Florence adopts first biennial budget

Council also decreases planned unit development lot size from 5 to 2 acres

During Florence City Council’s June 12 meeting, councilors voted to adopt the city’s first biennial (two-year) budget, to begin July 1, in the amount of $55,370,862.

City Manager Erin Reynolds said, “We are asking for the council to adopt a little bit smaller budget in total. Instead of the $56 million that was originally proposed, a $55.4 million budget — a little bit less, primarily in the waste water fund.”

Councilors approved a proposed change to the city’s Planned Unit Development code to reduce the multi-single-housing tract size from the current five acres to two acres to allow contractors more flexibility in smaller developments.

Councilors also approved four expense proposals totaling $384,088.

The four include $27,500 to purchase two tax lots from the Port of Siuslaw, totaling 3.1 acres and located between the Siuslaw River and Rhododendron Drive, just west of the city’s waste treatment plant. The city plans to develop the property into the Siuslaw River Beach Park.

According to Reynolds, an Oregon Parks and Recreation Department grant and a federal grant will cover all but $55 of the cost of the land acquisition.

Councilors approved a bid for $191,000 from 2G Construction to remodel the 2,700 square-foot Florence Justice Center round room in preparation for moving the city’s administrative offices into the building while City Hall is being remodeled this fall.

The Florence Police Department will use the remodeled round room space after the Florence City Hall remodel is completed.

Furnishings for the new Public Works building, currently under construction at the corner of 27th and Kingwood streets, for a not-to-exceed price of $89,725, was also approved.

The council also approved a bid from Sierra Santa Fe Corporation of $75,863 to perform a Chip Seal/Fog Seal and MicroCoat application to extend the life of pavement along Oak Street, north of 35th Street.

Public Works Director Mike Miller said, “It is like putting suntan lotion on the street. It extends the life of the pavement.”

Miller said this would be the fourth sealing project the city has done.

Before closing the meeting, Mayor Joe Henry thanked City of Florence staff for the work done to develop the biennial budget.

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