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Depoe Bay: Striping the downtown, new crane for the fish plant and negotiating with a prospective new tenant, moving ahead on sewer main fix, & distributing the town’s “Pretty-Pretty” video

Depoe Bay City Council File photo

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Diagonal parking downtown striping

The Depoe Bay City Council Tuesday night figured if ODOT was in town resurfacing the bridge could they restripe the diagonal parking up and down the downtown. City Public Works Supervisor Brady Weidner said “ODOT doesn’t do striping and if they did they wouldn’t like our diagonal parking.” So, the council stepped back and got the job done anyway by asking Brady to arrange to have it done. Weidner said he would.

Depoe Bay Fish Plant Getting a new crane (left)

Depoe Bay Fish Plant
Getting a new crane (left)

New crane for the fish plant

The council also gave Weidner the green light to buy a new lift-crane for the newly renovated fish plant inside the harbor. Not to exceed $20,000. Weidner said that should be sufficient. There was some debate among councilors as to whether it would be smarter to wait to see who leases the building and see if they need a crane. Weidner said they should look at it from the perspective that it’s a fish plant and that one could reasonably assume that such a device goes part-and-parcel with a fish plant. Again, they said to go for it.

Prospective new tenant for the fish plant

And speaking of a new tenant for the fish plant, the council, after widely advertising that it’s looking for a tenant, received a proposal from Living Pacific Seafood, LLC who is in earnest in getting things going down there on the harbor. The council immediately set up a couple of meetings in executive sessions to hammer out the details of a lease that works for both the city and Living Pacific. Once negotiated, the details and the final agreement will be passed in public session. Public Works Supervisor Brady Weidner said the plant is ready for occupancy – everything’s fixed and cleaned up and ready to go.

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Moving ahead on a fix for an old sewer main on 101

In previous meetings, the city council has nervously discussed the poor condition of a part of the town’s main sewer line that transports wastewater from Gleneden Beach south to the Depoe Bay Sewer Plant. Public Works Supervisor Brady Weidner says the condition of the pipe that goes under Highway 101 near the 76 gas station is in very poor condition and could quote possibly “blow anytime,” with disastrous consequences if the wastewater escaped the pipe at high pressure. The main downtown, the bay and the ocean is a short downhill run from there.

Depoe Bay has a contract to take Gleneden Beach’s sewage and process it for a fee. Gleneden Beach District President Bradley Baines was in the audience and was most emphatic that before the city council authorizes the repairs it should negotiate with his board because by contract the board is responsible for over half the bill. Baines demanded that the sewer line be inspected via a video camera to determine if the line is as bad as Weidner claims it is. Weidner said he has seen the line and it’s ‘crumbling’ and that a tv camera and the track it runs on would not fit inside the pipe. Weidner again reiterated that the pipe is old and that it has been repaired numerous times and is in danger of failing which would be a “disaster” for the town.

The council decided that it would move ahead with the design of the new pipe because it goes under an interstate highway and must be done to ODOT specifications. Baines seemed resigned to the situation but urged a joint committee of council members and district board members to further negotiate the project’s financials.

A bit later the council decided to contact the Gleneden District Board officially asking them for a contract-prescribed meeting of an advisory committee, made up of members of the council and the board, to work out any issues related to the contract or anything else that may need joint board attention.

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Depoe Bay now has a very pretty face

And finally, the council decided to step up its efforts to distribute a glamor video of Depoe Bay produced by Oregon Coast video producer Howard Shippey. The short video illustrates the beauty, if not the majesty of Depoe Bay and its relationship to the sea – all aimed at giving potential tourists all they need to get in their cars and beat feet down here.
So they’re asking the Chamber of Commerce to help them promote it. Here’s the video in its entirety:

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