ODOT Releases Survey; Time Running Out For City Council Seats; City Council Meets; Port Reviews Property Status

ODOT Releases Survey

The Oregon Department of transportation released a survey for the public regarding the possibility of a Florence to Eugene transportation route.  The City of Florence along with the Florence area Chamber Of Commerce, Lane Council of Governments, the Confederated Tribes of the Coos, Lower Umpqua, and Siuslaw Indians have all received feedback from citizens requesting an affordable option for job commutes, medical appointments, tourism, shopping trips, and other needs.  The survey was released on the heels of the announcement that a Yachats/Florence connector would begin operation in September.  The survey is posted on “surveymonkey” online, but a paper copy is available at the Florence Chamber of Commerce, City of Florence Public Works, Florence Post Office, Mapleton Post Office, and the Siuslaw Public Library.  These copies can be turned in at the City of Florence Public Works building, 2675 Kingwood Street or at drop boxes at any of the above mentioned locations.  The survey can also be downloaded at the link below:

Time Running Out For City Council Seats

The petition deadline for City Council elections has passed.  The official deadline was August 14th, but petitions can still be received until August 28th but according to the city website it may not be enough time to complete the election process.  Currently there are 5 people seeking 2 positions on city council with Mayor Joe Henry currently unopposed in his re-election bid.  Current City Council member Woody Woodbury, Maureen Miltenberger, Geraldine Lucio, Brandie Bell, and Brittany Hornung are all candidates listed for the open positions.

City Council Meets

The Florence City Council meets on Monday evening at 5:30 at the Florence Event Center.  On the agenda will be a consideration for a closing of Bay Street from Nopal to Kingwood for the purpose of the Rods and Rhodys car show on September 8th and 9th and will look at possible changes to city code regarding tsunami and earthquake regulations as it pertains to the Oregon Coastal Management program and the NOAA Coastal Grant programs.  The council is also considering an application for a “Safe Routes to School” grant provided by the Oregon Department of Transportation.

Port Reviews Property Status

The Port of Siuslaw board met this week to discuss the sale of its 40 acre parcel at Pacific View.  Andy Johnson, From Coldwell Banker Coast Real Estate fielded question from the board regarding asking price, any comparable parcels in the area and possibility of dividing it into smaller parcels, the board also inquired about the amount of interest and activity with the property. Along with that Johnson explained the zoning to the commission and usage for property.