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Pick Your Park - Designing Mill Creek Park

Join your community in designing the new Mill Creek Park on Thursday, February 22 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Stayton Community Center (400 W. Virginia Street). If you are on Facebook, you can RSVP "going" to the event here: https://www.facebook.com/events/527273024322080


The City of Stayton is seeking community feedback as part of the master planning process for Mill Creek Park. Join us for an interactive evening as we select the features and amenities for Stayton's newest park. 


Pacific Power Smart Meter Installation Begins in February

Did you hear that Smart Meters are coming your way soon from Pacific Power?

Stayton’s Pacific Power home and business customers are getting an upgrade this year with the installation of new smart meters in February 2018. A smart meter is a digital electric meter that can send and receive simple communications with Pacific Power through a secure wireless network. Your new smart meter can:


  • Help Pacific Power respond faster to outages
  • Give you insights into your energy use
  • Provide a forecast of your next power bill
  • Allow you to set usage budgets and alerts
  • Support the transition to clean energy


The replacement of your meter is quick and won’t cost you anything. For additional information on smart meters and Pacific Power’s installation of the technology in Oregon , visit www.pacificpower.net/smartmeter or call 1-866-869-8520.


Stayton Man Arrested on Four Counts of Sexual Abuse
Concluding a six-month investigation, Stayton Police Department arrested Jorge Ramos, a 53 year old Stayton man, on four counts of Sexual Abuse in the First Degree. Police indicated the charges involve two separate victims. Investigators believe there are likely more victims who have not yet come forward.

Ramos was taken into custody Thursday afternoon following a Marion County Grand Jury issuing an indictment for Ramos’ arrest. He was transported to the Marion County Jail where he was lodged.

Stayton Police would like to hear from additional victims and anyone who has information to share about the case. Those with information can call Detective Paul Eves at (503) 769-3421.

Brews, Bites & Books 2018
The Stayton Public Library Foundation is excited to invite you to their Brews, Bites & Books 2018 event.


This event is a community fundraising event where you'll be able to experience an evening of beer & food pairings with live music and is presented by Three Creeks Brewing.


To learn more and purchase tickets, visit the event page. Tickets are $20 per person and include a 4-course beer & food pairing and non-alcoholic beverages. This event is for those 21 years & older.

New Traffic Laws in Effect January 2018

Did you hear about the new traffic laws that went into effect in Oregon as of January 1st? If not, here's a quick recap:


  • Motorists are required to move over if they see any vehicle with hazard or flashing warning lights on the side of the roadway. If it is unsafe to change lanes, drivers must slow down. Previously, this requirement only applied to emergency vehicles but now applies to any vehicle employing warning lights.

  • Cities that utilize electronic red-light enforcement technology can now also issue electronic citations for speeding at those intersections. Prior to issuing both types of citations, a city is required to enact an ordinance establishing the authority to issue both citations, conduct a public information campaign and place signage at the intersection. Please note Stayton does not utilize this technology.


  • Finally, businesses in Oregon’s rural counties, which are defined has having 40,000 people or less, may now offer full-time self-service gasoline. Self-service was previously allowed in those counties, but only after dark.


Also, a reminder of the enhanced distracted driving law, which clarified that using entertainment apps or programming of navigation devices while driving are unsafe driving behaviors, which took effect on October 1, 2017.

City of Stayton Drinking Water - Response to Fuel in North Santiam River
On Friday evening around 11:00 p.m., a fuel tanker truck lost control in icy conditions and crashed on Highway 22 near Idahna. The tanker was carrying an estimated 11,600 gallons of gasoline, some fraction of which burned in the ensuing fire. An unknown amount of fuel made its way to the banks and into North Santiam River.

The City of Stayton gets its drinking water from the North Santiam River. On Saturday night, as a precaution, the City of Stayton Public Works Department closed its water intake on and began using water reserves and the City’s well water. As a precaution, please conserve water until further notice.

On Sunday, responders from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency conducted water sampling at the City’s intake, we should see the results this afternoon or Tuesday morning.

Counterfeit Arrests
Over the past several weeks, the Stayton Police Department has conducted a very extensive investigation regarding counterfeit money. As a result, Mr. Frank Berry (age 49) was arrested for multiple counts of Forgery I, Possession of a Forged Instrument and Possession of a Controlled Substance-Meth. Mr. Reid Dekker (age 26) was arrested for multiple counts of Forgery I, Possession of Controlled Substance-Meth, Theft II, Escape III, Attempt to Elude, and Driving While Suspended.

