Depoe Bay: “Confirming” good entertainment on 4th of July, upgrading internet and data services, and a bouncing new baby budget starting July 1
The Depoe Bay City Council Tuesday night reviewed a request from the local chamber of commerce to use Depoe Bay City Park for a 4th of July musical event as well as later in the summer, September 22nd, for a musical event “a day after the Salmon Bake.” Because it was signed by only one person, some councilors wanted to hold off on giving permission until they saw more signatures on the application – concerns over liability insurance surfaced.
At the end of the discussion, City Councilor Dorina Goddard, who is active in the chamber, said that getting the added signatures should not be difficult and upon receipt should be given instant approval by the city. The council endorsed the approach.
Lightning fast Internet/HD TV on the horizon for Depoe Bay
The Council also approved a franchise agreement with CoastCom that is installing new fiber optic lines through Depoe Bay. The new faster data service should allow the local cable TV and internet provider, Wave, Inc., to offer much faster internet speeds and a greater variety of high definition television programs. The 7% franchise fee should also begin to supply the city with another revenue stream for city projects and services. Councilors learned that CoastCom’s fiber lines should be up and running by Fall or early Winter.
Depoe Bay City Park Bridge upgrade advances
City Councilors learned Tuesday night that the city is drawing closer to soliciting bids from contractors who are interested in replacing the old Depoe Bay City Park Bridge with something less quaint in favor of something more conducive to emergency services like fire trucks, sheriff’s patrol cars and ambulances.
The city has the money in the bank to pay for a bridge that could accommodate those kinds of vehicles – grant monies provided by state parks and recreation as well as the county. The council’s general consensus was that the bridge should be as large as the money available will allow and to see what kinds of bids they get to actually build it, whether it’s to be 70 feet long and 10 feet wide, or 80 feet long and 12 feet wide. The council has roughly $90 thousand to spend on the project.
City budget approved
And with little fanfare, the Depoe Bay City Council approved their 2013-2014 city budget which weighed in at nearly $8.3 million which includes city capital spending. Those include not only the City Park Bridge but also two new public works pickups, creating the Highway 101 Scenic Park project master plan, improvements to the community hall parking area and sidewalks, memorial benches and plaques, Bay Street improvements, street overlays for Vista, Alsea, Point and Oceana, upgrades for the water and sewer plants as well as other major improvements to parks, streets, storm drains and water distribution lines.