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Street Closures for May 1, 2019, March and Rally (Photo) - 04/25/19

On Wednesday, May 1, 2019, several streets in downtown Salem and around the State Capitol area will be closed or partially closed for a May Day rally and march.

At 10 a.m., the following street segments will close:

  • Court Street NE between 12th Street NE and Cottage Street NE
  • Waverly Street NE between Court Street NE and State Street
  • Winter Street NE between Court Street NE and Chemeketa Street NE
  • Capitol Street NE between Court Street NE and Chemeketa Street NE

At 12:45 p.m., the following additional street segments will close:

  • Cottage Street NE between Court Street NE and State Street
  • State Street between Church Street and 12th Street
  • Winter Street SE between State Street and Ferry Street SE
  • Capitol Street NE between Chemeketa Street NE and Center Street NE
  • Winter Street NE between Chemeketa Street NE and Center Street NE
  • Chemeketa Street NE between Capitol Street NE and Cottage Street NE

The march begins at 1:15 p.m. and will move as follows:

  1. Begin on the steps of the Oregon State Capitol Building
  2. Move west on Court Street NE
  3. Turn left (south) on Cottage Street NE
  4. Turn left (east) on State Street
  5. Turn left (north) on Waverly Street NE
  6. Turn left (west) on Court Street NE
  7. Turn right (north) on Capitol Street NE
  8. Turn left (west) on Center Street NE
  9. Turn left (south) on Winter Street NE
  10. Turn right (west) on Chemeketa Street NE
  11. Turn left (south) on Cottage Street NE
  12. Turn left (east) on Court Street NE
  13. Proceed back to the front steps of the Oregon State Capitol Building.

Drivers should avoid these areas or anticipate delays due to congestion.  All streets are expected to reopen by 3 p.m.

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Venture Catalyst Sought to Work with Salem Area Start-Ups and Entrepreneurs - 04/22/19

Salem, Ore. – Together with Marion, Polk, and Yamhill county partners, Salem is seeking a leader to help build an entrepreneurial ecosystem in the Mid-Valley, foster a regional network of resources, and work to connect entrepreneurs to needed expertise and resources.

The new Venture Catalyst will work with area entrepreneurs and startup companies in industries that produce, or provide a service, that will be sold in national and international markets. Initially these sectors include technology, advanced manufacturing, agriculture technology, software services, and scalable consumer products, including food and beverage.

“This position builds on Salem’s momentum in establishing a growing cluster of start-ups and will take entrepreneurs in our community to the next level by providing mentoring and event programming, and strengthening investment opportunities. We look forward to having this added expertise available to the Salem region,” City of Salem Economic Development Manager Annie Gorski said.

Salem has an emerging start-up and small business community, including creative design, technology, and food/beverage sectors. The expanding co-working options, meet-ups and networking opportunities, and access to technical resources like the Small Business Development Center’s free business advising provide needed support for those that choose to grow their business in Salem. 

The Venture Catalyst position is a multi-year contract that reports to the Oregon Entrepreneurs Network (OEN) and will serve the Mid-Valley, utilizing work spaces in partner organizations in Salem and McMinnville. To learn more about the position, go to https://oeda.biz/jobs/. To apply for the position, please email your resume and cover letter to midvalleyVC@oen.org by Apr. 26, 2019.

For more information regarding Salem’s economic development programs and business resources, go to https://www.cityofsalem.net/business-resources.

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Salem Prepares for 2019 Algal Season - 04/19/19

Salem, Ore. — The City of Salem is taking steps to safeguard its drinking water in preparation of algal blooms in the North Santiam watershed.  Algal blooms can produce cyanotoxins that pose health risks at certain levels.  New drinking water rules were developed by the Oregon Health Authority in 2018 to address cyanotoxins.

The City has been preparing in case another season of high algae levels in the watershed produce harmful cyanotoxins. “Our work focuses on three areas—improving drinking water treatment today, working on capital projects that will keep our drinking water safe in the future, and making sure we have equipment, partnerships, and volunteer resources in place to distribute water more quickly community-wide,” said Salem’s City Manager, Steve Powers.

