City Council Meeting; Special Celebration at Military Museum; WLEOG Beat the Wave 2023 Disaster Prep Expo; Cell Phone Interruption

City Council Meeting

There are several items on the Florence City Council agenda for Monday evening.  The council will consider approving a resolution that would allow the purchase of 3 million dollars in certificates of deposit.  This would account for about 1/3rd of the city’s average balance over the last 5 years.  If approved the CD purchases would be staggered over a period of time to coincide with the City’s debt obligations in order to preserve cash flow balance according to administrative notes.  The notes also sat that there is no immediate financial impact to the city were the cd’s to be purchased.  The City Council would also consider the purchase of a new 2024 Ford F-150 Full Hybrid pickup for the Florence Police Department.  The price of the gas/electric hybrid comes in at just over $74 thousand dollars. Meeting is at 5:30 Monday.

Special Celebration at Military Museum

The Oregon Coast Military Museum will hold a special “Service and Sacrifice” event next Saturday following the Veteran’s Day Parade.  It’s an important event according to Geoff Cannon.  He is the Chief of Staff at the museum.

“It’s gonna have free admission and an open house for veterans, their families, and the community to come in and look through the items and remember the service of our veterans.”

And refreshments he added.  It will be from four to six pm, Saturday, November 11th, just after the parade.  The Oregon Coast Military Museum is on Kingwood Street just north of the main entrance to the airport.

WLEOG Beat the Wave 2023 Disaster Prep Expo

Tomorrow is the West Lane Emergency Operations Group Beat the Wave 2023 Disaster Prep Expo. The Florence Events Center will open at 10 am for the 5 hour event that will feature many booths that will teach and have displays on what to do and how to prepare for a disaster along the central Oregon Coast.  Mara Rouse from the American Red Cross will be the Keynote Speaker at 1 pm  and there will also be a suturing workshop from 11am until 1 pm sponsored by PeaceHealth.  Admission is free but donations to the Florence Food Share are welcomed.  There will also be a free hot dog lunch from 11 until 1.

Cell Phone Interruption

An interruption in cell phone service was felt within the city of Florence yesterday.  For hours calls on the Verizon towers were stymied.  There was no public information from Verizon.  Florence Police Chief John Pitcher said they were aware of the outage, and a test of the 911 system showed no issues even from cell phones.  North of the city limits phones were working from the Heceta Beach Road area northward. Service seems to have been restored overnight.