The Depoe Bay City Council this week re-focused on repairing three dock pilings in the harbor at Dock 3. It appears that the town’s piggy bank will be able to handle the expenditure and get the dock back up to snuff.
City resources will also be sufficient to use a creative kind of technology to repair some underground pipes. City Recorder Jeff Wiseman says they’ve hired a company named Trenchless Pipe Repair to make repairs in various areas of town. Wiseman says Trenchless doesn’t dig up streets or rights of way to fix damaged pipes. Instead, they send a remote camera down-and-through the pipes to where the leaks are. The little robot-like tool installs an internal sleeve inside the pipe. And that stops the leak. No roads or utilities need to be ripped up. And the repair costs a lot less than it used to.
On another matter, Wiseman says the state’s Public Employees Retirement System financial shortfall looms over just about every city and county in the state. And it will cost local governments more money. Ponying up for smaller towns won’t be as painful as for bigger cities. But Wiseman says, it does put a little more of a financial drag on the city’s budget.