This week KAST News published a story, "City To Send Phone Company The Bill" about a decision made by the Astoria City Council to pursue CenturyLink for the additional expense the city incurred when the phone company failed to respond to requests for information on their buried lines beneath the area of the CSO project downtown. City Project Engineer Cindy Moore told the council that her office had made repeated requests for information that received no response. This resulted in an additional $35,000 bill that staff suggested should be recovered from CenturyLink since they appeared to fail to meet the requirements of thir franchaise agreement with the city.
This morning CenturyLink responded:
The Port of Astoria Commission has voted to have staffers implement $20 daily parking fees at parts of its mooring basins on the east and west end of town. staff will also decide how many spots will be charged and find ways to identify local tenants who don't have to pay.
The Astoria Police Department is issuing a reminder that the Astoria Regatta Association Grand Land Parade begins at 12:00 P.M. on Saturday August 10th 2013. Traffic will be disrupted through the downtown core beginning at about 8:00 A.M. At 8:00 A.M. Exchange Street will be closed between 23rd and 16th. The Hospital, it's urgent care and the Park Medical Building will be accessible from Marine Drive at 20th, 21st, and 23rd.
Sunset Empire Transportation District announces the addition of a new Park and Ride service for riders taking the NW Point Bus to Portland or have purchased a Connector Pass and will not be returning to Astoria the same day.
Entries for the 2013 Regatta Grand Land Parade are shaping up nicely with 75 entries so far confirmed and on track to approach the high 80's or low 90's. That's about the same number as in a normal year. There is another need that crops up every year. The Regatta Association is looking for convertibles to use in the parade.
Saying that CenturyLink failed to provide underground utility location information leading to additional expenses in the 11th street CSO sewer project, city staff suggested sending the errant phone company the $35,000 bill for ignoring repeated requests that resulted in those additional costs and unexpected complications for the city contractor to handle. A representative of the company told KAST News that CenturyLink could have done a better job.
Astoria City Councilor Drew Herzig asked the council to consider setting up a charity fund to help those Astorians in need to pay ever increasing city water and sewer bills. Herzig pointed out that many people are struggling to meet that obligation.