WALDPORT — Earlier this month, the city of Waldport published to its new website, waldportoregon.gov, something of a blueprint for reopening the city. City administration reminds residents that it assesses the COVID-19 situation on a daily basis, and that updates and adjustments to plans may become necessary.

City buildings and public restrooms

The new Mark C. Campbell City Hall building, located at 355 NW Alder St., is open to the public. The city asks that unvaccinated visitors wear face masks and observe appropriate social distancing measures while interacting with Waldport city staff members. For gatherings, city meetings or indoor events, attendees will be required to show proof of vaccination if they wish to attend without a mask.

The Waldport Community Center and the public restrooms at Keady Wayside and Crestline Park are scheduled to open Wednesday, June 16. Details about using the community center were unavailable as of the News-Times’ deadline, but are slated to be coming in the following days.

The Waldport Public Library is currently open. Curbside library service remains available by calling 541-563-5880 or by sending an email to waldportlibrary@waldportlibrary.org.

A July 1 grand reopening is scheduled for the Alsea Bay Historic Interpretive Center. During the celebration, the center will welcome the addition of the Waldport Heritage Museum, which recently moved from its former location at 820 Grant St.

“In partnership with the Waldport Chamber of Commerce and thanks to the Alsi Historical and Genealogical Society, we are happy to bring you this renovated space to create long term awareness of the history of the Waldport area,” the city wrote on its website. 

Accessing city services

The city requests that those who want to pay city utility bills or Waldport Municipal Court fines by cash or debit/credit cards do so via the drive-thru window at the new city hall, staffed between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, with the exception of federal holidays. People who wish to pay by check are encouraged to send it via U.S. mail, or deposit it in the white drop box in the second bay of the city hall drive-thru.

To make a payment online, go to the city’s website and click the “Online Utility Payments” link. Payments may also be made via phone, subject to a processing fee, by calling 1-800-701-8560.

Waldport city staff is available by phone and email, and residents can schedule individual meetings by calling 541-563-3561.

In-person city meetings have resumed, and Waldport staff will continue to follow state of Oregon protocols to maintain citizen participation at council meetings, committee meetings and more. Those who wish to attend a meeting in person are asked to call the city to reserve a seat.

Waldport staff “highly encourage” watching meetings that are streamed online whenever possible and for residents to submit public comment via email. As always, those who feel unwell are asked not to attend public meetings in person.

“These standards are now changing on a near daily basis,” the city website states. “Please be patient as we work through these rapidly evolving issues and restriction changes.”

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