Move in Date For City
The City of Florence will begin moving staff back into the newly remodeled city hall on Wednesday, January 30th. Bill payments will still continue to be accepted at the Public Works facility on Kingwood street until the city hall becomes fully operational. The doors will open to the public on February 6th. There will be an open house for the public on February 19th. City Council meetings as well as the planning commission, Florence Urban Renewal and other city committees will continue to meet at the Florence Event Center until March 4th when the City Council will hold their first meeting in the newly remodeled facility.
Students Suffer Bug
This week a bug has been going around Siuslaw schools forcing several students to stay home with fevers, vomiting and diarrhea, but according to school officials there have been no confirmed cases of influenza. Buses were cleaned and sanitized to help curtail the spread of the bug. County wide influenza has been minimal. Where flu has been prevalent has been the urban areas like Portland. Influenza cases and reported hospitalizations are down from last years numbers. The Oregon Health authority reports that the season continues, but that the vaccine has been mostly effective.
Coast Guard Support
Support for the Coast Guard locally continues to pour in. In addition to statewide collections and money dropped off at the Siuslaw News, Several Veteran’s groups have donated an additional 9600 dollars. Locally the VFW, the DAV, the American Legion, the American Legion Auxiliary and the VFW Auxiliary presented the monies to the Coast Guard on Wednesday.
State to Celebrate Birthday
The state capital on Salem will be holding a Statehood day on Saturday, February 16th to recognize the 160th birthday of Oregon as a state. There will be activities for all ages, music, costumed historic interpreters, games, a pioneer wagon, a stagecoach and free birthday cake while supplies last. The event will be from 10 am to 2 pm. All activities are free and all are invited.
Delays on Siuslaw Bridge
Traffic delays are expected to continue today on the Siuslaw River Bridge as construction crews finish up work on the sidewalks across the bridge. There were minimal delays Wednesday and Thursday of this week. Flaggers are stationed at both ends of the bridge and delays are expected to be 5 minutes or less.