Monday evening the Astoria Council:
Approved a 5.42% increase in curbside garbage pick-up for customers of Recology/Western Oregon Waste. A company spokesman said the company income projections missed the mark when a drop in construction debris disposal dropped further than expected leaving the company with a $73,000 shortfall.
A representative of David Evans and Associates provided an update on the work to replace the Irving Avenue Bridge at 19th street. He said the project area will be closed entirely during the reconstruction and traffic will be re-routed over a detour. The city will host a public meeting with the engineering firm Tuesday evening May 21st
At the Astoria recreation center.
The council approved a 2% increase in wages for firefighters and bumped up salaries for the Deputy Chiefs in both the Fire and Police departments.
Astoria Library staff was commended for their actions in protecting a 12 year-old girl who was in danger from a man who was arrested by Astoria Police for harassing and attempting to kidnap the child.
The Council approved a Clatsop and Washington County mutual aid agreement for emergency responders. Each city in the county has approved the agreement which expands on a mutual aid pact involving Columbia and Tillamook Counties.
Representatives of the Oregon Heritage Commission made a presentation regarding the designation of the Astoria Regatta Festival as an Oregon Heritage Tradition. The designation recognizes the Regatta as a uniquely Oregon event that defines the character of the state. Regatta joins just four other events with the designation.
The Columbia River Maritime Museum received a Dr. Edward Harvey Preservation award for the restoration of the Astoria railroad depot and it's repurpose as the Barbey Maritime Center.