Water Woes: After a disaster, even Corvallis will get thirsty
November 29, 2017, 7:00pm - November 29, 2017, 11:00pm
The Willamette Valley may have plenty of water in normal times, but imagine the scene after a major earthquake: broken water and sewer mains, hazardous chemical spills, polluted streams, wells out of service. It could take weeks, we’re told, for emergency supplies such as bottled water to be delivered. Where will we get clean water to drink? What would be the impacts on public health and our area’s economy? How far along are we in mitigating the effects of such a disruption?
November 14, 2017, 12:00pm - November 14, 2017, 3:15pm
Three speakers — Nick Fowler, Karl Mundorff and Patrick O'Conner — will address the economic impacts of innovation on the community and region. They will discuss what the innovation economy means for Corvallis, for longtime residents and newcomers, for young families and retirees, for business owners and employees.
October 24, 2017, 6:30pm - October 24, 2017, 10:00pm
This November, voters will decide about continuing to pay increased county taxes for health and safety services and, this town hall session is a chance to talk with County officials about the proposal. At a rate of $90 yearly per $100,000 of assessed home value, the property tax levy should raise between $7.6 million and $8.7 million each of the next 5 years.
Panelists include Benton County Commissioner Xan Augerot and Sheriff Scott Jackson. Generous time is scheduled for audience questions.
This local option Public Safety and Health Levy is put to voters every 5 years for renewal. It funds jail bed rentals, transition services for state inmates completing their sentences and, 24 hour sheriff’s patrols. The levy also pays for substance abuse and mental health interventions .
Public health services are also funded, including communicable disease outbreak prevention, school based mental health programs and early childhood intervention for at-risk children.
September 12, 2017, 12:00pm - September 12, 2017, 3:15pm
The needs and challenges facing neighborhoods will be the focus of the September 12 City Club of Corvallis meeting. Tracy Oulman, housing and neighborhood coordinator for the city, will discuss what she has learned in her year on the job as she has walked the community and met with neighborhood organizations. Tracey Yee of the Community Involvement and Diversity Advisory Board and George Brown of the Tunison Neighborhood Association will also be on the panel.
Attendees will get a chance to identify neighborhood issues and discuss ways for the city to empower local organizations. Time will be allotted for questions and comments.
The event is free and open to the public. Doors will open at 11:30 at the Boys & Girls Club of Corvallis at 112 NW Circle Blvd. The event will begin at noon, and a lunch from Valley Catering (meat lasagna with Italian sauce, green salad, garlic bread, veggie tray, cookies, coffee) will be available: $10 for members and $15 for nonmembers. To reserve lunch, send email to firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday, September 8. You can also pay for lunch online with your credit card.
After two emergency homeless shelters announce shutdowns and the League of Women Voters issues a report on the scale of the homelessness problem, the City Club of Corvallis gathers top city, county and agency officials for a concrete discussion of where to go from here. See cityclubofcorvallis.org