Policy change: Cities change access rules because of virus

April 2020 Posted in Uncategorized

By James Day

Silverton and Mount Angel both have changed their policies on public access to municipal buildings in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak and the governor’s social-distancing orders.

City Hall offices in Silverton and Mount Angel were closed to the public through March, with Silverton officials indicating a reassessment will take place at the end of March. The Mount Angel closure is “until further notice,” according to the city website.

No public meetings are scheduled in either community.

Here is a look at new procedures and access issues in the communities, updated through Our Town’s presstime.


Virtually all city services will be accessible online or by phone.

Utility billing and court payments:
Pay online at www.xpressbillpay.com, mail checks to 306 S. Water St., Silverton, OR 97381 or use the drop box in the City Hall parking lot. Questions? 503-873-5321 (option 1) or email [email protected]

Building: Inspection scheduling and results and tracking applications can be done at the permit portal, www.silverton.os.us/367/Search-Permit-Records. Inspections can be reached at
503-874-2208. Permit applications are
at the website, can be emailed to [email protected] or faxed to 503-873-3210. Payments can go in the drop box or mailed to 306 S. Water St., Silverton, OR 97381. Questions?

Silver Trolley: Dispatchers are available 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Call 503-873-4546 to schedule a trip.

Public Works: Call 503-873-8679 for services such as right-of-way applications, system development charges and traffic concerns. Call 503-991-9795 for after-hours emergencies.

Police Department: The non-emergency line (503-873-5326) is available 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. After hours, call 503-873-5326. Listen to the message and then press 1.

Library: The Silver Falls Library was closed thru March. All events have been canceled. Reference desk is available 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday thru Saturday at 503-873-7633 or 503-873-8796. 

Mount Angel

City Hall: Staff can be reached by knocking on the door, with city officials planning an intercom system.

Utility payments: Checks or cash can be placed in the mail slot or in the drop box at the bottom of the stairs. Credit and debit cards go to www.xpressbillpay.com before 7 a.m. or after 4 p.m.  Phone payments can be called in to 800-766-2350.

Planning, zoning and build permits: Direct questions to Colby Kemp at

Court scheduling: The March 18 schedule was postponed to May 20. Call 503-845-9291 with scheduling questions.

Library: All library programs have been canceled, but the library remains open. Materials can be delivered curbside to your car. Call 503-845-6401 to make the arrangements.

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