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  • Volunteers needed for the Marion County Fair

    Volunteers needed for the Marion County Fair

    Date: 6/17/2021 12:00:00 AM
    Posted by: Community Services - County Fair

    Made in Marion County – July 9-11, 2021, at the Oregon State Fairgrounds

    Marion County is pleased to announce one of Oregon's oldest fairs will go on. The annual fair will take place July 9-11, 2021, at the Oregon State Fairgrounds in Salem. "We're so glad to bring in-person youth and family activities back to the Marion County community and are looking forward to providing a respite from the last year and half and welcoming residents and visitors to safely celebrate Marion County," said Tamra Goettsch, Marion County Community Services Director.

    After a one year live fair hiatus, the Marion County Fair is looking forward to once again showing off the best the county has to offer. The fair will showcase local 4-H and FFA programs, interactive attractions for fairgoers of all ages, public competitions, great food, music, carnival rides, and more.

    Volunteer Information

    Volunteers play a huge role in the success of the Marion County Fair. It's a great way to feel more connected to the community and meet new people. There are many volunteer opportunities including helping fair visitors, manning the information booth, assisting with public competitions, and more. "Whatever your interests are, no matter your ability, or how much time you can give there is a way for everyone to make a difference at the fair," said Goettsch.

    The fair will take place July 9-11, 2021, with volunteer shifts available each day from morning through evening hours. For specific volunteer needs or to sign-up for specific days and shifts, please visit bit.ly/3vX4zyI. All volunteers will receive a parking pass, a volunteer t-shirt, admission to the fair for the day they volunteer, and an additional ticket so they can enjoy the fair another day as a visitor.

    Please contact the Marion County Volunteer Services Coordinator with any questions at volunteer@co.marion.or.us or call (503) 588-7990.

    To keep up to date about plans for the 2021 Marion County Fair, visit our website or follow us on Facebook.  

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  • Marion County Fair is back!

    Marion County Fair is back!

    Date: 6/4/2021 12:00:00 AM
    Posted by: Community Services - County Fair

    ​Good news – the Marion County Fair is back!

    Marion County is pleased to announce one of Oregon's oldest fairs will go on. The annual fair will take place July 9-11, 2021, at the Oregon State Fairgrounds in Salem. "We're so glad to bring youth and family activities, local and regional entertainment, great food, contests, and even the Funtastic Shows Carnival to the Marion County community," said Tamra Goettsch, Marion County Community Services Director. 

    After a one year live fair hiatus, the Marion County Fair is looking forward to once again showing off the best the county has to offer. The fair will host modified operations keeping public health and wellness at the forefront with COVID-19 protocols in place. While the fair will be not quite back to normal, the county and fair board are looking forward to providing a respite from the last year and half and welcoming residents and visitors to safely celebrate Marion County.

    The fair will feature:

    • "Made in Marion" Marketplace and craft area for kids

    • Heroes exhibit honoring veterans, active military, police, fire, and other emergency service providers

    • STEAM interactive games

    • Public contests and competitions, pet parade, and car show

    • Local and regional entertainment

    • Brad's World Reptiles, Kid Fit, Puzzlemania, Backyard &  Barnyard Adventures

    • Youth 4-H and FFA events, including the popular livestock auction 

    • And of course, a carnival and everyone's favorite fair food!

    Fair organizers are asking fairgoers to purchase tickets ahead to help manage the number of people at the fair at one time. Tickets purchased in advance online are just $5 (plus fees) while tickets purchased at the gate increase to $8. Tickets go on sale Saturday, June 5. Watch for more information on the Marion County Fair social media pages and website.

    Seating will be set to allow families and groups to remain together, while promoting physical distancing. Enhanced cleaning along with more handwashing and hand sanitizer stations are planned throughout the venue.

    The fair board is working hard to present a great fair during challenging times and will do everything possible to ensure a fun and safe event for our community.

    To keep up to date about plans for the Marion County Fair signup for our newsletter, visit our website, and check out our social media pages. 

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  • Share Your Thoughts: Housing & Community Development

    Share Your Thoughts: Housing & Community Development

    Date: 4/21/2021 12:00:00 AM
    Posted by: Board of Commissioners Office

    Surveys & Public Input Meetings

    Marion County is currently developing a five-year plan for housing, community development, and infrastructure. The plan will guide investment policy and actions such as housing, economic development, public services, public facility, and infrastructure investments over the next several years. 

