The Depoe Bay City Council this week gave ODOT the go-ahead on improving Highway 101 south of the bridge. Not the pavement as such, but what runs alongside it. Sidewalks. It’s a pretty expensive project but it will ease traffic-pedestrian close calls. Installing east side sidewalks on that stretch of 101 will begin in the Spring of next year.
The City Council also tightened up on those who are not wearing facemasks or maintaining a six foot distance between persons. Like all other agency of some authority, they just want to keep locals and tourists as healthy as possibly.
The City Council also launched a review of how Depoe Bay collects taxes. Because Depoe Bay residents don’t pay property taxes, the city has to make it up in other ways to keep City Hall’s lights on, streets in proper condition among other things. It’s nothing that’s going to happen in the next year but it will happen or City Hall might cease to exist. It’s been doubly financially hard because the Covid-19 Virus has forced all kinds of people to remain in their homes so they don’t get infected. And tourism is in a status of near death at the moment but Governor Brown seems to be working every angle to hurry-up the opening