City of Stayton Drinking Water - Response to Fuel in North Santiam River
On Friday evening around 11:00 p.m., a fuel tanker truck lost control in icy conditions and crashed on Highway 22 near Idahna. The tanker was carrying an estimated 11,600 gallons of gasoline, some fraction of which burned in the ensuing fire. An unknown amount of fuel made its way to the banks and into North Santiam River.

The City of Stayton gets its drinking water from the North Santiam River. On Saturday night, as a precaution, the City of Stayton Public Works Department closed its water intake on and began using water reserves and the City’s well water. As a precaution, please conserve water until further notice.

On Sunday, responders from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency conducted water sampling at the City’s intake, we should see the results this afternoon or Tuesday morning.

Counterfeit Arrests
Over the past several weeks, the Stayton Police Department has conducted a very extensive investigation regarding counterfeit money. As a result, Mr. Frank Berry (age 49) was arrested for multiple counts of Forgery I, Possession of a Forged Instrument and Possession of a Controlled Substance-Meth. Mr. Reid Dekker (age 26) was arrested for multiple counts of Forgery I, Possession of Controlled Substance-Meth, Theft II, Escape III, Attempt to Elude, and Driving While Suspended.

It is important to pay attention when taking cash or checks as payment for purchased items. The most common currency counterfeited is $20 and $100 bills but other denominations may also be used. Look for incorrect serial numbers, incorrect paper quality, and use currency marking pens. Obtain valid ID and verify funds when taking checks. You may also want to consider a fingerprint system.

After the first of the year, Stayton Police Department, Columbia Bank, and the Stayton-Sublimity Chamber of Commerce will be partnering to host a Fraud Awareness Class for businesses.

Yard Debris Disposal - Saturday!
Don't forget... this Saturday, December 9th from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., the City of Stayton is offering disposal of yard debris, including leaves and brush at the City of Stayton Shops located at 1820 N. 1st Avenue. As a reminder, if you are a Stayton resident, the only cost is the donation of canned food. If you reside outside city limits, the cost is $1 per bag.

Calling all artists!

The Stayton Public Library is announcing a call for art for our Art Show to be held at the Library from February 3 through February 16, 2018.

Any artists that live or work in Stayton or its surrounding communities can submit a maximum of two works of 2-dimensional or 3-dimensional art. Art may be of any subject, but must be family friendly. There is no submission fee.

To be included in the show, the artist needs to submit a registration form and release available at the Stayton Library, 515 N. 1st Ave, Stayton, or online at All art and registrations must be delivered to the library by Thursday, February 1, 2018. All 2-dimensional artwork must be wired and ready to hang at time of delivery. On Friday, February 2, 2018 there will be an opening reception for the public to meet the artists from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 pm.

For more information please call (503) 769-3313 or email

Public Works Announces 2018 Street Projects
The Stayton Public Works Department has announced their upcoming 2018 street projects. To learn more about the projects, visit their Streets and Construction page and scroll to the bottom section titles "Upcoming Projects."

Mayor Seeks Letters of Interest for Vacant Council Seat

The Stayton City Council currently has one vacancy after the recent resignation of Councilor Jennifer Niegel. Mayor Henry Porter is accepting Letters of Interest from interested community members who would like to serve on the Council.

The councilor term runs through December 2020. Meetings of the City Council typically occur at 7:00 p.m. the first and third Monday of every month. On occasion, the City may need a Special Call which most likely would occur on the second and fourth Mondays. Council members also serve as liaisons to other City Boards and Commissions and as a Budget Committee member. For more information, please visit:

The first review of Letters of Interest will be on October 27th, 2017, but will continue to be accepted until the position has been filled. If you would like to submit a Letter of Interest, please submit your letter to City Hall at 362 N. Third Avenue, Stayton, OR 97383 or via email at

Stayton Police Department K-9 Drug Dog Spaghetti Fundraiser

On Friday, November 3rd from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., the Stayton United Methodist Church will be hosting a delicious spaghetti dinner to help raise money for the Stayton Police Department’s K-9 Drug Dog Program. Free will donations are accepted. All donations go to the Stayton Police K-9 Drug Dog Program and will help with dog food, veterinary bills, etc. The Stayton United Methodist Church is located at 1450 Fern Ridge RD SE in Stayton. If you have questions, contact the church at (503) 769-5700.

