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State of the county positive because of 'good solid foundation'


The three Marion County commissioners gave a state of the county address at the Woodburn Area Chamber of Commerce forum lunch Wednesday.by: LINDSAY KEEFER - Commissioners (from left) Patti Milne, Janet Carlson and Sam Brentano address questions at Wednesday's state of the county.

Commissioner Janet Carlson opened with a stable budget forecast, benefits to the coordinated care organization Willamette Valley Community Health and support of the OSU Extension Service.

Next, Patti Milne, who is not running for re-election this year, reflected on the past 15 years on the board of commissioners, while also praising the county’s efforts to create a Rainy Day Fund, to promote wellness and to increase public safety.

“We’re more enthusiastic and more committed to creative problem solving,” she said. “We’ve been able to move the county to the good solid foundation it is today.”

Commissioner Sam Brentano closed with positive comments about the Interstate 5 interchange, remarks about the fate of a local ash fill and his confidence in the decision to move the county offices back to Courthouse Square in Salem after significant remodel.

After each commissioner spoke, they took questions from the floor.

“I’m just proud of Marion County and proud to be part of it,” Brentano said, in closing.

The commissioners will speak at the Mount Angel Chamber of Commerce’s community forum March 26 at noon in the Mount Angel Library, 290 E. Charles St.