The Albany City Council this week got an update on the work of the Homeless Enrichment and Rehabilitation Team.
The group works to address aspects of homelessness in Albany and parts of Linn County.
Spokeswoman Marilyn Smith discussed the 10-year plan developed to improve the lives of the homeless. She also said monthly breakfasts for HEART representatives to exchange information have resumed.
Since HEART began in 2008, the agency has served more than 200 people, with many finding jobs and permanent housing.
In other business at its Wednesday meeting, the council:
• Honored retiring Councilor Jeff Christman for eight years of service.
• Voted to pay the Albany School District $400,000 for use of the Timber Ridge School gym for the next 20 years.
• Authorized City Manager Wes Hare to purchase 230 Main St. S.E. and 1029 Third Ave. S.E. for $230,000. The properties are needed to reconstruct Main between First and Fourth avenues and to build a new roundabout at Main and Salem Avenue. (For more on the roundabout, see the editorial on page A10.)
• Made installing sewer meters optional for billing purposes to customers connected to the city’s sewer system who either do not have access to or have chosen not to connect to the water system. Customers could use a set sewer rate if they choose.
• Approved an additional $60,000 payment to M.L. Houck Construction to cover unforeseen work that arose during reconstruction of a portion of Jackson Street.
• Approved an additional $148,500 payment to Pacific Excavation for reconstructing a portion of Oak Street. The funds will cover work required after a survey error. Staff is working to recover the costs from the private surveyor hired to do the job. About $200,000 was allocated to the project to cover unforeseen costs.