City Council Meets; Pounding Results; Volunteer Remembered

City Council Meets

There are several items on this evening’s Florence City Council meetings agenda. One of the items includes the possible approval of $120,000 in managed information technology service costs.  According to information provided by city staff to the council the city’s MIT provider StepUp that began services in December of 2021 has had difficulty providing the services for which it was contracted and the city has chosen to terminate StepUp services.  Instead the city will consider two new companies to share the services Ancero and Hyak.  The city will maintain a service contract with Compunet that assists with major server projects and manages the city phone system.  It is estimated that the city will save about $37,200 annually under the new agreements.  Council will also consider the purchase of three new fleet vehicles for the Public Works Department, and consider approving the request for the operation of the Florence Emergency Cold Weather Shelter for this winter.  City council meets at 5:30 at City hall this evening.

Pounding Results

The Pounding that benefits the Florence Food Share happened on Saturday and founder Cindy Wobbe says the success of the event will mean many families will have food for the holidays.

“We raised 17,803 pounds in food donations and then also received $11,414 in cash donations.”

Wobbe also said that they have an anonymous donor that has agreed to match the found poundage with cash adding another $17,803.  The Florence food Share provides food for almost 800 families in the Florence area.

Volunteer Remembered

A long time school volunteer recently passed away.  Siuslaw Superintendent Andy Grzeskowiak thought it appropriate to remember her during last week’s school board meeting. \

“Bou Kilgore was one of our long time ASPIRE volunteers.  She volunteered both at the middle school and the high school.”

Grzeskowiak said Kilgore was instrumental in helping students in both schools prepare for graduation and make plans for the next level of their education.  She also, he said, was effective in recruiting other retirees to aid students, either with college prep or as tutors.