Wednesday afternoon the City of Astoria is hosting “The Future of The Astoria Library” Open House at the city library beginning at 4:30 pm until 6:30 pm. In addition to general background information on the project and existing library services, representatives from the City will be available to take comments, answer questions, and discuss six options for expanding, or starting fresh on a new library project. The Library will remain open on this night, but patrons should be aware that most of the Library will be set up for the open house and Library staff may be limited.
Chris Breitmeyer has accepted the Board of Directors’ offer to become the next president of Clatsop Community College. Breitmeyer will start his new position in July as he settles into the area with his family this summer.
“We are extremely pleased to announce that Chris has accepted the offer,” said Rosemary Baker-Monaghan, Board of Directors Chair for Clatsop Community College. “We look forward to him starting and feel he will bring new energy to the college.”
There will be plenty of opportunity for local civic involvement starting this weekend and running through next week. You can offer your ideas for a new library, have coffee and chat with a police officer and learn more about new housing developments coming to the county.
One of the pressing issues identified by local authorities is the lack of housing in every economic category on the north coast. For higher income earners it’s an issue of finding something suitable, for lower income earners it’s finding something affordable.
The Clatsop County Planning Commission will consider three potential developments at their meeting coming up Tuesday at 10 am at Astoria City Hall.
The only local measure on the Clatsop County ballot for the Tuesday Primary Election was a request from the Clatsop County Fairgrounds to continue a local option five year levy for operations which voters passed handily. There were few races but the one for Circuit Court drew three candidates with the top vote getter as of the third unofficial count Dawn McIntosh garnering over 50% of the vote. McIntosh would take over the bench from retiring Judge Philip L. Nelson who first won election in 1993.
There are two positions on the Clatsop County Board of Commissioners up for election this year. The Incumbent, Sarah Nebeker won re-election with over 70% of the vote defeating challenger John Dunzer. Kathleen Sullivan ran unopposed to fill the seat currently held by Dirk Rohne.
Bernie Sanders has won the Democratic presidential primary in Oregon. With 60 percent of the vote counted, the senator from Vermont had 53 percent of the vote. Hillary Clinton was trailing. Sanders visited Oregon three times in recent weeks. Clatsop County Democrats also gave the nod to Sen Sanders over Hillary Clinton.
Tough decisions ahead for the Astoria Council after hearing an update on the city parks master plan. Shrinking budgets, shrinking staff levels and an over abundance of park land and facilities means the city will need to bring the department into scale and lessen public expectations, or find a way to increase revenues significantly. Mayor La Mear was quite direct in saying she thinks it would make sense to start selling some of those parks to raise the revenue necessary to focus priorities on making the parks that remain meet public expectations for equipment, facilities and long-term upkeep.
Another chapter in the unusual story of Verna Oller is about to be written as the Astoria City Council considers approving an agreement that will grant free admission to the city Aquatic Center for residents of South Pacific County.
Time is running out to return ballots for the May 17 Primary Election. Ballots for the election must be returned by 8 p.m. Tuesday in order to be counted. To ensure their ballots arrive on time, voters are advised to bring completed ballots to one of the approved drop sites. Ballots placed in the mail before the deadline but not delivered until after will not be counted. The Post Office advises voters it takes 5-7 days for mail to reach its destination. As of Friday morning 29.3% of local voters had returned ballots
The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality has fined Trident Seafoods Corporation $14,309 for failing to monitor its wastewater effluent, a requirement of the wastewater discharge permits it holds for its fish meal and surimi facilities in Newport.
Spend a few minutes in a casual setting talking with police officer. Astoria’s Chief Johnson encourages citizens to get to know his officers a little better. Coffee with a Cop provides a unique opportunity for community members to ask questions and learn more about the department’s work in Astoria’s neighborhoods.