NEWPORT SWIMMING POOL ANNOUNCES OCTOBER YOUTH SWIMMING LESSONS
& ADDITIONAL SCHOOL’S OUT RECREATIONAL SWIMS
The city of Newport Swimming Pool will offer youth group swimming lessons October 4th – 20th. The lessons will run Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday evenings for the three week period at either 5pm or 5:30pm. The cost of the lessons is $48.00 and participants must be a minimum of four years of age. Registration is to be done in person at the pool beginning Monday, September 12th.
The city of Newport Swimming Pool has added additional daytime recreational swims 1:30pm to 3pm on Friday October 14th, 21st, and 28th.
SeaPort Air, which ended scheduled airline service to Newport on July 15th, has refused a request for payment of around $600 for rental fees the city claims it owes. SeaPort Air CEO Rob McKinney said the airline fulfilled all of its contractural obligations with Newport, including giving the city more than thirty days notice that they would be ending service.
McKinney points to a newspaper article that quotes McKinney telling Mayor Mark McConnel that Seaport “may” cease providing service to and from Newport in July. McKinney said that was back in June which was well within the 30 day contractually binding notice period. City Councilors have already addressed that part of the issue by agreeing that a statement that Seaport “may” cease operations does not constitute formal notice of the end of service. Therefore they believe the airline owes the money.
Again, McKinney says it’s clear that SeaPort doesn’t owe the money and told City manager Jim Voetberg in a letter “The invoice associated with your August 16 letter is not valid, and we consider this matter closed.”
The ball, such as it is, appears to be in the city council’s court.
SeaPort Air recently launched new airline service between cities in Idaho, Oregon and Washington.
There has been a lot of behind the scenes talking going on among fire departments all around Lincoln County about how fire services might be more efficiently run and give better service to the taxpayers. As anyone who drives up and down Highway 101 knows, there are about as many fire district signs as there are city limit signs. And for every fire district they have to have fire fighters, lots of equipment, and paid staff, especially administration.
The talk between departments is that by combining their purchasing power for equipment, vehicles and supplies and with eventual savings on cost of personnel, the departments owe it to themselves and to their respective taxpayers to investigate how to more constructively blur the lines between fire departments up and down the central coast. The city council will consider financially contributing to a proposed county-wide study of how collaboration between departments might get a better deal for the taxpayers of Lincoln County. Just about all fire departments in the county, except for Toledo, are included in the study. Earlier discussions indicated that Toledo is not interested at this time in joining in the study.
The firm proposing to do the collaboration study is Emergency Services Consulting which does a lot of these collaboration/consolidation studies. Their proposal before the council runs the gamut of variables from the purchase of fire trucks to turn-out gear for fire fighters. The council will be reviewing the consulting firm’s proposed work plan on Tuesday.
Under direction by the Newport City Council, city Parks and Recreation Department Director Jim Protiva is proposing new policies for herbicide use on city property, parks and playgrounds. And the new policy is basically, “NO HERBICIDES,” unless specifically authorized by the city manager. A recent discussion among city councilors and citizens opposed to herbicides because of their reported health hazards to pregnant women and children especially, drove the policy change. In the past, herbicides were used occasionally “as a last resort,” according to Protiva. But no more, at least without the expressed authorization by the city manager.
Protiva said the prohibition will be especially strict on city owned and maintained property where children play. If and when any further herbicide use is employed, the new policy requires that signs will be posted 24 hours ahead of spraying and that the sign shall reveal the date and time of the spraying, when it’s safe to re-enter the sprayed area, the type of herbicide used and contact information. The city council is expected to review the new policies Tuesday during their noon workshop.
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Toledo firefighters dousing the last of the vehicle fire, photos by Steve and Elizabeth Thomas, Eddyville! Click to enlarge.
An SUV headed up Nashville Road, a quarter mile north of Eddyville, caught an edge of the pavement, went through a power pole, careened down a 15-foot embankment and came to rest in a field. The driver got out just as the vehicle caught fire. The driver tried to unload the vehicle as the flames built but ran out of time as the flames grew hotter and higher. A neighbor across the street, who heard the accident and watched his lights go out, ran outside and grabbed a fire extinguisher. But it was no match for what was, by then, a blazing out of control SUV.
Toledo Fire Department crews pulled up but all that was left to do was mop up. The vehicle was totalled. Again the driver was not injured. He was given a field sobriety test and he passed it.
Power was supposed to be back on in that stretch of Nashville Road by around 10pm.
Those who drive the Nashville Road know that there is absolutely no shoulder on the road for long stretches; the side of the road is more like a straight off mini-cliff. Motorists have to drive like they are on a catwalk instead of a normal road. If you get a wheel off the pavement you’re in big trouble as this fellow found out. In addition to knocking out a power pole and losing his car, he got a ticket from an Oregon State Trooper for failure to maintain a lane of travel. A narrow lane it is, indeed.