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MEDIA ADVISORY: Albany Transportation Facilities Tour and Public Hearing - 07/15/24

Date and Time: July 16, 2024

Location: Tripp Theater, Takena Hall, Linn-Benton Community College, 6500 Pacific Blvd. SW, Albany, OR 97321

Purpose: The Joint Committee on Transportation's 12-stop Transportation Safety and Sustainability Outreach Tour aims to hear from Oregonians about how the Legislature can ensure Oregon has a safe, functional, and efficient multimodal transportation system now and for years to come. This event will feature transportation topics affecting Linn and Benton Counties. Benton County Commissioner Pat Malone will be attending alongside other local leaders.

Agenda:

  • Field Trip: 
    • 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM: ODOT-Hosted Tour of Albany-Area Transportation Facilities
    • 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM: Roundtable Discussion with Cascades West Area Commission on Transportation, Jurisdictional Leaders, Business Representatives, and Topic Area Experts

Note: Persons wishing to attend either the roundtable or tour should contact Patrick Brennan at 503-986-1674 or patrick.h.brennan@oregonlegislature.gov  in advance.

  • Public Hearing:
    • 5:00 PM – 5:10 PM: ODOT Transportation Funding Review
    • 5:10 PM – 7:00 PM: Public Comment

Contact for Additional Information: Patrick Brennan at 503-986-1674 or patrick.h.brennan@oregonlegislature.gov

Learn more: State Transportation Package Legislative Listening Tour | Association of Oregon Counties

The Benton County Children and Family Mental Health team pauses for a photo.
The Benton County Children and Family Mental Health team pauses for a photo.
Episode 10 of the Benton County Public Podcast Now Available Highlighting Mental Health Services (Photo) - 07/15/24

Benton County continues to lead in providing essential mental health services for residents of all ages. Episode 10 of the Benton County Public Podcast features an insightful interview with Barbara Christianson, BSN, RN, PHN, PMH-C, Public Health Nurse Program Manager at the Benton County Health Department. Christianson, who oversees Perinatal, Maternal, Child, & Family Health as well as WIC, Reproductive Health, & Immunization Programs, discusses her role within the County and emphasizes the critical importance of mental health services.

Benton County recently expanded the Benton County Children and Family Mental Health facility, enhancing its ability to serve the community. The new location, 4185 SW Research Way in Corvallis, hosted an open house on May 31. The event included tours of the facility, staff meet-and-greets, a resource fair, and family-friendly activities and prizes.

"The timing is perfect since we just settled into our new space and it’s also Mental Health Awareness Month," said Kristi Reher, Program Manager. "This new, bigger building allows our Children and Family program to enhance our current services by being in a more therapeutic and family-friendly space. It also offers opportunities for expansion, which will allow us to better meet the range of needs for our Benton County youth and families."

Don't miss Episode 10 of the Benton County Public Podcast to learn more about the vital mental health services provided by Benton County and the exciting developments at the Benton County Children and Family Mental Health facility.

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Benton County is an Equal Opportunity-Affirmative Action employer and does not discriminate on the basis of disability in admission or access to our programs, services, activities, hiring and employment practices. This document is available in alternative formats and languages upon request. Please contact Cory Grogan at 541-745-4468 or pioinfo@bentoncountyor.gov.https://rss.com/podcasts/bentonpublicpodcast

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Learn more about Solid Waste Management and Sustainable Materials in and around Benton County (Photo) - 07/09/24

Two related efforts regarding solid waste management and sustainable materials are underway in Benton County and the region. One is an expected Conditional Use Permit (CUP) application from Republic Services to expand Coffin Butte. Related to the anticipated request is general solid waste management at the Coffin Butte landfill. 

Benton County has developed a frequently asked questions document to address common questions about solid waste management in the region. Residents can learn more about solid waste management and the CUP process by visiting the following resources:

The second major initiative is Benton County’s broader effort to develop a regional Sustainable Materials Management Plan (SMMP). The aim of the SMMP is to identify opportunities and minimize negative impacts across the lifecycle of materials. The SMMP development process will involve problem identification, information gathering, solution making, and securing consensus from neighboring communities and the State. Benton County is collaborating with consultants and partners to create a regional, action-oriented plan that promotes long-term sustainability.

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MEDIA ADVISORY - EXCESSIVE HEAT WARNING / AVISO PARa LOS MEDIOS: ADVERTENCIA DE CALOR EXCESIVO (Photo) - 07/08/24

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Excessive Heat Warning continues through July 9    

The National Weather Service has extended the Excessive Heat Warning through Tuesday, July 9, at 10 p.m. Extreme heat increases the risk of heat-related illnesses, especially for those outdoors. 

- Stay hydrated and in air-conditioned spaces. 

- Limit sun exposure. 

- Check on neighbors and loved ones. 

- Never leave children or pets in vehicles. 

For Benton County Cooling Centers info, visit: Cooling Centers 

Stay safe and keep informed through local news and the National Weather Service. 

  

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El Servicio Meteorológico Nacional emitió una Advertencia de calor excesivo hasta el martes 9 de julio hasta las 10:00pm. El calor extremo sube el riesgo de enfermedades relacionadas con el calor, especialmente para los que andan al aire libre. 

- Manténgase hidratado y en lugares con aire acondicionado. 

- Limite la exposición al sol. 

