Depoe Bay continues anticipated agenda items

On Tuesday evening, the Depoe Bay City Council appointed Rick Beasley to the city’s Financial Advisory Committee and former Oregon Assistant Attorney General Fred Ruby to the Parks Committee during the council’s meeting at Depoe Bay City Hall. (Photo By Michael Heinbach)

Council appoints financial advisory, parks committee members

DEPOE BAY — Those waiting during Tuesday night’s Depoe Bay City Council meeting to witness outcomes of two of the more anticipated items on the evening’s agenda were forced to wait a little longer.

Neither Counselor Jerome Grant’s analysis of the much debated Depoe Bay Harbor fuel rate increase nor the completion off a public hearing on the city’s potential adoption of North Lincoln Sanitary Service’s yard waste/organic material collection program came to fruition during the meeting at Depoe Bay City Hall. Both items were held over until the council’s next meeting, scheduled for Oct. 6. 

But Grant gave a preliminary report on the harbor fuel facility rate increase, indicating that further investigation is necessary to find fuel-rate pricing comparisons between Depoe Bay’s city-maintained harbor and other ports or municipalities that own their own fuel docks. Grant, who initially told the council his analysis would be prepared for its Sept. 1 meeting, cautioned his complete report might not be ready for the next meeting in three weeks.

“I’d like to say you have my word that I’ll have it by next meeting, but I’m going to pull back a little bit,” Grant said. “I will do my best to have a full report and use some of this comparative analysis by next meeting.”

In order to construct the proper wording of a resolution concerning the city’s potential to opt in to a yard waste/organics collection program with North Lincoln Sanitary Service, the public hearing on the matter was continued to the Oct. 6 meeting.

The council did take action to appoint a well-known resident to the city’s Financial Advisory Committee, and a newcomer who is a former Oregon assistant attorney general to the Depoe Bay Parks Commission. 

The six councilors present — Councilor Debbie Callender was absent — voted in favor of appointing Rick Beasley to fill a seat on the Depoe Bay Financial Advisory Committee following a brief interview by the council. Beasley attended the meeting by via telephone.

Beasley’s interview and potential appointment was postponed two weeks prior due to his absence from the council’s Sept. 1 meeting. On Tuesday, only council president Kathy Short offered a question to Beasley during his interview, and she asked for details of acumen for business.

Beasley replied by describing his career as a newspaper reporter and publisher and that he currently owns a media company, a trailer park and additional commercial properties. Though the council presented Beasley with no additional questions, the 20-year city resident requested and received permission to speak as councilors voted on his appointment to the Financial Advisory Committee. 

Beasley used his time to tell the council that helping the city recover from economic hardships is the job of the Depoe Bay Budget Committee and not the new Financial Advisory Committee.  

“To protect and enhance our revenue streams in a way that ensures the future of the city, I think that you need the budget committee to do this,” Beasley said. He added that the future of Depoe Bay hangs in the balance of correcting its financial issues.

Fred Ruby, a retired 30-year attorney new to Depoe Bay, attended his interview in person as the lone candidate to fill Position 6 on the city’s parks committee, and he appeared to impress the council before he spoke a word. Like Beasley, Ruby also received all six councilor votes in favor of appointment.

“You’ve got quite a resume here from what we see,” said Depoe Bay Mayor Robert Gambino.

Ruby, who is in his first month as a city resident, spent his professional career in private practice before taking a role in 2002 at the state Department of Justice. In 2004, he was appointed as the attorney in charge of the civil recovery section of the Oregon DOJ.

“The Salishan Lodge (in Gleneden Beach) is a very popular destination for Oregon State Bar educational programs, and so over the years, I attended probably about a half dozen programs and conferences there, and I just love this part of the coast,” Ruby told the council.

On Wednesday, Ruby, a northern California native, 40-year Oregon resident and former Beaverton City Council member, told the News-Times that’s he’s an avid hiker and cyclist, and can’t wait to help shape the future of his new city’s parks.

“Being new to town, I wanted to volunteer some of my time because it’s a great way to get to know people,” Ruby said.

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