*UPDATE* Marion County TODAY - May 4, 2021

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Marion County Oregon

May 4, 2021

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COVID-19 Vaccine Update

Walk-ins welcome at Salem Health vaccine clinic

Commissioner Cameron receives the COVID-19 vaccine

Providers in Marion County are doing an excellent job of quickly and efficiently administering COVID-19 vaccines. Since December, over 121,000 Marion County residents have been vaccinated, marking an important milestone toward bringing an end to the COVID-19 pandemic and reopening local businesses.

All Marion County residents 16 years and older are eligible for the vaccine, and appointments are available in our community. All Marion County residents who are eligible are encouraged to get the COVID-19 vaccine. Please talk with your medical provider to determine whether it’s right for you.

Salem Health accepting walk-ins for vaccine clinic at Oregon State Fairgrounds

Salem Health is now accepting walk-ins for the COVID-19 vaccine clinic at the Oregon State Fairgrounds. Walk-in hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. First dose patients will need to fill out a registration form. Second dose patients can proceed following a short check-in.

More information is available at www.salemhealth.org/vaccine

Vaccine clinics this week

Keizer City Hall
Thursday, May 6, 2021 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Free Pfizer vaccinations for anyone 16 years and older.
Register online.

Centennial Park
Thursday, May 6, 2021 from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Free Pfizer vaccinations for anyone 16 years and older.
Register online with access code "2021".

To find a vaccination opportunities in your area, please visit the Marion County Health & Human Services vaccination website.

Silverton Road Bridge Replacement Project

Silverton Road between 60th Ave. & 64th Place to close starting May 12 

Photo of Silverton Road at Pudding River Bridge


Marion County has received federal funds to replace the Silverton Road Bridge over the Little Pudding River. The project is located on Silverton Road between 60th Avenue and 64th Place. The county has awarded the contract for construction to Farline Bridge, Inc. of Stayton.

Silverton Road will close to through traffic between 60th Avenue and 64th Place on May 12, 2021, (updated from May 3) and will reopen by Thanksgiving of 2021. 

Throughout the closure, two well-marked detour routes will be in place as shown on the project website.

Closing Silverton Road during construction ensures that all of the in-water work can occur within the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife's designated in-water work window for the Little Pudding River in one construction season. Marion County Public Works has committed to reopening Silverton Road prior to the start of the holiday shopping season.

Please visit the project website for additional information.

Special District Election - May 18

Photo of voter pamphlet

There is an upcoming Special District Election on May 18, 2021. Marion County Elections began mailing ballots on April 28. If you have not received your ballot by May 10, please call Marion County Elections at (503) 588-5041. 

Ballots must returned to an official Oregon drop site before 8 p.m. on May 18, 2021.

➡️ Voter Pamphlet
➡️ Audio Voter Pamphlet
A full list of ballot drop sites is listed on page 5 of the Voters Pamphlet. 

For more information, visit the Marion County Elections website. 

Share your thoughts with Marion County

Scotts Mills Dam Town Hall

Scotts Mills dam photo

The Board of Commissioners will hold a town hall on May 27 to hear from residents about the future of the Scotts Mills Dam. The dam spans Butte Creek and is adjacent to Scotts Mills County Park. 

Scotts Mills Dam Town Hall
May 27, 2021
Scotts Mills County Park
6 p.m. to 7 p.m. 

The dam was originally built in the 1850s to operate a grist mill and converted to generate electricity in the early 1900s. 

Scotts Mills County Park was the second park developed and dedicated by the Marion County Parks & Recreation Commission in July 1961. 

The Pudding River Watershed Council has proposed removing the dam. The commissioners are seeking feedback from the community about the proposed dam removal. 

Housing & Community Development Surveys 

Photo of houses

Marion County is currently developing a five-year plan for housing, community development, and infrastructure. The plan will guide investment policy and actions such as housing, economic development, public services, public facility, and infrastructure investments over the next several years. 

The plan depends on the opinions and experiences of people who are knowledgeable about housing and community development in Marion County. 

Your input is essential to ensuring thorough representation of people living and working in Marion County and we invite you to participate in our online survey. 

Fair Housing Survey

Fair Housing in Marion County - English
Vivienda justa en el condado de Marion - Spanish

Survey links will remain open through July 14, 2021. 

Housing & Community Development Survey

Housing and Community Development - English
Encuesta sobre Vivienda y Desarrollo Comunitario - Spanish

Survey links will remain open through July 14, 2021. 

Proposed Macleay Park (Auburn Conversion Project) Survey

Photo of park bench

Marion County Parks is considering adding a park in the Macleay area and seeking feedback about what community members would like to see in a new park.

The new park will replace Auburn Park which is now owned by the Salem-Keizer School District. 

Marion County has underutilized land in the Macleay community that is desirable for development and use. The Macleay property was a landfill and transfer station for many years, but closed on September 25, 1975.  Currently, the site is closed to the public.  The Marion County Parks Commission believes this land could be a public park, providing all citizens access to a convenient, unique, and enjoyable outdoor experience.  

➡️ Take the survey

Visit our website to learn more about the Auburn Conversion Project

Meetings & Events

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Every Wednesday
Board of Commissioners Regular Meeting 
9 a.m. 
Visit our website for current agenda and link to video streaming

COVID-19 Testing Events
Visit our events calendar to see upcoming COVID-19 testing events. 

COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics
Visit our vaccine information page for information about on-going opportunities to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. 

May 4
Happy Star Wars Day 
May the 4th be with you.

May 19
Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities Services Virtual Orientation
4 p.m.
Call 503-588-5288 to register.

May 20
Fiscal Year 2021-22 Budget Committee Meeting
9:00 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Meeting will stream live on Capital Community Media

May 27 
Scotts Mills Dam Town Hall
Scotts Mills County Park
6 p.m. to 7 p.m. 

May 31
Memorial Day
County business offices closed.

June 13
Dog Licensing Event & Dog Vaccine Clinic 
976 N Pacific Hwy., Woodburn
10 a.m. to  1 p.m.

Please visit the Marion County website for a full list of meetings and events