Toledo City Council embarks on major water upgrades for 2013-14, hires new librarian, donates to the Toledo Summer Kids Club and heralds a quick fix for a broken water main.
In the new budget year, Toledo will embark on a six million dollar construction program to replace water pipes in the ground and a two million gallon water storage tank planned for a spot up Skyline Drive. It will give Toledo residents and businesses greater flexibility on water storage which will come in handy if there is a major fire anywhere in town even if it’s in the heat of summer and everybody’s watering their lawns.
Then in 2014-15, the town will begin another major addition and upgrade to its water system. Public Works crews will be relocating Toledo’s water intake structure on the Siletz River in Sitez, laying new pipe toward Toledo, drilling it under a part of Olalla Lake, then under Highway 20, then up the hill to Skyline Drive to the new two million gallon water tank. Six million dollars in construction cost is being covered by bonds the city floated at just over four percent (end of bond payment rate).
After a quick review by the City Councilors, they unanimously gave thumbs up to awarding five thousand dollars to help make the Toledo Summer Kids Club possible starting June 17th and running through August 30th. The program is designed to keep children busy, engaged and having fun all summer. The program includes games, arts & crafts, boating, bowling, swimming and nutritious meals at no cost.
Based at the Flowerree Community Center in Toledo, The Toledo Summer Kids Club sign ups are available Monday through Friday for kids 6 to 18 between the hours of 8am and 5:30pm at the Flowerree Center at 321 SE 3rd Street, Toledo. Cost per child is $50/week however, scholarships are available for children from low income families. Ask for Ray or Lea.
In other city business, City Manager Michelle Amberg reported that the Memorial Day weekend water main break beneath the pavement at First and Butler Bridge Road was repaired very quickly and smoothly. The cause of the break was deemed to be old age causing a water joint to blow a hole to the outside. According to Amberg the cost of repairs ran around $50,000 plus overtime for the public works crews and the contractor, did an incredible hurry-up drill in locating the break, fixing it, rebuilding the road bed and slapping on the asphalt. The railroad was also Johnny-on-the-Spot fixing damaged railbed so that the trains could get running again.
Amberg also reported that the town’s new City Librarian is Deborah Trusty, currently a worker for the Chamber of Commerce, but who holds a relevant college degree plus additional study credits that qualify her for the job. Trusty begins her new position at the library starting July 1st. She replaces retiring librarian Peter Rayment who devoted 19 years of his life to the Toledo Library.