It is important to pay attention when taking cash or checks as payment for purchased items. The most common currency counterfeited is $20 and $100 bills but other denominations may also be used. Look for incorrect serial numbers, incorrect paper quality, and use currency marking pens. Obtain valid ID and verify funds when taking checks. You may also want to consider a fingerprint system.

After the first of the year, Stayton Police Department, Columbia Bank, and the Stayton-Sublimity Chamber of Commerce will be partnering to host a Fraud Awareness Class for businesses.

Yard Debris Disposal - Saturday!
Don't forget... this Saturday, December 9th from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., the City of Stayton is offering disposal of yard debris, including leaves and brush at the City of Stayton Shops located at 1820 N. 1st Avenue. As a reminder, if you are a Stayton resident, the only cost is the donation of canned food. If you reside outside city limits, the cost is $1 per bag.

Calling all artists!

The Stayton Public Library is announcing a call for art for our Art Show to be held at the Library from February 3 through February 16, 2018.

Any artists that live or work in Stayton or its surrounding communities can submit a maximum of two works of 2-dimensional or 3-dimensional art. Art may be of any subject, but must be family friendly. There is no submission fee.

To be included in the show, the artist needs to submit a registration form and release available at the Stayton Library, 515 N. 1st Ave, Stayton, or online at www.staytonlibrary.org. All art and registrations must be delivered to the library by Thursday, February 1, 2018. All 2-dimensional artwork must be wired and ready to hang at time of delivery. On Friday, February 2, 2018 there will be an opening reception for the public to meet the artists from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 pm.

For more information please call (503) 769-3313 or email staytonpl@ccrls.org.

Public Works Announces 2018 Street Projects
The Stayton Public Works Department has announced their upcoming 2018 street projects. To learn more about the projects, visit their Streets and Construction page and scroll to the bottom section titles "Upcoming Projects."

Mayor Seeks Letters of Interest for Vacant Council Seat

The Stayton City Council currently has one vacancy after the recent resignation of Councilor Jennifer Niegel. Mayor Henry Porter is accepting Letters of Interest from interested community members who would like to serve on the Council.

The councilor term runs through December 2020. Meetings of the City Council typically occur at 7:00 p.m. the first and third Monday of every month. On occasion, the City may need a Special Call which most likely would occur on the second and fourth Mondays. Council members also serve as liaisons to other City Boards and Commissions and as a Budget Committee member. For more information, please visit: www.staytonoregon.gov/page/gov_cc_home

The first review of Letters of Interest will be on October 27th, 2017, but will continue to be accepted until the position has been filled. If you would like to submit a Letter of Interest, please submit your letter to City Hall at 362 N. Third Avenue, Stayton, OR 97383 or via email at aangelo@ci.stayton.or.us.

Stayton Police Department K-9 Drug Dog Spaghetti Fundraiser

On Friday, November 3rd from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., the Stayton United Methodist Church will be hosting a delicious spaghetti dinner to help raise money for the Stayton Police Department’s K-9 Drug Dog Program. Free will donations are accepted. All donations go to the Stayton Police K-9 Drug Dog Program and will help with dog food, veterinary bills, etc. The Stayton United Methodist Church is located at 1450 Fern Ridge RD SE in Stayton. If you have questions, contact the church at (503) 769-5700.

Stayton Community Emergency Response Team - Free Training Offered

The Stayton Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) is offering a free training starting September 19th. This training is for individuals who want to become a CERT member or just learn to be more prepared. Training topics include personal and family preparedness, first aid, fire extinguisher use, disaster psychology, light search and rescue, operations, etc. Curriculum is from FEMA. Classes are about 3 hours each for 8 consecutive Tuesdays. 

For more information and to register, contact CERT Team Leader Jamie Mattison or Sgt. Michael Meeks at (503) 769-3421.

City Attorney David Rhoten has Passed Away

The City is of Stayton is deeply saddened to announce the passing of longtime City Attorney David Rhoten. For almost 30 years Mr. Rhoten has loyally and faithfully served the community.