Stayton Community Emergency Response Team - Free Training Offered

The Stayton Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) is offering a free training starting September 19th. This training is for individuals who want to become a CERT member or just learn to be more prepared. Training topics include personal and family preparedness, first aid, fire extinguisher use, disaster psychology, light search and rescue, operations, etc. Curriculum is from FEMA. Classes are about 3 hours each for 8 consecutive Tuesdays. 

For more information and to register, contact CERT Team Leader Jamie Mattison or Sgt. Michael Meeks at (503) 769-3421.

City Attorney David Rhoten has Passed Away

The City is of Stayton is deeply saddened to announce the passing of longtime City Attorney David Rhoten. For almost 30 years Mr. Rhoten has loyally and faithfully served the community.

Mr. Rhoten was an esteemed, highly respected and regarded attorney who was admitted to the Oregon State Bar in 1961. Additionally, he was a member of the Marion County Bar Association and the Northern Willamette Valley Leadership Council. Mr. Rhoten was the 2015 recipient of the Marion County Bar Association Paul J. De Muniz Professionalism Award.

Stayton’s Mayor Henry Porter shared, “I’ve known David for almost 30 years and considered him a friend. I enjoyed working with him, he was a great guy. David will be missed.”

“I am deeply saddened by the news of David’s passing,” shared City Administrator Keith Campbell. “He was a gifted and talented attorney who was passionate and dedicated to our community. More importantly David was a warm and kind individual whose joy and happiness was infectious. He will be greatly missed.”

In addition to his service with Stayton, Mr. Rhoten served on the committees of Oregon State Bar - Election Laws; Chair of the Law Economics Committee; Special Assistant to the Attorney General of Oregon; Chair of the Oregon Arts Commission and Oregon Arts Foundation; Chair of the Salem Civil Service Commission; Marion County Bar Association Board; Oregon Community Foundation Board (Chair, Scholarship Committee); Chair (Hon.) of the Friends of Halley Brown Ford Art Gallery (Willamette University); Chair of the Historic Elsinore Theatre Board; and MERIT Board Member.

For more information, please go to David Rhoten’s facebook page.

Stayton Community Dog Park - Now Open!
The Stayton Community Dog Park is now open. The dog park is located at 4th and Florence Street.

Annual Pool Maintenance Closure
The Stayton Family Memorial Pool's annual maintenance closure begins today, August 28th. The Pool will reopen on Saturday, September 9th. If you have any questions, contact the pool at (503) 767-7665.

Camping Information

We’ve received many inquiries about camping within city limits. The City of Stayton would like to remind guests camping is prohibited on public property unless a camping permit is obtained.

Permit applications are available at the Stayton Police Department, which is open 24 hours a day during the eclipse weekend, or via our website under the Document Center tab.

Camping permits will only be issued to those who have self-contained water, sewage, and garbage containers. Permits may be revoked if visitors disturb the peace and become disruptive. A full description of the municipal code on camping is available here

For those taking advantage of our beautiful parks please be mindful of local regulations:

  • No tobacco or marijuana use
  • No alcoholic beverages
  • No open flame fires
  • No swimming in the Stayton Ditch

If you have questions or would like to report suspicious activity please contact the Stayton Police Department at (503) 769-3421. We will have officers dedicated to park patrol during peak hours of the weekend.

Eclipse Weekend Parking

Stayton has free on-street parking throughout the city unless otherwise posted. The Library, Community Center, and Stayton Family Memorial Pool parking lots are for Library, Community Center, and Pool patrons only.

There are two public parking lots available in downtown Stayton, one on the corner of Second Avenue and Florence Street (behind the Municipal Court) and another at Third Avenue and Florence Street.

If you have any questions or concerns about where someone is parked, you can contact the Police Department's non-emergency line at (503) 769-3421.

