Cold Weather Tips

The weather reports are calling for frigid temperatures in Oregon in the coming week.

The following tips are offered to help prevent your water pipes from freezing during winter weather and freezing temperatures.



  • Close all foundation vents – this will stop the cold winter wind from blowing into around, and beneath your house. Not only will this keep your pipes from freezing, but also your floors will be warmer. Failure to close the foundation vents is probably the single greatest cause of frozen or split water lines.


  • If you have a kitchen sink or bathroom fixtures located so that the outside wall faces north or strong winter winds, let a faucet drip during cold weather conditions. The small cost of the dripping water during very cold weather will be minimal when compared to the cost of repairing a frozen or split pipe. Leave cupboard doors open so pipes within those cupboards are exposed to interior heat.


  • Wrap exposed water lines – outside faucets, under the house, in the walls, and in the attic. Newspapers make an economical pipe wrapping. Lay the newspaper flat, then roll around the pipes one or two inches thick and tape, making sure the tape overlaps itself. On pipe elbows, angles, etc. wad the paper, wrap and tape. Near the ground or floor, push the paper rolls tight.


  • If you are going to gone for any length of time, shut off all your water at the water main shut-off valve (your side), or you may want to call us to turn the water off at the meter. Turn on all the faucets and flush the toilets to drain pipes and allow for expansion.



  • If your pipes are frozen, assume they are broken or split at some point. Have some repair clamps ready when they thaw, and know how to shut off the water in a hurry! 


  • Use hair dryers, heat lamps, or electric heaters to thaw the lines. 


  • Don’t Use An Open Flame To Thaw Pipes! This may appear to be the most rapid way, but it presents a tremendous fire hazard. 

SCTC Long Distance Service Temporarily Down
We were notified by SCTC that a fiber line was hit in the Portland area and that has taken down their long distance services. They are currently working on repairing the line in Portland and at this time do not have an ETA on when service will be back up.

Stayton's Annual Clean-Up Days - Saturday, November 12th

Don't forget... this Saturday, November 12th 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.

Bicycle Maintenance and Repair Station

The City has completed installation of a bicycle maintenance and repair station which is located at Santiam Park, 2250 N 3rd Avenue. The maintenance and repair station comes with an air pump and all the tools necessary to perform basic bike repairs and maintenance, from changing a flat to adjusting brakes and derailleurs.


Stayton Police Department K-9 Drug Dog Program Fundraiser
Join us on Friday, November 4th from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. for a Spaghetti Dinner fundraiser for the Stayton Police Department’s K-9 Drug Dog Program. It will be held at the Stayton United Methodist Church, located at 1450 Fern Ridge Road SE in Stayton. All donations will go to the Stayton Police Department’s K-9 Drug Dog Program.

Stayton's Annual Fall Clean-Up Days

Do you have an overload of leaves and brush?

The City of Stayton is offering disposal of yard debris, including leaves and brush, on Saturday, November 12th from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and Saturday, December 10th from 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.

The collection site is at the City of Stayton Shops located at 1820 N. 1st Avenue, Stayton. The only cost to you as a citizen of Stayton is a donation of canned food to be given to the Stayton Food Bank. If you live outside the City limits, cost is $1 per bag.

Seniors who need assistance raking, bagging, or having their yard debris picked up and delivered to the drop-off site are asked to sign up by contacting Stayton Public Works at (503) 769-2919.

Food Composting

Spread the word! Stayton residents can now add food scraps and other organics to their yard debris bin for curbside collection. For more information on the program, including what can be collected, please visit

No Shave November

Once again the Stayton Police Department will be participating in No-Shave November! The intention of No-Shave November is to increase cancer awareness and honor those fighting cancer. The Stayton Police Association will make a donation to, a charitable organization committed to cancer research, prevention and education.

Officers will also be wearing brown wristbands in support of No-Shave November. We are asking the Community of Stayton to rally behind the fight against cancer and make a donation to organizations such as or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Thank you for coming together with us for this worthy cause!

Heavy Rains, Winds in Stayton Area
Beginning today, we are expecting heavy rains and winds. The stormy weather is expected to continue through the weekend. Please be prepared for high winds and a lot of rain. The winds are expected begin later this afternoon (Thursday). In addition, help us keep storm drains free of leaves and other debris to prevent localized flooding.

Facebook Rumors, Gossip, and Citizen Responsibility

The City of Stayton is aware of several local Facebook groups that have become a place for rumors, gossip, innuendo, and information that is simply devoid of fact or truth. It is impossible for the City to actively try to respond or squelch these irresponsible posts. Our policy is, and will continue to be, to utilize our time and resources to more constructive dialogue and communication. Simply put, we don’t have the time or resources address social media gossip.

As a reminder, social media is not the appropriate place to report crimes, possible crimes, and unsafe situations. If you need Police assistance, or to speak to a Police Officer, you can contact us 24 hours a day 7 days a week at the following numbers

Emergency – 911
Non-Emergency – (503) 769-3421

If you need to discuss City Services, or to report a City issue that is non-police related, you can contact (503) 769-3425.

We should all take responsibility on posting, sharing, or commenting on social media. It is important that all of us think before we post. Some irresponsible posts have caused serious and unnecessary fear, panic, and anger.

The City will continue to actively utilize our Facebook page to share important City information from all City Departments. We also actively support, meaningful, and constructive dialogue. If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please contact us.

Water Slide Rehabilitation

During the recent annual closure of the Stayton Family Memorial Pool, the water slide was rehabilitated. The funding to complete this project was made possible because of the the voter approved Stayton Parks, Pool, and Library Local Option Tax Levy.

Friends of the Library Fall Used Book Sale

The Stayton Friends of the Library Fall Used Book Sale is this week at the Stayton Community Center.

The Sale runs from October 6th thru October 8th.

Thursday, October 6th from 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Friday, October 7th from 9:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, October 8th from 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. (Bag Day)