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    6A • August 19, 2016 • Seaside Signal •
Flood map revisions could affect mortgage rates
Maps from Page 1A
“Each of the cities here that have
been involved in this particular
study area saw reduction,” said Jed
Roberts, a fl ood mapping coordina-
tor with the Oregon Department of
Geology and Mineral Industries.
Warrenton’s Diking District No.
1 — now provisionally accredited
by FEMA — boasts a 9.2 percent net
reduction in fl ood hazard area; Gear-
hart a 7.7 percent reduction; Seaside
an 8 percent reduction; and Cannon
Beach a 27 percent reduction.
Robin Risley, a R ealtor who sits
on the Cannon Beach and Clatsop
County planning commissions, ex-
pects many property owners in Sea-
side and Cannon Beach to be “happi-
ly surprised” by the results.
Though some acreage was added
to the fl ood plain, much of it is un-
developable anyway, like property
along the ocean that may be subject
to high-force winds and wave im-
pact, Hansen said.
The county, she added, has al-
ready mailed letters to property own-
ers in unincorporated areas who will
see a portion of their land added to
the fl ood plain on the revised maps.
A separate set of preliminary
fl ood plain maps is undergoing a
technical review funded by the cities
of Warrenton and Astoria, Clatsop
County, the Port of Astoria and Dik-
ing District No. 9. The stakeholders
argue the maps exaggerate the fl ood
risk and would force property own-
ers into paying extra in fl ood insur-
Check out the fl ood
map revisions online:
Go to
Click on “Map Layers”
tab and select “Draft
FEMA Revisions 2016.”
‘A lot at stake’
The next step is a 90-day appeal
period, which David Ratté, fl ood
plain engineer with FEMA Region
X, said he anticipates will begin in
late September or early October
when the agency publishes notifi -
cations in two local papers of re-
Assuming FEMA doesn’t receive
any signifi cant appeals, the agency
During Monday’s open house at the Seaside Civic and Convention Center,
David Ratte, fl ood plain engineer with FEMA Region X, explains why the
agency updated its fl ood insurance rate maps for the coastline of Clatsop
will issue a letter of fi nal determina-
tion to the communities either late
this year or early next year.
Then follows a six-month adop-
tion period for communities to up-
date their fl ood plain ordinances. At
that point, the fl ood insurance rate
maps become effective.
Wingard urges anyone with con-
cerns about the maps to raise them
during the appeal process so the
hearings on the ordinances during
that crucial six-month window can
play out uninterrupted.
“Hopefully, folks will understand
that the cities and the county have a
lot at stake,” Wingard said.
Seth Morrissey
Don Johnson runs
on the
runs for re-election for new term
Youngest councilor
praises city’s ‘good mix’
Council president
represents Ward 3
By R.J. Marx
By R.J. Marx
Seaside Signal
Seaside Signal
Seth Morrisey joined the
Seaside City Council two
years ago, replacing longtime
councilor Stubby Lyons. Mor-
risey announced his intention
to run for a second term in
Ward 4, a district representing
East Wahanna, that is, “every-
thing up on the hill” east of
Highway 101.
Morrisey, at 33 the young-
est councilor, said he has en-
joyed his service to date. “In
politics, you’re always going
to make someone mad, but I
just try to do my best, and look
at the issues objectively,” he
said. “I’m trying to represent
the people.”
A Seaside High School
grad, the 33-year-old Mor-
risey studied business at Lane
Community College and then
Portland State University. He
owns and manages a video
production company and a
search engine optimization
company based in Portland.
His wife, Aimee, is owner
of Life Naturally, an online
health food store.
“Aside from being gone for
college, I’ve been here all my
life,” Morrisey said. “I’m the
youngest guy on the board by
a long shot. I think I bring a
different perspective.”
He said the current board
is a good mix. “Young people
sometimes think they know
everything,” he said. “It’s
good to have people with ex-
perience to balance that.”
Seaside Ward 3 Council-
or Don Johnson is seeking
for his fi fth term in Novem-
ber. Johnson, as council
president, is second in com-
mand and liaison between
the mayor and the council.
He is serving his 16th year
on the council.
