Astoria Public Works Department never lacks for projects and many are huge. The Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO) project that rebuilds the city stormwater and sewer system to prevent overwhelming the sewage treatment facility sending raw sewage into the Columbia, has been taken in stages now for several years with the east end of town the next challenge.
While that project is in various stages, the city engineering department has been laying the complex groundwork for another critical multi-phase renovation project on Astoria's waterfront.
Astoria High School teams are ready to hit the field this week with a series of jamborees to start the fall season. Athletic Director Howard Rub issued the following schedule.
Oregon Housing and Community Services (OHCS) has released findings from the 2017 Point-in-Time Homeless Count which took place in January. Every two years, communities across Oregon come together to identify the number of homeless individuals living in sheltered and unsheltered locations, demographic trends surrounding homelessness, and the unmet needs of homeless households. Little has changed in Clatsop County.
In a relatively brief meeting Monday, the Astoria Council approved two agreements for use of the Astoria Aquatic Center by outside parties and the council approved an engineering contract, without competitive bidding, for work on the city water headworks. The council learned how a new inventory of all Parks and Rec managed trees in the city will improve parks.
Astoria police arrested a man accused of multiple car prowls a few days ago. Police caught the suspect with the goods and are still working to get those items back to the rightful owners. Astoria officer Gerig still has cell phones, a GPS, two large flat-screen TVs, and sunglasses along with several other minor items that have not been claimed.
The Oregon Department of Forestry, in conjunction with several other majority landowners in this area (Hampton Tree Farms, Clatsop County and the City of Astoria), is going to be closing the gate on the East end of pipeline road in an effort to mitigate the risk of fire during the 2017 fire season. This is also in regards to the anticipated influx of the people visiting Oregon for the Solar Eclipse. These measures are being taken in an effort to try and keep the forest safe. These restrictions will go into effect beginning Wednesday, August 16, 2017, at 8:00 a.m.
Saturday weather was perfect for Astoria’s signature event. The 2017 Astoria Regatta features many events through the course of the festival week but the highlights come on Saturday with a busy Regatta Square serving up food and drink and family fun capped by one of the oldest parades in the Northwest. The Grand Land Parade. There was one award winning entry that raised eyebrows.