Mr. Rhoten was an esteemed, highly respected and regarded attorney who was admitted to the Oregon State Bar in 1961. Additionally, he was a member of the Marion County Bar Association and the Northern Willamette Valley Leadership Council. Mr. Rhoten was the 2015 recipient of the Marion County Bar Association Paul J. De Muniz Professionalism Award.

Stayton’s Mayor Henry Porter shared, “I’ve known David for almost 30 years and considered him a friend. I enjoyed working with him, he was a great guy. David will be missed.”

“I am deeply saddened by the news of David’s passing,” shared City Administrator Keith Campbell. “He was a gifted and talented attorney who was passionate and dedicated to our community. More importantly David was a warm and kind individual whose joy and happiness was infectious. He will be greatly missed.”

In addition to his service with Stayton, Mr. Rhoten served on the committees of Oregon State Bar - Election Laws; Chair of the Law Economics Committee; Special Assistant to the Attorney General of Oregon; Chair of the Oregon Arts Commission and Oregon Arts Foundation; Chair of the Salem Civil Service Commission; Marion County Bar Association Board; Oregon Community Foundation Board (Chair, Scholarship Committee); Chair (Hon.) of the Friends of Halley Brown Ford Art Gallery (Willamette University); Chair of the Historic Elsinore Theatre Board; and MERIT Board Member.

For more information, please go to David Rhoten’s facebook page.

Stayton Community Dog Park - Now Open!
The Stayton Community Dog Park is now open. The dog park is located at 4th and Florence Street.

Annual Pool Maintenance Closure
The Stayton Family Memorial Pool's annual maintenance closure begins today, August 28th. The Pool will reopen on Saturday, September 9th. If you have any questions, contact the pool at (503) 767-7665.

Camping Information

We’ve received many inquiries about camping within city limits. The City of Stayton would like to remind guests camping is prohibited on public property unless a camping permit is obtained.

Permit applications are available at the Stayton Police Department, which is open 24 hours a day during the eclipse weekend, or via our website under the Document Center tab.

Camping permits will only be issued to those who have self-contained water, sewage, and garbage containers. Permits may be revoked if visitors disturb the peace and become disruptive. A full description of the municipal code on camping is available here

For those taking advantage of our beautiful parks please be mindful of local regulations:

  • No tobacco or marijuana use
  • No alcoholic beverages
  • No open flame fires
  • No swimming in the Stayton Ditch

If you have questions or would like to report suspicious activity please contact the Stayton Police Department at (503) 769-3421. We will have officers dedicated to park patrol during peak hours of the weekend.

Eclipse Weekend Parking

Stayton has free on-street parking throughout the city unless otherwise posted. The Library, Community Center, and Stayton Family Memorial Pool parking lots are for Library, Community Center, and Pool patrons only.

There are two public parking lots available in downtown Stayton, one on the corner of Second Avenue and Florence Street (behind the Municipal Court) and another at Third Avenue and Florence Street.

If you have any questions or concerns about where someone is parked, you can contact the Police Department's non-emergency line at (503) 769-3421.

Extended Open Swim on Eclipse Monday
The Stayton Family Memorial Pool will be holding an extended open swim time on Monday, August 21st to celebrate the Eclipse. The extended Open Swim will run from 4:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Eclipse Weekend is Upon Us

The City of Stayton would like to welcome all of the visitors to our town during the Eclipse weekend. We encourage those who are visiting to become familiar with our Park rules which are posted in each park.

The police department will be doubling our staff throughout the weekend of the Eclipse, with the addition of dedicated traffic personnel along with those dedicated to patrolling our local parks and our front office.

Our front office (located at 386 N. 3rd Avenue) will be open 24 hours a day starting Friday, August 18th at 7:00 a.m. until Tuesday, August 22nd at 7:00 a.m.

We would like to remind our residents that with the influx of people who are not familiar with our City to exercise patience so we can all enjoy the Eclipse as it unfolds.

Local Waterways - Swimming Safety

The City of Stayton would like to remind its citizens of the dangers attributed to swimming in our local waterways. Please use flotation devices for those who are entering the Santiam River, as it can often be very swift with very low temperatures.

Swimming in cold water can increase the danger of drowning as the body will begin to shutdown to preserve its core temperature. We encourage you to use flotation devices when using the waterways.

