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The Bella Ridge Apartment project proposal for Miles Crossing hinged on the approval of a change in zoning that would allow mutli-family high density housing as a conditional use in that area which is primarily zoned for single-family homes in a rural setting. At their meeting this morning attended by five of the seven commissioners following deliberations, and with one commissioner removing himself from the discussion due to a conflict, the vote was 3 to 1 to deny the necessary zone change and the conditional use permit.

The Astoria Police Department is hosting the 9th Citizen Police Academy to start this coming September. Classes will be held everyThursday evening from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm, beginning September 15th, 2016 and ending October 20th, 2016. The Citizen Police Academy is open to community members who are interested in learning more about how their Astoria Police Department works.

After a record setting season, razor clamming on Clatsop beaches will close Friday, July 15 to protect newly-set young clams.

Since 1967 the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife has closed the 18 miles of beaches north of Tillamook Head to razor clam digging to allow young clams establish themselves on the beach during the summer.

The proposal to build a large apartment complex near Miles Crossing has been scaled back, for now.

The proposed Bella Ridge Apartments project has run into some big community resistance with neighbors saying building multi-family housing conflicts with the intent of planning for the area primarily as a single family home, rural setting. They question whether the project will overtax the water and sewer systems. They object to more traffic negotiating Miles Crossing.

The Port of Astoria wasn’t able to convince the majority of the Warrenton Planning Commission that the city should permit food trucks to locate at the airport. The city development code makes no accommodation for food trucks in the industrial zone.

As a remedy the city Development Director Skip Urling suggested a code amendment that was reviewed by the State Department of Land Conservation and Development (DLCD) and as a result was narrowed from generally allowing food services to specifically allowing food trucks. DLCD’s Patrick Wingard wrote that while he could see the value of having such a business close to those industrial businesses, the proposed code amendment would have opened the door to brick and mortar restaurants including chain operations to locate at the regional airport. Wingard suggested the change only allow food truck operations which he said would have limited impact and desirable portability.

A man knocked on the back door of the Warrenton Police Station shortly after 8:00 pm Friday evening . An officer opened the door and the man commented that the police were “looking for me” and that he was “wanted for murder.” The man identified himself at David Isaiah Godwin age 25 from Newport, North Carolina. The officer checked with Dispatch and found that Godwin had an arrest warrant out of North Carolina for “Homicide” and was listed as “Armed and Dangerous.”

The city of Astoria has six timber street end structures at the north end of the streets from 6th to 11th that are inspected by the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) for safety each year. ODOT makes recommendations on repairs following those inspections and if not completed the agency recommends closure to vehicular and trolley traffic. The city just found out that those structures are in such bad shape the state wants repairs immediately or will shut down access.

The "Mayor of Uniontown", as she is known by locals, Rae Goforth formally resigned her position on the Sunset Transportation Board of Directors due to declining health. Goforth's remarkable level of volunteerism earned her the Astoria Warrenton Chamber "George Award" in 1986 and her commitment to making the town better through organizing businesses in the Uniontown Association and looking after Astoria's western gateway neighborhood resulted in the refurbishment and continued upkeep of the Dough Boy Veteran's Monument. She was instrumental in the establishment of the Maritime Memorial Park.

Oregon State Police report responding to two accidents and arrested two people who were racing at high speed in two vehicles in a separate incident on Highway 26 Wednesday.

The City of Astoria makes a significant financial contribution to support various arts and cultural programs through the Promote Astoria Fund which is backed by hotel/motel room taxes. As part of it’s annual budget process the city of Astoria also makes money available to local nonprofit agencies that directly help citizens in need through a structured grant program. This fiscal year eight local nonprofit organizations and eleven arts programs were approved for Astoria City Grant Funding through the city budget process.

The 2016 Astoria paving project includes work on sections of nine streets throughout the city in need of attention. The city is responsible for streets that are not part of the state highway system therefore Commercial Street, Leif Erickson Drive and Marine Drive are not part of the annual street improvement projects. Funding for the project comes from the municipal fuel tax fund and this year was estimated to cost in the $420,000 range to complete.

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