Extended Open Swim on Eclipse Monday
The Stayton Family Memorial Pool will be holding an extended open swim time on Monday, August 21st to celebrate the Eclipse. The extended Open Swim will run from 4:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Eclipse Weekend is Upon Us

The City of Stayton would like to welcome all of the visitors to our town during the Eclipse weekend. We encourage those who are visiting to become familiar with our Park rules which are posted in each park.

The police department will be doubling our staff throughout the weekend of the Eclipse, with the addition of dedicated traffic personnel along with those dedicated to patrolling our local parks and our front office.

Our front office (located at 386 N. 3rd Avenue) will be open 24 hours a day starting Friday, August 18th at 7:00 a.m. until Tuesday, August 22nd at 7:00 a.m.

We would like to remind our residents that with the influx of people who are not familiar with our City to exercise patience so we can all enjoy the Eclipse as it unfolds.

Local Waterways - Swimming Safety

The City of Stayton would like to remind its citizens of the dangers attributed to swimming in our local waterways. Please use flotation devices for those who are entering the Santiam River, as it can often be very swift with very low temperatures.

Swimming in cold water can increase the danger of drowning as the body will begin to shutdown to preserve its core temperature. We encourage you to use flotation devices when using the waterways.

Also, please remember there is absolutely NO swimming (by either people or pets) in the Stayton Ditch (Power Canal), which flows through the north side of Riverfront park.

Eclipse Reminder - Stayton's Park Rules

We are expecting an influx of visitors to our community this upcoming eclipse weekend. To be sure everyone is aware, we wanted to share our Park rules with not only our community, but also with visitors.

All City of Stayton Parks are closed from 10:00 p.m. until 6:00 a.m., unless a permit has been issued by the Chief of Police or his designee.

The City's Park rules are as follows:

  1. Boisterous, disturbing, threatening, abusive or indecent behavior is prohibited. There is absolutely no obscene gestures or language or unnecessary noise will be tolerated.

  2. There is no spitting, urinating or defecating on the floors, walls, partitions, furniture, fittings, or any portion of the public restroom located in any park, or in any place in a public restroom except for directly into the particular fixture provided for that purpose.

  3. No vandalizing of any property, water ways or facilities within the city parks.

  4. No using any recreational equipment and facilities for activities other than their intended or approved purpose or in any way which could result in damage to them.

  5. No smoking of tobacco, marijuana, or any other substances including e-cigarettes and use of smokeless tobacco in any City parks, facilities or property.

  6. No fires except within designated fire rings or barbecue stands.

  7. No swimming, floating, kayaking, rafting, boating fishing, wading or playing in the Stayton Ditch/Power Canal, which runs through Riverfront park. No person shall put anything into or cause anything to end up in the waterway known as the Stayton Ditch. Also no pets are allowed in the Stayton Ditch.

  8. No person shall drink or consume alcoholic beverages in or upon any public street or sidewalk, alley or public grounds, parks or City-owned facilities and properties except for when a permit is issued.

  9. It is important to remember any violations of the City Park Rules will result in an exclusion from that park or public facility for a period of 30-days. Returning to the park or public facility will result in the person being charged with Trespass.

Stayton Eclipse Watch Party

Join us at Santiam Park for a Community Eclipse Watch Party on Monday, August 21 from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Staff will be on hand with refreshments and will have a limited amount of eclipse glasses to hand out to community members. Hope to see you there!

2017 Solar Eclipse - Stayton Police Department Information

The City of Stayton is in the path of totality for the Solar Eclipse. The eclipse will occur on Monday, August 21st. The eclipse will begin at 9:06 a.m. and end at 11:39 a.m. Peak totality will be from approximately 10:18 until 10:20 a.m.

The video at this link is from an update from the Stayton Police Department to the Governing Body. The City has worked hard to prepare for the events and its expected impacts.

Expectations are that there will be a large influx of people into the Willamette Valley and along the 60 mile wide path of totality. Area hotels and car rental agencies have sold out. The influx is expected to have a significant impact on the service industry and public safety officials.

