The Depoe Bay City Council and everyone who uses Depoe Bay harbor for anything connected to the water got some really good news during Tuesday night’s City Council meeting. Public Works Superintendent Brady Weidner announced that the Army Corps of Engineers moved Depoe Bay to the top of the list of small harbors that will be dredged this year. And by at the top it means Depoe Bay will be dredged first this season.
Weidner told the council that it’s been about five years since the last dredging and that the bay and the area behind the check dam have really silted up. At extreme low tides boats can’t even get close enough to the fuel dock to gas up. People can put on a pair of boots and literally appear to be walking on water as they shuffle past the fuel dock, the bay has filled up so much. Weidner said dredging operations should being in July and probably take a couple of months to finish.
The dredge materials sucked up off the bottom are transported by a very long hose out the mouth of the bay, and then deposited on the sea floor quite a ways beyond that.
The city council also got an update on the final touches to Depoe Bay City Park. One of those final touches is a brand new rock monument sign. The council got tangled up in a lot of personal appointment schedules and couldn’t get a dedication date set that would also involve the Coast Guard and several other notable local groups and individuals. So the council decided to go ahead and install the sign but wait until later in the summer when everybody can be there for its dedication – not only for the sign but also for the recently expanded nature trail, playground equipment installation and Coast Guard attendance. And, oh yes…the new bridge!
Public Works Superintendent Brady Weidner informed the council that his department is realizing a long sought goal: Paving every street inside Depoe Bay city proper. He said they have finished asphalt overlays on Coast Street, and just recently North Pointe. But he said there are a number of others that have not yet been paved. He said most of them will be given overlays within the next few years with a few stragglers upgraded shortly after that. Weidner said it’s now more cost effective to simply repave a street than to constantly fight the potholes.
And finally, Oregon Coast Videographer Howard Shippey got the green light from the city council to create a stunning tourist promotion video for the town. It will eventually be seen on the internet, on cable TV channels and in guest rooms at local hotels, motels and other vacation rentals. The council, very conscientious about costs, capped the first four minute video version to see how a short video trailer will look. After that they can sit down and figure out what a longer version might run, cost-wize. Shippey has done a number of award winning promotion videos for communities up and down the central coast, including Newport and the Port of Newport. The council also determined that as long as the city is getting into the video promotion business, they hope that a number of Depoe Bay businesses will chime on how the videos should look but also take some ownership by helping to pay some of the costs.