Special Meeting of WLAD/SFVR
This evening at 5:30 the boards of Siuslaw Valley Fire and Rescue and Western Lane Ambulance District will hold a special meeting at the fire station located at 2625 Highway 101. The boards will consider a resolution to create a third entity as well as consider terms of employment for Michael Schick. Schick was offered the job of chief to oversee the Intergovernmental agreement. The board hopes to draft an employment agreement and authorize SVFR Board President Ron Green to sign a conditional offer of employment based on the terms of employment and contract and contingent upon successful background and reference checks.
Drowsy Driving & Daylight Savings
It’s only an hour, but safety advocates say it could deeply impact driving. The Oregon Department of Transportation issued a release regarding this Sunday’s switch to Daylight Savings Time. ODOT says that even slight changes to sleep patterns can cause drowsy driving and can be fatal on Oregon roadways. Officially 58 people died in Oregon from drowsy driving accidents from 2013-2017, but ODOT says the number is likely higher. One third of American drivers have admitted to falling asleep while driving and 60 % of drivers say they have driver while drowsy. ODOT recommends pulling over and taking a walk or a short nap if you get drowsy. Daylight savings time begins this Sunday morning at 2 am.
Storm Damage Assessments
According to Lane County officials the damage caused by the snowstorm that hit Lane County from the coast range to the cascades is expected to add up to more than $10 million dollars in damage to public utilities, road infrastructure and more. Public agencies affected by the storm have until March 13, to complete a preliminary damage assessment for Lane County that will then be shared Oregon Emergency Management. Damage and interruptions were limited in Florence though travel was limited due to the closing of Highway 126. Public agencies, including utilities, cities, school districts, water districts and other will be contacted directly by Lane County Emergency Management and provide instructions to help with damage assessment.
The annual rotary auction will be held this Saturday at the Florence Event Center. The theme for this year’s event is the year 1969. The event raises 10’s of thousands of dollars annually for scholarships and assists in humanitarian causes around the world.
Senior Abuse Seminar
Friday march 15th the Florence senior center will be host to a Financial Abuse Seminar put on by Oregon Pacific Bank. The seminar will have tips on how to recognize common scams and abuses and how to avoid them. There will also be a presentation on Elder abuse. Time will be allotted for a question and answer session. Doors open at 11 and lunch will be served. The event is planned to run until 1:30.