Toledo public works scrambles to fix major sewer line failure.

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Aug 182010
 

Toledo Sewer Plant springs a big leak.

The Toledo City Council has been warning town residents for months that the town’s water and sewer systems have been living on borrowed time. This week some of the borrowing stopped as a sewer main feeding the town’s treatment plant off Butler Bridge Road failed. It sent raw sewage coming out of a hole in the side of the hill, inside the plant’s fenced area. City Public Works Director Adam Denlinger said they stopped the leak in time before it could become a major problem. But the bigger problem now is to fix it.

Denlinger said the city has hired a contractor to install a new 400 foot line from Butler Bridge Road to the plant. The contractor will have to bore what amounts to a “pipe tunnel” under the railroad tracks and the road. The “micro-boring” device will pull replacement pipe directly behind it all the way to the plant. Denlinger says the cost will probably run $20,000 to $50,000. The city’s sewer system emergency fund will have to be tapped. If the fund doesn’t have enough in it, other city reserves may have to be tapped as well. Continue reading »

Government veteran Ralph Grutzmacher appointed new Toledo City Councilor

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Aug 182010
 


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Brief video statement about his approach to being a city councilor

Retired legal official Ralph Grutzmacher was unanimously appointed by the Toledo City Council Wednesday night to fill the unexpired term of Mary Young who left her seat when she moved outside the city.

Grutzmacher attended the Naval Academy and served many years in the U.S. Navy before launching a second career as a “legislative counsel” for a large county in the metropolitan Washington D.C. area. Grutzmacher told the city council during his interview that he and his wife deliberately picked Toledo out of all other communities in Oregon to retire in. He said when the flower baskets went up in the downtown, “that was it. My wife and I decided on Toledo.” Continue reading »

How should Seaport Air better promote itself?

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Aug 182010
 

Newport’s Airline Sustainability Committee Wednesday seemed to agree that Seaport Air must concentrate more on promoting itself along the Oregon Coast than just through it’s inflight magazines and minor print and low budget internet display advertising. Committee members said if Seaport is to have a successful airline after the state subsidies run out next March 15th, it’ll have to find better ways to let Lincoln County residents know the service exists and that it’s a worthwhile service.

A marketing consultant to Newport suggested that Seaport has not been taking it’s marketing responsibilities seriously enough to generate enough interest among Lincoln County residents and business people to fly on it. He suggested that Newport solicit other airlines to come in an provide airline service. That comment drew swift responses from several members that original bidders on the service, like Cape Air, has already indicated that they are not interested in supplying air service due to the condition of the U.S. economy which is not expected to substantially improve for several years. Others said they have been told “you’re lucky to have Seaport. Stay with them.” Continue reading »

Mayor Bill Bain stepping down as mayor – wants to be a City Councilor again.

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Aug 182010
 

Mayor Bill Bain, now City Councilor candidate

Newport Mayor Bill Bain has formally filed to become a city councilor (again) after five years as mayor. Bain told News Lincoln County that there are two excellent candidates who have filed for mayor and that he feels re-applying to the voters to be a city councilor is a good move. Bain was asked whether the episode over the shredding of City Councilor’s Mark McConnell’s evaluation of City Manager Jim Voetberg had anything to do with his decision, Bain said simply “No.” Continue reading »

Schools are back in session September 7th. Beware!

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Aug 182010
 

Newport Police and the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office wants everyone to be aware that our children return to school September 7th. And that means school zones will be re-activated now that Summer is drawing to a close (did we even have a Summer??).

School zones are marked by signage indicating a 20 mph speed limit. Some crosswalks that carry a substantial number of children can also be designated a 20 mph speed limit area.

So be very aware of school zones and the speed limits. Local police and sheriff’s deputies will be using their radars to enforce those speed limits. Those who get a ticket will find that they can put a very large hole in any checkbook.

Republican Gubenatorial candidate Chris Dudley issues major policy proposal on cutting state spending.

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Aug 182010
 

In the first of a possible up coming list of major policy proposals on how to cut the state budget, Republican candidate for Governor Chris Dudley says appears to be demanding state employees take major benefits cuts on retirement and health care. The Salem Statesman Journal got ahold of a copy of the ground-breaking policy speech Dudley will give today to the Hermiston Chamber of Commerce:

http://www.statesmanjournal.com/article/20100818/STATE/8180440/1001

Oregon lawmakers and the Governor’s office abuzz with “next step” ideas on the state’s growing budget squeeze.

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Aug 182010
 

To combat a rising tide of red ink, state lawmakers and Governor Kulongoski’s staff are pitching ideas back and forth on how to cope with it. And as you read the Oregonian’s ring-side seat on the debate, everything is getting to be fair game…


http://www.oregonlive.com/politics/index.ssf/2010/08/with_projected_revenues_droppi.html

From new picnic tables to new asphalt in Depoe Bay, the City Council has it covered.

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Aug 172010
 

Depoe Bay City Council Tuesday night (top), Picnic tables ordered for the town (middle/down)

The Depoe City Council has done something about the town’s deteriorating flock of outdoor picnic tables, some of which have been band-aided together for years. The council decided to buy 18 new ones Tuesday night, four of them compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

The tables will be scattered about the town at various city properties, with six assigned to the Community Hall: one ADA table on the patio, one regular table on the new deck out back, and four in the front of the hall. Another location will be Depoe Bay’s main park down on the harbor, two ADA compliant, two regular. A member of the Parks Commission told NewsLincolnCounty.com the tables should arrive soon and be installed within the next couple of months. He said the new tables have a considerable amount of metal re-inforcement that is not susceptible to ocean salt air.

The city council also approved a $49,000 contract to re-pave the Marine Board parking lot down by the docks.

Toledo house fire spares family, but wipes out their lives.

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Aug 172010
 


Fire destroys home on NW Spruce, Toledo

A family of four was awakened around 2am by the smell of smoke boiling up from the basement area of their home at 1608 NW Spruce. They called the fire department and then tried frantically to squirt hose water on it but to no avail. The fire had spread so quickly and became so advanced that all that firefighters could do was contain the blaze so it didn’t spread to wildlands or other homes by igniting trees.

Fire Chief Will Ewing is investigating the cause. He says he’s sure the blaze started at the east end of the house, above a utility type room. But that’s as far as he says he’s gotten with it.

Cheryl and David Glasscock, their daughter, her two year old baby and an 11 year old grandson (addition) lost everything in the fire. The Red Cross has found temporary shelter for them, but that doesn’t last long. The Glasscock’s desperately need everything adults and an 11 year old boy needs to live. Donations are being accepted for them at Hoovers Pub and Grill at South Beach, on the east side of Highway 101, just south of the light. The best time to drop your donation off at Hoovers is Monday through Friday, from 11 to 4. For more information, call 541-867-3303.

Oregon unemployment stuck at 10.6%. But improvements are emerging.

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Aug 172010
 

The Oregon Department of Employment reports that during the month of July, Oregon added 3,500 construction jobs, 700 business services jobs, and 500 manufacturing jobs. Construction employment has now reached 69,100, well above its low point of 64,000 in February. But as encouraging as those numbers may be, there were 4,000 more construction jobs in July of 2009 than today.

Overall employment in Oregon stands at 1,984,000 in both July of ’09 as well as ’10. During the past year, the number of jobless Oregonians dropped by over 11,000, while the number of those who found jobs grew by 10,789 thus keeping the balance sheet nearly the same. Hence the state’s unemployment rate stuck at around 10.5% for the past nine months. Continue reading »