Also, please remember there is absolutely NO swimming (by either people or pets) in the Stayton Ditch (Power Canal), which flows through the north side of Riverfront park.

Eclipse Reminder - Stayton's Park Rules

We are expecting an influx of visitors to our community this upcoming eclipse weekend. To be sure everyone is aware, we wanted to share our Park rules with not only our community, but also with visitors.

All City of Stayton Parks are closed from 10:00 p.m. until 6:00 a.m., unless a permit has been issued by the Chief of Police or his designee.

The City's Park rules are as follows:

  1. Boisterous, disturbing, threatening, abusive or indecent behavior is prohibited. There is absolutely no obscene gestures or language or unnecessary noise will be tolerated.

  2. There is no spitting, urinating or defecating on the floors, walls, partitions, furniture, fittings, or any portion of the public restroom located in any park, or in any place in a public restroom except for directly into the particular fixture provided for that purpose.

  3. No vandalizing of any property, water ways or facilities within the city parks.

  4. No using any recreational equipment and facilities for activities other than their intended or approved purpose or in any way which could result in damage to them.

  5. No smoking of tobacco, marijuana, or any other substances including e-cigarettes and use of smokeless tobacco in any City parks, facilities or property.

  6. No fires except within designated fire rings or barbecue stands.

  7. No swimming, floating, kayaking, rafting, boating fishing, wading or playing in the Stayton Ditch/Power Canal, which runs through Riverfront park. No person shall put anything into or cause anything to end up in the waterway known as the Stayton Ditch. Also no pets are allowed in the Stayton Ditch.

  8. No person shall drink or consume alcoholic beverages in or upon any public street or sidewalk, alley or public grounds, parks or City-owned facilities and properties except for when a permit is issued.

  9. It is important to remember any violations of the City Park Rules will result in an exclusion from that park or public facility for a period of 30-days. Returning to the park or public facility will result in the person being charged with Trespass.

Stayton Eclipse Watch Party

Join us at Santiam Park for a Community Eclipse Watch Party on Monday, August 21 from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Staff will be on hand with refreshments and will have a limited amount of eclipse glasses to hand out to community members. Hope to see you there!

2017 Solar Eclipse - Stayton Police Department Information

The City of Stayton is in the path of totality for the Solar Eclipse. The eclipse will occur on Monday, August 21st. The eclipse will begin at 9:06 a.m. and end at 11:39 a.m. Peak totality will be from approximately 10:18 until 10:20 a.m.

The video at this link is from an update from the Stayton Police Department to the Governing Body. The City has worked hard to prepare for the events and its expected impacts.

Expectations are that there will be a large influx of people into the Willamette Valley and along the 60 mile wide path of totality. Area hotels and car rental agencies have sold out. The influx is expected to have a significant impact on the service industry and public safety officials.

Projections are that I-5 could be slow to a standstill as early as 6:00 a.m. and that Hwy 22 will be slow to a standstill near the peak totality.

If possible it might be good to try to avoid travel outside of Stayton on August 21st. If you do need to leave the City it might be good to check travel conditions prior to leaving your home. Basically, be smart, use common sense, avoid excess travel, expect delays in travel and increased crowds and restaurants, coffee shops, bars, grocery stores and other service based industries.

Most of important take some time to enjoy the eclipse.

For more information you can go to www.SalemAreaEclipse.info.

Burn Ban in Place
Due to excessive heat, Marion County and Linn County have a total burn ban in place. There is no burning allowed.

Electric Charging Station Installed

The first of three electric car charging stations has been installed in Stayton! The first station has been installed at the Stayton Public Library.

After working with an electrician to identify viable locations to install the stations, the two additional charging stations will be located in downtown Stayton near City Hall and at Pioneer Park. You will see these stations being installed over the next few months.

The charging stations were made possible by a generous donation to the City.

The City enjoys looking for progressive ways to provide services to our community, and we are all extremely excited about this project.

July / August 2017 Newsletter Available
Have you read the latest edition of the City's newsletter, Word on the Street? If not, be sure to download the July / August 2017 newsletter.

Stayton’s 2016 Annual Drinking Water Report Now Available

The Stayton Water System provides a reliable supply of high quality drinking water.  We are pleased to report on our annual testing in accordance with EPA and Oregon Drinking Water Program guidelines.  Our water surpasses all state and federal water quality requirements. The City of Stayton strives to provide the best water possible.

