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  • Emergency Rental Available for County Residents

    Emergency Rental Available for County Residents

    Date: 8/2/2021 12:00:00 AM
    Posted by: Board of Commissioners Office

    ​Emergency rental assistance is now available for Marion County households financially impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Marion County Emergency Rental Assistance Program helps eligible low-income households with their past due rent and utilities. The program covers up to 12 months of past due rent and utilities and may pay up to three months of forward rent at a time, not to exceed a total of 18 months of assistance. Past due rent must be paid before future rent coverage is eligible. Utility costs include electricity, gas, home energy services, water, sewer, trash removal, and bulk fuels. 

    Community members may apply online at www.co.marion.or.us/RentalAssistance or by calling the customer service line toll free 1-833-227-5161.

    Eligible landlords who participate in the Emergency Rental Assistance program can get reimbursed for 100 percent of an eligible tenant's unpaid rent from April 1, 2020, to present for a total of 12 months.

    Eligible tenants can apply for 100 percent of the past due rent from April 1, 2020, to present for a total of 12 months, which will be paid directly to their landlord. Eligible tenants can receive prospective (future) rental assistance equal to 100 percent of their monthly rent for up to three months at a time. Eligible tenants may also receive assistance for unpaid utility bills accumulated from April 1, 2020, to present. Unpaid utility bills will be paid directly to the utility company.

    Federal eligibility requirements include renters whose primary household is in Marion County and are behind on their rent; one or more members of the household can demonstrate how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted their ability to pay rent or utilities; and an annual household income below 80 percent of the Area Median Income for the household size.

    In addition to federal eligibility requirements, Marion County has prioritized the following households:

    • Families with children (at least one adult and one child)

    • Seniors (age 58 years or older)

    • Households affected by the 2020 Santiam Canyon wildfires

    • Households referred by Marion County department programs

    The federal Emergency Rental Assistance program is authorized through September 2025. Marion County anticipates participating in the program as long as funding is available. For more information or to apply for assistance, visit www.co.marion.or.us/RentalAssistance

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  • Youth Wage Grant program now open

    Youth Wage Grant program now open

    Date: 7/23/2021 12:00:00 AM
    Posted by: Community Services

    Marion County is pleased to announce a new program to assist employers who hire first-time employees ages 14-17 this summer. Employers can receive a stipend of $4 per hour for each eligible youth employee under the Youth Wage Grant program.

    Program funding is provided by a portion of Marion County's video lottery proceeds designated under state law for economic development activities. "Marion County is really pleased to offer this new program to employers and local youth looking to gain work experience," said Commissioner Danielle Bethell.  She continued, "This is a win-win. It's become more and more difficult for youth to get work experience and we hope that many types of employers take advantage of this opportunity to hire local youth over the summer."    

    The program is retroactive to May 1, 2021, and concludes September 30, 2021. Eligibility requirements include:

    • Be based in Marion County;

    • Not employ more than 35 employees;

    • Can provide a copy of a valid annual Youth Employment Certificate from the Bureau of Labor and Industries (BOLI);

    • Will employ a youth at least 14 years of age, but not older than 17, who is a resident of Marion County, Oregon;

    • Will provide documentation showing the employed youth performed work between May 1, 2021 through September 30, 2021;

    • Allow a representative of Willamette Workforce Partnership to visit your worksite to assure compliance with this grant. 

    Marion County has partnered with Willamette Workforce Partnership to administer the grant program. Grant funds will be distributed on a first come, first serve basis. Additional information and grant applications will be available at https://willwp.org/

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  • Silverton Bridge Closure & Load Rating

    Silverton Bridge Closure & Load Rating

    Date: 4/19/2021 12:00:00 AM
    Posted by: Public Works

    Silverton Road Bridge Replacement Project
    Silverton Road Closure & Load Rating

    Marion County has received federal funds to replace the Silverton Road Bridge over the Little Pudding River. The project is located on Silverton Road between 60th Avenue and 64th Place. The County has awarded the contract for construction to Farline Bridge, Inc., of Stayton Oregon and work has begun.

    Silverton Road will close to through traffic between 60th Avenue and 64th Place on May 12, 2021, and will reopen by Thanksgiving of 2021

    Throughout the closure, two well-marked detour routes will be in place as shown on the linked project website.

    Closing Silverton Road during construction ensures that all of the in-water work can occur within the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife's designated in-water work window for the Little Pudding River in one construction season. Silverton Road will be reopened prior to the start of the holiday shopping season, a commitment made by Marion County to the Silverton business community.

     A new load rating analysis was recently completed for this bridge. As a result of ODOT's analysis, the load limit signs have been updated as shown in the sign exhibit attached. This new load limit will remain in effect until the road is closed on May 3rd. The new bridge will not be load limited for any legal or legally permitted loads.

