Depoe Bay City Councilors Wednesday appointed a special study committee to round up experts who have the technical expertise to tell the city where to place tsunami warning sirens and how many. The study committee is made up of three city planning commissioners and two city councilors. Council members include Mayor Connors and Councilor Goddard, with Councilor Leff as an alternate. There has been a trend in the past to rely on the siren salespeople themselves to have that technical knowledge but city councilors want to throw out a wider net to get more information about where new sirens should be placed, where they should be aimed, and how many they should have.
The city has been talking about tsunami sirens for some time. But like most cities, they have a hard enough time paving streets, fixing potholes, running sewer and water plants and other duties without piling on the added expense of pricey sirens. City councilors were told some months back that there is a growing opinion among emergency management officials that Oregon should try to do what Washington state has done; the state funds their warning sirens while local communities maintain and test them regularly. So, it’s a story whose culmination is a good ways off.
The Depoe Bay Council also approved the installation of a new energy efficient furnace and new ductwork for the Depoe Bay Community Center. It should be a done deal by mid-October. Price was $6,000.
The council approved a new blacktop overlay for the entire length of Pine Avenue, from Cliff to SW Cardinal. Looks to be over a thousand feet of nice new smooth blacktop.
And finally, Depoe Bay City Councilors contend that the U.S. Census didn’t count quite enough noses when they canvassed the town last year. The Census estimated Depoe Bay’s population at 1,398 people. Portland State University’s estimate was 1,420. Now, that may not seem like a big deal to the untrained eye, but population levels affect state and federal pass through grants and program monies since they are awarded on population. And over a ten year period, between censuses, that’s a lot of money. So the council sent an official protest to the U.S. Census, asking them to review their numbers and their survey records. The councilors say a number of people have called city hall claiming “They didn’t come to my house. We never saw ’em.” Councilors believe that an entire subdivision on the hill was left out. The census bureau has made it clear that their surveying is never perfect and that they welcome appeals to help develop the most accurate estimate of how many noses they should have counted.