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.