An electronic copy of the report is available on our Water webpage.

Scroll to the bottom to view Stayton Consumer Confidence Report 2016. Paper copies are available upon request by calling (503) 769-2919 or send a written request to Water Quality Report, Stayton Public Works, 362 N. Third Ave., Stayton, OR 97383.  Copies are also available at City Hall, 362 N. Third Avenue.

El Informe de la Calidad del Agua en Stayton de 2016 ya está disponible para descargar.  ¡Es Información importante!

Register Now for the 2017 Fishing Derby!

The 2017 Fishing Derby is approaching quickly. Fill out the registration form and submit no later than June 12th!

Derby One Page 2017.pdf

Vehicle into Pond near Stayton Pharmacy

On May 8th, 2017 at about 11:55 am, units from Stayton Fire Department, Stayton Police Department, Sublimity Fire Department, Santiam Ambulance and Jefferson Fire District (water rescue team) responded to a report of truck that drove into the pond on the south side of the Stayton Pharmacy (102 Martin Dr). 

It was unknown at the time of the report if anyone was still inside the partially submerged vehicle.  Stayton Police arrived and were advised of two occupants still in the vehicle.  A bystander had already entered the water and was attempting to assist the two elderly occupants.  Stayton Fire Department, with the assistance of the Jefferson Fire Department water rescue team, were able to extricate the two occupants from the vehicle.  No injuries were sustained from the crash with the occupants refusing medical assistance. The investigation concluded the driver hit the gas instead of the brakes causing the vehicle to leave the Stayton Pharmacy drive thru and crash through safety cables into the pond. The truck was removed by a tow company. Please feel free to contact the Stayton Police Department with any questions.

Search Warrant Served, Stayton Middle School Placed in Lock Out

As a precautionary measure this morning, Stayton Middle School was placed in "lock out" while the Stayton Police Department served a search warrant in the 2100 block of Kindle Way. The search warrant was the result of a several month drug investigation.

The "lock out" was put into place because of the school's close proximity to the police activity. A "lock out" means all entry doors are locked, however, activities and school continue as usual inside the building.

“The Great American Eclipse” presentation at Stayton Public Library

STAYTON, Ore. -- The Stayton Public Library is excited to announce a presentation “The Great American Eclipse” with Chris Claysmith on Thursday, May 18 at 7:00 pm in the E. G. Siegmund Meeting Room. There will be a reception accompanying the event.

Chemeketa Astronomy Instructor Chris Claysmith will give a presentation on the history and geometry of eclipses as well as why the 2017 eclipse may be a once in a lifetime event and how Stayton is in a prime viewing location. Chris Claysmith graduated from Stayton High School in 2002 and went on to obtain a Bachelor's in Physics from Oregon State University and a Master's in Astronomy from Boston University. He returned to Oregon from Massachusetts and now teaches Physics and Astronomy at Chemeketa Community College. The Stayton Public Library’s speaking events for 2017 are made possible, in part, by funding from the Marion County Cultural Corporation and the Stayton Friends of the Library.

City of Stayton Awarded the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for 2016-2017 Budget
The City of Stayton has been awarded the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for the 2016-2017 Budget by the Government Finance Officers Association. This award is the highest form of recognition in governmental budgeting. The Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) established the Distinguished Budget Presentation Awards Program to encourage local governments to prepare, provide, and utilize budget documents of the very highest quality as adopted by the National Advisory Council on State and Local Budgeting and the GFOA’s best practices on budgeting.

For 2016-2017 only seventeen Oregon municipalities were given this prestigious award. Including Stayton, only three other municipalities received the award with populations less than 10,000 people.

Stayton City Administrator Keith Campbell had the following comments about the honor, “This award is a reflection of the values and expectations of the City of Stayton Governing Body. We may not be a large City, but our community should expect for us to be a benchmark for quality, transparency, and best practices.”

The award was made possible by the hard work of our Financial Consultant Andy Parks, as well as the dedicated management team of Police Chief Rich Sebens and Lieutenant Charlie Button, Public Works Director Lance Ludwick, Planner Dan Fleishman, Library Directors Janna Moser and Pam Pugsley, Deputy City Recorder Alissa Angelo, and Associate Accountant Cindy Chauran.

