New Permits Needed For Cannery Station; School Board Meeting; Driver Sends Law Enforcement on Chase

New Permits Needed For Cannery Station

Grading of the new Cannery station property across from Fred Meyer continues as crews clear vegetation and trees from the property and level much of the sand.  According to one equipment operator at the site no sand is being removed, but rather redistributed on the property.  The city of Florence has received some complaints from Florentine estates management regarding clearing of the eastern portion that borders their property.  The original plan included fencing that would border Florentine Estates, but the permit for clearing was not adequate for the proposed fence.  Representatives for Cannery Station have applied for a modification to the original permit which intends to increase the scope of excavating over the original permit and the Planning Commission will hear the application at its meeting tomorrow evening at 5:30 pm at City Hall.

School Board Meeting

The Siuslaw School Board will meet Wednesday.  The board will discuss the continuation of the Facility Advisory Committee and how to increase community involvement as the group seeks to find ways to create a new facility.  There will also be a second reading of the Head Start Lease Renewal and will also consider ratifying the agreement with Peace Health that will provide behavioral health services at both Siuslaw and Mapleton Schools.  The agreement, if approved will extend through the 2022 school year.  The meeting will begin at 6:30 pm following a 30 minute work session at the district offices on 2111 Oak Street.

Driver Sends Law Enforcement on Chase

Friday afternoon Lane County Sheriff’s deputies were involved in a pursuit that took them on the streets of Florence.  Sheriff’s Deputys attempted to stop 80 year old Thomas Vetter, but he failed to pull over. Lane County was assisted by Oregon State Police and Florence Police.  Vetter headed down Rhododendron drive southbound and turned east onto 9th street followed by officers.  The vehicle was not traveling at a high rate of speed which allowed officers to surround the vehicle and close off the pursuit just short of Maple Street and 9th.  Stop strips were deployed    Officers drew weapons, but were able to take the suspect into custody without further danger.  Vetter was cited with attempt to allude, driving while suspended and failure to signal.