City Council Meeting; Public Art Committee Vacancies; Food and Toy Distribution

City Council Meeting

With the holidays in the month of December the City Council of Florence will have just one meeting.  Monday at 4:30 pm the council will meet in executive session to perform an evaluation of the city Manager, Erin Reynolds.  That portion of the meeting will be closed to the public.  Following that meeting at 5:30 the council will meet in general session.  On the agenda is a discussion to consider the purchase of a new vehicle for the public works department.  The city is considering a 2020 Ford f250 4×4 crew cab, to be purchased locally from Johnston Motor Company at a price of $36,970.  There will also be oral and written testimony regarding the completion of the reimbursement district for properties north of 52nd street on Highway 101.  The council will also consider approval of the FEMA Flood Plain Amendments, approval of the city manager evaluation, and the recruitment process for vacancies at the Florence Urban Renewal Agency.

Public Art Committee Vacancies

Another city committee seeking volunteers is the embattled Public Arts Committee.  Positions on the committee will be reviewed and selected in the new year, but people interested in being on the committee have until December 31st to apply.  Meetings are once a month and committee members will be working with city guidance to determine the future of Art in Florence.  Some additional attendance requirements above regular meetings is sometimes necessary.  The city of Florence city council recently updated the work plan for public art.  Interested parties can visit the city’s website at

Food and Toy Distribution

Come rain or shine tomorrow the Soroptomists International of Florence will hold their food and toy distribution.  The food drive, which will consist of holiday meal preparations and essentials will begin at 10 am at the Siuslaw Middle School.  The public is asked to line up on 27th street from Oak to Kingwood.  Food will be distributed until 1 pm.  The toy portion of the day will occur at the Church of the Nazarene located on 12th and Nopal and that will begin at 9 am and last  until 2 pm.  Parents are asked not to bring children as they are not allowed in the distribution area.  Toys are for children ages infant to 12 years.