    The planning process is intended to more comprehensively fulfill three basic goals: to provide decent housing, to expand economic opportunities, and to provide a suitable living environment. The plan depends on the opinions and experiences of people who are knowledgeable about housing and community development in Marion County. 

    Your input is essential to ensuring thorough representation of people living and working in Marion County and we invite you to participate in our online survey. 

    Fair Housing Survey

    Fair Housing in Marion County - English
    Vivienda justa en el condado de Marion - Spanish

    Housing and Community Development Survey 

    Housing and Community Development - English
    Encuesta sobre Vivienda y Desarrollo Comunitario - Spanish

    Virtual Public Input Meetings

    Registration required for participation in the following meetings.
    Click on meeting link to register. 

    REGISTER:  Public Input Meeting, May 5, 2021 - 6 p.m. 
    REGISTER:  Public Input Meeting, May 6, 2021 - 6 p.m. 

    After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.


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  • County reminds visitors of Santiam Canyon closures due to wildfire damage

    County reminds visitors of Santiam Canyon closures due to wildfire damage

    Date: 5/27/2021 12:00:00 AM
    Posted by: Public Works - Emergency Management

    ​Marion County is reminding visitors that six county parks and the North Fork corridor remain closed to public access due to significant wildfire damage. Public and private lands around the Little North Fork Santiam River basin were heavily damaged during the September 2020 Beachie Creek and Lionshead wildfires. In total, 165 acres of county parkland were destroyed in the fires.

    Access to North Fork, Gates Hill, and Pioneer Roads is limited to property owners and their guests, contractors, and agents. Parks closures include Niagara, Minto, Packsaddle, North Fork, and Salmon Falls Parks, and Bear Creek Park and Campground.

    Marion County Public Works anticipates it will take approximately 18 months to restore wildfire damaged roads and two to three years to fully rebuild county parks. The closures are meant to support public safety and rebuilding of wildfire damaged properties.

    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.

    Road signs have been placed on North Fork, Gates Hill, and Pioneer Roads notifying the public of the restricted access. 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.

    For information about closures of state and federal wildfire impacted area, please visit the Oregon State Parks Interagency Recreation Status Map

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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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  • Jun
    17

    Volunteers needed for the Marion County Fair

    Posted by: Community Services - County Fair

    Made in Marion County – July 9-11, 2021, at the Oregon State Fairgrounds

    Marion County is pleased to announce one of Oregon's oldest fairs will go on. The annual fair will take place July 9-11, 2021, at the Oregon State Fairgrounds in Salem. "We're so glad to bring in-person youth and family activities back to the Marion County community and are looking forward to providing a respite from the last year and half and welcoming residents and visitors to safely celebrate Marion County," said Tamra Goettsch, Marion County Community Services Director.

    After a one year live fair hiatus, the Marion County Fair is looking forward to once again showing off the best the county has to offer. The fair will showcase local 4-H and FFA programs, interactive attractions for fairgoers of all ages, public competitions, great food, music, carnival rides, and more.

    Volunteer Information

    Volunteers play a huge role in the success of the Marion County Fair. It's a great way to feel more connected to the community and meet new people. There are many volunteer opportunities including helping fair visitors, manning the information booth, assisting with public competitions, and more. "Whatever your interests are, no matter your ability, or how much time you can give there is a way for everyone to make a difference at the fair," said Goettsch.

    The fair will take place July 9-11, 2021, with volunteer shifts available each day from morning through evening hours. For specific volunteer needs or to sign-up for specific days and shifts, please visit bit.ly/3vX4zyI. All volunteers will receive a parking pass, a volunteer t-shirt, admission to the fair for the day they volunteer, and an additional ticket so they can enjoy the fair another day as a visitor.

    Please contact the Marion County Volunteer Services Coordinator with any questions at volunteer@co.marion.or.us or call (503) 588-7990.

    To keep up to date about plans for the 2021 Marion County Fair, visit our website or follow us on Facebook.  

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  • Jun
    4

    Marion County Fair is back!

    Posted by: Community Services - County Fair

    ​Good news – the Marion County Fair is back!