    If you have questions or concerns regarding this notice or the project in general, please visit the project website at https://www.co.marion.or.us/PW/Engineering/Projects/Pages/SilvRdBridge.aspx or contact Jill Ogden, Senior Engineering Technician, at (503)588-5036 or by email at jogden@co.marion.or.us.   

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  • Sep
    8

    Commissioners Proclaim One-Year Anniversary of Historic Wildfires

    Posted by: Board of Commissioners Office

    ​On Wednesday, September 8, the Marion County Board of Commissioners proclaimed September 8 as the one-year anniversary of the 2020 Labor Day wildfires:

    PROCLAMATION

    WHERE AS, on the night of September 7, 2020, winds in the Santiam Canyon reached over 70 miles per hour, causing the Beachie Creek and the Lionshead fires to merge, burning 193,556 acres in Marion County; and

    WHERE AS, in the early morning hours of September 8, 2020, deputies, firefighters, volunteers, neighbors, and farmers, put their lives in danger to ensure residents were evacuated as quickly as possible; and

    WHERE AS, individuals, businesses, nonprofits, churches, and government agencies, all responded to the urgent needs of wildfire victims and first responders by providing food, water, shelter, and other basic necessities; and

    WHERE AS, on September 8, 2020, Marion County declared a State of Emergency, the governor invoked the Emergency Conflagration Act, and on September 15, 2020, the United States President approved a disaster declaration for Oregon, providing federal resources, programs, and funding for wildfire victims; and

    WHERE AS, many of the wildfire victims are still in the beginning stages of rebuilding and healing from this tragedy; and

    WHEREAS, to date, Santiam Canyon businesses have reopened, over 200 homeowners are prepared to rebuild or repair their properties, over 300 residential properties are cleared of debris, and over 13,000 hazardous trees have been removed from the area; and

    WHERE AS, Marion County is committed to the ongoing rebuilding efforts in Detroit, Gates, Idanha, Lyons, Mehama, Mill City, North Fork, and the Santiam Canyon; and

    NOW THEREFORE, the Marion County Board of Commissioners recognizes that September 8th is the one-year anniversary of the 2020 Labor Day wildfires.

    Click here to view the signed proclamation.


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  • Aug
    2

    Emergency Rental Available for County Residents

    Posted by: Board of Commissioners Office

    ​Emergency rental assistance is now available for Marion County households financially impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Marion County Emergency Rental Assistance Program helps eligible low-income households with their past due rent and utilities. The program covers up to 12 months of past due rent and utilities and may pay up to three months of forward rent at a time, not to exceed a total of 18 months of assistance. Past due rent must be paid before future rent coverage is eligible. Utility costs include electricity, gas, home energy services, water, sewer, trash removal, and bulk fuels. 

    Community members may apply online at www.co.marion.or.us/RentalAssistance or by calling the customer service line toll free 1-833-227-5161.

    Eligible landlords who participate in the Emergency Rental Assistance program can get reimbursed for 100 percent of an eligible tenant's unpaid rent from April 1, 2020, to present for a total of 12 months.

    Eligible tenants can apply for 100 percent of the past due rent from April 1, 2020, to present for a total of 12 months, which will be paid directly to their landlord. Eligible tenants can receive prospective (future) rental assistance equal to 100 percent of their monthly rent for up to three months at a time. Eligible tenants may also receive assistance for unpaid utility bills accumulated from April 1, 2020, to present. Unpaid utility bills will be paid directly to the utility company.

    Federal eligibility requirements include renters whose primary household is in Marion County and are behind on their rent; one or more members of the household can demonstrate how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted their ability to pay rent or utilities; and an annual household income below 80 percent of the Area Median Income for the household size.

    In addition to federal eligibility requirements, Marion County has prioritized the following households:

    • Families with children (at least one adult and one child)

    • Seniors (age 58 years or older)

    • Households affected by the 2020 Santiam Canyon wildfires

    • Households referred by Marion County department programs

    The federal Emergency Rental Assistance program is authorized through September 2025. Marion County anticipates participating in the program as long as funding is available. For more information or to apply for assistance, visit www.co.marion.or.us/RentalAssistance

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    Emergency Rental Available for County Residents
  • Jul
    29

    Youth Wage Grant Available for Small Businesses in Marion County

    Posted by: Community Services

    A Youth Wage Grant Program was established to support employers who hire youth, ages 14-17.  Participating small employers will be reimbursed $4 per hour up to 1,000 hours per eligible youth, for a total of $6,000 maximum compensation.

    For more information and to apply for this grant opportunity, visit Willamette Workforce Partnership: https://willwp.org/

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    Youth Wage Grant Available for Small Businesses in Marion County
  • Jul
    23

    Youth Wage Grant program now open

    Posted by: Community Services

    Marion County is pleased to announce a new program to assist employers who hire first-time employees ages 14-17 this summer. Employers can receive a stipend of $4 per hour for each eligible youth employee under the Youth Wage Grant program.

