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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.

Avoiding Car Break-ins

Year round, the police department receives numerous reports of vehicle break-ins and thefts from vehicles.  Below are a few tips to think about while you are away from your car, to deter thieves from breaking in.

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.

'Not so new' credit card scam

The Woodburn Police Department recently learned of a new trend in credit card scamming. After doing some research on the same, they learned it’s been used for the last decade, and is still being used successfully.

Budgeting made simple

Woodburn’s City Budget is an important annual undertaking that, while not always the most interesting or attention-grabbing issue involving the City, is still of critical importance to the community. This past week I have been working on my FY 2014/15 Budget Message. The full message will be available for community review in upcoming weeks. Overall, I’m hopeful that the improving economy is stabilizing what has been a declining General Fund revenue picture for the City and the City’s programmatic position will be improving slightly as well. However, you will have to wait for the full message to see all the details.

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