Projections are that I-5 could be slow to a standstill as early as 6:00 a.m. and that Hwy 22 will be slow to a standstill near the peak totality.

If possible it might be good to try to avoid travel outside of Stayton on August 21st. If you do need to leave the City it might be good to check travel conditions prior to leaving your home. Basically, be smart, use common sense, avoid excess travel, expect delays in travel and increased crowds and restaurants, coffee shops, bars, grocery stores and other service based industries.

Most of important take some time to enjoy the eclipse.

For more information you can go to

Burn Ban in Place
Due to excessive heat, Marion County and Linn County have a total burn ban in place. There is no burning allowed.

Electric Charging Station Installed

The first of three electric car charging stations has been installed in Stayton! The first station has been installed at the Stayton Public Library.

After working with an electrician to identify viable locations to install the stations, the two additional charging stations will be located in downtown Stayton near City Hall and at Pioneer Park. You will see these stations being installed over the next few months.

The charging stations were made possible by a generous donation to the City.

The City enjoys looking for progressive ways to provide services to our community, and we are all extremely excited about this project.

July / August 2017 Newsletter Available
Have you read the latest edition of the City's newsletter, Word on the Street? If not, be sure to download the July / August 2017 newsletter.

Stayton’s 2016 Annual Drinking Water Report Now Available

The Stayton Water System provides a reliable supply of high quality drinking water.  We are pleased to report on our annual testing in accordance with EPA and Oregon Drinking Water Program guidelines.  Our water surpasses all state and federal water quality requirements. The City of Stayton strives to provide the best water possible.

An electronic copy of the report is available on our Water webpage.

Scroll to the bottom to view Stayton Consumer Confidence Report 2016. Paper copies are available upon request by calling (503) 769-2919 or send a written request to Water Quality Report, Stayton Public Works, 362 N. Third Ave., Stayton, OR 97383.  Copies are also available at City Hall, 362 N. Third Avenue.

El Informe de la Calidad del Agua en Stayton de 2016 ya está disponible para descargar.  ¡Es Información importante!

Register Now for the 2017 Fishing Derby!

The 2017 Fishing Derby is approaching quickly. Fill out the registration form and submit no later than June 12th!

Derby One Page 2017.pdf

Vehicle into Pond near Stayton Pharmacy

On May 8th, 2017 at about 11:55 am, units from Stayton Fire Department, Stayton Police Department, Sublimity Fire Department, Santiam Ambulance and Jefferson Fire District (water rescue team) responded to a report of truck that drove into the pond on the south side of the Stayton Pharmacy (102 Martin Dr). 

It was unknown at the time of the report if anyone was still inside the partially submerged vehicle.  Stayton Police arrived and were advised of two occupants still in the vehicle.  A bystander had already entered the water and was attempting to assist the two elderly occupants.  Stayton Fire Department, with the assistance of the Jefferson Fire Department water rescue team, were able to extricate the two occupants from the vehicle.  No injuries were sustained from the crash with the occupants refusing medical assistance. The investigation concluded the driver hit the gas instead of the brakes causing the vehicle to leave the Stayton Pharmacy drive thru and crash through safety cables into the pond. The truck was removed by a tow company. Please feel free to contact the Stayton Police Department with any questions.

Search Warrant Served, Stayton Middle School Placed in Lock Out

As a precautionary measure this morning, Stayton Middle School was placed in "lock out" while the Stayton Police Department served a search warrant in the 2100 block of Kindle Way. The search warrant was the result of a several month drug investigation.

The "lock out" was put into place because of the school's close proximity to the police activity. A "lock out" means all entry doors are locked, however, activities and school continue as usual inside the building.

“The Great American Eclipse” presentation at Stayton Public Library

STAYTON, Ore. -- The Stayton Public Library is excited to announce a presentation “The Great American Eclipse” with Chris Claysmith on Thursday, May 18 at 7:00 pm in the E. G. Siegmund Meeting Room. There will be a reception accompanying the event.