    Marion County is pleased to announce one of Oregon's oldest fairs will go on. The annual fair will take place July 9-11, 2021, at the Oregon State Fairgrounds in Salem. "We're so glad to bring youth and family activities, local and regional entertainment, great food, contests, and even the Funtastic Shows Carnival to the Marion County community," said Tamra Goettsch, Marion County Community Services Director. 

    After a one year live fair hiatus, the Marion County Fair is looking forward to once again showing off the best the county has to offer. The fair will host modified operations keeping public health and wellness at the forefront with COVID-19 protocols in place. While the fair will be not quite back to normal, the county and fair board are looking forward to providing a respite from the last year and half and welcoming residents and visitors to safely celebrate Marion County.

    The fair will feature:

    • "Made in Marion" Marketplace and craft area for kids

    • Heroes exhibit honoring veterans, active military, police, fire, and other emergency service providers

    • STEAM interactive games

    • Public contests and competitions, pet parade, and car show

    • Local and regional entertainment

    • Brad's World Reptiles, Kid Fit, Puzzlemania, Backyard &  Barnyard Adventures

    • Youth 4-H and FFA events, including the popular livestock auction 

    • And of course, a carnival and everyone's favorite fair food!

    Fair organizers are asking fairgoers to purchase tickets ahead to help manage the number of people at the fair at one time. Tickets purchased in advance online are just $5 (plus fees) while tickets purchased at the gate increase to $8. Tickets go on sale Saturday, June 5. Watch for more information on the Marion County Fair social media pages and website.

    Seating will be set to allow families and groups to remain together, while promoting physical distancing. Enhanced cleaning along with more handwashing and hand sanitizer stations are planned throughout the venue.

    The fair board is working hard to present a great fair during challenging times and will do everything possible to ensure a fun and safe event for our community.

    To keep up to date about plans for the Marion County Fair signup for our newsletter, visit our website, and check out our social media pages. 

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  • May
    27

    County reminds visitors of Santiam Canyon closures due to wildfire damage

    Posted by: Public Works - Emergency Management

    ​Marion County is reminding visitors that six county parks and the North Fork corridor remain closed to public access due to significant wildfire damage. Public and private lands around the Little North Fork Santiam River basin were heavily damaged during the September 2020 Beachie Creek and Lionshead wildfires. In total, 165 acres of county parkland were destroyed in the fires.

    Access to North Fork, Gates Hill, and Pioneer Roads is limited to property owners and their guests, contractors, and agents. Parks closures include Niagara, Minto, Packsaddle, North Fork, and Salmon Falls Parks, and Bear Creek Park and Campground.

    Marion County Public Works anticipates it will take approximately 18 months to restore wildfire damaged roads and two to three years to fully rebuild county parks. The closures are meant to support public safety and rebuilding of wildfire damaged properties.

    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.

    Road signs have been placed on North Fork, Gates Hill, and Pioneer Roads notifying the public of the restricted access. 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.

    For information about closures of state and federal wildfire impacted area, please visit the Oregon State Parks Interagency Recreation Status Map

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  • Apr
    21

    Share Your Thoughts: Housing & Community Development

    Posted by: Board of Commissioners Office

    Surveys & Public Input Meetings

    Marion County is currently developing a five-year plan for housing, community development, and infrastructure. The plan will guide investment policy and actions such as housing, economic development, public services, public facility, and infrastructure investments over the next several years. 

    The planning process is intended to more comprehensively fulfill three basic goals: to provide decent housing, to expand economic opportunities, and to provide a suitable living environment. The plan depends on the opinions and experiences of people who are knowledgeable about housing and community development in Marion County. 

    Your input is essential to ensuring thorough representation of people living and working in Marion County and we invite you to participate in our online survey. 

    Fair Housing Survey

    Fair Housing in Marion County - English
    Vivienda justa en el condado de Marion - Spanish

    Housing and Community Development Survey 

    Housing and Community Development - English
    Encuesta sobre Vivienda y Desarrollo Comunitario - Spanish

    Virtual Public Input Meetings

    Registration required for participation in the following meetings.
    Click on meeting link to register. 

    REGISTER:  Public Input Meeting, May 5, 2021 - 6 p.m. 
    REGISTER:  Public Input Meeting, May 6, 2021 - 6 p.m. 

    After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.


