The Depoe Bay City Council is hoping that its disagreement with the U.S. Census will turn out better than it’s sword fight with U.S. Fish and Wildlife over fireworks. And it appears there is hope that just might happen.
The Census pegged Depoe Bay’s 2010 nose count at 1,398. Depoe Bay claims that it’s what Portland State University census estimates indicate; 1.425. And although that’s only 27 inhabitants different, it adds up in terms of state and federal pass through revenues that can mean the difference in a number of Depoe Bay functions and projects.
Depoe Bay councilors say there was an entire neighborhood that was completely passed over by census workers. It had something to do with post office boxes and census forms not getting through and therefore not counted. But be that as it may, the neighborhood got together and confirmed that no census workers ever darkened their door. A telephone call to a top ranking census official in Washington DC Tuesday night was determined by the council to be a frustrating waste of time.
However, they did get the worker on the other end of the line to reveal that if the city is willing to pay for a recount, there’s a way to do that.
City councilors said they’ll follow up on that option but may ultimately ask Senators Wyden and Merkley, and Congressman Kurt Schrader to put the arm on the census to admit they made a mistake and not make the city pay scarce revenue to correct a screw-up by the U.S. Census. We’ll let you know how the issue progresses.
The council did, however, make progress on a couple of fronts. The first was asking Lincoln County to move some economic development funds from Depoe Bay’s Westside Pilings and Docks project to a different one. That project is the replacement of electrical pedestals on Depoe Bay docks in the harbor. Depoe Bay Public Works Superintendent Terry Owings told the council that with $9,000 already committed to the pedestal project, the extra $10,000 might get most of them replaced. The county is likely to go along with the request.
And the council learned that the Siletz Tribe Charitable Foundation has awarded the city $15,000 toward the installation of tsunami warning sirens which are on the verge of being ordered by the city. Total coast of the equipment, poles and sirens is expected to run around a quarter million dollars. “The Siletz Tribe’s gift of $15,000 will definitely help the city afford the costly purchase of the five sirens, poles and electrical equipment to make them all work in the event of a tsunami bearing down on Depoe Bay,” said Mayor Carol Connors.
Additionally, Terry Ownings reported that the $20,000 repair job on the water lines to and from Rocky Creek south of town has been successfully completed. A slump out of the cliff, right off Highway 101 just east of Whale Cove Inn, left the water lines intact but also hanging out over thin air a hundred feet above the pounding surf of Whale Cove below. Both lines are in good shape and what could have been a major water emergency for Depoe Bay and Morocco was averted.