With parking soon becoming scarce in the Old Town, you may find overtime parking rules enforced. Code Enforcement Officer Dan Frazier of the City of Florence said that over the past 2 years there has been little focus on parking in the old town due to the pandemic and the difficulty that businesses even had to stay in business. Frazier said he didn’t want to add to the frustration the region was experiencing. With pandemic restrictions lifted and business back to normal, he says parking enforcement will also return to normal. The check will be random according to Frazier and can take place 5 days a week or 2 days a week. When the tires are marked, he says he is giving the time an extra 30 minutes, so there is no doubt that the vehicle has been parked too long. There will be fewer spaces available with restaurants taking advantage of cafe seating in front of their space.
Yard debris deposit
May’s Florence’s Yard Debris Collection event will take place a week earlier than usual. Generally, collection takes place on the third Saturday of most months. But, in May, it also coincides with the annual Rhododendron Festival. That’s why he will come on the second Saturday, May 14and. It will still only be $11 for a standard pickup load, a bit more for larger loads. And only organic matter is allowed. No rocks, dirt, litter or ‘out of yard’ debris, and your load should be secured and covered with a tarp. Follow signs for Highway 101 to the west end of 27and Street at the north end of the airport from 9 a.m. to 2 a.m. on Saturday May 14and.
You should have already received your main ballot in the mail. According to Lane County Clerk Cheryl Betschart, there are a few things to keep in mind when filling it out. Once you have marked your ballot and placed it in the secret and outer envelopes, you will need to sign it on the back or your ballot will be void. She says it’s also important to make sure you get it back on time. Election Day is May 17, and ballots must either be dropped off at one of 21 ballot boxes across Lane County, including Florence at the Justice Center, or mailed in so it can be stamped no later than May 17.and; no postage is required. Betschart says returning it as soon as possible helps ensure your vote is counted and makes the election process much more efficient. If you haven’t received a ballot and think you should, you can get voting information at lanecounty.org/elections.
Yesterday, 107 new cases of COVID-19 were reported for Lane County, but no new cases were added to the Florence area. The daily average for Lane County is 76. Hospitalizations are minimal with 12 people in Lane County hospitals. Statewide, 1,481 new cases have been reported and 181 people are hospitalized. In the most recent data, the positivity rate fell back below 10% to 9.7. the OHA reports that vaccination rates have plummeted, with percentages remaining stable for nearly 3 months, with 83% of residents having at least one shot and 45.2% fully vaccinated and boosted.