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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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    Silverton Bridge Closure & Load Rating
  • Apr
    15

    Efforts to stabilize Oregon's landscape continue following wildfires

    Posted by: Board of Commissioners Office

    Press release issued by Oregon Emergency Management April 14, 2021.

    Efforts to stabilize Oregon’s landscape continue as land management agencies work together toward fire recovery.

    Hazard tree felling helps remove threats as work to recover fire impacted lands continue.

    Salem, OR – The devastation from Oregon’s 2020 wildfires left more than a million burned acres across 9 counties. As communities and land managers look toward recovery and restoration, the first critical step is to remove remaining hazards, especially, weakened trees along roadways and popular recreation sites, threatening the safety of people, structures and infrastructure.

    Oregon’s wildfire recovery goals continue to prioritize human life and safety while striving to restore and recover the state’s natural and cultural resources across a broad landscape. Hazard tree removal is a top priority – these dead, dying or fire-weakened trees are likely to fall onto roadways, properties and recreation areas where people travel, live, or gather. Regardless of the jurisdiction, removing this danger is paramount to Oregon’s safe and successful long-term recovery.

    “The 2020 wildfires left behind a scope of damage unlike anything the state has experienced before,” said Andrew Phelps, Director of Oregon Office of Emergency Management. “Ensuring we stabilize the landscape and mitigate risk – both immediate and long-term – is imperative to getting Oregonians home safely, keeping our roadways secure for travel and removing barriers for infrastructure and emergency response functions. I continue to be impressed by the collaboration and partnership among federal, state, public and private partners striving to balance life safety with preserving our state’s natural landscape.”

    The State’s Debris Management Task Force, led by the Oregon Department of Transportation, is primarily focused on removing hazard trees along state highways and public roads near private residences, parks, schools, utilities, and around destroyed home sites.

    Federal and state land management agencies, including the US Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) and Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, are evaluating and removing hazard trees along roads, trails, parks and other popular recreation sites.

    Certified arborists assess each tree, then mark weakened or dead trees posing a threat to human life and safety following strict criteria and referencing field guides developed by federal and state agencies. The stability and health of a tree is difficult to judge from external damage so every marked tree goes under several rounds of inspections and evaluations from different arborists to avoid conflicting determinations. The goal is to mitigate risk by removing only hazard trees while leaving up as many strong, living trees as possible within the million-acre fire perimeter.

    Close collaboration with fish, wildlife and water quality experts help identify where felled trees can be left for protection of essential drinking water sources and native habitat restoration. Local agencies, communities and environmental partners also help define what recovery could entail, especially as it pertains to community safety and habitat restoration.

    Once hazards are removed and the landscape is stabilized, other recovery and restoration work such as hand planting or aerial reseeding can get safely underway. Post-fire planting usually begins one to two years after a fire, but a national seedling shortage has private landowners struggling to find enough supply for replanting. ODF is working with nurseries and others to increase supplies and fulfill long-range demand as reforestation progresses.

    The 2020 wildfires left behind damage unlike anything the state has experienced before. The road to recovery is long. It will be decades before forests grow back fully. Until then, land managers, communities, recreation enthusiasts and Oregonians will continue working together to restore natural areas and working forests while preserving Oregon’s landscape.

    For general information on the state’s recovery efforts, contact fire.info@state.or.us or visit https://wildfire.oregon.gov/.

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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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  • Apr
    8

    Marion County recognizes National Public Health Week

    Posted by: Health and Human Services

    As part of National Public Health Week, we’d like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the tremendous work of our Public Health Division. Before the COVID-19 pandemic, many in our community did not fully understand the role that Public Health plays in keeping us healthy.

    The division includes programs related to immunizations, STDs and HIV, communicable disease investigation, early childhood nutrition, disease prevention, modernization, vital statistics, and emergency preparedness. These programs include 81 regular employees and 34 temporary staff members supporting our COVID-19 pandemic response.

    Our Public Health Division was the first in Oregon to be accredited by the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB) in 2015. Accreditation represents a commitment to excellence and continued improvement, and requires the division to demonstrate preparedness, quality improvement plans, and avenues to achieve modernization. In 2020, as we responded to the COVID-19 pandemic, the division was reaccredited by PHAB after a lengthy application and review process.

