Depoe Bay Council approves “Memorial Bench” for former City Councilor Skip Hoitink, moves ahead on design for dock replacements,
At the urging of Depoe Bay Parks Commission Chairman Bill Spores, the Depoe Bay City Council this week approved the placement of a new memorial bench in honor of recently deceased City Councilor Skip Hoitink. An area has been picked out near the Coast Guard Station with a view of the harbor, although the exact spot has not yet been finalized. The council also approved a plaque to be affixed to the bench noting Hoitink’s service to the community. A date for the formal dedication of the bench will be announced shortly. The Depoe Bay Chamber of Commerce is purchasing the bench.
A design firm has been awarded a contract to draw up plans on how harbor docks 3,4 and 5 should be replaced. The council awarded the contract to Coast and Harbor Engineering. At this point it’s only about the design of the news docks that the council is going after at this point. The council has yet to raise the big dollars required to actually get the job done. It’s estimated that the city will come up with a small portion of the coast with grants making up the difference.
City Councilor Zeke Olsen brought up concerns that now that recreational marijuana has been approved for sale and recreational use in Oregon, he said he doesn’t want any marijuana sold anywhere near the Neighbors for Kids after school facility just south of City Hall. The recreational law takes effect next summer after the state legislature formulates all the regulations and rules about where and how it can be sold. The initiative the voters gave thumbs up to would not take effect until July of next year after the next state legislature refines its exact provisions on where it can be sold and under what conditions. The initiative offered an expectation that marijuana would be sold much like the Oregon Liquor Control Commission sells liquor.
City Councilors said they’ll take the matter up after the first of the year. Many say that state regulations will play a big role so there may not be a lot of wiggle room for cities and counties to write their own. The council said they’ll take up the issue again after the first of the year.