Slide forces service changes

Curry County commissioners, who made plans this year to rotate meetings between three cities, are changing those plans due to the damage done to U.S. 101 by the Hooskanaden Slide between Gold Beach and Brookings.

More than a foot of rain has fallen in the region in the past two weeks, undermining the roadway. It has now slipped down over the edge of the embankment. Tidewater Contractors is stockpiling rock and gravel to begin work on a one-lane roadway when the earth stops moving.

The change in meeting locations was intended to encourage citizen attendance.

Until the slide is repaired, all meetings will continue as they have, in Gold Beach, on Wednesdays.

When the slide is repaired, however, the fourth regular meetings of each even-numbered month with be held in Brookings and the fourth meetings of odd-numbered months in Port Orford. Gold Beach meetings will continued to be held on the first, second and third Wednesdays.

Regular meetings have historically been held on the first and third Wednesdays of each month; workshops are held on the second and fourth Wednesdays

The first meeting in Port Orford will be held May 22. County meetings in Brookings will be held June 26, August 28 and October 23.

Brandt Media is working on a few technical issues to enable to county to videotape and livestream the meetings.

Coastal Express will run twice a day between North Bend and Gold Beach until further notice and there will be no service between Brookings and Gold Beach until repairs are made to the highway. Dial-a-Ride in Brookings and Gold Beach are on a normal schedule; for more information, call 541-412-8806.

Curry Community Health has also temporarily reduced its hours for individual therapy at Spicer Health Clinic in the Gold Rush Center to allow employees to get over the detour, Carpenterville Road, in daylight hours.

Clients may be asked to come earlier or later than scheduled times, to ensure the last patient is finished by 4 p.m. Services are still available in North County.

Port Orford police ballot

Only 29 percent of Port Orford voters — 256 of the 880 those registered — have cast ballots that will determine if the town will continue to have a police department.

The vote must have 50 percent plus one vote to be counted.

Measure 8-96, to be decided March 12, asks voters there to renew a local tax of $1.80 per $1,000 of assessed valuation to support the local police department. It replaces a levy of $1.90 per $1,000 of assessed valuation set to expire June 30.

Ballot documents state the city will disband its police force if the measure fails.

Harbor PUD ballot

More than 620 of 4,216 eligible voters — 15 percent — have submitted their ballots for the March 12 special election asking property owners if they want to annex 25 homes in the Pelican Bay subdivision into the Harbor Water District (HWD).

Currently, that subdivision’s water is supplied through the district via a private company — but is in limbo now since the owner died a few years ago, said John Murphy, who is trying to get the word out about the election.

The homeowners requested HWD take over administration of the system, and district officials agreed, pending updates to gravity tanks and new meters. In the past year, two 10,000 reservoirs and associated infrastructure have been installed, the measure reads. All will become property of the district if the annexation is approved.

The annexation would not result in an additional costs to any homeowners involved.

The ballot measure needs approval from both the property owners in Pelican Bay and voters in the water district.

For more information, contact John or Tina Murphy at 541-813-1148 or JMurphy15@charter.net .

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