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Portland Road NE Streetscape Improvements Underway Between Rose Garden Street NE to Hyacinth Street NE - 01/12/18

Utility relocation work has begun on Portland Road NE and is expected to continue through May 2018. This work was initiated in December and includes the movement of franchise utilities, as necessary to complete upcoming improvements to Portland Road. Utility work will be performed by the City of Salem as well as other local utility providers. Pedestrians and motorists should use caution and expect traffic congestion due to traffic-shifting and lane closures on Portland Road NE.

The utility relocation work is in preparation for the Portland Road NE Streetscape Improvement Project scheduled to begin in May. This project includes construction of new sidewalks that will provide a continuous Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliant pedestrian connection between Bill Frey Drive & Northgate Avenue and Hyacinth Street NE. The project also includes the addition of mid-block pedestrian crossings, transit stop upgrades, and utility improvements. Portland Road NE Streetscape Improvements are funded by the North Gateway Urban Renewal Area.

Residents Encouraged to Apply for Open Salem Planning Commission Position - 01/05/18

City of Salem residents interested in the future growth and development of the city are encourage to apply for a newly vacated seat on the Salem Planning Commission. The appointee would serve the remaining term of this position, which expires December 31, 2020.

The Planning Commission advises City Council on issues ranging from traffic congestion relief and sidewalks, to housing and zoning regulations, and more. Applications must be received by 5 p.m., January 25, 2018. Interested residents should visit the City website at the link below for more information.

The Salem Planning Commission consists of nine unpaid, volunteer members appointed by the City Council. Commission members serve four-year terms and are limited to two consecutive terms of office. Commission meetings are held at 5:30 p.m. on the first and third Tuesday of each month.

River Road South to Reopen at 3:30 p.m. Today - 01/03/18

River Road S between Owens Street SE and Minto Island Road SE will reopen at 3:30 today, in time for the evening commute. City crews are doing final clean-up right now. It took 25 dump truck loads to clear the debris from the rock slide that closed the road on January 1.

Update - Salem Warming Center - 12/24/17

The Salem Warming Center will be open on the 25th of December during normal hours.
On December 26th, the Center will be closed awaiting the next the appropriate weather event.

City of Salem Opens Drinking Water Intake Wednesday Morning - 12/20/17

The City of Salem opened its drinking water intake at the Geren Island Water Treatment Facility on the North Santiam River on Wednesday morning. The latest water quality sampling results confirm no detection of gasoline in the North Santiam River below Detroit Dam. The City of Salem will continue to coordinate with the Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Environmental Quality, and the Oregon Health Authority to monitor water quality and provide updates.

Emergency Warming Center Activated Wednesday, December 20, through Tuesday, December 26 -- Volunteers Needed - 12/19/17

The Community Action Agency (CAA) is opening an emergency warming center for guests at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, December 20. It will be located at the First Presbyterian Church, 770 Chemeketa St. NE. The emergency warming center will be active through December 26 and will be extended as needed.

-- Volunteers Needed --
The center requires 32 volunteers every night -- divided into three shifts:
* 7:30 p.m. -- 11:30 p.m.
* 11:15 p.m. -- 3:30 a.m.
* 3:15 a.m. -- 7:30 a.m.

-- Volunteers who are not already trained by the CAA must meet the following requirements:
* Be 18 years old or older
* Read the volunteer manual and sign the Volunteer Expectation, Confidentiality & Waiver Agreement and provide that to the shift lead on their first shift.
* All volunteers must sign up online -- no walk-ins:
* Volunteers that have not been trained will be teamed up with a trained volunteer on their shifts

-- Warming Center Donations --
Those looking to donate items from the needs list below may bring them to Community Action Agency, 2475 Center St. N.E. Salem, OR 97301 Monday--Friday, 8 a.m. -- 5 p.m.
All items are tax deductible and a donation receipt will be provided. Monetary donations are also accepted, or you can give online at If you have any questions please email Amy Schroeder at or call 503-585-6232, ext 1102.

Below is a list of items needed, in the order of most needed. The CAA will only be accepting items from the list below:

1. Decaffeinated coffee
2. Large size heavy duty garbage bags (black)
3. Disinfecting cleaning wipes
4. Masking tape (1 ?1/2 - 2 inches)
5. Paper coffee cups - 10 oz. (no lids)
6. Cans of powdered creamer (16 oz or smaller)
7. Sugar packets
8. Bouillon cubes
9. Sugar-free hot cocoa packets
10. Paper napkins
11. Hand sanitizer
12. Antibacterial hand wipes (20-packs and individual)

Various adult size clothing: Gently worn is acceptable
1. Gloves
2. Knit hats
3. Thick cotton athletic socks
4. Scarves
5. Warm coats

Please contact the Community Action Agency at 503-585-6232 for additional information.