EMAC Discusses Hauler’s Licenses; Commission To Hold Executive Session; New Burning Regulations; 101 Down To One Lane Near Tugman State Park

EMAC Discusses Hauler’s Licenses

The next session of the Environmental Management Advisory Committee will review solid waste licenses for haulers in Florence.  The March 8th meeting will focus on audits being prepared for the committee from haulers as the committee looks at expenses and revenues generated over the past year.  They will also be looking at the year ahead on how the latest regulations enacted by China will affect the area long term.  They will also look at the new food and beverage foam container regulation and what to do with all those plastic bag.  The meeting will be at the Florence event center at 6pm on March 8th .

Commission To Hold Executive Session

The Port Commission has scheduled another executive session meeting for Monday March 5th at the Port Office.  The commissioners will discuss the employment of an officer, employee, staff member or agent.  Depending on the outcome of this meeting the Port Commissioners may decide to come into open session for public deliberation.  Interim Port Manager Dina McClure will be leaving to begin her tenure with Western Lane Ambulance District and Siuslaw Valley Fire and Rescue later this month and the Port commission is working to secure her replacement.  Monday’s Executive session meeting is not open to the public.

New Burning Regulations

LRAPA has announced new burning regulations in time for the spring burning season.  One of the new regulations is that no burning will be allowed in barrels.  Another is the burning of grass clippings is now prohibited.  These are new county wide regulations.  LRAPA will also be providing air quality alerts and issuing burn permits.  Residents are still encouraged to contact Siuslaw Valley Fire and Rescue for conditions and regulations for our area.  Disregarding LRAPA regulations could result in a $500 fine for first time offenders.  Remember you can dispose of yard debris at any Lane County Transfer site.

101 Down To One Lane Near Tugman State Park

If you are traveling to North Bend the Oregon Department of Transportation has issued a travel alert.  Beginning Monday, March 5th a portion of highway 101 will be a single lane only near the entrance to Tugman State Park as road crews repair a culvert there.  ODOT says you can expect up to 20 minute delays and the construction will take place until late August or early September.  In addition Oregon State Police will increase patrols around the area to ensure that drivers are observing safe practices in construction zones.