City Council Meeting
January 13, 2022
6:00 PM
@ Athena City Hall- Miller Family Community Room



Here we are once again – Happy New Year! This one is 2022. I saw some memes recently on things representing “life in the 80’s”. I must admit I recognized every single one. Hard to believe that was 40 years ago!  I wish you the very best and hope it is a year full of what brings you peace, joy, and hope in this life. Many folks I know are in the habit of picking a word or phrase that they will focus on in the year to come. As I thought of Athena, one that came to my mind was “little town with a big heart”.  As I saw the heart of our football team “paying forward” the blessing of someone buying their team breakfast by giving a grand tip to their waitress, as I see the tireless devotion of our Garden Club and Main Street Association and Veterans who give of themselves to make our Main Street one that people love to walk down in all the different seasons, as I see our City employees and small business owners give their best each day to serve this town, and as I saw the joyful laughter and conversations of those who seemed to so deeply enjoy our town’s Holiday Bazaar this year after 2 years away, it struck me how Athena people  are people of heart. It is a pleasure to serve you. Your City Council and I as your Mayor will be working on some vision and goal setting in the coming months as we look ahead and create the budget for the coming year. We have a strong community, rich in the heart and resources of our people. Our part as your City government is to provide the infrastructure for a safe and healthy community, promote economic development in our community, and encourage civic responsibility. I welcome a conversation about your ideas in any of these areas. So- here we go. Happy New Year 2022. Best wishes to all!

-Mayor Becky Schroeder



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Athena Mainstreet Association

We would like to take a moment and thank our community for its support in 2021. Thank you to our sponsors, volunteers, city counselors, city employees, and of course all the community members of Athena. Without your support and participation in our events and renovations of the Historic Stahl Building, 2021 would not have been the success it was.

Also, thank you to our vendors and customers who came out to the 12th Annual Holiday Bazaar. It was very exciting for Athena Mainstreet to be able to host an event in The Stahl Building and show off all the work that has taken place inside. This old building has come a long way in the last few years; now with two ADA restrooms and all new heating and electricity. But now it is time to get busy and the building will return to a construction zone to continue many renovations. We look forward to the future when this historic building will be open as a community space.



Code Enforcement, in partnership with the City of Athena, will be collecting names of people who will be available to help others clean up their property that may have been identified as needing some extra upkeep to reach compliance with the city ordinances.  This may be like some weeding or leaf raking, to piling up a pickup truck with some solid waste items that need to go to the landfill.   If you are interested in joining our Community Code Task Force, please email to get your name on the list!    Please include a brief summary of what skills and/or resources you may have to offer, such as a truck, mower, etc.   Also include what times and dates you would be willing to provide assistance to someone in Athena with their property.    We hope to start having some names to match up with properties that need assistance for Spring, but sign up now to beat the rush!!


Thank you for taking time to thoughtfully consider this exciting new approach to Code Enforcement in Athena!  It just makes more sense to help our neighbors this way.

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Athena Public Library

Monday: 12:00 – 6:00
Tuesday: 11:00 – 5:00
Wednesday: 11:00 – 6:00
Thursday: 11:00 – 5:00
Friday: 11:00 – 5:00

The Library will be closed Friday December 31 for the New Year Holiday.

Since 1993

Caledonian Days

Athena Caledonian Games, a Scottish heritage festival, is held every July. We are seeking parade participants, old cars for showing, athletes, clans, vendors, pipers and dancers.  Please volunteer to help us.  (Call 541-566-3880.) We need elbow grease and support.  Our $50 Guardian Donation Program seeks donors to guard and preserve Athena’s Scottish Tradition.  Donations may be sent to ACG, PO Box 161, Athena, OR 97813.