After meeting with the Siletz City Council a couple of times, Port of Toledo General Manager Bud Shoemake and City Councilor Ron Hervey are proposing a way to fix up and renovate the town’s two boat ramps – one at Hee Hee Illahee Park just upstream from the bridge at the south end of town, and the other one near the bridge at the north end of town. Both are old ramps installed years go and need more than just a face lift.
Shoemake and Hervey say the best way to go about the project is to approach the Oregon State Marine Board with a proposal for upgrading the ramps – get the exact design down and then seek funding from the Marine Board to build them. Shoemake said the Marine Board would likely help fund the design of the ramps as well. He did say, however, that there is a requirement that the town chip in some money – possibly 25% so the state isn’t footing the full bill. Help might also be requested of the Siletz Tribe on that part of it.
Shoemake said although the city appears anxious to get the project going it’s going to take some time to get the job done – possibly up to a few years. But once installed, the ramps will serve the Siletz community quite well.