    Program funding is provided by a portion of Marion County's video lottery proceeds designated under state law for economic development activities. "Marion County is really pleased to offer this new program to employers and local youth looking to gain work experience," said Commissioner Danielle Bethell.  She continued, "This is a win-win. It's become more and more difficult for youth to get work experience and we hope that many types of employers take advantage of this opportunity to hire local youth over the summer."    

    The program is retroactive to May 1, 2021, and concludes September 30, 2021. Eligibility requirements include:

    • Be based in Marion County;

    • Not employ more than 35 employees;

    • Can provide a copy of a valid annual Youth Employment Certificate from the Bureau of Labor and Industries (BOLI);

    • Will employ a youth at least 14 years of age, but not older than 17, who is a resident of Marion County, Oregon;

    • Will provide documentation showing the employed youth performed work between May 1, 2021 through September 30, 2021;

    • Allow a representative of Willamette Workforce Partnership to visit your worksite to assure compliance with this grant. 

    Marion County has partnered with Willamette Workforce Partnership to administer the grant program. Grant funds will be distributed on a first come, first serve basis. Additional information and grant applications will be available at https://willwp.org/

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  • Apr
    19

    Silverton Bridge Closure & Load Rating

    Posted by: Public Works

    Silverton Road Bridge Replacement Project
    Silverton Road Closure & Load Rating

    Marion County has received federal funds to replace the Silverton Road Bridge over the Little Pudding River. The project is located on Silverton Road between 60th Avenue and 64th Place. The County has awarded the contract for construction to Farline Bridge, Inc., of Stayton Oregon and work has begun.

    Silverton Road will close to through traffic between 60th Avenue and 64th Place on May 12, 2021, and will reopen by Thanksgiving of 2021

    Throughout the closure, two well-marked detour routes will be in place as shown on the linked project website.

    Closing Silverton Road during construction ensures that all of the in-water work can occur within the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife's designated in-water work window for the Little Pudding River in one construction season. Silverton Road will be reopened prior to the start of the holiday shopping season, a commitment made by Marion County to the Silverton business community.

     A new load rating analysis was recently completed for this bridge. As a result of ODOT's analysis, the load limit signs have been updated as shown in the sign exhibit attached. This new load limit will remain in effect until the road is closed on May 3rd. The new bridge will not be load limited for any legal or legally permitted loads.

    If you have questions or concerns regarding this notice or the project in general, please visit the project website at https://www.co.marion.or.us/PW/Engineering/Projects/Pages/SilvRdBridge.aspx or contact Jill Ogden, Senior Engineering Technician, at (503)588-5036 or by email at jogden@co.marion.or.us.   

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  • Apr
    13

    FDA and CDC announce pause in use of Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 Vaccine

    Posted by: Health and Human Services - COVID Testing

    Update: Monday, April 26, 2021

    On Friday, the FDA announced that it recommends use of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine be resumed. The Oregon Health Authority has cleared providers to begin using the vaccine again as long as patients are provided information warning of the rare but serious risk of blood clots. More information is available from the Oregon Health Authority.

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    On Tuesday, April 13, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food & Drug Administration announced that use of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine has been paused while they investigate six cases of a severe and rare type of blood clot in women between the ages of 18 and 48.

    Following directives from the Oregon Health Authority, all vaccine providers in Marion County have been notified to pause use of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. 

    People who have received the J&J vaccine who develop severe headache, abdominal pain, leg pain, or shortness of breath within three weeks after vaccination should contact their health care provider. Health care providers are asked to report adverse events to the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System at https://vaers.hhs.gov/reportevent.html.

    Resources:

    As more information becomes available, we will update this post. 


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  • Mar
    10

    North Fork Corridor closes to public access

    Posted by: Public Works

    Marion County is temporarily restricting access and closing parks along the Little North Fork Santiam River corridor. Today, the Board of Commissioners approved two orders that will restrict public access to North Fork, Gates Hill, and Pioneer Roads to property owners and their guests, contractors, and agents. The county is additionally closing North Fork Park, Salmon Falls Park, and Bear Creek Park and Campground and the corridor will be closed to bicyclists and non-resident pedestrians.

    Public and private lands around the Little North Fork Santiam River basin were heavily damaged during the September 2020 Beachie Creek and Lionshead wildfires. The closures are meant to support rebuilding and reconstruction of wildfire damaged properties.

    Commissioner Danielle Bethell said, "These restrictions are meant to protect people from hazards in the North Fork corridor. We understand there will be frustration from the public; however, we have to do what is right and safe for everyone. We hope people will have understanding and grace through the rebuilding process." She continued, "For the time being we're encouraging people to explore Oregon's other amazing parks and recreational opportunities."

