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Nuber overseeing many projects as Scio mayor

Reporter for The Canyon Weekly

When Debbie Nuber was appointed mayor of Scio in June, the city was pursuing a number of projects, including a new Public Works Department shop and a new City Hall.

Five months into her term, several of these projects are in development or nearing completion, with others preparing to go out for bid in 2023.

“We got over a million dollars in grants, first time ever for Scio,” she said.

Nuber was appointed after former Mayor Chadd Weaver stepped down June 1 amid health concerns. In a letter to the City Council, Waver thanked fellow officials and city staff for their support.

At the time, Nuber was City Council president, and according to the city charter she would become acting mayor until the council appointed a successor. Weaver. In his letter to the council, gave Nuber a ringing endorsement.

“I highly recommend Debbie as my replacement,” said Weaver. “Debbie loves Scio as much as I do. She will do a wonderful job for Scio.”

On June 13, the council unanimously appointed Nuber to the remainder of Weaver’s term, which is set to end Dec. 31, 2025. 

Nuber said the transition was “really smooth and without incident” and said she has remained in touch with Weaver.

“We’re constantly on the phone or we’re in a meeting together or whatever we have to do,” said Nuber.

When its new mayor took office, Scio was in the midst of seeking bids for a new Public Works Department shed. Nuber explained the shed was part of a larter city project that included a new City Hall, and the City Council voted to pursue a loan for the two buildings in February of 2020. 

However the COVID-19 pandemic delayed development and it was split off into two projects. 

Site development for the shed is currently underway off SW Sixth Avenue, and the project is expected to see completion by next June at a total projected cost of $1.57 million. 

Nuber said the 4,000 square-foot building will have room for three vehicle bays, and house high-speed internet technology that could be made available to local businesses.

After the shed is complete, officials hope to revisit the possibility of a new City Hall. 

Other projects are set to see major developments next year, including:

• New pedestrian safety features in front of Scio Elementary and Scio Middle School through a Safe Routes to School Grant, as well as school district and city support, with funds totaling $650,000. The city expects to go out for bids beginning next year.

• A new sidewalk in front of Scio High School using a $100,000 Small City Allotment Grant, which will go out for bid early next year.

• A new public restroom and park improvements, using $235,000 in state pandemic relief funds secured with help from Rep. Jami Cate (R-Salem) and Sen. Fred Girod (R-Stayton), with completion expected next June.

• Upgrades to sewer infrastructure and broadband access using $223,000 in federal pandemic relief funds, with completion expected October of 2023.

Nuber said these many developments would not be possible without the support of a proactive and involved council and city staff.

“We’re really good about getting questions answered and my councilors do a great job of asking questions and doing what they do,” she said.

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