See story correction on AJ Mattila issue on his rented slip in the harbor. The earlier version contained inaccurate information. Our apologies to Mr. Mattila.
New Anti-Noise Ordinance
The Depoe Bay City Council, responding to a growing number of complaints about loud music around town after hours, has adopted a new noise ordinance that should help quiet things down for those trying to get to sleep or stay asleep. Portable music devices from boom boxes to musical instruments are not supposed to be heard more than 100 feet away from its location in commercial, industrial or public spaces. As for music coming from loudspeakers, amplifiers, public address systems and the like, they cannot pose a nuisance between the hours of 11pm and 9am weekdays and from 11pm and 10am on weekends and holidays in residential or “noise-sensitive” areas, or within public spaces if the sound is plainly audible across property lines of public spaces when unreasonably loud and raucous.
When it comes to commercial establishments like restaurants and bars, unreasonably loud and raucous noise emanating from inside, or from any outdoor area which is part of or under the control of the establishment, is prohibited between the hours of 11pm and 9am. If the the noise is plainly audible within any nearby residential dwelling on residential property,it will be deemed too loud, and those making the noise will have to turn it down.
Any loud partying at the Depoe Bay Community Hall may not continue past 10pm.
Violations can carry a $500 ticket.
Keeping the streets clear
A couple wanting to live in a fifth-wheel on a public right of way on Elsie Street while they build their home, has been told no, you can’t do that. They were told that public rights of way are for the public and not for private use. Neighbors had also complained that their privacy would have been violated by the applicants parking their fifth-wheel right outside their homes with no screening to block views. So the applicants now have the option of placing their fifth wheel on a parcel adjacent to their home construction site instead. They contend it wasn’t practical from a construction staging area perspective.
Who are the ‘real’ local news media?
City Councilors Tuesday night grappled with the question of “who are the real local news media?” They raised the issue because under state law only members of bona fide news media are allowed to sit in and listen to, but not report on, council deliberations over lawsuits against the city, the city buying property, some personnel issues, and some labor related discussions. Also, nothing said during Executive Sessions can be repeated PERIOD outside the Executive Session meetings. The council sought advice from the Oregon League of Cities and received a “template” from them that outlines an approach to the issue.
What the council adopted was an approach that acknowledges, without hesitation, that the Newport News-Times is an accepted news outlet, along with the Lincoln City News-Guard as well as the NewsLincolnCounty.com website. The template suggests that other news outlets may apply to be recognized and attend Depoe Bay Executive Sessions if they begin to frequently cover Depoe Bay City Council meetings, have multiple personnel with addresses and contact numbers, and have the ability to correct errors in stories, and especially correct any violations of the Executive Session statutes. Repeated violations would get them barred from attending any more sessions.
Newport News-Times reporter Rick Beasley implored the council to not adopt the template but rather follow the lead of the Newport City Council that evaluates each applicant to sit in on Executive Sessions on a case by case basis. Beasley claimed that a one-size- fits-all template is not the way to go and that no formal policy should be adopted until the city council conducts a thorough workshop on the issue. Beasley has, in the past, published the Depoe Bay Beacon tabloid newspaper. It’s name was not added to the above list of acknowledged local news media. The council adopted the League of Cities news media template.
Beasley currently covers Newport City Hall for the News-Times and News-Times reporter Larry Coonrod covers Depoe Bay.
City Councilors got off to a bumpy start with Mayor-elect A.J. Mattila who takes office next month. Councilors voted 7-1 to enforce city ordinances on Mattila’s harbor slip. Councilors said they understood that Mattilla has not been able to complete repairs on the large boat he’s working on but that it has been far too long that he’s had an undersized boat in his slip as a placekeeper. They said the slip requires a bigger boat by city ordinance and they voted to enforce the size standard.
Mattila says he has been paying the bigger boat rate all this time but feels that if he is given more time he will get his bigger boat ship-shape and back in the slip. The council decided that there had already been sufficient extensions and that the slip requires the legally prescribed sized boat.
Mayor Carol Conners passes the Mayor’s gavel
Mayor Carol Conners bid her city lcouncil a warm thank you and good bye Tuesday night. She lost her first bid for re-election to Jim Mattila, a local fisherman by a 90 vote spread. Conners said she enjoyed being mayor and appreciated the hard work and support of city staff, her fellow councilors and the people of Depoe Bay. She said she was most proud of settling a long running lawsuit against the city (the water tank issue) in a manner the town could live with. She said she was glad to have a hand in establishing new tsunami warning sirens, progress in parks and trails around town, revamping harbor ordinances, repairing the tsunami damaged docks, progress on urban renewal, and making sure Oregon’s pending Territorial Sea Plan properly considers Depoe Bay’s requests for not removing additional fishing areas off the town’s part of the Central Coast.
Conners said she loves Depoe Bay too much to simply fade away. She said she will remain quite visible around town working on projects to improve Depoe Bay’s economic vitality and quality of life.
Come January A.J Mittila will be mayor, with newcomers Robert Gambino, who was the only candidate for Position One, Zeke Olsen, the only candidate for Position 2, Brent Berry who defeated Ted Lewis for Position 6, and incumbent Skip Hoitink who hung on to be re-elected for Position 3. Councilors Pete Cameron, Position 2 and Booner Zimmerman, Position 1, decided not to run again. Councilors Dorina Goddard and Barbara Leff were not up for re-election. Their current terms on the council don’t end until the end of 2014.