City Council Meeting; Candidate Forum; Clamming Prohibited

City Council Meeting

The Florence City council will recognize Domestic Violence Awareness month as well as National Arts and Humanities month and fire prevention Week at the beginning of this evenings council meeting.  The proclamations will be followed by consideration for several grant resolutions including the request for approval for $282,515 in funds from the Oregon Emergency Management for a system upgrade to the 911 VESTA system . and an approval to apply for a grant of $120,089 from the Oregon Department of Aviation for improvements to the Florence Municipal Airport. And finally a resolution to consider a local Government Grant Program Grant from the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department in the amount of $75,000 for the Miller Park Playground Rehabilitation Project.  The meeting will be held at City Hall beginning at 5:30 this evening.

Candidate Forum

You have one more day to submit questions for the candidate forum for the three non-partisan election Races.  You can submit question up to 4 pm tomorrow at the Coast Radio Website at KCST.COM or  the forum will be on Wednesday at the Florence Events Center from 4 to 6pm.  Up first will be the candidate for City Council, Maggie Bagon, Jo Beaudreau, Donna Cherryholmes and Robert Carp.  Followed by the candidates for West Lane County Commissioner Ryan Ceniga and Dawn Lesley.  Then the two candidates for Florence Mayor Rob Ward and Joshua Greene.  A live audience will be permitted, but questions will not be received from the room.  the forum will be broadcast live on KCST and live-streamed on the stations Facebook page.

Clamming Prohibited

Clamming along the Oregon Coast has been closed by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife.  According to testing results the amount of the toxin demoic acid has exceeded healthy limits.  Clamming had been closed along the northern coast line for weeks, but during the two week testing cycle it had been necessary to include the entire coast line.  The ODFW says that Bay harvesting of clams is still open for recreational clammers and crabbing is still open.  Mussel harvesting remains closed for areas north of Yachats due to a paralytic shellfish poison, a marine biotoxin.