    Members of the Public Health Team continued to serve our community through the pandemic, including our Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) Team. They adapted quickly to telework and found new ways to engage and connect with families in their program. As a result of the changes, the team saw an overall increase in attendance and a decline in appointment no-shows, allowing them to ensure local children have access to proper nutrition and resources to give them a healthy start in life.

    Every member of the Public Health Team has seen their job change significantly over the last year, with the majority of staff being reassigned to support our COVID-19 response. This includes roles in managing operations, contact tracing and disease investigation, communications, serving as liaisons with community partners, among others. Our county has been a leader in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, which is due to the exceptionally hard work and dedication of the people on our Public Health team.

    As we look forward to declining COVID-19 case rates and returning to a reality that is a bit more “normal”, we want to thank the team for all of their efforts. They have remained committed to keeping our community healthy even through one of the most trying years in our county’s history. Thank you, Marion County Public Health Division. 

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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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  • Feb
    22

    Toll Rates Scheduled to Change at Wheatland and Buena Vista Ferries on March 15th

    Posted by: Public Works

    ​SALEM, OR – The cost of riding the Wheatland and Buena Vista ferries is scheduled to change on March 15, 2021. At Wheatland Ferry, which crosses the Willamette River north of Keizer, the toll for vehicles less than 22 feet in length, which includes motorcycles, passenger cars and pickups, will increase $1. The new Wheatland Ferry rate will match the rate already in effect at the Buena Vista Ferry, which crosses the Willamette River at the town of Buena Vista. The toll for motorcycles, cars and pickups will remain unchanged at the Buena Vista Ferry. Bicycle tolls will remain unchanged and pedestrians will continue to be allowed to ride both ferries for free.

    The new rate structure includes toll changes for trucks and tractor-trailers greater than 22 feet in length, too. Once these rates go into effect, the toll schedule for the Wheatland and Buena Vista Ferries will be the same. Upcoming toll changes have been posted at both ferries to inform people that ride the ferries on a regular basis. You can view all Marion County ferry toll rates on the county's website at: https://www.co.marion.or.us/PW/ferries.

    The two ferries operated by Marion County provide an important transportation resource for various segments of the county. The upcoming toll increases will not make the ferry program profitable, but are designed to keep operating losses to a manageable level while keeping toll rates as low as possible. This will be the first rate increase for the Wheatland ferry in 12 years.

    Thank you for using Marion County's ferries. If you have any questions or concerns about the upcoming toll changes, please email your comments to MCDPW@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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  • Jun
    23

    County works to finalize contract with local hotel for isolation rooms

    Posted by: Health and Human Services - COVID Testing

    ​Marion County Health & Human Services is working to finalize a contract with a local hotel in the Woodburn area to provide an isolated, short-term location for Marion County residents with a possible exposure or a confirmed case of COVID-19 with mild symptoms, to self-isolate when they cannot otherwise do so safely. The contract is a requirement under Oregon Governor Kate Brown’s phased reopening framework, and is intended to ensure the county is prepared to protect residents and prevent the spread of the virus as the state moves forward with reopening.

    The hotel, an 81-room facility in the Woodburn-area, was selected because it will allow guests to safely distance themselves from others while also providing access to an on-site public health nurse to provide wellness checks and monitor symptoms. The hotel has been secured to house people unable to safely isolate, including farm workers and those who are under the supervision of Marion County Parole and Probation. The typical term of stay will be 14 days to isolate and quarantine, depending on the time frame of when the individual developed symptoms or was exposed to the virus. To start, the county anticipates that 10-15 individuals will be housed in the hotel.

    The safety and security of the community are a top priority for the county. Each guest will sign a Standards of Conduct Agreement, outlining acceptable behaviors and expectations while in isolation. Security will be at the hotel 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Guests will not leave the facility during the isolation period and Marion County staff will tend to the needs of the individuals, including food and wellness checks.

    Marion County’s Public Health Director, Katrina Rothenberger, stated, “This is a required resource for many people in our community who do not have other means to protect friends, coworkers, or loved ones from COVID-19 if they have a confirmed case or have been exposed. The hotel will allow us to slow the spread of COVID-19 by giving those with no place else to go a place to safely isolate.”

    Before individuals leave the hotel, their symptoms will have been monitored for a minimum of three days by the on-site public health nurse, and transportation will be coordinated to return the individual to their community upon leaving the hotel. The county Health and Human Services Department will begin managing the facility on July 1, 2020.


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