City Council Work Session / Monday Council Meeting; Be Ready Expo; LIghthouse Celebration; Crabbing Deemed Safe

City Council Work Session / Monday Council Meeting

The Florence City Council will continue their discussion of their goals and work plan at Monday morning’s work session at 10:30 at city hall.  The council was poised to go through the document at their last work session meeting that was cut short due to a medical emergency.  The goals and work plan is a necessary step in moving forward with preparing the city’s biennial budget.  The city council will then convene on Monday evening at 5:30 to consider approval of a resolution to adopt those goals and work plan.  Also on Monday evening’s council agenda is the consideration of approval of the mural application for the Central Lincoln PUD building.  There is expected to be a lot of public input both for and against approval.  The Mural entitled Stitching Time, Weaving Cultures was designed by the Marino Heidel Studios in Portland who were one of five mural finalist.  During the selection process by the Public Arts Committee there was little public input for or against the mural and it was not until the artist rendering was chosen that a social media campaign began to shed light on it.  Also on the council’s agenda for Monday is a consideration to approve a proposal from  Civil West Engineering to improve sections of 26th and 27th street as part of the Safe Routes To School project funded by ODOT and if approved it will allow city manager Erin Reynolds to move forward with a professional services contract with Civil West Engineering.

Be Ready Expo

Tomorrow is the “Be Ready Expo.”  The annual event is put on by the Siuslaw News and the Western Lane Emergency Operations Group.  The event is from 10-3 at the Florence Event Center and will feature vendors and a panel discussion about the dangers that Florence faces in the event of a severe storm or a catastrophic event.

LIghthouse Celebration

The Heceta Lighthouse celebrates 125 years tomorrow.  The celebration is from 4-7 pm at the lighthouse and there will be live entertainment, games and refreshments available.  An opening ceremony by the U.S. Coast guard will begin at 4:30

Crabbing Deemed Safe

The Oregon Department of Agriculture and the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife announced yesterday that the entire Oregon coast is open for crabbing.  Samples taken from crab along the coast show a reduced level of the marine biotoxin, demoic acid below harmful levels.  ODFW still recommends the crab be eviscerated before cooking to avoid unnecessary contact with the poison.