As I detailed last week, billions of dollars are coming to Oregon as part of the America Rescue Plan. Much of that support is being sent directly to cities, counties, and schools. About $2.6 billion is available to the legislature which is needed to help balance our state budget. And this week, we learned that $700 million could be used on local infrastructure, economic relief, and development projects.
Each Representative and Senator was invited to submit proposals important to our districts. After conferring quickly with city managers, elected officials, and local community leaders, I narrowed our “wish list” to twelve projects. Each, I believe, will make a critical difference to our health, safety, and economic stability.
Here is an overview of those twelve projects:
- Newport Big Creek Dams – helping pay for an $80 million project to replace failing earthen dams that threaten homes and highways and provide water to Newport residents, businesses, and visitors – $4m for planning/permits; $10m for construction; Total $14m
- Port of Toledo Sewer Project – complete industrial sewer and toilet facilities at the Port and boatyard – $2.3m
- Waldport Water Tank – re-seal, re-surface, and seismically retrofit a failing city water tank as part of the Waldport Water Master Plan. – $2.175m
- Depoe Bay Harbor – replacement of 1950’s era pilings, wooden moorage docks and a fuel dock at the “World’s Smallest Harbor” – $2.1m
- Falls City Wastewater Treatment Facility – reduce sewer rates by offsetting loan expenses on a needed $4.1 million project to relocate and reconstruct the current wastewater treatment works – $800k
- South Tillamook County – Expansion of Broadband Service (Fiber to the Home – FTTH) to 650 properties in southern Tillamook County. Currently more than half the students in Nestucca schools do not have adequate internet. – $2.6m
- D-River Welcome Center – renovate dank and dirty restrooms, improve traffic flow, and create a state-of-the-art welcome center at Oregon’s most popular beach wayside park – $2.5m
- Sheridan School District – help the district acquire property and buildings to create a Career Technical Education Center and facilitate multiple career pathways that are strongly connected to local industry – $1.9m
- Lincoln City Cultural Center – re-imagining the old school playground and parking lot into a cultural and education plaza, market grounds, performance space, and improved parking – $1.8m
- Toledo Aquatic and Community Center – replace the aging facility with a new swimming pool, exercise facility, and community room – $4m
- Oregon Coast Aquarium – welcome center renovations and expansion of the Coast’s only wildlife rehabilitation center – $5m
- Pacific City Visitor & Livability Enhancements – create a multi-modal pathway the length of Pacific City and renovating public restrooms at Cape Kiwanda, Cloverdale, and central Pacific City – $3.1m
All of these projects are needed. Many are seeking grants and contributions. None can be paid for entirely by local residents. I will continue to work to reduce local costs and expand local opportunities and livability.
While it is clear that there is no assurance any of these projects will ultimately be funded, any coastal resident can tell you that the odds of catching a fish increase if you actually put a line in the water!
Thank you as always for reading my weekly updates. Listen for more news on my morning radio reports Tuesdays on KBCH and Fridays on KTIL.
Representative David Gomberg
House District 10