    Public Works anticipates it will take approximately 18 months to restore wildfire damaged roads and two to three years to fully rebuild county parks. Marion County parks sustained considerable damage with the near total destruction of vegetation and park amenities and it remains unsafe to enter the parks due to the large number of dead and standing trees that can fall with little or no warning.

    A large volume of woody debris, both floating and submerged, is moving down the watershed on a daily basis making it unsafe for the public to enter the Little North Fork Santiam River at this time.

    Marion County Public Works will post road signs on North Fork, Gates Hill, and Pioneer Roads notifying the public of the restricted access. Signs are expected to be in place within the next month. Additional restrictions include:

    • No parking and no bicyclists within the North Fork, Gates Hill and Pioneer Road rights-of-way.
    • No recreational access to the Little North Fork Santiam River from North Fork Road, Gates Hill Road, Pioneer Road, North Fork Park, Salmon Falls Park or Bear Creek Park and Campground.

    We appreciate the public's partnership as we begin the process of making our beautiful North Fork corridor safe for residents and visitors. 

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  • Mar
    2

    Reduced Bridge Load Rating

    Posted by: Public Works

    South River Road: Willamette River Bridge
    Independence, OR 
    Bridge #05789A

    SALEM, OR – ODOT recently completed an updated load rating analysis for the South River Road Independence Bridge (bridge #05789A) over the Willamette River. As a result of ODOT's analysis, all single unit trucks will be limited to 25 tons gross vehicle weight and all tractor-trailers will be limited to 27 tons gross vehicle weight. The following sign will be posted at each end of the bridge, as well as major roads leading to the bridge. The sign depicts single unit and multi-unit truck configurations along with the respective weight limit for that configuration. These load restrictions will not affect passenger vehicles, pickups, RVs and other non-commercial vehicles.

    The County is required to post the bridge within 30 days of receiving notice of a load rating resulting in a reduction in load capacity.  An alternative route exists for many trucks via Highway 22 through West Salem. Reducing the allowable truck loads on this bridge will prevent over-stress of the structure and will help preserve this vital community link.

    If you have questions or concerns regarding this notice, please contact Jeff Johnson, Office Specialist, at (503) 588-5036 or by email at JJohnson@co.marion.or.us.   

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  • Jan
    21

    Silverton Road Bridge Replacement Project Upcoming Construction

    Posted by: Public Works

    ​SALEM, OR – Marion County has received federal funds to replace the Silverton Road Bridge over the Little Pudding River. The project is located on Silverton Road between 60th Avenue and 64th Place. The County has awarded the contract for construction to Farline Bridge, Inc., of Stayton Oregon and construction is scheduled to begin this spring. The contractor's closure schedule will be released when it becomes available.

    During construction, Silverton Road will be closed to through traffic between 60th Avenue and 64th Place. The closure will start this spring and will end by Thanksgiving 2021. While Silverton Road is closed, two well-marked detour routes will be in place.

    Closing Silverton Road during construction ensures that all of the in-water work can occur within the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife's designated in-water work window for the Little Pudding River in one construction season. Silverton Road will be reopened prior to the start of the holiday shopping season, a commitment made by Marion County to the Silverton business community.                                     

    If you have questions or concerns regarding this notice or the project in general, please visit the project website at https://www.co.marion.or.us/PW/Engineering/Projects/Pages/SilvRdBridge.aspx or contact Jill Ogden, Senior Engineering Technician, at (503)588-5036 or by email at jogden@co.marion.or.us.  


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  • Dec
    1

    County expands mental health crisis services to serve Woodburn community

    Posted by: Health and Human Services

    ​Woodburn, OR - In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, many community members find themselves struggling with mental health. In response, Marion County Health & Human Services, which has operated a crisis center in Salem for over 25 years, has expanded its mental health crisis services to the Woodburn community.

    Beginning today, December 1, 2020, crisis counselors will be on-site at the department’s Woodburn office seven days a week from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. Counselors can assist those who are struggling with depression, anxiety, and thoughts of suicide. No appointments are necessary to utilize the program; individuals may walk-in for service or call the Woodburn office at 503-981-5851.

    Cydney Nestor, Behavioral Health Division Director, said, “We are pleased to offer local, convenient mental health care to the Woodburn community. This area has been disproportionately impacted by COVID-19, and these supportive services are needed now more than ever. Our hope is to provide a safe space for youth, families and adults of all ages to get the help and support they need.”

    Services will be offered in English and Spanish, with interpreter services available in other languages as needed. Individuals may receive services regardless of insurance, immigration status, or ability to pay. Marion County Health & Human Services’ Woodburn office is located at 976 N. Pacific Highway.

    More information about Marion County’s Behavioral Health Programs is available at: www.mchealthy.net.


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