Close but no Cee-gar in Depoe Bay and Depoe Bay councilors going to Washington DC in search of money
Still pondering the Granat Family parking lot donation
Depoe Bay City Council spent a lot of time going over, for what had to be the umpteenth time, a proposal to accept a gift of parking behind the stores off 101, north of Collins. The Granat family has offered to give the lots to the city so as to preserve them for parking, a much needed commodity in Depoe Bay, especially during the summer.
However, there’s a disconnect between the gift, change of ownership and the city’s land use code (very complicated) so the city council again couldn’t say yes or no. They even tried to vote on it but it came down to a 3-3 tie…so no decision, one way or another. They’ll likely talk about it at a future meeting. City Planner Larry Lewis recommended to the council to not consider taking over the parking lots from the Granat family but rather look at parking as a whole throughout the entire downtown area and make plans for future parking from that.
Planning lobbying trip to Washington DC
And another topic the council wrestled with was the subject of who should be part of Depoe Bay’s local ‘lobbying group’ and when should that group go to Washington DC to get some federal funds to help Depoe Bay fix up the harbor, pave city streets, repair and replace sewer and water lines and more.
Depoe Bay does not have a property tax with no prospects of having one for the foreseeable future, according to Mayor AJ Mattila. Mattila says the town can’t fund the basics without outside help. And that means Washington DC stepping in with the big bucks. Room taxes just won’t carry the load. Sewer and water lines need replacing. Docks and pilings in the harbor need replacing. Streets need rebuilding and on and on.
Thus far the lobbying trip to Washington includes Mayor Mattila and Council President Zeke Olsen. There was some talk last night that the trip, already estimated to cost a minimum $7,000 might go up because they’re considering a third councilor on the plane. Which one has yet to be announced.
Olsen recommended a check list of needs and a convincing pitch to lobby Oregon Congressmen and Senators. Maybe a few others. He recommended a trip in the fall because the summer recess would be over and Congress would be back at work until the holiday season. So there’s time.
Mayor Mattila suggested the subject be brought back up at the next city council meeting to refine the lobbying points.
Replacing the harbor’s boat waste Pump Out Station
And the council awarded the bid to replace The World’s Smallest Harbor’s pump out station. More than fish gets dropped off at the dock when the boats come in full of fish. The old pump is about ten years old so the state marine board decided it’s time to be replaced. And they’re writing the city a check to install a new one. Can’t beat the price.