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After counting what will be the vast majority of ballots cast, Depoe Bay appears to be on their way to a tax increase so that their fire trucks can respond with more fighters when they’re on their way to wrecks, fires. floods, landslides or other emergencies. The vote in the tax increase is sitting at 749 yes to 476 no.
Fire Chief Josh Williams said he honors the faith and trust the voters have placed in his fire department and will do everything in his power to fulfill that faith and trust. He says he will begin immediately to begin recruiting the finest firefighters he can find to become part of the Depoe Bay Fire District team to provide the best service possible to the resident of the district and to those who travel through and recreate in the area. He said he expects to have the six new firefighters on board by the first of the year. Depoe Bay Fire District Board member Barbara Leff echoed Chief Williams’ sentiments agreeing that the district voters have placed an enormous trust in the department and that she and the entire fire district board is committed to continuing to fulfill the mission of protecting lives and property within the district that runs from the Siletz River Bridge to Otter Rock. Leff said, “From the bottom of my heart, a sincere thank you to all those who supported us in ensuring that the Depoe Bay Fire District lives up to the expectations of everyone we serve, value and protect.”
Another biggie of the evening – whether the voters in the Newport area want to build a new hospital. Yes votes 3300, No votes 3149. There’s not likely to be enough votes still “out there” to overcome that relatively wide margin.
Voters in Yachats have changed their charter so the city can purchase real estate without having to constantly go back to a vote of the citizenry. The Vote spread is 172 yes to 136 no.
In Lincoln City, it was a close one – but the margins widened at the end. Those who wanted to overturn the recent revision to the city’s vacation dwelling laws had their way…but by small margins. For Measure 21-160 it’s 789 No, 848 yes. For Measure 21-161 it’s 847 no, 778 yes. City Hall and their supporters had a bleak election night.
Depoe Bay’s Charter Amendment seeking to clarify who is or is not qualified to be a city councilor, the amendment is passed 327 to 97.
In the battle of the lake – the Devils Lake Water Improvement District, incumbent Director Randy Weldon has lost to his challenger Tina French 1116 to 696 thus far. Kent Norris held off challenger Susan Russo 1115 to 671. And Bill Sexton, running for Position 2 had no challenger, so he has the job sewed up.
In the Toledo Port Commission Position 2 race, incumbent Port Commissioner Chuck Gertulla barely squeaked by challenger Jake Postlewait 547 to 539. Two other port commissioners faced no opposition.
In the race for North Lincoln Health District Position 5, former Lincoln City Mayor Dick Anderson won easily over challenger Peter Mann 1419 to 1015.
In the Seal Rock Fire Protection District, it’s too close to call because there’s only 1 vote separating Position 3 combatants Skip Smith with 314 votes and Larry Silverthorn with 315. That’ll take two weeks to sort out when ALL the votes are in.
For Oregon Coast Community College District Zone 4, Nancy Osterlund defeated former Toledo Mayor Ralph Grutzmacher 632 to 233.
For Lincoln County School District Zone 2, incumbent Liz Martin won another term on the school board by defeating challenger Clary Grant 4374 to 3618.
In the Zone 5 school district race, Amanda Remund out polled challenger Greg Holland 4493 to 3618.