No “new” guidelines
According to Siuslaw School Board President Bob Sneddon, there are no “new” guidelines in place for school board meetings. In a statement last week, the word “new” in red appeared above guidelines referring to how public comments can be made at meetings. Sneddon says that was a mistake and that the regulations actually went into effect last year as a result of decisions made by the Oregon Legislature in 2021. The part that deals with repeating topics already addressed is part of the local policy of the Siuslaw School Board started several years ago. According to Sneddon, it was never intended to restrict access to people wishing to address the board, and often individuals will have the opportunity to make last-minute comments.
Transportation System Plan Grant
The city of Florence was one of only 4 cities to receive a grant from the Oregon Department of Transportation. Michael Duncan with ODOT addressed City Council last night and presented the plan for the transport system covered by the grant, including transport from commercial use to individual use such as walking and cycling. The plan is a comprehensive overview of the current and future needs of the Florence region and takes into account the needs of the elderly as well as the young.
“So if you think of a community over 55 and these people want to be able to age in place, how do they access the community, or if you have schools and you have children who don’t yet know how to drive , how will they walk home or what they do after school or before school.
Duncan says he also considers medical centers and how access to them affects the community. More details, Duncan said, will come up in future conversations with the city.
August airport fire
Director of Public Works Mike Miller briefed City Council on the airport fire on August 16e. Miller said they were in a staff meeting when the grass fire started with a crew working to seal off the airport sidewalk. Miller says the contractor worked feverishly to try to contain the fire, but was unsuccessful.
“Despite their best efforts, a 911 call was made and within minutes we had a response from the Oregon Forest Department and Siuslaw Valley Fire and Rescue Service.”
No structures were damaged on the airport property and work was able to resume. Miller shared a time lapse recording captured by the airport camera detailing the event.
A vaccination clinic with the new ready-to-use vaccines will take place today and tomorrow at the Florence Events Center. The clinic will be 1-6 on both days and will repeat for the next two weeks. No prior registration is required and individuals can ride. They ask you to bring your vaccination card and are detained with the help of the Oregon Health Authority.