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Marion County Oregon

September 21, 2017

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County breaks ground on new public safety building

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On Monday, August 7, Marion County broke ground on a new public safety building to house the Sheriff's Office Parole & Probation and Enforcement divisions. The 30,909 sq. ft. facility will provide for improved interoperability and needed additional space. The new building is expected to open summer 2018.


Sheriff Jason Myers said, "We're privileged to witness the construction of a safe, seismically-sound building for our law enforcement first responders and our parole and probation professionals. This building will provide for strong future growth of our agency, collaboration amongst our public safety teams and will serve as an excellent facility to provide programs and services for our community."


The new building provides work areas for staff and clients that are safe, professional and functional. Safety and security of employees is enhanced with controlled entry points, adequate hallways and secondary exits. Common work and support areas are arranged centrally to maximize efficiency. Sustainable lighting and material selection has been chosen to minimize impact on natural resources. 


The project team includes owner’s representative Day CPM, Carlson Veit Architects and Emerick Construction as the construction manager and general contractor. 


The Public Safety Building is the second in a series of capital projects planned by Marion County. Commissioner Sam Brentano, board chair, said, “We rely on our dedicated public safety staff to provide essential services throughout the county. I’m pleased that the county has been able to take advantage of low cost financing to improve the county’s infrastructure for the next generation.” 

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The Board of Commissioners are joined by members of the Marion County Sheriff's Office and project team in a groundbreaking ceremony for a new public safety building.

Disasters don't plan ahead - you can!

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Each year Marion County recognizes September as national Emergency Preparedness Month and practices earthquake preparedness in October during the Great Oregon Shakeout. In the Mid-Willamette Valley we’ve had the opportunity in the last few months to see emergency planning in action. From preparations for the historic total solar eclipse to devastating wildfires, emergency management staff and others have worked to ensure that our area is ready when/if disaster strikes.


Following a hot, dry summer with several wildfires impacting the state and our region, we’ve already seen a dramatic change in weather with an early fall rainstorm. While the rain is providing needed relief for fires, it also brings its own set of potential problems. Increased rain and badly burned forested areas bring the increased possibility of flash floods.


Whether it’s an unexpected fall storm, earthquake, or preparing for a large influx of visitors, there are some simple things you can do to prepare yourself, your family, and your home. 


Health Department promotes safe sleep for infants

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Marion County Health Department, in partnership with the Marion and Polk Infant Safe Sleep Coalition, is working to reduce the risk of Sudden Unexpected Infant Death. Each year, the Marion-Polk region experiences preventable sleep related infant deaths. Although numbers are small, this is one of the greatest tragedies that parents and caregivers experience.

The Oregon Health Authority's 2014 report Child Fatalities in Oregon, notes that 34 of 36 Sudden Unexpected Infant Deaths were sleep related. Education is a crucial foundation for this project as families either have safe sleep spaces but don't know how to use them properly, or do not have them at all.


Infant safe sleep practices include:

  • Always place your baby "Back to Sleep."  Tell all caregivers that your baby sleeps on his/her back only.
  • Share the same bedroom during the infant's first year of life (but not the same bed).
  • Only baby goes in the crib; no toys, blankets or other items.
  • Provide tummy time while supervised.
  • A pacifier can be used once breastfeeding is established or after one month of age.
  • Keep room temperature between 65-71 degrees. Do not over-bundle your baby when sleeping.
  • Do not smoke in your house.
  • Do not leave children sleeping in a car seat or other infant seat. 
  • Do not cover car seats with a blanket or other materials.

 Read the full article on our website. 

Dog Shelter schedule change

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Effective Saturday, September 16, 2017, the Marion County Dog Shelter will be closed on Saturdays from noon to 1 p.m.

For more information about the shelter and adoptable dogs, visit our website ​or call (503) 566-6966. ​

Events Calendar

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National Preparedness Month

September 23
Get Ready Salem
Emergency Preparedness Fair
Oregon State Capitol 

September 30
Fall Fashion Frenzy
Woodburn Premium Outlets
Fundraiser for Marion County Dog Services

Domestic Violence Awareness Month
Information and resources

October 7
Marion County Dog Services
Vaccination and License Fair
Volcanoes Stadium, Keizer

October 7
Steps to Safety Walk/Run
Dept. of Public Safety Standards & Training
9:00 a.m.

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle - Green Community Calendar 

Visit our Meetings & Events for a full list of upcoming activities.