Here are updates on stories that we have been tracking:
Tree farm awards
The story: The Oregon Tree Farm System organizes an annual award program that honors the tree farmers of the year in the state.
The latest: The organization held its annual awards luncheon Oct. 22 at the Oregon Garden in Silverton. Steve and Wylda Cafferata of Springfield won the honor. Also nominated for the honor were David Hibbs and Sarah Karr of Corvallis, whose farm is just across the Benton County line in Polk County, and Linn County representatives Ivan and Rebecca Wolthuis of Sweet Home.
Rental housing program
The story: The city of Corvallis has operated a rental housing program since 2002.
The latest: At the Oct. 16 City Council meeting councilors approved four changes in the program. First, the policy now will clearly state that property owners are required to register their units. Second, the city will be allowed to assess a penalty to property owners for not reporting their units. Third, the process used to calculate fees for group quarters such as fraternities will change. Fourth, it specifies how those available for fee waivers can apply for them. The program charges property owners $14 per unit per fiscal year. The fee goes up to $15 in 2019.
The story: The Oregon Beverage Recycling Cooperative is planning to open a collection outlet on Northwest Ninth Street in Corvallis.
The latest: The cooperative originally thought it could have the facility up and running by this fall, perhaps as soon as this month. However, Joel Schoening, community relations manager for the OBRC, said that the outlet is not likely to open until the spring of next year. Schoening noted that the shift in Oregon to 10 cents for deposits and some work that the building on 111 NW Ninth is requiring led to the delay.
Vision, climate boards
The story: The city of Corvallis approved a vision statement and a climate action plan late last year. Next steps for the two projects is establishing advisory boards to implement the strategies.
The latest: The City Council at its Oct. 16 meeting approved the formation of separate advisory boards for the two projects that will meet in alternating months. The Imagine Corvallis Action Network (ICAN), which already has a chairman — Mayor Biff Traber — and 10 members, might begin meeting as soon as next month. The climate action group likely will not meet until early in 2018.