Move to Hire New Chief On; Deep Pockets for Charitable Donations; Tree Pick Up; Bridge Work Continues January 2nd

Move to Hire New Chief On

Interim fire chief Steve Abel says the groundwork has been laid for the hiring of a permanent Intergovernmental Agency chief administrator.  A new job description along with some salary grades have been approved by both boards and now the search begins.

“The advertising will be open through the 31st of January.  We’re hoping to do the testing process the 1st or March and hopefully have someone in place by May.

Abel says that the process should be pretty cut and dry and that the community has been under excellent care during the transition due to some dedicated and well trained people being in place.

“We do have really good operations chiefs we have really good medics, really good firefighters so the community is being well served by both fire and EMS right now.”

Interim chief Abel and members of both the WLAD and SVFR boards Rick Yecny and Ron Green will be guests on the January edition of Our Town.

Deep Pockets for Charitable Donations

Florence has once again given deep from its pockets to support charitable efforts locally.  Sam Spayd who has spearheaded the Salvation Army Bell Ringers says that as of Friday morning they have collected over 27,000 dollars on their way to a goal of $30 thousand.  In addition two anonymous donors have agreed to match funds raised up to the $30 thousand mark.  A potential of $90 thousand dollars could be raised.  For the past 2 years behind Spayd’s efforts Salvation Army donations have been returning to the community of Florence exclusively with the exception of 10 percent to allow for operational costs.

Tree Pick Up

The Siuslaw Valley Fire and Rescue will be out in the neighborhoods this Saturday the 29th of December as well as the following Saturday, January 5th to collect live Christmas trees.  SVFR asks for a $5 donation for the pickup and that trees be cleared of all ornaments, lights, and tinsel.

Bridge Work Continues January 2nd

Work on the Siuslaw River Bridge has been pushed back until January 2nd.  Weather and the holidays have moved back the date from just after Christmas.  Work has also been stopped on the Cape Creek Bridge and the Cape Perpetua Half-Viaduct bridge until January 2nd.