Government: Ward 2 Welcomes Councilor Jancila, Home Energy Scores Pushed Off Again, JSIP Talks Water
City Council Meeting Sept. 6: City Council started out with statements from and questions for the two people wanting to complete the term for former-councilor Charles Maughan who moved out of Ward 2. The candidates – Briae Lewis and Christina Jancila – are also the two candidates for this seat in November.After candidate statements, members of the public were welcomed to speak.
Jancila won in an anonymous vote of 5-4 with Mayor Biff Traber voting.
Home Energy Scores: While we thought there might be some final decision made on this issue which would make Home Energy Scores mandatory or voluntary for the sale of any home, there was not.
After some discussion about changes to the text, Council Vice-President Andrew Struthers made the motion that the issue be brought up for vote in the May 2023 election. After heated discussion about the idea, Councilors Sheperd, Ellis, Shaffer and Yee voted against, and Councilors Napack, Jancila, Lytle, Chalen, and Struthers voted in favor. This issue will be decided in May.
Traber expressed disappointment in this decision.
County Commissioner Meeting Sept. 6:
JSIP Discussion: Nick Kurth, the Project Manager for the Justice System Improvement Plan, went over the newest draft plan for the Justice System as a whole.
The presentation included various configurations for the buildings, parking, and storm water divergence. Storm waters are slated to be directed to Garfield Creek to the northwest of the site in every rendition of the planned layout of buildings.
One concern is the fact that the site lies on a flood plain. According to Kurth, the 100 year floodplain as noted in the Corvallis development plan is “nearly completely out of our site.” There is some worry about the 500 year floodplain, and the plan is to build the campus high enough to avoid issues.
Benton County Vaccine Events: The County is continuing to offer free Covid vaccines to anyone eligible age-wise. The new vaccine which is specifically effective against the Omicron variant and sub-variants may not be available yet, however the vaccines offered are effective against experiencing serious complications and hospitalizations. To date, Benton County has had 19,461 Covid cases and 61 deaths.
The vaccine safe for children under the age of five are a main focus of three of the events scheduled. The vaccine clinics are:
SamCare Express Corvallis, 990 NW Circle Blvd Suite 101, for those 5+, Monday-Thursday, 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Johnson & Johnson vaccine not available. Appointments are required. Schedule your appointment here.
Benton County Event Center & Fairgrounds, 110 SW 53rd St, drive-through event with no appointment required. September 10-11, from 12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. & September 12-16, from 4:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Oregon State University Memorial Union room 62, 2501 SW Jefferson Way, for those six-months and over. September 12-16, from 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Boys and Girls Club of Corvallis, 112 NW Circle Blvd, Sunday, September 25 from 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. This is a pediatric event for children 6 months to 11 years old.
Clemens Primary School Cafeteria, 535 S 19th St., Friday, September 23 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. This is a pediatric event for children 6 months to 11 years old.
Monroe High School Commons, 365 N 5th St., Saturday, September 24 from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. This is a pediatric event for children 6 months to 11 years old.