Depoe Bay city councilors picked a new city planning commissioner by the name of Linda Phillips Tuesday night. She’s an independent business woman and says she’s been wanting to become more involved with the community for a long time.
ODOT has put some smiles on the faces of those wrestling with how to make downtown Depoe Bay a more inviting environment. ODOT told the Depoe Bay City Council to keep all the parking they already have along 101 through the downtown, but that creates a sight-distance problem for drivers exiting Collins Street onto 101 turning left. So soon the parking area to the immediate left and east side of 101 will be reserved strictly for motorcycle parking.
A Harbor Commission desire to have the city set aside some of the harbor’s parking spaces to accommodate port moorage regulars was referred back to the commission with a reminder from the council that the Port of Depoe Bay was deeded the property by the Port of Newport which ordered, in the agreement of transfer that all parking spaces were to be public. We’ll see what the Harbor commission comes up with.
Fireworks on the third of July in Depoe Bay are getting iffier and iffier due to a large group of seabirds living in and around the fireworks launch area. Mayor Carol Connors said the U.S. Fish and Wildlife has nixed a deal with the Depoe Bay Chamber of Commerce by refusing to do another bird disturbance test unless fireworks are less noisy than in past years. Somehow, the word didn’t get through to the fireworks vendor, so they prepared only for business as usual. So now they can’t get a permit to launch the fireworks and Mayor Conners said it’s up to the Chamber of Commerce to work things out, if they can be worked out at all.
And long time Depoe Bay resident Fred Robison was honored for his many decades of service to Depoe Bay and its residents. Mayor Conners did the honors by presenting Robinson with a proclamation of appreciation for all the years that Fred and his wife Betty have lived, worked and volunteered in the community.
The city council decided to move ahead with the purchase and installation of five tsunami warning sirens that will run from near the World Mark south to Whale Cove in. They hope to have them up before the end of the year. Work will likely begin soon after the city attorney gives it his signature of approval for the purchase and installation of the devices.
And finally, the city council decided to go with the lowest bidder to replace an old railcar tresle bridge that spans the creek at the City Park. City officials say they expect the new structure will be up and walkable by September or October.