Revision Florence Reveal; EMAC to Discuss Rates and PLastic Bags; Symphonic Band Invited to Perform; Ballots: In The Mail; Earthquake Reported

Revision Florence Reveal

The City of Florence revealed its final design for the Revision Florence Project.  Wednesday night at the Florence Event Center residents and business owners got a peak at what the project will look like and how the construction elements will unfold.  The seven million dollar streetscape design will incorporate gateways, public art, Sitting areas, new plantings, median islands and new lighting and signage.  City staff fielded questions about the timeline and how construction will effect travel and accessibility in the area.  The plan will consist of constructing the west side of highway 101 first from August through October of 2018 with curbs driveways and sidewalks and then the east side from October 31 through January 29th of 2019.  The final two stages will begin in late January and conclude in March.  Upon completion of the construction the Oregon Department of Transportation will then repave she roadways.  More information and a rendering of the project is available on the city’s website:

EMAC to Discuss Rates and PLastic Bags

What to do with all those plastic bags?  That will be one of the topics for the Environmental Management Advisory Committee when they meet next week.  The committee is looking to alternatives and the possibility of even banning or choosing a pay to use program like Eugene.  The meeting will be Tuesday May 1st at the Florence Event Center at 6 pm.  The committee will also be looking at solid waste licenses and review residential and commercial rates with a possible rate increase coming in the near future.  The meeting is open to the public and public comment is encouraged.

Symphonic Band Invited to Perform

The Siuslaw High School Symphonic Band has been asked to perform at the annual Oregon School Athletic Association’s 4A Championships in May.  The event will be held in Corvallis on May 9th.  the Symphonic band is under the direction of Chris Rowbotham.

Ballots:  In The Mail

According to the Secretary of State, Dennis Richardson, the primary ballots for the May 15th primary should be showing up in our mailboxes beginning tomorrow.  All ballots should be delivered by May 4th.  and you are encouraged to contact the office of Cheryl Betschart the Lane County Clerk.  Ballots are due by 8pm on May 15th  Postmarks will not count.  They can be returned by mail or at the Florence Justice Center.

Earthquake Reported

The USGS reports that there was a 3.8 magnitude earthquake west north west of Coos Bay this morning.  The quake was located on the inner fault line that runs along the Oregon Coast.  No warnings or watches have been issued for the area.