Low Interest Loans Available for Home Repair

Is your home in need of repair? New furnace, insulation, or safety improvements?

The City of Stayton Housing Rehabilitation Program still has funding available for home improvements for income-qualified home owners. Properties must be owner-occupied. The owners must meet the current guidelines as low or moderate income households and have enough equity in their homes to meet the loan guidelines. The loans may be used to repair or replace roofing, plumbing and electrical problems, carpet or linoleum, painting, dry-rot, foundation repairs. The maximum loan amount is $25,000. No monthly payments are required – the loan is repaid from the proceeds of the sale. An interest rate of 4% is charged for the first four years and following that, no additional interest accrues. The funds for the Program come from a Community Development Block Grant from the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development.

For more information, contact Dan Fleishman, Director of Planning and Development at (503) 769-2998 or via email at dfleishman@ci.stayton.or.us. Applications for a loan may be received from Garrett Jensen at the Mid-Willamette Valley Council of Governments, (503) 588-6177.

City of Stayton "State of Our Streets" Town Halls

The City will be holding multiple Town Hall meetings to share a presentation on the current state of streets in Stayton and to answer questions from community members. These meetings will be held at the Stayton Public Library in the E.G. Siegmund Meeting Room on these dates:

  • Tuesday, April 18th at 6:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, April 19th at 1:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, April 22nd at 10:00 a.m.

At the May 16, 2017 election, there will be a measure for establishing a $0.03 motor vehicle fuel tax within the city of Stayton. In Stayton, 9 miles of streets need reconstruction and 12 miles of streets need pavement overlays. The total cost of improving and maintaining the City's streets is estimated at $23.5 million. A tax on motor vehicle fuels in the city of Stayton would generate funds dedicated to the repair and upgrade City-maintained streets. Presently, Stayton's Street Fund is comprised of revenues from transportation maintenance fees shared state gas revenues and the Surface Transportation Program. The $0.03 per gallon motor vehicle fuel tax is estimated to raise approximately $165,000 per year and will contribute to the revenue necessary to properly maintain and improve City-maintained streets.

When you visit the link below you will find a video of the presentation given to City Council at their February 6, 2017 meeting. In addition there is also a downloadable version of the PowerPoint presentation and a copy of the City's Street Ratings spreadsheet.If you have any questions, don't hesitate to contact City Hall at (503) 769-3425.

City of Stayton Fuel Tax Information

Mill Creek - Bring It Back to Life
On April 19 from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., the Marion Soil & Conservation District is hosting "Mill Creek - Bring it Back to LIFE" at the Stayton Community Center. If you have questions, please contact Meredith Hoffman at MSWCD at (503) 391-9927, ext. 335 or via email at meredith.hoffman@marionswcd.net.

Marion Street Improvements
Beginning April 10th, improvements to Marion Street from First Avenue to Seventh Avenue will begin. For approximately 5 weeks, expect delays and intermittent road closures as the project is underway. We appreciate your patience during the construction. If you have questions about the project, please contact Public Works at (503) 769-2919.

Stayton Friends of Library Raises Funds for an Electronic Reader Board

Thanks to generous support from the community, including an anonymous $10,000 donor, the Stayton Friends of the Library has reached their goal to fund an electronic reader board! Once the proper permitting is in place, the current reader board in front of the Library on First Avenue will be upgraded to an electronic reader board sign.

Once again, thank you to everyone who supported this effort!

Pool Employees Earn American Red Cross Life Saving Award

Congratulations to Aleya Hill, Billie Hight-Maurer, and Jacob Rothrock for receiving the American Red Cross Life Saving Award!

They were honored for their efforts in saving Pool patron Mike Hafner on June 23rd, 2016, when he began to show signs of a medical emergency while swimming. Preparation for this type of emergency is continuous and on-going for the lifeguards and the hope is they will never need to use their training.The City wants to once again commend Aleya Hill, Billie Hight-Maurer, and Jacob Rothrock for their quick thinking and action. ??

City of Stayton’s Water the “Best Tasting Surface Water” of 2017

It appears congratulations are in order for our hard working Public Works crew!

