 through 6 a.m. on Monday, September 25, 2017 to allow for pavement improvement work at the intersections of Liberty Street SE and High Street SE. Liberty Street will be reduced to one lane of traffic at Mission Street. Detour routes will be in place during this paving operation.

Flaggers will be present at the intersection of Liberty Street SE to allow northbound Liberty Street traffic to pass through the intersection.

Travel delays through the area are expected during this work. Motorists are encouraged to use alternate routes.

Sewer Overflow to Willamette River - 09/19/17

On September 19, 2017 during repair of a valve actuator of the emergency bypass gate at North River Road Wet Weather Treatment Facility a malfunction caused 4000 gallons of untreated sewage to be discharged into the Willamette River. The spill started at 11:30 am and was stopped at 11:59 am.

Signs have been posted warning people to avoid contact with the water in Willamette River due to potentially high levels of bacteria. The signs will be removed once the bacteria levels return to normal.

DELAY in Lane Closures along River Road South and Closure of Bike/Pedestrian Path for Vegetation Control - 09/19/17

Update 9/19/2017
Due to weather, this work has been delayed until Tuesday Sept 26th and Wednesday Sept 27th.

River Road S between Owens Street SE and Minto Island Road SE will be reduced to one lane and controlled by flaggers on September 20 and September 21, 8:30 a.m. -- 4:30 p.m. This will allow for hillside vegetation control in an area that is prone to landslides. Motorists should expect delays.

Bicyclists and pedestrians will not have access to this section of River Road S or the nearby bike/walk path during this time and should consider using the Peter Courtney Minto Island Bridge as an alternate route.

Geotechnical studies found that the specific types of soils in this area are susceptible to fracturing by root growth. This root-related destabilization was identified as a contributing factor to the landslides in the area. This vegetation control is an effort to reduce the likelihood of future landslides.

Work is weather dependent and could be postponed due to wet weather conditions.