Depoe Bay: Working toward analysis on habor dock leases, restrooms on the harbor and city council video on the web.
A rather quiet, if not subdued Depoe Bay City Council convened in regular session Tuesday evening, devoid of anything reminiscent of the fireworks that typified several city council meetings over the past couple of months. Agreement on issues Tuesday night were met with wide smiles while disagreements were handled in a calm, collected manner.
And to that end City Clerk Recorder Pery Murray strongly suggested that councilors, as well as city staff, make themselves available to meet with a skilled trainer who will conduct a seminar on what is and is not ethical behavior as outlined by the Oregon State Ethics Commission.. All councilors expressed their willingness to receive such training so as to benefit not only themselves but also for the town’s orderly governance as a whole. Murray said she would confer with the trainer and identify specific dates on which the seminar could be held.
The City Council approved a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Robison Brothers to renew a lease on restrooms open to the public that were constructed on their property many years ago. The MOU will be the foundation of a renewal of the city’s lease on behalf of the public that use those restrooms while down in the harbor. The new lease is expected to be agreed to and signed very shortly. It caps a period of misunderstanding as to the nature of the restrooms portion of the Robison property which has since been clarified.
The council also re-opened a long running issue on re-establishing a lease schedule for private docks that were formerly charged a rental rates but were cancelled in 2006. In that year the council thought they would like to create a walkway around the harbor which would cause those docks to be removed. So the dock lease payments were cancelled. However, the walk around plan was never implemented. City Clerk Recorder Pery Murray estimated that over those eight years the city missed out on approximately $60,000 in payments. The current city council expressed a willingness to reexamine the issue of leases for private docks, of which there are six in the harbor.
Murray also gave an update to the council on progress being made to dredge the harbor, which has been accumulating silt every year since the last dredging in 2005. Murray told the council that the city is exploring ways to get grant funding to pay for the fees that must be paid to the Army Corps of Engineers as they prepare to dredge the harbor and where the dredge spoils will be safely deposited. Murray says she expects the grant funds to be allocated to Depoe Bay very soon with dredging getting underway in late May or early June. She says it’ll take about a week for the Corps of Engineers to give Depoe Bay a deeper harbor and easier access for deeper draft boats to gas up at the fuel dock.
And finally, Councilor Brent Berry’s desire to have the Depoe Bay City Council meetings televised over the internet, and possibly on the local community access channel, is finally showing signs of forward momentum. The council approved the purchase of a small high definition tv camera and a wireless microphone, along with a few accessories. It’s hoped that the city council will appear on the internet and local cable tv within a month or so – not only with live meetings but also full playback for those who may have missed all or just parts of them.