Chemeketa Astronomy Instructor Chris Claysmith will give a presentation on the history and geometry of eclipses as well as why the 2017 eclipse may be a once in a lifetime event and how Stayton is in a prime viewing location. Chris Claysmith graduated from Stayton High School in 2002 and went on to obtain a Bachelor's in Physics from Oregon State University and a Master's in Astronomy from Boston University. He returned to Oregon from Massachusetts and now teaches Physics and Astronomy at Chemeketa Community College. The Stayton Public Library’s speaking events for 2017 are made possible, in part, by funding from the Marion County Cultural Corporation and the Stayton Friends of the Library.

City of Stayton Awarded the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for 2016-2017 Budget
The City of Stayton has been awarded the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for the 2016-2017 Budget by the Government Finance Officers Association. This award is the highest form of recognition in governmental budgeting. The Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) established the Distinguished Budget Presentation Awards Program to encourage local governments to prepare, provide, and utilize budget documents of the very highest quality as adopted by the National Advisory Council on State and Local Budgeting and the GFOA’s best practices on budgeting.

For 2016-2017 only seventeen Oregon municipalities were given this prestigious award. Including Stayton, only three other municipalities received the award with populations less than 10,000 people.

Stayton City Administrator Keith Campbell had the following comments about the honor, “This award is a reflection of the values and expectations of the City of Stayton Governing Body. We may not be a large City, but our community should expect for us to be a benchmark for quality, transparency, and best practices.”

The award was made possible by the hard work of our Financial Consultant Andy Parks, as well as the dedicated management team of Police Chief Rich Sebens and Lieutenant Charlie Button, Public Works Director Lance Ludwick, Planner Dan Fleishman, Library Directors Janna Moser and Pam Pugsley, Deputy City Recorder Alissa Angelo, and Associate Accountant Cindy Chauran.

Low Interest Loans Available for Home Repair

Is your home in need of repair? New furnace, insulation, or safety improvements?

The City of Stayton Housing Rehabilitation Program still has funding available for home improvements for income-qualified home owners. Properties must be owner-occupied. The owners must meet the current guidelines as low or moderate income households and have enough equity in their homes to meet the loan guidelines. The loans may be used to repair or replace roofing, plumbing and electrical problems, carpet or linoleum, painting, dry-rot, foundation repairs. The maximum loan amount is $25,000. No monthly payments are required – the loan is repaid from the proceeds of the sale. An interest rate of 4% is charged for the first four years and following that, no additional interest accrues. The funds for the Program come from a Community Development Block Grant from the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development.

For more information, contact Dan Fleishman, Director of Planning and Development at (503) 769-2998 or via email at Applications for a loan may be received from Garrett Jensen at the Mid-Willamette Valley Council of Governments, (503) 588-6177.

City of Stayton "State of Our Streets" Town Halls

The City will be holding multiple Town Hall meetings to share a presentation on the current state of streets in Stayton and to answer questions from community members. These meetings will be held at the Stayton Public Library in the E.G. Siegmund Meeting Room on these dates:

  • Tuesday, April 18th at 6:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, April 19th at 1:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, April 22nd at 10:00 a.m.

At the May 16, 2017 election, there will be a measure for establishing a $0.03 motor vehicle fuel tax within the city of Stayton. In Stayton, 9 miles of streets need reconstruction and 12 miles of streets need pavement overlays. The total cost of improving and maintaining the City's streets is estimated at $23.5 million. A tax on motor vehicle fuels in the city of Stayton would generate funds dedicated to the repair and upgrade City-maintained streets. Presently, Stayton's Street Fund is comprised of revenues from transportation maintenance fees shared state gas revenues and the Surface Transportation Program. The $0.03 per gallon motor vehicle fuel tax is estimated to raise approximately $165,000 per year and will contribute to the revenue necessary to properly maintain and improve City-maintained streets.

When you visit the link below you will find a video of the presentation given to City Council at their February 6, 2017 meeting. In addition there is also a downloadable version of the PowerPoint presentation and a copy of the City's Street Ratings spreadsheet.If you have any questions, don't hesitate to contact City Hall at (503) 769-3425.

