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City of Mt. Angel

Streamlining – Mt. Angel sewer grants revised

By Stephen Floyd The City of Mount Angel is removing barriers to sewer lateral repair grants in the hopes that more residents will apply for assistance. During the Nov. 6 meeting of the Mount Angel City Council, amendments were made to the Sewer Lateral Replacement or Repair Assistance Program that took effect immediately. The city started the program in 2012, […]

City of Mt. Angel

Mount Angel to start chlorinating water

By Stephen Floyd The City of Mount Angel plans to chlorinate its water supply after being directed by the Oregon Health Authority to reduce the presence of potentially harmful microbes. On Oct. 17, OHA sent a letter to the city after tests revealed a high number of coliforms, which are bacteria commonly found in human and animal intestines. Because the […]

Mount Angel City Manager and Police Chief Mark Daniel, left, swears in his new deputy chief, Charles Hall. submitted photo

Hall sworn in as deputy chief in Mount Angel

By Stephen Floyd The City of Mount Angel has promoted Charles Hall to the new position of deputy police chief as the department evolves following Chief Mark Daniel assuming his co-role as city manager. Hall was promoted during a ceremony in City Hall July 24 from his position as sergeant, which he had held since 2018. A statement from the […]

The empty lot on Marquam Street purchased by the City of Mount Angel. Stephen Floyd

First step – Mount Angel buys land for new City Hall

By Stephen Floyd The City of Mount Angel has agreed to purchase an undeveloped lot for a new City Hall and officials are optimistic the project could be finished without asking voters for a bond. The city has agreed to pay $240,000 for a quarter-acre lot at 295 W. Marquam St. currently owned by Mount Angel Bible Church. The funds […]

Moving on – Benedictine Sisters to leave monastery site

By Stephen Floyd After 134 years, the Benedictine Sisters of Mount Angel will be leaving the Queen of Angels Monastery, with plans to repurpose part of the facility as transitional housing for families in need. Membership within the monastic community has been in decline, as elsewhere in the U.S., with the number of religious sisters nationally dropping from 161,000 in […]

Mount Angel moving forward with RFID water meters

By Stephen Floyd The City of Mount Angel has begun the installation of radio-read water meters that could cut the work hours needed to take meter readings by a one full-time position. The city has allocated $300,000 from federal COVID-19 relief funds for the project, and anticipates having all meters within the city upgraded before the end of 2024. The […]

Council contenders – Three challengers, incumbents on Mount Angel ballot

By Stephen Floyd Six candidates are vying for three seats on the Mount Angel City Council, with an even split between incumbents and newcomers. As of the Aug. 30 filing deadline, councilors Ray Eder, Tony Astorga and Matthew Donohue had filed for new terms, while challengers Mary Franklin, Justin Roney and Joseph Pfau were vying for an open seat. The […]

Lone run – Wall unopposed for Mount Angel mayor

By Stephen Floyd When late Mount Angel Mayor Don Fleck died suddenly in June, City Councilor Pete Wall was prepared to temporarily take up the mantle. As president of the City Council, he became acting mayor, but told fellow officials he would not seek election if appointed to fill the remainder of Fleck’s term, and would instead return to his […]