At their conference last week, the Oregon Association of Water Utilities named the City of Stayton’s water the “Best Tasting Surface Water” of 2017. City Administrator Keith Campbell noted, “This award validates the hard work and dedication of our Public Works staff.”According to their website, the Oregon Association of Water Utilities is a nonprofit, independent association of water and wastewater utilities. OAWU was formed in 1977 to represent water utilities’ interests in the state legislature and provide onsite technical assistance. OAWU is a state affiliate of the National Rural Water Association. NRWA is one of America’s largest and strongest voices for rural and small systems, representing over 27,000 water and wastewater members.

Detective Eves and K9 Officer Brodie are Honored with Distinguished Citizen Medals
On March 6, 2017, the Officers and Members of the Oregon State Society Daughters of the American Revolution Abigail Scott Duniway Chapter were on hand to present Detective Paul Eves and K9 Officer Brodie with Distinguished Citizen Medals for their distinguished service, community policing and criminal investigation in 2016.

The DAR Distinguished Citizen Medal was introduced in 2013 to recognize individuals eighteen years of age and older, who fulfill the qualities of honor, service, courage, leadership, and patriotism. The DAR Distinguished Citizen Medal is awarded to emergency first responders; active duty military and veterans of the United States Armed Forces; and citizens who have contributed to the defense and security of the community, state, or nation in an exceptional manner. This was the first Distinguished Citizen Medal to be awarded by the Abigail Scott Duniway Chapter of DAR.

City Council Refers Motor Vehicle Fuel Tax to Voters
At their February 6, 2017 meeting, the City Council referred a $0.03 Motor Vehicle Fuel Tax to the voters for consideration. We will be holding several Town Hall meetings to give a presentation and discuss the state of our streets in the Stayton community. To learn more, please visit our Motor Vehicle Fuel Tax page.

Emergency Warming Center


In response to the expected cold temperatures, the City of Stayton is opening an Emergency Warming Center at the Community Center. It will open Monday January 2nd at 6:00 p.m. through Tuesday, January 3rd at 8:00 a.m. The warming center is available to anyone who may be at risk for exposure to the chilling temperatures.

Please share this information with anyone who may need a warm place. For more information, contact (503) 769-3425 (please note City Hall is closed today, Monday), or our after-hours line (503) 769-3421.

The center will be staffed with members of the Community Emergency Response Team and other community volunteers. It will not be a substitute for a homeless shelter, food and bedding will not be provided. The shelter will be extended for additional nights if the need is there and volunteers are available.



Cold Weather Tips

The weather reports are calling for frigid temperatures in Oregon in the coming week.

The following tips are offered to help prevent your water pipes from freezing during winter weather and freezing temperatures.



  • Close all foundation vents – this will stop the cold winter wind from blowing into around, and beneath your house. Not only will this keep your pipes from freezing, but also your floors will be warmer. Failure to close the foundation vents is probably the single greatest cause of frozen or split water lines.


  • If you have a kitchen sink or bathroom fixtures located so that the outside wall faces north or strong winter winds, let a faucet drip during cold weather conditions. The small cost of the dripping water during very cold weather will be minimal when compared to the cost of repairing a frozen or split pipe. Leave cupboard doors open so pipes within those cupboards are exposed to interior heat.


  • Wrap exposed water lines – outside faucets, under the house, in the walls, and in the attic. Newspapers make an economical pipe wrapping. Lay the newspaper flat, then roll around the pipes one or two inches thick and tape, making sure the tape overlaps itself. On pipe elbows, angles, etc. wad the paper, wrap and tape. Near the ground or floor, push the paper rolls tight.


  • If you are going to gone for any length of time, shut off all your water at the water main shut-off valve (your side), or you may want to call us to turn the water off at the meter. Turn on all the faucets and flush the toilets to drain pipes and allow for expansion.



  • If your pipes are frozen, assume they are broken or split at some point. Have some repair clamps ready when they thaw, and know how to shut off the water in a hurry! 


  • Use hair dryers, heat lamps, or electric heaters to thaw the lines. 


  • Don’t Use An Open Flame To Thaw Pipes! This may appear to be the most rapid way, but it presents a tremendous fire hazard. 

SCTC Long Distance Service Temporarily Down
We were notified by SCTC that a fiber line was hit in the Portland area and that has taken down their long distance services. They are currently working on repairing the line in Portland and at this time do not have an ETA on when service will be back up.

