The Astoria City Council met Monday evening and took the following actions:
Honoring the vital work of emergency medical services and police agencies Mayor Arline LaMear proclaimed next week in their honor and took note of National Historic Preservation month that runs through May.
Each year local organizations report on their activities to the city council. Monday night it was the Friends of The Astoria Column who gave an accounting of the past year operating the Column Park amenities including the gift shop visitor center and working on upkeep and improvements at the iconic city park.
Astoria has had a temporary arrangement with Clatsop County for building inspection services that expired at the end of April. The Community Development Department has been pleased with the arrangement but after considering other options and based on a financial analysis has determined the city really needs its own inspection and code enforcement officer. This issue came up recently when the council was discussing short term vacation rentals. Community Development Director Kevin Cronin conducted some research into how many home owners are offering short term rentals on line and determined there are a few that may be in violation by doing so, either because the owner doesn’t have a registered city business license, or pay the required hotel/motel taxes, or may be offering the service in a zone where homestay accommodations are not permitted.
Clatsop Community College reports the Outstanding Student Scholars for 2016, Alex Autio of Astoria and Georges Oates Larsen also of Astoria. Faculty and staff nominate students whom they believe are most outstanding in terms of excellence in the classroom, general intellectual curiosity, service to the college and their community, and the ability to share their talents with others.
The two finalists will be honored with a trip to Salem for a luncheon with student scholars selected by other Oregon community colleges and their presidents on Tuesday, May 3rd. On that day, they will be presented to the House and the Senate where the governor will meet each scholar individually and present them with a plaque noting their academic accomplishments. They also receive a $1,000 Oregon transfer scholarship.
The City of Seaside will close Broadway between Highway 101 (Roosevelt) and the Turnaround beginning at 5 a.m. on Saturday, April 30. The city’s Public Works department will utilize these early morning hours to clean and pressure wash the downtown core before giving way to the already planned shutdown of Broadway for the Seaside Dash to Safety 5K Run/Walk and 2K Doggy Dash. The 5K race begins at 9:30 a.m. at the Seaside Cove with runners navigating north along the Promenade to the Turnaround before heading east on Broadway.
Clatsop County has received funding for two local projects from the Oregon Office of Emergency Management.
Earlier this week the OEM announced the release of the ranked project application funding list for the Fiscal Year 2016 State Homeland Security Program (SHSP) grant. Oregon will be receiving a total of $3,837,000 in State Homeland Program grant funds in fiscal year 2016. Of that, 80 percent, or $3,069,600 was made available for local projects. Clatsop County received $55,000.
A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that 270,411 visitors to Lewis and Clark National Historical Park in 2015 spent $15,484,100 in communities near the park. That spending supported 226 jobs in the local area and had a cumulative benefit to the local economy of $21,559,900.
Even though we had a very wet winter, recent weather has created conditions for fire to spread quickly. Warmer temperatures are expected this weekend along with strong dry east winds forecasted for next week.
“This is actually a good time of year to clean up around homes,” says Oregon Department of Forestry spokesman Dave Horning, “left unattended and with a little wind, a controlled debris pile can escape and cause real damage.”
The design phase for a project to construct a new regional class research vessel to replenish the United States academic fleet is complete and Oregon State University will issue a request for information (RFI) on Monday, May 2, to shipyards that may be interested in the vessel construction phase.
"We wanted to contribute to the hospital in a big way", says Chris Hayward of Warrenton's Ocean Crest dealership which features multiple vehicle brands including Chevrolet's hybrid vehicle 'The Volt". Columbia Memorial Hospital will use the donated 2016 Volt primarily as a courier vehicle linking the hospital with the CMH Warrenton clinic operation.
The City of Seaside Visitors Bureau was presented with the Outstanding Oregon Website Award at the 2016 Oregon Governor’s on Tourism in Pendleton, Ore. earlier this week. The Visitors Bureau earned the award for seasideOR.com, its new website that debuted after a Fall 2015 rebranding effort.
Jane Tucker is looking forward to seeing a little more of the world with her husband as she retires from a job she has loved. Tucker announced her retirement from the Astoria Library Director position some months ago and the city is looking for another person with the credentials and the desire to continue improvements.
Lincoln County Sheriff's Office received an investigative tip over the weekend of a piece of clothing that may belong to missing person, Katy Roe. After further investigation and consultation with the family it was confirmed the article of clothing does belong to Katy Roe and was in her possession the night of her disappearance. The piece of clothing was found by a citizen in the Depoe Bay area near the shoreline. The Lincoln County Major Crime Team continues to work through leads and information from the tip line and considers this an active investigation.