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Toledo embarks on ambitious water system repair and upgrade

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Water Improvements

Toledo City Councilors Wednesday evening approved the first of two steps in dramatically improving the town’s water supply from the water intake on the Siletz River to everybody’s faucets around town.

The bids for improving the piping of water around Toledo, improving the Wagon Road Pump Station, and the construction of a new nearly 2 million gallon water storage tank were approved by the council, paving the way for construction to get started on all three sub-projects this summer. City officials say two of the projects under “Phase I” should be complete by late summer – the water tank by late fall.

Once those are completed, attention will then focus on “Phase II,” starting in the summer of 2014. Phase II involves moving Toledo’s water intake on the Siletz River about 500′ upstream from its current location. Less turbid there, we’re told. Once built, crews will begin replacing the transfer pipe from the Siletz River to Toledo’s water treatment plant in town. City officials say the pipe will extend across Olalla Lake and join the current pipeline that somes up Olalla Road from Highway 20. Those projects are expected to be complete by the fall of 2014.

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Garbage pickup rates going up July 1st

Trash/Garbage rates going up 1.6% on average for Dahl Disposal customers. Mayor Grutzmacher praised Dahl employees, who were watching from the audience, for several years of no rate increases and that the current increase was small – $1.40/month for average residential pick-up and $9.70 a month for average service for commercial customers. The new rates take effect July 1st.

By the way, Dahl’s Laura Kriz told the council and the audience that Dahl is holding a FREE household hazardous collection drop off at the Toledo Fire Station on Saturday, August 3rd, from 10 to 3 right there at 285 NE Burgess Road, in Toledo. Typical household hazardous wastes include poisons like pesticides, fungicides and the like; heavy metals like mercury and products that contain elementary mercury, and corrosives like acids, bases and reactives.

Meanwhile, other household hazardous wastes like used motor oil, electronics, anti-freeze, batteries, latex and oil based paints, can be dropped off at your local recycling center. Some of these items may have a small disposal fee attached when you drop them off, apart from the August 3rd event at the fire hall. For more info, call 541-336-2932.

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Council wants to build a bridge to the railroad

And finally, city councilors told a representative of Pacific & Western Railroad that Toledo wants a more mutually beneficial relationship with the railroad – to help enhance Toledo’s economic development and boost profits for the railroad. Mayor Grutzmacher recited the often told major advantage that Toledo has over most coastal Oregon cities, that Toledo’s railroad, the Pacific and Western, runs up against the Yaquina River in Toledo, which is a shipping lane through Newport to the sea which means national and international commerce. He said there is quite an economic development push going on in the region and he’d like to see the railroad part of the mix. David Anzur, Director of Marketing and Sales for the Pacific and Western Railroad said it’s something that the railroad would be definitely interested in, especially working with the city.

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