Burn Ban in Effect; City Council Meeting; School Board to Approve Budget; ODOT Construction Break

Burn Ban in Effect

Friday marked the end of the burning season for Lane County residents until October 1st.  Jo Niehaus with the Lane Regional Air Protection Agency said that yard debris will now need to be taken to an approved collection and recycling site.  Residents who burn during the closed season are subject to violations with penalties ranging from $50 to $2500.00 and more.  Niehaus says the average penalty is around $300. But more importantly is that illegal fires during the summer months increases the risk of wildfires and can cause damage to property and destroy homes.  According to statistics back yard burning and burn piles are one of the leading causes of wildfires in Oregon. LRAPA reminds residents that the October 1st date to resume burning is subject to change depending on conditions at the time.

City Council Meeting

Tonight’s meeting of the Florence City Council will include discussion on the proposed sale of the Old senior center on Airport road.  There will be a public hearing to consider written and verbal testimony regarding the proposed option agreement and sale of real property.  Following that the council will decide on moving forward with a property sales agreement.  The council will also consider accepting the proposal from Ray Wells incorporated in the amount of $50,720 to complete repairs on the southbound travel lane of Rhododendron Drive in the vicinity on New Hope Lane.  There will also be a presentation of Florence’s 125 year celebration and a consideration to approve the change of ownership for the liquor license for Rosa’s Mexican Restaurant on Highway 101.  The meeting will begin at 5:30 this evening at the Florence Event Center.

School Board to Approve Budget

The Siuslaw school board will meet this Wednesday at 6:30 to review and adopt the budget for the next school year.  Superintendent Andy Grzeskowiak will also review policy updates for the upcoming year after a public hearing and response from the community.  The meeting will be at the district’s office at 2111 Oak Street.

ODOT Construction Break

The Oregon Department of Transportation is reminding residents that while under construction the new crosswalks are not open and that drivers should beware of pedestrians trying to cross at these intersections.  Work will resume on the 25th of June on the walkways and the completion date is still towards the end of September.  The new crosswalks will feature additional safety features and ADA accessibility.