Depoe Bay: Fixin’ the dock in the bay by May 1st, new tsunami assembly areas, and new water meters may be on the horizon…
Depoe Bay City Councilors learned Tuesday evening that it may have taken two years to assess the damage, amass the list of repairs, enlist FEMA funding and other grants to fix the Japanese Tsunami damage, but it appears that repairs to Depoe Bay Dock #1 are about to be officially finished and the dock fully re-activated in the harbor. After new pilings, dock sections and new finger piers, the council was told that workers will pull out all the stops to get Dock #1 finished by around the first of May. City Clerk Pury Murray said they were hoping to have it done by March 11th, the two year anniversary of the Japanese Tsunami, but it didn’t quite work out. Total cost to replace the dock added up to $420,000 with generous funding from FEMA, a Business Oregon grant, insurance proceeds and other sources.
The council also learned that the revised Tsunami Inundation Zone map for Depoe Bay is just about ready to be released. Oregon Department of Geology and Minerals staffer George Priest told the council that the new map recognizes that an earthquake off the Oregon Coast can expect to create a tsunami of a larger magnitude that first thought, based on what was learned in the Japanese Earthquake in 2011. However, he noted that Depoe Bay sits largely far above any level that a tsunami could reach except for the harbor and some low lying areas around it, and along a creek at the south end of the harbor that flows into it.
The city council also learned about and approved five public assembly areas in the event of a near or far generated earthquake and tsunami. Those five areas are:
* Little Whale Cove Recreation Center
* East side of 101 in the Neighbors for Kids Parking Lot (Painter Street)
* East end of Collins Street
* Lane Street
* Lillian Lane, across from WorldMark
The council also received a report that city water workers are pondering the acquisition of remote reading water meters. The council approved the launching of a cost analysis of the meters which can be read remotely from the street rather than having to manually read them where they are located. No timetable for possible acquisition or installation has been forecasted.