All around town there are formal and informal ways to participate in building our community. From gardening projects, to serving on a committee, to creating an event at the community center, there is space for everyone.There are several city committees that need citizen participation. Some are ongoing, and some meet only at certain times of the year. The Library Advisory Committee meets monthly and oversees Library Operations. The Budget Committee meets in the spring for about two months to help create the city budget for the following year. The meetings are also public so citizens can come if they want to comment. The Planning Commission meets quarterly. They make decisions about City Planning. All three committees have requirements about living in Halsey. For specifics, check the application or ask at City Hall.
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The 2016 Community Thanksgiving Dinner was organized and set up by Rella Johnson and Norma Hoover with the help of many volunteers and donations! The dinner fed over 60 people. Please join us next year!
Committee membership requires a simple, one-page application. When a position opens up, that is posted on the website, as well as in the newsletter and the Times. If you are interested in serving on any of these committees, or just want more information, please contact City Hall.
There are less formal ways to be involved. There is a Giving Center in the Community Center that is a collection point for Sharing Hands food bank, who distributes food to families in need here in Halsey and in Brownsville. Volunteers are continuing to catalogue books and are also helping to staff the new Library. Next year we will be looking to form a “Friends of the Library” association to help support the Library. The Community Center can be used to offer free events for the Community. Please contact City Hall if you have an idea for an event you’d be interested in setting up or attending.
Volunteers catalogued over 2,000 books prior to the opening of the Halsey City Library in August. Sounds like fun? We’ve got many, many more books to go!
The Central Linn Lions Club provides community service throughout the communities of the Central Linn School District. They welcome visitors and new members. They meet on the second Thursday of each month with dinner and a meeting at 6:00 pm. For more information about the Lions, contact President Lori Robertson at (541) 852-9301.
Trees Planted! The Ford Institute Leadership Program Halsey-Tangent-Shedd Cohort planted trees on December 14th at the Central LInn Elementary School. Congratulations to the cohort for completing this phase of the project, and thank you for working out in the cold to do something great for our school and our community!