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Depoe Bay: New City Councilor chosen – Fish Plant all but leased – and a way forward on renovating harbor docks 2,3,4

Port of Depoe Bay

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Old Fish Plant to be open for Crab Season

Depoe Bay City Councilors appear to have a lease that they can comfortably sign with Living Pacific Seafood so the old fish plant on the harbor (recently renovated) can be back up and running in time for this winter’s crabbing season.

Living Pacific’s Geoff Malfino and his partner Liu Xian are expected to sign the proposed lease fairly quickly, now that it’s been negotiated to the satisfaction of the city. The city has been pretty busy fixing up the old facility in hopes that Malfino will get the word out that the facility is open for business. The city has also ordered a new jib crane as an upgrade for the facility. It’s expected the completed lease agreement will be ready for signing by both the city and Living Pacific by the middle of the month. Lease amount to the city: $2,000/month.

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New City Councilor picked to replace Skip Hoitink

News-Times newspaper advertising salesperson Kathy Wyatt was selected Tuesday evening to replace Skip Hoitink on the city council. Wyatt will serve out the remainder of Hoitink’s term which ends at the end of 2016. Wyatt’s resume includes holding an employee training position with Fed Ex in Utah. She was also the president of a homeowner’s association. The only other candidate for the position was Bob Lewis who, with his wife, retired to Depoe Bay recently. Lewis was in the coffee distribution business in Alaska and ran unsuccessfully for the Alaskan legislature. The council’s long-running political division was clearly evident in the vote taken to pick Wyatt. Councilors Zeke Olsen and Robert Gambino, along with Mayor Mattila voted for Wyatt, while Councilors Goddard and Leff voted for Lewis. Councilor Brent Berry was absent. So doing the math, a minority of the council picked Hoitink’s successor.

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Moving ahead on replacing harbor docks 2,3 and 4

And the city council voted to get moving on renovating harbor docks 2,3 and 4. Dock 1 was replaced with FEMA and other funds after the March 2011 Japanese Tsunami took it out. Its replacement ran about $430,000 which could put the total price tag on the other docks at around $1.4 million. So obviously the city will be trolling for grant monies from as many sources as they can find. Tuesday evening the council voted to advertise a request for proposals to do an assessment on exactly what will be required to replace the docks. Engineering estimates will be a big part of it. After the docks master plan is finished the council will take the next step in formulating a financing plan and begin the hunt for grants.

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