Depoe Bay’s City Council is still intent on getting everybody counted that should have been counted when the 2010 Census team came through town. The official census estimate of Depoe Bay’s population was 1,398 souls. But the city council learned that census workers missed a major neighborhood in the northeast part of town that should have added another 27 people to the population rolls. Twenty-seven people represent a lot of federal and state pass through money, according to Depoe Bay Mayor Carol Connors.
The Depoe Bay City Council tried to get a recount by talking with a ranking U.S. Census official by phone two weeks ago, but got no where. Some councilors called the phone call a complete waste of time – a conversation that went in circles the whole time.
After learning that a full recount of the town would be expensive and impractical from an “census office needs” perspective, the council contacted Oregon Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden, seeking their assistance in getting the omitted neighborhood back on the census rolls. Both offices said they’ll look into it.
The city council also renewed an agreement with the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office to position an old sheriff’s patrol car at various locations around Depoe Bay, complete with a uniformed mannequin behind the wheel to deter those who would speed through town. Councilors agreed that the decoy car works very well and that it has proven to be a very effective traffic safety device at getting traffic coming into town from the north to slow down to the 35 mph speed limit.