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The city of Roseburg will pay $140,000 to hire a homeless coordinator for two years, in its continuing efforts to provide a shelter and services for the unhoused.

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The City of Roseburg is claiming victory in a legal dispute over whether a shave ice truck can operate on weekends at Stewart Park following a decision by a state land use board, while the attorney for the owner of the business said the fight is not over.

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The members of the Roseburg City Council wasted no time at Monday’s meeting, zipping through the dozen or so items on Monday night’s agenda in about 25 minutes.

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The deadline to submit proposals to the city of Roseburg to operate a homeless shelter with connected services, also known as a navigation center, has been pushed back a month, from Sept. 9 to Oct. 13.

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Any day now the city of Roseburg is expecting to receive about $2.6 million from federal legislation intended to help local governments offset costs and lost revenue associated with the coronavirus pandemic. The city is in line to get another $2.6 million from the same legislation next year.

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Plans for a homeless shelter in Roseburg have taken a step forward with the release of an official request for proposal for someone to get the shelter off the ground, run it and help generate revenue to pay for its continued operation.

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The City of Roseburg has earned its 28th Government Finance Officers Association Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for the city’s 2020 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, or what is commonly referred to as the annual audit.

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City Manager Nikki Messenger has disbanded a committee of homeless advocates and service providers that was created just last month to help provide food, water and other emergency provisions to the hundreds of homeless individuals in the area.

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Visitors to Wildlife Safari will be able to feed giraffes by hand and even look them in the eye, thanks in part to a local grant that will go toward the construction of a viewing deck and barn at the popular adventure park in Winston.

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The Roseburg City Council on Monday unanimously approved plans for a combination of commercial space and up to 70 apartments that if built would become one of the largest structures downtown and likely change the dynamics of the area.

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A group of advocates and service providers for the area’s homeless community is scheduled to hold its first public meeting Monday to discuss ways to get food, clothing and other provisions to those in need in a more timely manner.

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Roseburg Mayor Larry Rich took a few minutes out of Monday’s two-hour City Council meeting to discuss Lan Ha and her popular Wailani shave ice truck, which was abruptly shut down at the end of May after Ha said city officials told her she could sell her products at the park all summer.

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The Roseburg City Council on Monday is scheduled to hold a special meeting on whether to allow a WinCo Foods supermarket proposed for the site of the vacant Kmart on Northwest Stewart Parkway.

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Former Roseburg City Council member Ashley Hicks will have to give up her pet chickens — who she said she needed as emotional support animals — following a unanimous City Council vote Monday that upheld an earlier decision to have the birds removed.

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The Roseburg City Council met for more than 3½ hours Monday night to discuss a number of matters, including whether to vacate a small portion of land, who should fill a vacancy on the council and whether to sell a vacant property the city owns.