Through all the planning, bonding, reviewing bids, fighting bad weather and even enduring several changes of public works directors – even city managers – the Siletz Water Intake project is nearing completion. It’s on budget and may even get completed just a little ahead of schedule. That’s the word from Toledo City Manager Jay Baughman. He said that the “hard, messy, muddy parts are over,” giving the contractor a lot more control of any little problems that might still come up. Baughman said from here on, everything is above ground and much easier to deal with.
Baughman said work has already begun improving the pipeline’s route to the town’s water treatment plant. Everything is looking good.
But one little loose end in water service in the Skyline Road area still dogs City Hall. Baughman said they think they may have the low water pressure problem in that area figured out. And it won’t cost nearly as much to fix as first thought. Baughman said they’ve been conferring with a contractor that might be able to install individual pumps shoving water to the water pressure deprived homes for a lot less than the initial $11,000 estimate. The council was pleased to hear it.
But the council was saddened to hear that long time railroad buff and member of the Yaquina Pacific Railroad Historical Society has been injured in a bad fall. Broken ribs and a severe concussion has landed him in a Corvallis hospital. Everyone on the council expressed their hope for a speedy recovery for Mr. Bain, a former Assessor for Lane County, a City Councilor and Mayor of Newport as well as President of the Yaquina Pacific Railroad Society.