Revision Bid Review Underway; Gas Makes Quick Dip; Flag Retirement Ceremony; Public Works Open House

Revision Bid Review Underway

The Oregon Department of Transportation has received two bids for the Revision Florence project.  According to Megan Messmer with the City, there will need to be some due diligence to make sure that the bids meet all the criteria for the project.

201: “Part of the process is for ODOT bid letting and then our engineers to go through and see where those are and make sure they included everything.”

It will take several days for ODOT to return the bids to the city and Messmer says that it will likely be sometime mid-week due to the fact that some key people involved in the project are out of town.  She says the ODOT Project Manager will be back in the office by Wednesday and there is a tentative plan to sit down and discuss the bids then.

Gas Makes Quick Dip

After a spike in fuel prices that drove a gallon or regular gas in Florence to an average of 3.16 a gallon, overnight on Wednesday providers here dipped back 9 cents to a 3.07 average.  The average price in Oregon still remains high at $3.35 a gallon although some outlying areas are still reporting prices just under $3.00 a gallon.

Flag Retirement Ceremony

Thursday June 14th is Flag day and on that day the American Legion Post 59 will be retiring old flags that have been soiled, tattered or thread bare and are no longer in condition to be properly displayed.  Between now and June 14th you can drop your flags off at the Siuslaw Valley Fire and Rescue station on Highway 101.  If you wait until next Thursday you will have to deliver them to the Veteran’s Memorial Park on Bay Street where there will be the retirement ceremony at 4 pm.  There will be a special presentation and an historical look at the flag and its place in our national heritage.  Elks Lodge 1858 will also have a gathering at 1pm at the lodge prior to the retirement ceremony.

Public Works Open House

The city of Florence celebrated their Public Works Department with an open house yesterday.  Kids from Siuslaw elementary school visited the facility and put their mark on one of the large front loaders.  Public Works director, Mike Miller said the kids had a great time and once they found the air horns on one of the big trucks they couldn’t stop.  The open house continues until 6 pm with a special presentation from Mayor Joe Henry and a time lapse video showing construction of the new facility.  Mayor Henry says that the ability to bring the project in way under budget allowed for other projects to be completed, including the current construction remodel at city hall.