State of the City Address; Accident Blocks 101; Three Rivers Casino to Host Workshop; City Hall Ready for Move In

State of the City Address

Last night at the Florence Event Center Mayor Joe Henry outlined the state of the city.  Henry addressed a crowd of several hundred people as he shared the city’s accomplishments over the last year, highlighting progress in economic development and housing as well as infrastructure.  Projects like the meter upgrade performed this past year by the public works department.

“We know a lot of the activities that our public works department performs are often underground and are not items that we necessarily see on a day to day basis, but they keep our city functioning and the work they perform is vital to keeping Florence an amazing place to work, live and play.”

Mayor Henry reviewed the 5 city goals in detail and emphasized the continuing efforts to bring affordable housing to the city as well as expansion of services that will open up more land to development.  He also premiered a promotion video intended to lure a developer to the 13 acre property across from the Florence Event Center.  At the end of the hour long presentation Henry introduced the department heads and City Council who hung around to field questions and meet attendees.

Accident Blocks 101

A three vehicle accident on highway 101 at 21st Street had traffic backed up for about an hour yesterday afternoon.  The wreck occurred at 1:20 pm and involved two passenger vehicles and a taxi van.  Fire and EMS were on the scene along with Florence police and Oregon State Police.  One person was transported to Peace Harbor Medical center. The condition of the patient is unknown but a witness on the scene said the injuries seemed to be minor.  Traffic was slowed to one lane in each direction.  The road was reopened by 2:30.

Three Rivers Casino to Host Workshop

Three Rivers Casino and Resort will be hosting a workshop by Oregon Care Partners on a “Positive approach to Alzheimer’s and Dementia care.  The free class will last about an hour and a half and participants will get information on how to support individuals effected by the diseases.  The event will be on February 26th from 11-12:30 pm.

City Hall Ready for Move In

Yesterday morning the newly remodeled city hall was opened to the media for a walk through.  City staff begin their move in today with the process taking several days to complete.  It will be even longer to get operations up and running.  Residents will still be able to pay bills and seek services at the Public Works installation on Kingwood.  The grand reopening will be accompanied by a ribbon cutting on Tuesday February 19th at 5 pm.  Tours of the new facility will also be offered at that time.