Depoe Bay: Trying to upgrade access to the boat launch, no new street light YET on Hour Lane, and a slight rate hike on garbage pickup
After reviewing the financial reports from North Lincoln Sanitary covering last year, and seeing the higher costs North Lincoln Sanitary is facing, the Depoe Bay City Council awarded North Lincoln Sanitary a 50-cent raise in their average pick-up rates. As with other waste haulers serving Lincoln County, the cost of doing business has gone up from what it was last year. So North Lincoln asked for and received from the council a 3.5% rate increase for the average trash pickup customer.
The council also balked again at providing a new street light for a couple on Hour Lane. The couple said it wants a street light to shine brightly enough to cover the side and most of their back yard. Councilors said that street lights are aimed only at keeping the streets safe – not to light up adjacent yards. That, they say, is for a resident to provide for themselves. To do otherwise, said several councilors, would be to set a very expensive precedent as other property owners would come in, seeking their free city light when their street(s) are already adequately lit. However, the council said it would look into the matter further as to costs and invited the couple to appear before them the next time the city council meets.
The council also authorized City Public Works Superintendent Brady Weidner to continue to looking for possible tenants for the old city-owned fish plant in the harbor. A request for proposals from the local business community hasn’t produced any live wires. A fisherman by the name of Mark Lewis appeared before the council to say he will make a bid to operate the old fish plant, which was music to the city council’s ears. Lewis said he’s operate the facility more like a fisherman’s cooperative. Deadline for applicants to apply to run the old fish plant is August 15th. Meanwhile, Weidner said he’d like to have the plant ready to open and be fully leased out by the end of the summer. Brady said by using a lot of city expertise and labor, city work crews are keeping down the cost of repairs to the building.
And the city council, through its Public Works Superintendent Brady Weidner, applied for a grant to rebuild what many call a dangerous, highly used intersection and streets from 101 to Schoolhouse and down Shell to the town’s boat ramp and city park. The grant application to the Oregon Department of Transportation states that during the busy tourist season cars and pickups, often pulling boats and trailers try to navigate their way off 101 through very tight conditions, down Shell to the boat launch. It creates what often turns out to be a hazardous mix of vehicles, bicyclists and pedestrians – bound for the launch area, the city park and trails that fan out from the area.
The grant applications outlines the need for an engineering study to enable the city to improve the ingress and egress to Schoolhouse and Shell from 101, install wider paving, curb, gutter and sidewalks to the north as far as the grant funds might stretch. Although the grant would allow only part of the way down Shell to be upgraded, it would be a start. The city would pursue any and all other grant opportunities to eventually finish the project all the way to City Park and boat launch area.
City Hall awaits ODOT’s reply to the grant application.