Jan. 10, 2018 — On Jan. 8, the four remaining members of the Florence City Council met for the first time at Florence Events Center (FEC). The council will meet at the event center for most of 2018 as Florence City Hall undergoes renovations.
Florence Mayor Joe Henry welcomed the council, city staff and those in attendance to the new year.
“This is a tough act to follow after our ‘Main Street’ event the other night. There were an estimated 600 to 650 people here at the FEC. It set the stage and a really positive tone for our 2018. We’re just really proud of our community,” Henry said.
Deluxe Corporation’s “Small Business Revolution — Main Street” TV team visited Florence Jan. 3 to 4 as a potential town for its third season. On Jan. 3, FEC held hundreds of people in a reception led by Florence Area Chamber of Commerce’s Downtown Revitalization Team and the City of Florence.
During the council meeting, city staff gave updates on the City Hall Remodel and Expansion Project, which will displace city services.
At the Public Works Facility, 2675 Kingwood St., community members can find utility billing and finance; business and liquor licenses; community development; building; planning; and code enforcement. The office will be open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to noon and from 1 to 4 p.m. Some services will also be located at Florence Justice Center, but most community services will be through the Public Works Facility.
In addition, the city will hold most meetings at the FEC, including city council, planning commission, Florence Urban Renewal Agency, city committees and other meetings as planned.
City Manager Erin Reynolds thanked the FEC staff for its use of technology and setting up the space, including a dais for the councilors, microphones, two projection screens and room for staff, press and the public.
“This is where we’ll be meeting for most of the next year,” she said, before directing attention to the city’s calendar on its website. “Because we are going to be temporarily in different locations, this website feature will be very important if you are wanting to attend city council meetings, other committee meetings ... and city functions. Each of these meetings is hyperlinked with a map and directions.”
City Recorder Kelli Weese added that council meetings will no longer be available “live,” though recordings of the meetings will be available a few days later on the city’s Vimeo website.
Florence City Council is currently one member short, as Councilor George Lyddon resigned at the end of December. Council applications are due this Friday, Jan. 12, by 5 p.m.
For more information about the City of Florence’s 2018 plans, visit ci.florence.or.us.