Benton County, Oregon

Making Benton County a Better Place to Live
Printed on Jul 28, 2014 @ 7:34 PM

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Why do Counties Matter?

Giving Back to the Community

Mapping the Trail

Benton County is Sustainability

Responding to snow

Economic Development Partnership

This video produced by the National Association of Counties does a nice job of displaying what county government does across the country and why it matters to our constituents. Watch the Video…

Often, when people volunteer in youth activities it's because they have a child involved. But husband and wife duo Bruce and Barb Ashenbrenner, of Monroe, were volunteering long before their own kids began 4-H, and they've continued long since. Read More…

Benton County and its partners recently launched The Right Trail, a mapping website displaying trail systems throughout the county. Read More…

Benton County Departments work every day to implement sustainability into projects and programs.
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Benton County emergency personnel and roads crews worked around the clock during two separate snow events in December and February to keep the community safe. Read More…

The City of Corvallis-Benton County Economic Development Office has launched a new brand identity and website portal. Read More…

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What's Happening in Benton County

Comment period on Bailey Branch to close Aug. 8
Benton County has set Aug. 8 as the final day to submit public testimony regarding the Draft Bailey Branch Rail Corridor Management Strategy.
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Benton County Environmental Award
Benton County award to honor community environmental accomplishments
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Quilt commemorates 100 years of County Fair
Many Benton County residents have taken a memorable place in Benton County history by contributing to a quilt commemorating the Benton County Fair and Rodeo's 100th year.
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Benton County offers free well testing program
Benton County Environmental Health will be offering free well testing and education to a maximum of 90 Benton County residents under a pilot program running through Aug. 30.
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Bailey Branch Draft Management Strategy
The draft Management Strategy for the Bailey Branch corridor is available now.
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Jail tours
Those who want to see the situation at the Benton County jail for themselves will have their chance, starting this weekend, with some community jail tours hosted by the Sheriff's Office.
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Benton County selects Public Works Director
Benton County has tapped an Engineer from the Chicago area to lead its Public Works Department.
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¡Campeones de Salud!
9o Aniversario del Torneo de futbol
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Preparation can protect homes from wildfire risk
Benton County and wildfire safety experts from the National Fire Protection Association's Firewise Communities Program are encouraging residents to prepare their homes for the impending wildfire season.
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Goal! County set annual family weekend/soccer tourney
The Benton County Health Department and the Corvallis Parks and Recreation Department and Creciendo en Salud community partners are teaming up to offer "Campeones de Salud," (Champions for Health) Ninth -- Annual Soccer Tournament and Family Weekend.
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County seeks campground hosts
Do you love to camp? The Benton County Natural Areas and Parks Department could have an opportunity for you, then! Openings exist for camp hosts at Salmonberry Campground near Alsea.
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News from Benton County
The quarterly Benton County newsletter is hot off the presses. It's being distributed in the June 4 edition of The Gazette-Times and the North Albany run of The Democrat-Herald. Electronic copies also are available.
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County issuing licenses for same-sex marriages
Benton County is ready to begin issuing licenses for same-sex couples who wish to be married.
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Sheriff's Office accepting Citizen's Academy applications
Would you like to learn more about how the Benton County Sheriff's Office serves our community? The Citizen's Academy is a great way to learn about and have a great time.
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Salmonberry Campground open for camping season
Benton County is inviting the public to book spaces for the upcoming camping season at Salmonberry County Campground.
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County begins Bailey Branch strategy development
Benton County is seeking public input to develop a strategy for the recently acquired Bailey Branch rail line corridor.
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Bailey Branch Management Strategy under development
Benton County is putting together a management strategy to guide uses for the recently acquired Bailey Branch corridor, and public comments are being accepted.
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Meeting minutes, agendas and information
Benton County now is posting meeting packets, agendas and approved minutes, as well as audio recordings from public meetings, online.
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Board of Commissioners' meeting minutes online
The Benton County Board of Commissioners meeting minutes, agendas, meeting packet information and audio recordings are now being posted online at the county's website.
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Top acts to headline Benton County Fair and Rodeo
"Country Scenes and Children's Dreams" will be the theme of this year's Benton County Fair and Rodeo, which will include appearances by American Young, David Nail, The Marshall Tucker Band and even more fun for the entire family.
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Decker Road slide narrows traffic to one lane
A short portion of Decker Road in Benton County is down to one lane after a recent landslide.
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Floodplain Permits

Benton County would like everyone to be aware that a Floodplain Development Permit is required for all development conducted within the Special Flood Hazard Area (also referred to as the 100-year floodplain). This includes flood damage repair and projects that do not require building permits. These permits are free.

Flood Facts

Whether you live in a floodplain or not, you can learn how to prepare your home and family for flooding, as well as find resources for when floods occur. Read more...


An informational video was created by the Minnesota Department of Transportation that discusses the advantages of roundabouts. More information is available from Public Works.

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