City of Stayton Fuel Tax Information

Mill Creek - Bring It Back to Life
On April 19 from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., the Marion Soil & Conservation District is hosting "Mill Creek - Bring it Back to LIFE" at the Stayton Community Center. If you have questions, please contact Meredith Hoffman at MSWCD at (503) 391-9927, ext. 335 or via email at

Marion Street Improvements
Beginning April 10th, improvements to Marion Street from First Avenue to Seventh Avenue will begin. For approximately 5 weeks, expect delays and intermittent road closures as the project is underway. We appreciate your patience during the construction. If you have questions about the project, please contact Public Works at (503) 769-2919.

Stayton Friends of Library Raises Funds for an Electronic Reader Board

Thanks to generous support from the community, including an anonymous $10,000 donor, the Stayton Friends of the Library has reached their goal to fund an electronic reader board! Once the proper permitting is in place, the current reader board in front of the Library on First Avenue will be upgraded to an electronic reader board sign.

Once again, thank you to everyone who supported this effort!

Pool Employees Earn American Red Cross Life Saving Award

Congratulations to Aleya Hill, Billie Hight-Maurer, and Jacob Rothrock for receiving the American Red Cross Life Saving Award!

They were honored for their efforts in saving Pool patron Mike Hafner on June 23rd, 2016, when he began to show signs of a medical emergency while swimming. Preparation for this type of emergency is continuous and on-going for the lifeguards and the hope is they will never need to use their training.The City wants to once again commend Aleya Hill, Billie Hight-Maurer, and Jacob Rothrock for their quick thinking and action. ??

City of Stayton’s Water the “Best Tasting Surface Water” of 2017

It appears congratulations are in order for our hard working Public Works crew!

At their conference last week, the Oregon Association of Water Utilities named the City of Stayton’s water the “Best Tasting Surface Water” of 2017. City Administrator Keith Campbell noted, “This award validates the hard work and dedication of our Public Works staff.”According to their website, the Oregon Association of Water Utilities is a nonprofit, independent association of water and wastewater utilities. OAWU was formed in 1977 to represent water utilities’ interests in the state legislature and provide onsite technical assistance. OAWU is a state affiliate of the National Rural Water Association. NRWA is one of America’s largest and strongest voices for rural and small systems, representing over 27,000 water and wastewater members.

Detective Eves and K9 Officer Brodie are Honored with Distinguished Citizen Medals
On March 6, 2017, the Officers and Members of the Oregon State Society Daughters of the American Revolution Abigail Scott Duniway Chapter were on hand to present Detective Paul Eves and K9 Officer Brodie with Distinguished Citizen Medals for their distinguished service, community policing and criminal investigation in 2016.

The DAR Distinguished Citizen Medal was introduced in 2013 to recognize individuals eighteen years of age and older, who fulfill the qualities of honor, service, courage, leadership, and patriotism. The DAR Distinguished Citizen Medal is awarded to emergency first responders; active duty military and veterans of the United States Armed Forces; and citizens who have contributed to the defense and security of the community, state, or nation in an exceptional manner. This was the first Distinguished Citizen Medal to be awarded by the Abigail Scott Duniway Chapter of DAR.

City Council Refers Motor Vehicle Fuel Tax to Voters
At their February 6, 2017 meeting, the City Council referred a $0.03 Motor Vehicle Fuel Tax to the voters for consideration. We will be holding several Town Hall meetings to give a presentation and discuss the state of our streets in the Stayton community. To learn more, please visit our Motor Vehicle Fuel Tax page.

Emergency Warming Center


In response to the expected cold temperatures, the City of Stayton is opening an Emergency Warming Center at the Community Center. It will open Monday January 2nd at 6:00 p.m. through Tuesday, January 3rd at 8:00 a.m. The warming center is available to anyone who may be at risk for exposure to the chilling temperatures.

Please share this information with anyone who may need a warm place. For more information, contact (503) 769-3425 (please note City Hall is closed today, Monday), or our after-hours line (503) 769-3421.

The center will be staffed with members of the Community Emergency Response Team and other community volunteers. It will not be a substitute for a homeless shelter, food and bedding will not be provided. The shelter will be extended for additional nights if the need is there and volunteers are available.