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poor communication and assistance from city government and council with the business community.

“We have tried to get permission and resources to construct a sign that would be posted on 1st street alerting locals and visitors of the businesses located in the ‘old’ downtown, 3rd street. If you drove through Stayton, you’d never know 3rd street existed. The City has been aware of this interest for years, but nothing gets done.”

“The Chamber should foster more of these businesses started by semi-retired seniors. It would be an excellent way to increase senior participation in the community and possibly help revamp downtown.”

“A lot of people don’t want the rock quarry to be mined by Scio.”

A cell tower approved by Marion County inside Stayton’s urban growth boundary has drawn criticism from residents concerned about visual impacts.

Schools

“School enrollment is growing but new facilities have not been added since the 1970s. The schools are busting at the seams.”

“The schools are getting overcrowded. Families with young children are especially asking where to send their kids to school.”

The present cuts in education because of the limitations of state budget are a cause of widespread concern.

Governance

“More and more retired people and renters mean we lose the vote on bonds.”

“The city doubled the cost of a building permit, from $5,000 to $10,000, supposedly to keep low cost housing out.”

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