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Benton County to consider shelter proposals


Catherine Mater, shown at the July 2 Corvallis City Council meeting, suggests that the men's cold weather shelter be temporarily placed at the old Flomatcher electronics manufacturing plant across the Willamette River in Linn County.

The Benton County Board of Commissioners meets at noon Tuesday to hear proposals for the men’s cold weather shelter and other social services.

The meeting is at the Sunset Building, 4077 SW Research Way. The board is meeting away from its usual Northwest Fifth Street location because of high community interest in the topic.

Making presentations will be Shawn Collins of the Housing Opportunities Action Council, engineer and downtown Corvallis property owner Catherine Mater and developer Rich Carone.

Collins, a United Way employee whose group is charged with implementing the city-county plan to end homelessness, proposes putting the men’s homeless shelter plus the Stone Soup meal service and the Corvallis Daytime Drop-in Center at a property at 545 SW Second St.

Carone proposes using a building near the corner of Northeast Walnut Boulevard and Belvue Street as a temporary shelter, while he and his investors construct an 18,000-square-feet facility that would house all three services plus other amenities on the same piece of property.

Mater backs Carone’s long-term solution but proposes putting this season’s men’s shelter at the old Flomatcher electronics manufacturing plant across the Willamette River bridges in Linn County.

At stake is $60,000 that the county could choose to spend on the proposal it favors. The commission decided on June 14 not to allocate the money because it opposed the Second Street location. No members of the public were on hand for the decision, and the shelter issue was not on the agenda at that particular meeting.

The shelter issue is the lone item on the agenda for Tuesday’s session, although commissioners could choose to consider additional subjects. Each presenter will be given 15 minutes, followed by questions and answers. One hour has been set aside for public comments, with speakers limited to three minutes apiece.

The Corvallis City Council, which discussed the three proposals at a five-and-a-half hour meeting last Monday, is expected to deliberate on how to spend the $60,000 it has authorized to spend on the shelter at its July 16 meeting. It is not clear what will happen if the two bodies back different proposals.

In other public meetings:


• The Corvallis-Benton County Economic Development Advisory Board meets at 3 p.m. at the Madison Avenue Meeting Room, 500 SW Madison Ave.

• An open house to discuss the possibility of forming an urban renewal district in South Corvallis will be held from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Lincoln Elementary School gym, 110 SE Alexander Ave. Key goals of the meeting are: to advise residents what urban renewal is and how it might benefit South Corvallis; help residents learn about projects under discussion; and give residents the opportunity to provide feedback to the committee working on the project.

The event will include presentations, breakout groups and stations that will focus on the proposed projects. Food, child care and translation services will be available.

• The Philomath City Council meets at 7 p.m. at City Hall, 980 Applegate St., and will consider social service agency funding and ordinances relating to the annexation of the Millpond Crossing property on Chapel Drive.


• The Corvallis Historic Resources Commission meets at 6:30 p.m. at the downtown fire station, 400 NW Harrison Blvd. Commissioners will hold four public hearings, one on adding a window to a building at 650 SW Third St., one on alterations at Graf Hall at Oregon State University, one on revisions to the Miller House at 585 NW 35th St. and one on adding air conditioning units to Snell Hall at Oregon State.

• The city of Corvallis is hosting an orientation event at 6:30 p.m. at the Madison room for those thinking of running for City Council or mayor. Topics to be discussed include the city charter, the city website, ward boundaries, city operations and departments, city meeting schedules and procedures, boards and commissions, agendas and packet materials, city records and council policies. Candidates also can pick up election packets at the meeting. The deadline to turn in completed forms is Aug. 17. The election is Nov. 6.


• The Corvallis Downtown Advisory Board meets at 5:30 p.m. at the Madison room. Board members will be updated on the transportation systems plan update and downtown alley lighting.

• The Corvallis-Benton County Library Advisory Board meets at 7:30 at the library, 645 NW Monroe Ave.

Contact reporter James Day at or 541-758-9542. Follow at or


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