Friday, September 19, 2014
  • Fishing Report

The county board heard a report from Public Works Director Ed Wegner and Natural Resources Manager Steve Meshke Wednesday on proposed repairs to the pier at the Astoria Yacht Club, which was damaged in a storm in December. The damage hinders access to the county's Fisheries Project net-pen fish-rearing facilities on Youngs Bay, but Meshke said the county may be able to secure $65,000 in funding from the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife to fund repairs, coupled with a $10,000 county match.

The county and City of Astoria are also discussing a proposed transfer of the pier, currently owned by the city, to the county,

The following is a summary of actions taken at last night's meeting of the Astoria City Council

Joint Meeting

The city council and the city planning commission met jointly at 5:30 Tuesday night to see a presentation on pedestrian safety and discuss some of the data revealed at that meeting heading toward making Astoria streets safer to cross.

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A 5-year-old boy is reported safe a few hours after he was kidnapped from a home in The Dalles. The State Police said Wednesday his abductor was in custody a little more than an hour after an Amber Alert was issued for Skylar Meldin Coulcer-Jarding.

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Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR) today announced that she has been selected to serve on two subcommittees of the U.S. House Education and the Workforce Committee. Bonamici is now a member of the Subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce Training and the Subcommittee on Workforce Protections.

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Tuesday night the Astoria City Council voted in favor of extending a noise permit to Columbia House Condominiums to allow the manager there to continue hazing starlings that have invaded the facility.

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Two contractors, Robinson Construction of Hillsboro and JP Contractors of Portland responded to the bid solicitation for construction of the Garden of Surging Waves in downtown Astoria. Negotiations are currently underway with the low-bid contractor, Robinson, whose proposal also calls for work to be performed by local subcontractors. Robinson's work is well known in the area, and includes major projects like Lewis & Clark Elementary School and the Astoria Middle and High School remodels.

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The public is invited to learn more about the school-based health center proposed for the Astoria School District at a series of community meetings beginning later this month. The meetings will be held Jan. 30, Feb. 26 and March 21. All the meetings will take place at the Astoria High School auditorium from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

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The Oregon Department of Transportation is beginning a tree removal project along a 3-mile stretch of U.S. 30 between Astoria and Svensen that will improve safety and minimize closures due to falling trees during winter storms.  While improving safety, the project also helps protect the environment by providing trees that can be used to address riparian enhancement and protection in some of the corridor's fish-bearing streams.   Because the corridor encompasses 3 separate fish bearing streams, ODOT has worked closely with the Oregon Department of Forestry and the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife to enhance stream habitat.

 

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