Astoria is eying plans to make improvements to the Bond street neighborhood including returning two-way traffic to the East end of the street. The street was narrowed by Mother Nature several years ago when a landslide came down burying one lane.
Wednesday evening at about 6:29 P.M. Astoria Fire Department and Astoria Police were dispatched to a report of an explosion in a building near Portway and Industry streets on the central waterfront that led to the medical evacuation of two people to a Portland burn center.
Monday afternoon Astoria Police responded to a report of a hit and run crash involving a Neahkahnie School Bus transporting 22 students and 3 adults.
The Clatsop County Charter is up for review next year, and county officials invite local citizens to be part of the process. A charter is similar to a constitution and prescribes how the county government is set up and operates. The current charter, adopted in 2006, calls for review every 10 years.
Monday night the Astoria Council approved project planning to begin for improvements to the trolley line, accepted a state grant to make specific site plans for Astoria Parks and delayed holding a hearing on changes proposed for the city development code.
The Astoria Warrenton Chamber, which organizes the annual run/walk across the Astoria Megler Bridge sent out an email to participants this afternoon with the news.
In part the email states, "We made this decision in coordination with the Oregon Department of Transportation and local law enforcement. With the impending storm on Saturday, we anticipate that our first responders and medical personnel will be attending to area emergencies on Saturday night and Sunday morning and will not be able to assist with our event. Several of these support agencies have already informed us that they will be unable to provide their services on race day, and it would be unwise and unsafe for us to continue without adequate staffing for traffic control, security, medical response, etc.
A series of fall storms through the weekend promising strong winds, rain and dangerous waves has prompted the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department to issue a safety alert for coast and inland valley visitors.
Here's an opportunity to learn a little more about local candidates and issues you'll be deciding on in November. The American Association of University Women of Astoria (AAUW) will hold its annual political forum on October 26th at 7 p.m. at Clatsop Community College.
Property tax bills for the 2016-17 fiscal year will arrive in mailboxes soon.
Countywide, the real market value of all taxable property increased from $7.92 billion to $8.35 billion, an increase of 5.4%. The total assessed value this year is $5,875,464,334 or 2.9% higher than last year.
High Wind Warnings kick in this afternoon at 2:00 PM until Midnight and that will be followed by a High Surf Advisory starting at 4:00 PM and lasting until 3:00 AM Friday morning. We could see winds gusting to 75 miles per hour.
Then things should be calming down until the weekend when there is the potential for something much bigger coming our way by Saturday and there is some uncertainty about just how strong the next system will be.
The Clatsop County Board of Commissioners met Wednesday, October 12 and took the following actions:
Land sale approved
The board approved the sale of two properties totaling 0.6 acres to the City of Seaside for $60,000. The land, acquired by the county through tax foreclosure in 1988, will be added to the adjacent Seaside Mill Pond park land area to enhance recreational opportunities and habitat conservation. In September the board designated the parcels as recreation land; as a result the proceeds from the sale will be dedicated to the county parks system.
Building Codes update presented
The board opened a public hearing on a proposed ordinance updating the county Building Code. The update, the first since the building code program was established in 2003, is designed to insure the code provisions are compliant with state rules. Significant changes include revising rules for issuing stop-work orders, disconnecting utilities and abating hazardous equipment. Another revision changes the process for enforcing building code violations to allow for imposition of civil monetary penalties or denial of permits.
The hearing was continued to Oct. 26.