Davis Out At Boys and Girls Club; HEOP And City Council To Review Ordinances; Emergency Shelter To Open Tonight

Trent Back In At Boys and Girls Club

Just days after a report in the Siuslaw News detailing its financial concerns the Boys and Girls Club of Western Lane County announced that it had replaced the Club’s executive director, Jack Davis, with an interim director.  Until a replacement can be found board member and former executive director, Chuck Trent will be at the helm of the Boys and Girls Club.  The decision to replace Davis was made a week prior, but no official announcement was made until this past Friday.  This comes just days after the first section of the new teen center had been place on its foundation.  The February 14th article in the Siuslaw News detailed the struggles of maintaining continued support for the institution.  The placing of the new teen center had been bid at $25,000 and had been ready to move for some time but the funds just had not been there.  The press release from the Boys and Girls Club only stated that Davis had been replaced but gave no details.  Coast Radio News was told that due to confidentiality issues the board would not expound on the termination.  Saturdays Siuslaw News reported that anonymous sources had told them Davis was terminated without cause.

Joint Meeting to Work on Compliances

The city of Florence Planning Commission will continue to look at amending the city code to be in compliance with Oregon Senate bill 1051.  The bill requires communities to come into compliance with building allowances for detached and attached housing units on available single home properties within the city limits.  The commission will be looking at just how those changes will come to pass by the July deadline.  They will also be looking at florence’s 2020 comprehensive plan.  All of this is part of the Housing and Economic Opportunities Project.  The meeting will take place This evening at 5:30 at the Florence event center.

Another Night For Emergency Shelter

The emergency cold weather shelter has issued a statement that it would once again be open this evening after 6 nights of cold weather last week required providing shelter for the local area homeless.  Reverend Greg Wood says the Presbyterian Church of the Siuslaw will open its doors this evening and provide shelter and a meal.  It has been sharing responsibilities with the New Life Lutheran Church on Spruce Street.  Wood says that volunteer help from the community has been essential in keeping the homeless warm and that more help is needed.