Toledo: They’re going to need an “in water” extension to get the Siletz water intake finished – Interim City Manager Munkers leaving July 24th, and whither East Slope Slough area?
As reported on New Lincoln County late last week, Toledo was finally awarded federal permits to begin construction on the town’s new drinking water intake on the Siletz River just downstream from the Siletz River Bridge going into town from the south.
But despite that permission and subsequent okay’s from other agencies the project is starting two months late from it’s projected launch. City Manager Don Munkers said the contractor has a great deal of the necessary equipment already on site and are getting to work as fast as they can. But a two month delay is a two month delay. Munkers said the job can only be done so fast on such a crucially important facility – Toledo AND Seal Rock’s water supply. It’s a facility that will required to last decades.
So, after assessing what is now the REAL construction schedule, Munkers said the contractor will need at least two weeks to a month beyond the end of the “in water works” deadline later this summer. Munkers said the state knows all about the inordinate delays the federal agencies put Toledo through and so the state should accommodate the town’s request for an extension, especially when it involves such a vital and strategic service for thousands of residents.
Munkers announces his departure as Interim City Manager
Munkers told the council that he has withdrawn his application to be considered for the the town’s full time permanent city manager. Munkers said he’s going home to north central Idaho to be with family and explore employment opportunities on the eastern side of the Cascades. Munkers will depart for home July 24th, but will be available through Skype, email and telephone should it be necessary to help the new city manager transition into his or her new position.
The council indicated that it would be appointing City Attorney Wes Chadwick as Interim City Manager for the time it may take the city to get through all the city manager applications between now and early August and to select the new city manager.
City Council temporarily gives up on surplus land sale
City Councilor Jack Dunaway announced to the council Wednesday that his hopes to sell some surplus city land that was once eyed for sports fields off East Slope and north of 10th, doesn’t seem even remotely possible. Hataway said he thought that ODOT or other agencies that impact environmentally sensitive lands when building new projects might be interested in buying slough property as “mitigation,” making up for lost lands at project sites. It appears, he said, that ODOT has all the mitigation land it needs. Hataway said he even went through a list of non-profits like local water conservancies but they too were cool to the idea of buying the property.
The city’s list of surplus properties is pretty long so there well could be some potential properties to sell – all requiring some degree of salesmanship outreach to be sure. The council recently employed the services of a real estate broker to aid in that search for buyers.