Former Astoria City Councilor Doug Thompson asked the city council to slow things down and be sure to include more public participation on the final design concepts for waterfront improvements along the river walk downtown.
Thompson was responding to city council discussion involving some design options for the new connector bridges that are being replaced on several downtown street ends. Thompson told the council that in his experience the city would get a better project if the public was allowed to have a say in the final design replacing the current wooden structure that the Astoria Trolley runs across.
The council and city staff responded by planning for a public outreach sometime after the holidays. The date will be announced once it has been set. The council approved a preliminary design layout with a preferred option but indicated there would still be time to make adjustments depending on public input.
Spring of 2018 the doors open on a new WalMart Supercenter in Warrenton’s North Coast Business Park. Construction of the new 154,400 SF store is under the supervision of one of the most prolific construction firms on the West Coast.
There will be an automatic recount of ballots cast in the Nov. 8 General Election for a Warrenton City Commission contest.
The Clatsop County Clerk and Elections Department on Wednesday released the final vote count from the election. The tally showed the totals for the Position 1 race on the Warrenton commission as 1,120 votes for Pam Ackley to 1,115 for Ryan Lampi.
Ballots for the Nov. 8, 2016 General Election will be mailed out to all Clatsop County voters starting Wednesday, Oct. 19.
Information about the candidate, races and measures appearing on the ballot will be in the voters’ pamphlet that voters will see in their mailboxes about the same time as ballots. The county voters’ pamphlet will be inserted into the state voters’ pamphlet for the November election.
Road construction on U.S. 30 is moving westward now with crews wrapping up work East of Clatskanie and heading toward Astoria which will mean some traffic delays. The work consists of repaving the roadway along U.S. 30 between Clatskanie and Astoria and identifies the area as Wonderly – Swedetown & Gnat Creek – Burnside Lp affecting the areas from mile post 50.34 to 60.91 and 79.52 to 87.66.
The Clatsop County District Attorney's Office has announced that Murder charges have been filed against Christian Wilkins, age 37 and Adeena Copell, age 40 in Clatsop County Circuit Court Wednesday for the homicide of Howard Vinge, age 71, whose body was found wrapped in material by the side of US Highway 30 about 3 miles east of Astoria on September 30, 2016. Both Wilkins and Copell were Clatsop County residents.
In an effort to recapture more unused prescription medications sitting in medicine cabinets in Clatsop county Columbia Memorial Hospital, in cooperation with the Clatsop Pacific Coordinated Care Agency, are making a new collection site available in the Park Medical Building.
Unused prescription drug drop off sites have been available locally for several years but only at police stations. In a news release CMH spokesman Paul Mitchell states, “Prior to a regulation change by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency in late 2014, police departments were the only drop-off locations for unused medications. As a result, most people resorted to throwing medication in the trash, flushing them down the toilet or storing them at home.”
A pilot project to install a new feature for downtown Astoria gained council approval Monday night. The “Parklet” project on 11th street is being undertaken by the property owners and will be located adjacent to the sidewalk fronting Cargo and the Imogen Gallery. The parklet is no wider than a parking space and in this case will extend to cover one parking space and what is normally a designated loading zone which will make this parklet about 40 feet long. Under normal circumstances a parklet would only take up one on-street parking space. The completed design offers ADA access and a perimeter fence on the street side. It will feature seating and it is intended for public use. The construction is composed of recycled wood and the flooring is made from recycled plastic bottles. This is a temporary installation that can be removed at anytime either by the owners or at city direction. This is a two year pilot project to test the concept.
The Clatsop County Sheriff's Office is currently investigating the death of an adult male whose body was found near US Highway 30 approximately 4 miles east of Astoria on Friday afternoon, September 30. The deceased has been identified as 71-year-old HOWARD DANIEL VINGE of Newport, Oregon. Mr. Vinge was known by family and friends as "Dan."
On September 30, 2016, at about 4:42 p.m., OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a single-vehicle rollover crash on Highway 53, near milepost 1 (ten miles southeast of Seaside). Preliminary investigation revealed, a silver Oldsmobile coupe, operated by Connie Kay Henry, age 59, of Seaside, was traveling southbound on Highway 53 near milepost 1, when for an unknown reason drifted off the southbound shoulder, overcorrected and lost control.
The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality has agreed to a five year moratorium on a clean up that would lead to the closure of Astoria Marine Construction Company.
DEQ Project Manager Robert Williams writes in a letter to owner Tim Fastabend:
"While DEQ would prefer to see cleanup move forward expeditiously, we are sensitive to the concerns of the community and are prepared to act on CEDRs proposal and consider delaying the cleanup for up to five years. This delay would afford the community of Astoria and affected stakeholders more time to plan for the eventual closure of AMCCO’s shipways and explore opportunities to develop a new shipyard".
This delay is an important victory for several local groups that testified to the importance of allowing enough time to find a workable alternative to the old shipyard that faces closure over longstanding pollution issues.