Mayor Suzie Hibbert passes the Gavel to newly elected Mayor Lori McAllen
Re-elected Councilor Jeff Hensley swears the Oath of Office to Mayor Lori McAllen
Newly Elected Adina Olivares swears the Oath of Office to Mayor Lori McAllen
I will be leaving my position as City Administrator for the City of Sodaville in a couple of months. I have been diagnosed with end stage liver disease (non-alcoholic, I didn't even have fun earning it). The Mayor and the City Council are proceeding with interviews. The posting and application for the City Administrator position can be found on this website on the Job Openings Tab. A strong finance background, and being familiar with Government Accounting and law, is required. I will train someone in all the other aspects of the job.
City Administrator Judy K. Smith
City Council Meeting
January 21, 2021
7:00 PM at City Hall
OREGON GOVERNOR KATE BROWN HAS ISSUED THE FOLLOWING:
Governor Brown announces two-week freeze to stop rapid spread of COVID-19. New risk reduction measures limiting gatherings will be in effect Nov. 18 through Dec. 2 statewide. These measures include limiting social gatherings to 6, limiting restaurants to take-out and delivery only, closing gyms and fitness centers, indoor and outdoor recreation facilities, and venues, limiting retail and grocery stores to 75% capacity, and requiring work-from-home to the greatest extent possible. Read more here.
· Oregon, California and Washington issue travel advisories recommending 14-day quarantines for inter-state and international travel. Oregonians are encouraged to stay home or in their region and avoid non-essential travel to other states or countries. Read more here.
· OR-OSHA’s temporary COVID rule is in effect Nov. 16, 2020 through May 4, 2021. The rule requires risk assessment and infection control plans for some employers. This OSHA overview table may be helpful for your outreach. OR-OSHA is embarking on permanent rule making relating to infectious diseases. Subscribe for email updates here.
· The legislative Emergency Board met this week and approved more than $128 million to help Oregonians impacted by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The Emergency Board approved funding for childcare providers, Oregonians in need of shelter, small businesses, long-term care providers and victims of domestic and sexual violence, including the following allocations from the state’s share of federal Coronavirus Relief Funds:
o $45 million for Childcare Provider Assistance to support the increased operational costs facing childcare providers as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
o $20 million to the Oregon Community Foundation for the Oregon Worker Relief Fund, which will make additional payments to workers who are ineligible for wage replacement payments from traditional unemployment insurance programs.
· The Built Oregon Marketplace launches as an eCommerce hub designed to celebrate Oregon’s entrepreneurs and connect consumers to products from Oregon businesses. Help connect sellers to the Marketplace and promote giving the gift of Oregon this holiday season and beyond. See the social media toolkit and FAQs attached for more information.
· FEMA Approves Lincoln County for Oregon Direct Temporary Housing Solutions. The FEMA housing mission in Oregon addresses the shortage of available housing in the designated four counties, providing a bridge to eligible applicants as they develop a long-term housing strategy. The approval of Lincoln County comes after a thorough review of need and available date focusing on concentration of damages, lack of affordable housing, lack of available rental resources, and impact to survivors and their communities.
· FEMA Individual Assistance Deadline Extended. The application period will be extended from November 16, 2020, to November 30, 2020. The approval letter has been attached to this email.
· Oregon Community Foundation is pleased to announce that the Project Turnkey Request for Applications for wildfire-affected counties and tribal communities is now open: http://www.oregoncf.org/turnkey
During times of uncertainty, our residents will look to us for leadership and guidance. While the City of Sodaville does not provide public health services like Linn County or the State of Oregon, we do provide other critical services that residents rely upon. Here are a few things to remember that will help us fulfill our role as public servants:
Take care of yourselves and your family. Specifically, wash your hands frequently and try to avoid hand contact with your face and eyes as much as possible. Also, remember to cover your sneezes and coughs.
Use sick leave and other leave when appropriate. If you become symptomatic, please err on the side of caution and use your provided sick leave or other leave types to stay home. This will not only allow you to stay at home to rest and recover, but is also courteous to other employees and community members.