Administrator's Blog

Volunteers Have Made A Difference At Cowan Park

Alvah Cowan Park is located on the corner of Settlemier Avenue and Garfield Street and was recently adopted by the Settlemier Knott Garden Society.  The Society initiated a beautification project last summer that spruced up the flower beds and added new perennials and flowers. This spring, the diseased roses were replaced, boxwood hedges were planted and invasive ivy was removed from the Park’s trees during an Earth Day event. Upcoming projects include the installation of a new bench, additional plants and a plaque honoring the late Alvah Cowan, Woodburn’s first Park Superintendent.

City Council To Consider Ordinance That Would Ban Parking On Lawns

As a result of community complaints, the Woodburn City Council will consider a Nuisance Ordinance that will eliminate — or put strict restrictions — on parking vehicles in lawns, yards or unimproved surfaces in residential neighborhoods. There is concern that parking on lawns is detrimental to the well-being of local neighborhoods and the community in general.

New Zoning Would Allow Retail Businesses Near Outlets

The Woodburn City Council’s pending approval of a zone change application for the old Hershberger Motors site — near the Woodburn Premium Outlets — Monday night is a good sign for our improving local economy.

City of Woodburn seeks proposal for the acquisition and redevelopment of the Association Building

The Woodburn Urban Renewal Agency is seeking proposals for the acquisition and redevelopment of the Association Building. The iconic, 10,000 square foot, two-story building is owned by the City and is located in the heart of the historic downtown at 347 N. Front Street.  Redevelopment of the Association Building is seen as a catalyst to revitalize downtown and the Agency is eager to find the best use for the building. Seeing the Association Building develop has been an ongoing priority for the City Council.

Economic and Job Outlook Appears Headed in Right Direction

You may have heard that our economy is better and the job market is improving. Statistics released recently by the Oregon Employment Department suggest the same thing.

Police working with The Estates on improving safety

On May 15, representatives of the Woodburn Police Department attended the coffee hour at Senior Estates to present information related to crime prevention in the area. The WPD has been working with the management of The Estates Golf & Country Club to provide guidance on how they can work toward reducing crime and reduce the presence of non-residents who may be trespassing on their property.

City continues partnership with Boys & Girls Club

The City of Woodburn and the Boys & Girls Club have a longstanding partnership — one that I believe immensely enhances the community. At Monday’s City Council meeting, the council voted to continue this partnership.

Tips to Becoming a Great Neighbor!

By Jim Hendryx, Woodburn Economic & Services Director

Woodburn is made up of lots of individual neighborhoods, such as the Smith Addition, Tukwila, The Estates, Woodburn Crest Estates, Henry’s Farm, etc. Neighborhoods are made of individual homes and residents. The following is a helpful list of tips for what makes a good neighbor and great neighborhoods:

Marijuana Dispensary Conference Provided Insight For What Is Coming

This week, several Woodburn representatives including City Councilor Pete McCallum and Planning Commissioner Sharon Corning, attended the 2014 League of Oregon Cities’ Marijuana Workshop. For those who follow the news closely, the passage of Oregon House Bill (HB) 3460 allowed for the introduction of medical marijuana dispensaries throughout Oregon. Since the passage of HB 3460, local governments have been struggling with exactly what the law means and what municipal obligations are. In fact, there was so much confusion the Oregon Legislature extended local governments the opportunity for a one year dispensary moratorium in order to figure out how to manage the expected influx of marijuana dispensaries.


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