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Toledo: Being a good neighbor for Georgia Pacific paid off – but not for very long.

Olalla Lake fell pretty low this summer, but it's coming back up - Good news for GP.  Bitter Sweet for the city.

Olalla Lake fell pretty low this summer, but it’s coming back up – Good news for GP. Bitter Sweet for the city.


Well…it was fun while it lasted – a three thousand dollar a day income boost for Toledo City Hall. That was Georgia Pacific’s water bill from the city because GP had to buy their water from the city because the Siletz River fell so low GP couldn’t draw water from it. And GP needs lots of water to make their fiberboard and other paper products.

So the city went from selling water at three grand a day to zero – but still they got just under $40,000 out of the water they did sell to GP during those 11 days. Recent rains have mercifully re-raised the Siletz River back up to where GP can begin drawing from it again. So they’re back to just their own costs of getting the water to Olalla Lake and then to the plant. But Mayor Billie Joe Smith says if the river drops again, the water switching system is in place so next time all the city will have to do is flip the switch and GP operations won’t miss a beat. She said, “It’s what good neighbors are all about.”

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In other Toledo news the city planning commission has recommended approval of a conditional use permit for the town’s first marijuana dispensary. If the business owner get her permit from the state, Toledo would be in a position to issue her a business license authorizing her to open up as a medical marijuana dispensary. No word yet if she would also like to sell retail marijuana through possibly the end of next year when Oregon OLCC will have their retail sales regulations finalized. At least for a while.

The proposed location is just a block down Main Street from city hall where the old Magic Mirror Beauty Shop was located.

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