Depoe Bay: No limit on boat placeholders finalized, moving ahead on the “fish plant”, and council might be on TV next meeting.
There was little doubt that the vote would change from the first one, and when the dust settled, any boat owner who wants to put a little boat in his leased big boat slip can do so indefinitely while the big boat is being repaired. The majority of the council contended that a 90 day (or such) time limit as advanced by the council minority was unnecessary, amounting to unneeded pressure on the owner. Mayor AJ Matilla has said in the past that “Anytime a boat’s out of the water it’s not making money for the owner. He’ll get it fixed as fast as possible.” Matilla, himself a boat owner, had a little placeholder in his slip for well over a year and the harbormaster made him put it in a transient slip for the time being while his bigger boat is still up on the rack. Those wanting the time limit point to that occurrence as proving some kind of time limit should be required. Also that it’s not fair that there is such a waiting list of other boat owners who otherwise could get a slip.
The council moved on to hired an engineering firm to do a detailed inspection of the old fish plant on the west side of the harbor. A local businessman and a partner wants to crank up the old plant, once it’s in good enough shape. Support beams, electrical wiring and other issues prevent that from happening until the building meets code standards. Clearwater Engineering won the bid of nearly $24,000 to inspect and provide plans that a contractor could then come in and make all the repairs in anticipation of the building being leased. No time line has been mentioned.
The council, after much deliberating over several meetings, has gotten over it’s being camera shy and has somewhat reluctantly agreed to let councilor Brent Barry video tape council meetings that can then be played back over the internet. They gave Berry the go ahead and video tape the next city council meeting later this month. The long-running audio recording on the city’s website will continue to be offered as well.