Despite criminal investigations going on concerning four Depoe Bay Harbor Commissioners, plans to improve the harbor are moving ahead anyway.
The Depoe Bay City Council decided Tuesday night to proceed full-speed-ahead on hiring an engineering firm to do preliminary evaluations of a list of projects assembled independent of the Harbor Commission.
The Harbor Master Plan Advisory Committee, made up of harbor stakeholders and citizens submitted their priority list of what improvements need to be made in order to take Depoe Bay harbor to the next level.
Among their projects are replacing the pilings and docks for harbor docks 2,3 and 4. Stabilizing the seawall. Upgrading the Commercial Wharf. Replacing the Bell Buoy. Establishing an oil waste station, enhanced parking, a better haul-out arrangement and the construction of a multi-purpose building in the harbor to serve as offices for the harbormaster, storage of emergency supplies and other uses.
No price tag was attached to these improvements but it won’t be cheap. The city council accepted the list from committee and forwarded it to City Planner Larry Lewis who will formalize the recommendations and ready them for council review in early September. At that point the council will send out a request for proposals for a design-engineering firm to estimate costs and prioritize them as well as recommend sources of grant funding.
With limited tax base, Depoe Bay heavily relies on state and federal grants to make harbor improvements – even upgrades to sewer, water and parks projects.