Depoe Bay: First step to fix old boat dock taken by council, new marijuana regs approved, and town reservoir coming back on line early next month.
The Depoe Bay City Council this week turned to a pretty good source of help to upgrade/replace the boat dock at the ramp at the north end of Shell Street.
Urban Renewal funds were approved by the council this week to launch the redesign and engineering for the replacement of the dock. Just prior to the council vote,. Councilor Jerome Grant questioned the proposal by asking why the rehabilitation of the dock would extend outward so far, areas not directly related to the dock. But a harbor commission member, with the help of City-Clerk Recorder Pery Murray, explained that the improvements include not only the dock but also the northerly end of Shell Street which empties into the harbor as a boat ramp. At that point Grant said he supports the design and engineering expenditure which comes out of the city’s urban renewal fund. No specific timeline has been released as when the dock will be upgraded.
It was pointed out by Clerk-Recorder Pery Murray that while the council was free to establish a 1,000 foot buffer between a retail marijuana store and NFK, the new regulations allow retail marijuana outlets to cluster in smaller areas like the downtown, over 1,000 feet away from NFK. How many can cluster near each other is “a factor of the free market,” said Councilor Jerome Grant. “Competition and quality service” he said, “will probably limit the number of retail outlets in the downtown area, if not overall.” The new regulations take effect immediately.
And finally, Depoe Bay Public Works Director/Superintendent Brady Weidner reported to the city council that the city’s main water supply reservoir will be coming back on line sometime next month. The project, which has been going on for a while, ran into some really good news during the project – and that is – some of the repairs to the reservoir will not be necessary, thereby saving the city some big money. The city has been temporarily switched over to Rocky Creek to keep the town and its customers happy and full of water. Weidner said the reservoir was dredged to the point that when the reservoir refills, it’ll have a lot more storage capacity than it had before the work was ordered. A lot more. Weidner told the council that re-filling the reservoir should begin in two weeks.