Welcome to the beautiful and quaint town of Donald, Oregon. The City has a rich history in agriculture, industry, business, and family. Sometime during the period of 1840 to 1860 Donald was first settled by farmers and loggers from the Midwest. By the early 1900’s Donald was a main station for the Oregon Electric Railway. From its railway heritage is how the city’s name came about. The City was named after R.L. Donald who was an official of the construction company that built the railway. The railroad in Donald is heavily used today. Donald became an incorporated city December 6, 1912 and 2012 marked the City’s 100th anniversary.
The City is located 24 miles south of Portland and 27 miles north of Salem in the stunning Willamette Valley. Champoeg State Heritage Park, which is one of the State of Oregon’s most notable landmarks, is just four miles west. Six miles east of town is Wes Lematta Field at Aurora State Airport, Oregon’s third busiest airport. Donald’s unique location provides easy access to some of Oregon’s biggest cities and attractions while remaining a small rural community.
Holiday Lighting Contest:A $50 PRIZE will be awarded to the home or business with the brightest, most festive, and joyful holiday lighting! Join the FUN! During the evening hours between Monday, December 22- Wednesday, December 24 City Councilors will drive (or walk) around town to do their judging. The prize will be awarded during the January 13, 2015 council meeting.
January Council Meeting:Two new City Councilors, Abby Hungate and Fred Hartley will be publicly sworn into office at the January 13, 2015 Council Meeting. Mayor Nicholson and Councilor Dave Hetrick were both re-elected and also will take an oath. You are invited to watch this event and come to any council meeting.
At the December 2014 Council Meeting the Councilors unanimously voted to approve the proposed water and sewer ordinance changes. There are few important changes that will effect customers, including a new fee for both water and sewer long-range/capital projects. The water reserve fund fee will be $3/month. The sewer reserve fund fee will be $2/month. Other changes include that delinquent bills will be collected more frequently and that annually water and sewer bills will increase based on the Portland-Salem cost of living index.
For water or sewer emergencies please call 503-301-6479 and leave your name, address, and phone number. This is a 24 hour paging system to alert the public works department to your need.
Turn on Water and Sewer Form
Shut off Water and Sewer Form
Water and Sewer Account Information Change Form
Donald Contact Information for Outside Agencies
Marion County Phone Numbers
Walking Map of Donald
Link to the Agenda for the December 18 Planning Commission Meeting
Feedback Form: The City always appreciates hearing from citizens. If you have any comments or suggestions please fill out this form and return it to City Hall