Astoria city councilors Drew Herzig and Russ Warr want the city to pick up the cost of increases in sewer surcharge rates set to hit citizens next year using money from a $300,000 timber sale the council approved Monday night. The city manager prefers to apply that money to an upcoming sewer project. The item is likely to see more council discussion.
Astoria may soon be in the power business. At tonight's council meeting city staff will ask to move forward on a grant-funded hydroelectric project that will generate power for the city watershed with excess generation sold to Pacificorp.
The proposal stems from a board work session discussion in April on funding options for infrastructure repairs and improvements in the Arch Cape community. Thirty percent of the additional revenue generated by the tax increase would be earmarked for road and other infrastructure work primarily in Arch Cape. The other 70 percent of revenue would be dedicated to tourism promotion or tourist-related facilities, as state law requires for new room taxes.
Free Fishing Weekend in Oregon is June 7-8, and for those two days you won't need a fishing license to fish, crab or clam anywhere in the state. "We want to make it easy for anglers to take a friend or family member out fishing for a day," said Rick Hargrave, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife deputy administrator for information/education.
Learn more about efforts to improve the local transportation system and offer your own input at a series of upcoming community meetings. The Transportation System Plan provides a long-term guide to Clatsop County transportation investments by evaluating the current system and determining what improvements would improve travel.
Friday Seaside Police Department partnered with other Clatsop County Law Enforcement Agencies to conduct a saturated traffic safety enforcement blitz in Seaside. Officers were focused on seat belt violations, cell phone use, excessive speed and other driver safety issues. Police were incredibly busy dealing with the influx of tourists throuhout the weekend, throughout the county.