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Policy Review Not Expected to Affect Donations; Rains Continue; New Emergency Manager

Policy Review Not Expected to Affect Donations

According to Superintendent of Siuslaw Schools Andy Grzeskowiak the revised policy manual that is currently in review addresses the policies that deal with Public Solicitation and Materials Distribution that have been in place for 16 and 21 years respectively.  The Commercial Advertising policy is a new, suggested policy from the Oregon School Board Association.  The policy on commercial advertising is intended to restrict commercial advertising on Siuslaw School campuses and would restrict flyers and notices that promote products that are illegal for minors, such as alcohol, tobacco, marijuana, vaping and other like products.  Grzeskowiak says the new policy should not impact current donations by businesses or organizations if it is adopted by the school board.

Rains Continue

Heavy rains passing through the coastal region is expected to bring some flooding.  The national weather service out of Portland has issued a flood watch for sections north and east of Florence including the Mapleton area.  Heavy rains and recent snow melt can contribute to the problem.  The flood watch will be in effect until 4 am tomorrow morning.  In addition areas east of Florence are under a winter storm warning with some elevations receiving several inches of accumulation.  ODOT is recommending travelers to stay alert and visit tripcheck for updated information on roads.

New Emergency Manager

Lane County has a new Emergency Manager.  Patience Winningham  will take the reins from Linda Cook beginning on February 19th.  Winningham is a McKenzie River native and has been serving as program coordinator for the City of Eugene’s Emergency Management Program.  Lane County Administrator Steve Mokrohisky says Winningham’s focus will be on finding creative solutions to increase Lane County’s readiness and resiliency when it come to being prepared for emergency situations.  Mokrohisky also said that Lane County has renewed its focus on disaster preparedness support for rural communities and that Winningham will lead that effort alongside County leaders.