Quick Action Saves Business; Gas Prices Flat in Florence; ODOT Reviewing Fund Requests; Last Chance For Clippings

Quick Action Saves Business

SVFR Fire officials say that they were able to confine the Sand Dunes Frontier fire to one building in the early hours of Tuesday morning.  Four Engines, three water tenders, two command vehicles and Western Lane Ambulance Medic unit all responded.  21 fire personnel in all were involved in extinguishing the blaze.  District Chief James Dickerson says that units were on scene within 7 minutes of receiving the call and the quick response allowed them to save the second structure.  There was some smoke and heat damage to the building, but it did not burn.  The State Fire Marshall and the Oregon state police are investigating the cause of the fire.

Gas Prices Flat in Florence

With hurricane Florence bearing down on the East Coast, pump prices are expected to spike in the eastern states, but here in the west prices are predicted to remain flat.  Florence and the surrounding area have experienced flat pricing as the average for a regular gallon of gasoline is at $2.95.  gas prices are expected to continue a decline as the switch is made to the winter blend fuels.  On average, Oregon’s gas price is lower than a month ago.

ODOT Reviewing Fund Requests

Oregon Department of Transportation says that they have received 142 letters of intent requesting a part of the 100 million dollars that are available to be distributed to communities that want to improve safety for children walking or biking to school.  Florence was one of those communities that submitted a request for funding.  Florence should know by January if they are one of the recipients of funds for increasing signage, improving crosswalks, and building new sidewalks on school routes.

Last Chance For Clippings

City manager, Erin Reynolds says this Saturday’s yard debris collection may be the last of the season so if you are looking to get out in the yard and work remember that the city is taking clippings from 9 until about 2 pm this Saturday.  Disposal costs are $10 for a standard pickup truck load or small utility trailer (single axle) or less; $15 for a medium utility trailer (10-12 feet in length); and $21 for a large utility trailer (12-18 feet). Over 20 cubic yards is $21 plus $5 for each additional cubic yard. The city asks that you please bring cash for payment.