Toledo City Hall is breathing double doses of relief this morning. City Manager Don Munkers tells us that last friday’s arrival of the go ahead permit from National Marine Fisheries has triggered a construction site buildup on the Siletz River for Toledo’s main water supply intake. Munkers says construction will begin as soon as possible and that he’s “guardedly optimistic” the water intake facility will be completed before all “in water” works is ordered stopped on all projects in the state by Oregon DEQ. However, even if the deadline arrives, DEQ tries to be flexible if a project is just about complete and the circumstances justify a short extension. Toledo provides water to not only its own citizens but also to an even larger population in and around Seal Rock. More than 10,000 people expecting water to keep flowing from their taps.
The other bit of good news for Toledo comes in a message from the Willamette and Pacific Railroad that they will wait until a number of special summer events are finished before they commence to renovating their railroad tracks road crossings. The W&P told Munkers that they’ll begin the crossing re-builds on August 23rd as they take on the “biggie” at Butler Bridge Road and East Slope and Fir. They figure it’s a two day project so arriving big rigs with product for the Georgia-Pacific plant will have to be re-routed through town while the crossing is rebuilt.
Munkers says after the first crossing is completed W&P crews will tackle the crossing next to the post office, and then lastly the one just north of Les Schwab Tires. All done within a week to ten days, according to Munkers.
So, in both situations, lots of problem-build-up but thanks to outside but related agencies and no small amount of pressure from Oregon’s Congressional Delegation – they got ‘er done.
Now we can all get back to focusing on what’s the most enjoyable aspects of Toledo’s summertime fare – the best Summerfest, the best fireworks, the best craft beer and the undisputed best bar-be-cue on the coast, if not the state.