Central Lincoln Seeks Extra Security Fencing; Sunday’s Wreck Update From Oregon State Police; Food Share Benefit From Empty Bowls Event

Central Lincoln Seeks Extra Security Fencing

The Florence Planning Commission will hear a request by Central Lincoln PUD to expand a “pre-existing, non-conforming use” of chain link fencing around a portion of the parking and storage areas of their office at Tenth Street and Highway 101.  The publicly owned utility wants to add another 180 feet of six-foot high chain link fencing and gates.  The P-U-D  is also asking to install a one-foot high barbed wire security barrier atop the entire  length of fencing, including the existing fence.  Both fencing materials; chain link and barbed wire; are allowable only under a conditional use permit at that location.  Assistant City Planner Clare Kurth, in her report to the planning commission, is recommending approval of the request.   The public hearing  on that matter is the first “action item” on the agenda for Tuesday’s Planning Commission Meeting at City Hall.  The meeting comes to order at 5:30.

Sunday’s Wreck Update From Oregon State Police

The Oregon State Police have released more information about the fatal accident that occurred at 12:15 pm Sunday on Highway 36 in Mapleton.  The preliminary investigation revealed that Benjamin William Beecher, 72 of Florence crossed the center line of an icy curve near milepost 1 Beecher was headed westbound when his vehicle struck a Honda Civic driven by 18 year old Jeffrey Wayne Varga of North Bend.  Beecher’s Ford Explorer went airborne and rested in the Siuslaw river completely submerged.  Beecher was pronounced deceased at the scene.  Varga and his passenger, 21 year old Geneva Mae Varga also of North Bend were taken to Peace Harbor Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries.  The highway was impacted for about 5 hours.

Food Share Benefit From Empty Bowls Event

For the past several years Florence Food Share has enlisted the aid of artisans, crafters, and even art students to pitch in and provide the wares for their “Empty Bowls” fundraising event.

“Because food share runs entirely off of donations and grants an things like that.  And to acquire those funds we had to think outside of the box.”

That’s Colin Morgan.  He runs Food Share.  This year’s Empty Bowls will be Friday evening, all day Saturday and then Sunday afternoon at the Florence Events Center.  Many people look forward to the sale to do their Christmas shopping.  Morgan acknowledges that some might question why Florence Food Share needs another Fund-Raiser, coming off the heels of the annual “Pounding” two weeks ago.

“Unfortunately in the world we live in, it’s extremely expensive to run a pantry.  And although we keep our budget as tight as we can, all those things add up.”

Cash raised during this week’s Empty Bowls will help pay for vehicle and equipment maintenance and upkeep, facilities expenses and other day-to-day needs.