The Depoe Bay City Council has a new councilor to help guide the community forward. She’s Kathy Short, a long time Depoe Bay property owner but a full time resident for about three years. Councilor Short told the council she’d like to join them because she wanted to be more community involved. She’s a retired accountant with many years experience. Clerk-Recorder Jeff Wiseman says she’ll be a big help to the council and for him as well. Short is filling an unexpired term of another councilor who left early. Short will have to run for election in her own right in the Fall of 2019.
Wiseman says the council has also become far more engaged in the affordable housing crisis which is pretty much coast to coast – certainly in Depoe Bay. Wiseman says there isn’t much buildable land left within the Depoe Bay city limits so it’s going to be even more of a challenge.
Wiseman says the council is also looking forward to sitting down at their annual reality check with the Lincoln County Commission. The commission makes the rounds at the beginning of every new year to see what’s on the minds of city councilors among the county’s seven (yes 7!) individual cities. Wiseman says Depoe Bay is very interested in charting a path forward on sewer plant expansions which include not only Depoe Bay, which owns the plant, but also Gleneden Beach which contracts with Depoe Bay to receive and treat their wastewater before it’s released into the ocean. Wastewater treatment plants are very expensive and so their operations and expansions require very detailed attention. And trusted consultants are certainly part of the mix.