Daytime 101 Reopens; Cases Rise in Florence; Clinic Filled; City Council Meeting

Daytime 101 Reopens

On Saturday the Oregon Department of transportation reported the crews successfully removed the drill rig that had crashed to the ocean floor during reconstruction of a retaining wall at milepost 170.5.  Large cranes removed the wreckage and subsequently finished the work that required a road closure from 7am to 7pm.  The road is now open, earlier than expected but ODOT says you can s till expect long delays at the construction site until mid March.  For times and updated reports ODOT recommends contacting or calling 511.

Cases Rise in Florence

As restaurants reopened in Florence over the weekend Lane County Public health noted 4 new COVID-19 cases for the Florence area.  After several weeks of minimal additions to the count, the 97439 zip code now has 166 total cases.  Total Lane County numbers are still decreasing with only 91 new cases over the previous 3 day period.  There were 1013 cases statewide over the same period with Sunday’s numbers dropping below 300.  The state is also closing in on 1 million doses of the vaccine administered and has received a total of 1,194,495 cases as of Sunday.

Clinic Filled

Wednesday’s vaccination clinic at the Florence event center has been filled.  Over 3000 eligible people registered for the 1000 available doses.  Jason Davis with Lane county Public health says that they are working on setting up another clinic and  hope to release the information soon.  Lane County has begun receiving significantly more doses of the vaccine to be able to have more rural vaccination clinics.

City Council Meeting

The Florence City Council this evening will consider a bid for the project that will replace the 9th street water line.  The Laskey Clifton Corporation has bid $2,027,015 for the work.  The Laskey Clifton Corp was the low bidder.  The city received 4 other bids for the project.  Council will also decide on a sign adjustment for the Children’s Repertory of Oregon Workshop.  C.R.O.W founder and Artistic Director Melanie Heard is requesting that a sign be placed where a previous sign had been erected.  The adjustment is required due to distancing requirements from other signs that may be on the property.  The Council will also The city council meets this evening at 5:30 through the virtual gotowebinar program.