Toledo: Wants better bus service, requests help for homeless graduates, announces two council vacancies
Toledo City Councilors scratched their heads Wednesday night and tried to figure out why the public transit bus from Newport to Corvallis stops at the Dairy Queen on Highway 20 headed east, but at Business 20 and “A” streets in downtown Toledo while coming back from Corvallis. Councilor Mark Camara said it makes no sense for the Newport to Corvallis bus to stop and pick up passengers a mile or more away from where passengers, headed back home, are dropped off. He said there is no parking at the Dairy Queen and that dropped-off passengers have to walk the mile or so back into town from the Dairy Queen, along a road with no shoulders, with traffic whizzing by. “It just crazy,” Camara said.
So the city council wrote a letter to the transit authority to please make the Park n’ Ride at Highway 20 and “A” Streets the bus station for those coming AND going. City Manager Michelle Amberg said she’s talked to the transit manager and was encouraged by the sympathy she received.
We’ll see how this issue pans out.
The Toldeo City Council also announced that the school district is accepting donations for a fund that helps homeless graduating seniors to have the appropriate clothing and other memorabilia in celebrating their graduation. City Manager Michelle Amberg told the council that just for a $40 donation, a homeless graduating senior in Toledo will get to walk the boards at their graduation and be dressed appropriately; cap, gown and tassel. It also includes some extra curricular fun for them
To mail in a $40 donation, do so at LCSD Help Program, 351 SE Harney Street, Newport, OR, 97365. By the way, city councilor Mark Camara popped for $40 on the spot, asking Amberg whether the money would stay in Toledo for needy Toledo Children? Amberg’s response was a resounding yes. “Money raised here stays here,” she said.
So again, please consider donating forty dollars for such a heartwarming gift to Toledo High School Seniors. We’ll bring you up to date on this story tomorrow. There are now five students in need of financial assistance to graduate this June.
And finally, the Toledo City Council decided on a method of filling two vacancies on the city council. The council will advertise the two openings through March 28th, interview the candidates and then appoint two of them to the council, probably during their first meeting in April.