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Toledo work crew repairs town’s water intake system on Siletz River

Toledo public works crews strengthened the town’s water intake system on the Siletz River which had been undermined on the bank by eddy currents that scoured out the intake’s support structure. You could actually see lots of daylight between some of the structure and the bank. Crews set up forms and poured cement into the void and let it set. Toledo Public Works Director Adam Denlinger says they’ll monitor the situation closely all winter long as river flows rise, reflecting the rainy season.

Denlinger said much more work needs to be done on the intake system that will be performed in the near future.

Video provided by Adam Denlinger, Director of Toledo Public Works.

Toledo Wooden Boat Show coming around the bend…

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The 7th annual Port of Toledo Wooden Boat Show is coming up on August 20th and 21st on the waterfront in downtown Toledo. A fun and unique activity of the Wooden Boat Show is the Yaquina Run-Off – a non-motorized, people-powered boat race. The Yaquina Run-Off is a gently competitive race scheduled for Saturday, August 20th, starting at 11 AM. The race launches at the Wooden Boat Show site at the Toledo Marina with a 3 mile short course and a 9 mile long course.

Enter the race with your canoe, kayak, row boat or racing shell and enjoy this beautiful course along the Yaquina River. Registration is $20 and includes a 2011 t-shirt. Visit: www.portoftoledo.org for registration information or call 541-336-5207.

Toledo City Hall…going for a “less cluttered” look.

Toledo Fire Dept (top),
Toledo City Hall today (middle),
Toledo City Hall with a cleaner look prior to new landscaping (lower)

A few members of the Toledo Tree Board got a sneak peak at a plan to “de-clutter” the look of Toledo City Hall. The top photo shows the original use of the building as the town’s fire hall. The second photo shows the building as city hall, pretty much as it looks today. Some believe the building’s attractive “art deco” architecture is largely covered up by overpowering landscaping, especially by the Arbor Vitae, which technically is not a tree. It’s a bush. The Tree Board will be asked to review plans for a new “do” for City Hall that will feature landscaping that doesn’t overpower the building. Ideas (not pictured in the lower photo) include planters, flowers and bushes that complement the aesthetic look of the building and which does not require nearly as much maintenance as the current landscaping.

Plans with a more finished look to the transformation will be presented to the Town Tree Board at its next meeting. For more information, call Public Works Director Adam Denlinger at 336-2247, ext. 207.

Port of Toledo Commissioners dreaming a little bit out loud…

Boat repair at Port of Toledo

When Toledo Port Commissioners sat down this week with the Toledo City Council to share ideas about the future, the commissioners told the council that their new boat repair operation at Sturgeon Bend is going so well, they’re already thinking about how they might expand it.

Port Manager Bud Shoemake said they have a travel lift and a small dry dock, along with upland areas to work on boats to prevent pollution. But he said they’re already talking about their next big step. And that would be to finance a marine rail system or a larger travel lift or maybe eventually both. Shoemake told the council that the port will be developing a business plan to help them acquire grants or low interest loans to buy the bigger lifts so they can work on bigger boats and grow the boatyard’s job base of local welders, electricians, sheet metal fabricators, hydraulic engineers, mechanics and others who keep the west coast’s fishing fleet in good running order.

Shoemake said it’s usually a good idea to work on fishing and other vessels up and out of the water. That way oils, greases, paint residues or other byproducts of working on boats don’t get into the river. Shoemake said by keeping the Sturgeon Bend Boatyard a green and clean operation, it’ll have a better chance at getting economic development grants and low interest loans to grow the business. He said a number of major boatyards up and down the west coast are having to shut down due to decades of polluting their local waters. Shoemake said Sturgeon Bend will undergo the bit of environmental clean up later this fall and when completed will make the operation increasingly competitive for new customers as other boatyards close down. He added that with the rise in the scale of boat repair operations at the Port of Toledo, other local boat repair businesses should also see an increase in customers since there will be more total boats, large and small, headed for the Yaquina River for what they need to stay safely and productively at sea.

Shoemake said their business plan should be completed by January or February. From there they’ll move forward in considering a financial strategy to begin acquiring the funds to get them the larger boat lifts. Coupled with that will be new storm sewers and wastewater collection systems and improved water service from the city to add a bit more partnership to the enterprise.

Not ready to build new homes yet, but Toledo C/C says ‘we’ll give ya the new zoning now.’

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Southeast Toledo landowners Lyle and Diane Mattson got what they wanted Wednesday when the Toledo City Council approved new zoning to allow new home construction on ten acres they recently bought from the Lincoln County School District. It’s located on some moderately steep slopes north of Ammon Road, about a quarter mile east of Sturdevant. The school district decided it didn’t need the land anymore so they sold the property to the Mattsons who say they want to build homes on it someday. As long as the land was owned by the school district, there weren’t any property taxes paid on it. But by virtue of the sale to a private party, and the new zoning placed on it by the city council, the Mattsons are going to be contributing to the city’s property tax rolls that fund police, fire, library, pool, roads, etc. The Mattsons told the council via a letter that they don’t have any immediate plans to begin building houses or roads on the ten acres. But when they do, it will increase taxes on the property even further. The Mattsons live on an adjoining six acre parcel.

Toledo Bow-wow’s may soon get a new playground off East Slope Road

Newly proposed Toledo Dog Park area
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When the first proposed location for a first-ever Toledo Dog Park turned out to be too soggy most of the year, Toledo dog lovers started hunting around for a more suitable location where they can enjoy giving their furry friends a healthy romp while socializing with others.

Eventually they got wind that Georgia Pacific might be willing to give the city a long term lease on some land southwest of East Slope Park. It’s pretty overgrown, but there are the beginnings of some open areas that could be expanded. Ten acres would be lot of dog park if they cleared it all. City Councilor Nancy Lynne said GP has offered city use of the land for a dollar a year. She said clearing the land and setting up some sort of doggie structures will take lots of volunteer work, to be sure. But she said if things keep moving along, Toledo may soon be cutting the ribbon on its first-ever park devoted to dogs and their owners.

As possibly an omen for the dog park to be located there, there is already a plastic “poop bag” dispenser right on the bike path that runs by the site.

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