The Depoe Bay City Council this week went about trying to reconstitute the Depoe Bay Harbor Commission. The commission, which advises the city council on policies relating to managing the harbor and ensuring that its facilities are kept in good repair, has seen its membership dwindle from 7 down to just two members. Four of the vacancies were caused by the city council kicking them off the commission after they were indicted by a county grand jury for being part of a fraud operation that cheated Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife out of fishing license fees from charter fishing customers.
The fifth vacancy on the Harbor Commission was caused by long time commissioner Loren Goddard stepping down this week. That leaves just two still standing.
The council decided to begin advertising the fact that they need candidates interested in serving on the commission. Major issues include replacing harbor docks 2, 3 and 4. The city’s limited budget doesn’t contain much money toward that pressing problem, so pursuing state and federal grants will be the primary method of raising the money.
As far as applicants go, the city is looking for those who might own a business that’s connected with the harbor, either directly or indirectly, has environmental interests or sensitivities, as well as some working knowledge of how local government works.
For more information contact Depoe Bay City Hall at 541-765-2361.