Staff are closely monitoring and sampling water in Detroit Reservoir and the North Santiam River and are ready to respond with additional treatment if cyanotoxins are detected.  Because the City has acquired lab equipment that tests for cyanotoxins and gives timely results, Salem now has the information needed to make faster decisions about drinking water treatment.

Last year, cyanotoxins in the watershed reached levels which required the City to issue a drinking water advisory for vulnerable populations. In response, Salem introduced powdered activated carbon to the drinking water treatment process.  Powdered activated carbon attaches to and removes cyanotoxins from the water. 

The City’s long-term solution for removing cyanotoxins is to add ozone as a treatment step. Ozone is one of the strongest disinfectants used to treat drinking water. It produces no taste or odor and no ozone remains in the water after treatment. Design of the new ozone treatment system is underway and will be in place in 2021. Salem is also exploring supplemental water sources including wells at the Geren Island Water Treatment Facility that are expected to be ready by 2022.

Salem’s water is safe to drink now. If cyanotoxin test results indicate the need for a health advisory, the community and Salem’s water customers, will be notified through the City’s emergency notification system, news media, and social media channels. Water quality test results will also posted on the City’s website at www.cityofsalem/drinking-water. The City will be coordinating with the Oregon Health Authority, Marion County Environmental Services, and Oregon Department of Agriculture to provide residents and businesses the best available information on potential public health issues and steps the community can take to keep their family and pets safe. The same process will be used to let people know when the water is safe again to drink following an advisory.

Salem residents and businesses are being asked to help prepare for this and other possible emergencies by signing up for Salem’s Community Alert System. The Community Alert System provides immediate information in English and Spanish. Community members can sign up for this service at www.cityofsalem.net/salem-alert.

Two more resources are the City’s preparedness website that has links to important local emergency information, and Oregon’s 2 Weeks Ready website that has tips on how to prepare.

Community members who have questions can contact the City of Salem at vice@cityofsalem.net">service@cityofsalem.net  or 503-588-6311.

How will Housing and Urban Development Funds Assist Low Income, Homeless, and Persons with Special Needs in Our Community? - 04/11/19

Annual Action Plan Available for Review and Comment Beginning Apr. 19

Salem, Ore. - The City of Salem annually receives HOME Investment Partnerships and Community Development Block Grant program funds from the Department of Housing and Urban Development. The Annual Action Plan is a component of the five-year Consolidated Plan that specifically describes how the City of Salem and the Salem/Keizer Consor­tium will spend the federal resources over a one-year period for activities serving low- and moderate-income persons, the homeless, and persons with special needs.

The draft Plan will be available for public review and comment from Fri., Apr. 19 through Mon., May 20, 2019. All comments must be received no later than 5 p.m. May 20, 2019. The draft Plan will be available for review during regular business hours at:

  • City of Salem Public Library, 585 Liberty St. SE, Salem, Ore.
  • City of Salem Urban Development Department, 350 Commercial St. NE, Salem, Ore.
  • City of Keizer, Department of Community Development, 930 Chemawa Rd NE, Keizer, Ore.

Copies of the draft Plan can be provided at a reasonable cost.

Beginning Apr. 19, the electronic version of the documents will also be located on the City's website: https://www.cityofsalem.net/federalprograms.

The Salem City Council will hold a public hearing at 6 p.m., Mon., May 28, 2019, in the Salem City Council Chambers, to receive testimony on the Annual Action Plan. The Salem City Council Rules, which include the procedures for conduct of hearings before the City Council, are available at the City of Salem Recorder, Civic Center, 555 Liberty Street SE, Room 205, Salem, Ore. 97301, 503-588-6097 and online at: https://www.cityofsalem.net/Pages/council-rules.aspx.

Comments may be submitted to the Salem City Recorder at 550 Liberty Street, SE, Room 205, Salem, Ore., or by email to ecorder@cityofsalem.net">cityrecorder@cityofsalem.net. All comments must be received no later than 5 p.m. May 20, 2019.

To request accommodation services (equipment, interpreter, etc.), please make arrangements at least 48 hours in advance: Voice: 503-588-6178, TTY: 503-588-6370.