- Esté al pendiente de sus vecinos y seres queridos. 

- Nunca deje a niños o mascotas en los vehículos.   

Para información sobre Centros de enfriamiento en el Condado de Benton: https://health.bentoncountyor.gov/warming-cooling/   

¡Manténgase seguro e informado sobre las noticias locales: Servicio Meteorológico Nacional. 

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El Condado de Benton es un empleador que ofrece igualdad de oportunidades y acción afirmativa y no discrimina por motivos de discapacidad en la admisión o el acceso a nuestros programas, servicios, actividades, contratación y prácticas de empleo. Este documento está disponible en formatos e idiomas alternativos a pedido. Comuníquese con Cory Grogan al 541-745-4468 o pioinfo@bentoncountyor.gov

 

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Lacey Mollel, Executive Director of the Community Health Centers of Benton and Linn Counties (CHC)
Lacey Mollel, Executive Director of the Community Health Centers of Benton and Linn Counties (CHC)
Benton County Announces Lacey Mollel as Executive Director of Community Health Centers (Photo) - 07/02/24

Benton County has appointed Lacey Mollel as the new Executive Director of the Community Health Centers of Benton and Linn Counties (CHC) beginning July 1, 2024. Mollel was approved as the next Executive Director by the CHC Board of Directors on June 17, 2024. 

Working alongside the CHC Board of Directors, “we are pleased to announce that Lacey Mollel has accepted the role of Executive Director of the CHC," said Benton County Administrator Rachel McEneny. 

Mollel joined Benton County in May 2022 as the Deputy Director of Operations for the CHC. In August 2023, she stepped up as the Interim Executive Director. The CHC is part of the largest primary care network in the nation, focusing on providing meaningful, accessible, and culturally appropriate health care. Community Health Centers, also known as Federally Qualified Health Centers, play a crucial role in offering primary care, dental, and behavioral health services in communities. In Benton County the health centers partner with local public health and government services, as a public-entity CHC. 

During her tenure as Interim Executive Director, "Lacey has been instrumental in overseeing complex systems work and investing in future focused initiatives towards sustainability," said McEneny. 

Mollel brings nearly two decades of experience in various healthcare delivery systems, including direct patient care in large hospital systems and administrative roles in rural health clinics and a critical access hospital in Southwest Kansas. Born and raised in Tanzania, her life with her Maasai husband enriches her perspectives on global health challenges and solutions.  

"We are incredibly fortunate to have Lacey’s leadership and perspectives at Benton County. I am confident that her vision and experience will continue to drive the CHC forward," McEneny said. 

About Benton County Community Health Centers 

The Community Health Centers of Benton and Linn Counties provide comprehensive healthcare services to the community, including primary care, dental, and behavioral health services. As part of the largest primary care network in the nation, they are dedicated to offering meaningful, accessible, and culturally appropriate healthcare. 

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Benton County is an Equal Opportunity-Affirmative Action employer and does not discriminate on the basis of disability in admission or access to our programs, services, activities, hiring and employment practices. This document is available in alternative formats and languages upon request. Please contact Cory Grogan at 541-745-4468 or pioinfo@bentoncountyor.gov.

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Benton County Conducts Pre-Application Meeting with Republic Services for Coffin Butte Landfill Conditional Use Permit (Photo) - 06/27/24

Today, June 27, 2024, Benton County conducted a Pre-Application Meeting with Republic Services in anticipation of a Conditional Use Permit (CUP) application for the Coffin Butte Landfill. This preliminary meeting allows applicants to receive feedback from various County and state partners on complex projects before submitting a final application.

A Conditional Use Permit is a zoning exception that allows property to be used in a way not typically permitted within the designated zone. This permit ensures that proposed developments align with the community’s zoning regulations and land use plan.

The Pre-Application Meeting is a mandatory step for applicants like Republic Services to gather detailed feedback and guidance from County staff and state partners. This process helps prepare a more complete application. It is important to note that these meetings are not public or official application submissions but serve to refine project proposals before formal submission.

If Republic Services, Inc. (operating as Valley Landfills, Inc.) proceeds with its application for landfill expansion, it will undergo a comprehensive review process. This includes evaluating environmental impact, traffic implications, and community feedback.

The Benton County Planning Commission makes decisions on conditional use applications, which can then be appealed to the Board of Commissioners. This process ensures transparency and public participation.

Public comments on the CUP are recorded in the public record, but the County does not take a position during this process led by the planning commission. The public hearing process facilitates transparency and dialogue in a public forum. 

Republic Services, Inc. owns and operates Coffin Butte Landfill, which is expected to reach its permitted capacity between 2037 and 2039. The landfill is one of seven regional landfills in Oregon and two near the Oregon state line in Washington.

Republic Services will host informational events to answer questions and collect public feedback during this pre-application phase. More information can be found at Coffin Butte Landfill 2024 CUP. For the schedule and to register for the virtual meeting use the following link: https://coffinbuttelandfill.com/2024-cup/

Contact Information

For more information, please contact:

  • Email: media@republicservices.com
  • Phone: (480) 757-9770

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Benton County is an Equal Opportunity-Affirmative Action employer and does not discriminate on the basis of disability in admission or access to our programs, services, activities, hiring and employment practices. This document is available in alternative formats and languages upon request. Please contact Cory Grogan at 541-745-4468 or pioinfo@bentoncountyor.gov.