Council Moves On PUD Plan; New COVID-19 Numbers; Casino Upgrades Safety Protocols

Council Moves On PUD Plan

Last night in a special session of the Florence City Council the council, after almost two hours of reviewing appeals made by residents for the Planned Unit Development at rhododendron and 35th street, went through all of the information line by line, accepting portions of the PUD plan and asking for modifications on items like parking and right of way allowances.  The city unanimously decided to deny the majority of the appeals with the exception of density, vegetation buffers and off street parking.   The council asked for a recalculation of the density of the  project to include utility access.  The question of adequate parking was also addressed by Councilor Greene noting that one parking space for certain residences could mean more individuals parking in the street and therefore cause potential traffic problems.

“That street, that everyone has to use to get in and out, is going to have a substantial amount of cars on them and you can be sure that people are going to be upset that live there because their teenager of their visitor doesn’t have enough spaces because the residences are using more, much of them.”

After discussion the council approved the single space recommendation for the series of one bedroom townhouses.  The majority of the planning commission recommendations from their September 8th meeting were upheld.  The representatives of APIC holding will be required to update their plan with the changes when it turns in its final plan for the property.

New COVID-19 Numbers

There were 36 new cases of the coronavirus cases reported for Lane County yesterday.  Lane County Public Health reports that there were 3 new deaths in the county that had COVID-19.  All three had underlying health conditions the youngest was a 50 year old male who died on November 8th at PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center Riverbend.  The State death toll is at 734.  Total cases for the state yesterday were 723 raising the total number of cases to date to 51,155.  There were no new cases reported yesterday for the 97439 zip code that number remains at 35.

Casino Upgrades Safety Protocols

Three Rivers Casino Resort has announced that it is beefing up safety protocols  for its Florence and Coos Bay casinos.  They have added new UV-C air purification disinfection systems which use ultraviolet light.  The system will enhance their current protocols which include regular surface cleaning and disinfection.  Three Rivers Casino Resort CEO, Dan Condy says the new system will add another layer of protection for guests and staff.  To date the casinos have had zero cases of the coronavirus associated with the facilities.