It is the City of Salem’s policy to ensure that no person shall be discriminated against on the grounds of race, religion, color, sex, marital status, familial status, national origin, age, mental or physical disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, and source of income, as provided by Salem Revised Code Chapter 97. The City of Salem also fully complies with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and related statutes and regulations, in all programs and activities.

Si necesita ayuda para comprender esta información, por favor llame 503-588-6178. Acomodaciones para la interpretación del lenguaje y modificaciones relacionadas con inhabilidades están disponibles bajo petición en last reunions o eventos de la ciudad.  Para solicitor una acomodación o interpretación, favor de ponerse en contacto con la persona mencionada en la reunión o evento especifico al menos dos dias hábiles de anticipación.

For further information on the City’s Federal Programs you may contact Shelly Ehenger, City of Salem Federal Programs Manager ,at 503-588-6178 or sehenger@cityofsalem.com. Si necesita ayuda para comprender esta información, por favor llame 503-588-6178.

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Willamette River Crests Below Flood Stage, River Levels Expected to Fall Over Next Several Days - 04/11/19

Salem, Ore. — According the Northwest River Forecasting Center, the Willamette River crested below flood stage at 11 a.m. Thurs., Apr. 11, at 26.87 feet. Flood stage is 28-feet. The river level is expected to gradually recede, but remain higher than average over the next several days. Salem’s other streams and creeks will also remain high over the next several days, but flooding is not anticipated.

Please continue to use caution while driving in areas near high water, and avoid areas marked as temporarily closed due to the high water. Water levels can change rapidly and can be deeper than they appear. Report high water concerns to the 24-hour Public Works Dispatch Center at 503-588-6311.

Sandbag Locations and Stream Monitoring

Go to http://bit.ly/cosflooding to find the nearest sandbag station and see and current stream conditions in Salem. All sandbag locations remain open and stocked.

Road Closures

Go to http://bit.ly/cos-traffic-road to see current road conditions.

The following roads are closed: 

  • Minto-Brown Island Road S, west of River Road S
  • Brown Island Road S, west of River Road S
  • Homestead Road S, west of River Road S
  • Faragate Road S, between Brown Island and Homestead Roads S.
  • River Road S, between Orville Road S and Riverside Dr. S.
  • Musgrave Avenue NW is flooded at Wallace Marine Park
  • Glen Creek Road NW is flooded at the entrance to Wallace Marine Park

Update on Parks and Pedestrian Bridges

Wallace Marine Park remains closed. Salem Police and Salem Fire evacuated the few remaining homeless living at the north end of the park on Wednesday. 

City staff built a sandbag wall around the softball complex which helped to avoid significant damage

Pedestrians can still safely use the Union Street Railroad Pedestrian Bridge, but the ramp down to Wallace Marine Park is closed. The Peter Courtney Minto Island Bridge is closed at the Minto-Brown Park end as the park remains closed. Visitors are asked to not walk around safety barricades.

West Salem Park remains closed due to pooling water.

Salem Prepares For High Willamette River Water Levels - 04/08/19

The Willamette River’s water level in Salem is expected to rise due to continued rainfall and snowmelt. Current forecasts show the Willamette River cresting in Salem at just below flood stage by Wednesday, April 10. As a precautionary measure, on Monday April 8, the boat dock at Wallace Marine Park will be removed and the following parks will close:

With continued rainfall, it is anticipated that Homestead Road South and Brown Island Road will also close. Street closure signs will be in place. Additional information on Salem road conditions and closures due to high water can be found on the City’s website on the bit.ly/cos-road-conditions

Sandbag Locations

Information on sandbag stations and current stream conditions in Salem can also be found at https://www.cityofsalem.net/flooding. The following sandbag stations in Salem are open:

  • City of Salem Public Works – 1410 20th St. SE
  • West Salem Park & Ride - Wallace Road
  • Lowe’s - 1930 Turner Road SE
  • Courthouse Fitness – Commercial St. SE

Please use extra caution while driving in areas near high water, and avoid areas marked as temporarily closed due to the high water. Water levels can change rapidly and can be deeper than they appear. Report high water concerns to the 24-hour Public Works Dispatch Center at 503-588-6311. 

Sign up to receive emergency notifications from City of Salem Community Alert System: https://www.cityofsalem.net/Pages/get-community-alerts.aspx