Stayton's Annual Clean-Up Days - Saturday, November 12th

Don't forget... this Saturday, November 12th from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., the City of Stayton is offering disposal of yard debris, including leaves and brush at the City of Stayton Shops located at 1820 N. 1st Avenue. As a reminder, if you are a Stayton resident, the only cost is the donation of canned food. If you reside outside city limits, the cost is $1 per bag.

Bicycle Maintenance and Repair Station

The City has completed installation of a bicycle maintenance and repair station which is located at Santiam Park, 2250 N 3rd Avenue. The maintenance and repair station comes with an air pump and all the tools necessary to perform basic bike repairs and maintenance, from changing a flat to adjusting brakes and derailleurs.


Stayton Police Department K-9 Drug Dog Program Fundraiser
Join us on Friday, November 4th from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. for a Spaghetti Dinner fundraiser for the Stayton Police Department’s K-9 Drug Dog Program. It will be held at the Stayton United Methodist Church, located at 1450 Fern Ridge Road SE in Stayton. All donations will go to the Stayton Police Department’s K-9 Drug Dog Program.

Stayton's Annual Fall Clean-Up Days

Do you have an overload of leaves and brush?

The City of Stayton is offering disposal of yard debris, including leaves and brush, on Saturday, November 12th from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and Saturday, December 10th from 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.

The collection site is at the City of Stayton Shops located at 1820 N. 1st Avenue, Stayton. The only cost to you as a citizen of Stayton is a donation of canned food to be given to the Stayton Food Bank. If you live outside the City limits, cost is $1 per bag.

Seniors who need assistance raking, bagging, or having their yard debris picked up and delivered to the drop-off site are asked to sign up by contacting Stayton Public Works at (503) 769-2919.

Food Composting

Spread the word! Stayton residents can now add food scraps and other organics to their yard debris bin for curbside collection. For more information on the program, including what can be collected, please visit http://www.mcrecycles.net.

No Shave November

Once again the Stayton Police Department will be participating in No-Shave November! The intention of No-Shave November is to increase cancer awareness and honor those fighting cancer. The Stayton Police Association will make a donation to No-Shave.org, a charitable organization committed to cancer research, prevention and education.

Officers will also be wearing brown wristbands in support of No-Shave November. We are asking the Community of Stayton to rally behind the fight against cancer and make a donation to organizations such as No-Shave.org or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Thank you for coming together with us for this worthy cause!

Heavy Rains, Winds in Stayton Area
Beginning today, we are expecting heavy rains and winds. The stormy weather is expected to continue through the weekend. Please be prepared for high winds and a lot of rain. The winds are expected begin later this afternoon (Thursday). In addition, help us keep storm drains free of leaves and other debris to prevent localized flooding.

Facebook Rumors, Gossip, and Citizen Responsibility

The City of Stayton is aware of several local Facebook groups that have become a place for rumors, gossip, innuendo, and information that is simply devoid of fact or truth. It is impossible for the City to actively try to respond or squelch these irresponsible posts. Our policy is, and will continue to be, to utilize our time and resources to more constructive dialogue and communication. Simply put, we don’t have the time or resources address social media gossip.

As a reminder, social media is not the appropriate place to report crimes, possible crimes, and unsafe situations. If you need Police assistance, or to speak to a Police Officer, you can contact us 24 hours a day 7 days a week at the following numbers

Emergency – 911
Non-Emergency – (503) 769-3421

If you need to discuss City Services, or to report a City issue that is non-police related, you can contact (503) 769-3425.

We should all take responsibility on posting, sharing, or commenting on social media. It is important that all of us think before we post. Some irresponsible posts have caused serious and unnecessary fear, panic, and anger.

The City will continue to actively utilize our Facebook page to share important City information from all City Departments. We also actively support, meaningful, and constructive dialogue. If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please contact us.

Water Slide Rehabilitation

During the recent annual closure of the Stayton Family Memorial Pool, the water slide was rehabilitated. The funding to complete this project was made possible because of the the voter approved Stayton Parks, Pool, and Library Local Option Tax Levy.

Friends of the Library Fall Used Book Sale

The Stayton Friends of the Library Fall Used Book Sale is this week at the Stayton Community Center.

The Sale runs from October 6th thru October 8th.

Thursday, October 6th from 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Friday, October 7th from 9:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, October 8th from 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. (Bag Day)

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