Local News – Planners Hear 2; DeFazio on Coast; Dust on the Soul; Furlough Friday; Triple Digits?

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Old Town Wharf and North Town Housing…

Two public hearings are on tap this evening for the Florence Planning Commission.  The first is for a conditional-use-permit to allow for the renovation of the Old Town Wharf beneath Mo’s and ICM Restaurants.

Jacque Betz – “And then the second one is where the Confederated Tribes of the Coos, Lower Umpqua and Siuslaw Indians, and James and Susan Genereaux have applied for a modification to their approval at the Munsel Lake Village.”

Florence City Manager Jacque Betz said while the hearing on that will be opened this evening, there likely won’t be any action.

Jacque Betz – “The applicants have asked for this to be continued so that they have some more time to address some sand management issues that we have with the property.”

Munsel Lake Village, a 35-unit affordable housing apartment complex next to Fred Meyer, was originally approved in 2004.  A subsequent re-approval was granted in 2008 and the entire project was then sold by the Genereauxs.  The Confederated Tribes.are now preparing to begin the project but have asked to change the number of units in the project.  They must also come to terms with the Bureau of Land Management, which owns the property to the west, concerning ways to handle blowing sand.  The Planning Commission meets at City Hall beginning at seven.

Furlough Friday

If you have business to take care of at a state office later this week you’ll want to take care of it before Friday.  The fifth of ten state-wide mandatory unpaid “furlough” days for state employees is set for the 17th.  That means wait times at the DMV office could be a little longer than usual on Thursday.  Officials are advising that you beat the lines entirely by doing business online if possible.  Most non-essential state services will be unavailable because of the Friday Furlough including the Department of Administrative Services, Contractors Construction Board, and Human Services.  State Police, Forestry and the Treasury Department will be open.

The Dust of Everyday Life

Judy Cook wants you to consider a quote by German-Jewish Author and Poet Berthold Auerbach…

Judy Cook – “Music washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.”

Cook is the President of the Community Chorus of Florence.  The group, under the direction of Laura Merz, will begin its Fall and Winter Semester next Wednesday evening with the first rehearsals at the Presbyterian Church of the Siuslaw.  Cook says it’s open to anyone and everyone.  Registration begins at 6:30 that evening with rehearsals at seven.

Triple Digits?

Weather Service Forecasters say a possible return to triple-digit temperatures is in store for much of Oregon later this week.  Inland temperatures are expected to rise into the 90s Wednesday and break the century mark Thursday and Friday.  Hot temperatures are expected in the Coast Range where fire danger is expected to increase.  Along the coastal strip the mercury could reach well into the 80s.

DeFazio Town Halls

Fourth District Congressman Peter DeFazio will begin a coastal swing in Florence this morning.  The Springfield Democrat will be at Siuslaw Public Library for an hour-long Town Hall beginning at 9:30 this morning.  If you miss him in Florence, he’ll wrap up his two-day tour at 5:15 Wednesday at the Coos Bay Public Library.