“My wife Annie said to
me, ‘Why are you doing
this?’” Johnson, 64, said. “I
said, ‘This is my hobby.’ She
said, ‘When it’s not your
hobby, that’s when you’re
The lifelong Seaside
resident works as head cus-
todian at Astor Elementary
Johnson identifi ed hous-
ing as the council’s biggest
issue facing the city. “We’re
trying to establish work-
force housing,” he said. “
We’ve worked very well to
be come as popular a des-
tination as we are, but now
we have to fi gure out how
to get workforce housing so
(employees) can live in the
area and go to work.”
Johnson said the pro-
posed Seaside School Dis-
trict bond to move schools
out of the tsunami inunda-
tion zone was not a City
Council issue. Instead, he
invited an increased state
and federal emergency pre-
paredness role. “Look at Ja-
pan, how bad they were hit
— and they were prepared,”
Seth Morrisey
The most contentious issue
he’s considered so far was a
proposal to charge panhan-
dlers and street merchants a
licensing fee. “I don’t think it’s
heading anywhere,” he said. “I
think the opposition was real-
ly outspoken and there was no
one really in support of it.”
Morrisey said he has yet to
make up his mind about a pro-
posed room tax plan to fi nance
a $15-million convention center
upgrade plan. “I don’t decide in
advance what I want to do, but
try to listen to the constituents,”
he said. “People were adamant-
ly opposed to the old plan. They
felt they didn’t have a say in it.
I’m going to wait and see what
people think.”
City’s tsunami prepared-
ness measures are a “work
in progress,” Morrisey said.
“I think we’re ahead of most
areas in term of what we’ve
done, but the problem is the
only way to properly prepare
is to move the whole city up
on the hill. That’s not going
to happen. We’re in an in-be-
tween zone where we’ve done
what we can but we have to
keep working toward it.”
Great Restaurants in:
Don Johnson at a presenta-
tion at Seaside City Council.
he said. “It’s beyond the
scope of the city.”
Four bridges in Seaside
have been replaced in the
last decade, he said. “There’s
just so much a city can do
without putting a huge bur-
den on our residents.”
Members of the Seaside
City Council are in tune with
each other. “We agree to dis-
agree, and it’s fi ne, move on
to the next step,” Johnson
said. “We’re friends as well
as colleagues.”
A $15 million expansion
of the convention center “is
the next big thing,” Johnson
said. The plan could be fund-
ed by an increase in the city’s
room tax rate.
Despite past discussion,
it is unlikely the city will
pursue an itinerant merchant
ordinance, he said. An ordi-
nance would have created a
fee schedule for street ven-
dors, performers and others.
’“I’ll just do my best,”
Johnson said. “Go to meet-
ings and try to make the right
decisions. I think I’ve done
OK so far.”
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Candidates invited to run for Seaside City Council
Three City Council seats
are open in Seaside.
A position is available for
councilor Ward 1 and 2, Pre-
cinct 37 and 38; a position is
available for councilor Ward
3, Precinct 39; position is
available for councilor Ward
4, Precinct 40
A city councilor shall be
a registered voter in Seaside
and shall have resided in the
City during the 12 months
immediately before being ap-
pointed to offi ce.
To qualify for council of-
fi ce, the candidate must reside
in the ward or wards which
the council position rep-
resents, and must continue to
reside there through the term
of offi ce for which the coun-
cilor is elected or appointed.
The council is composed
of seven members, six coun-
cilors elected from four city
wards and a mayor elected at
large. Each councilor, includ-
ing the mayor, is entitled to
make motions, participate in
debate, and to vote on every
subject which is to be decided
by a vote of the council, ex-
cept as limited by confl ict or
potential confl ict of interest.
The council is the poli-
cy-making body of the city.
The council speaks with one
voice or not at all; many deci-
sions are not unanimous, but
once voted upon defi ne the
position of the entire council.
The council meets at least
once a month. The usual
procedure is to meet in the
council chambers at 7 p.m.
the second and fourth Mon-
days of each month. Council-
ors should plan at least three
hours of preparation before
each meeting. An additional
meeting may be held on the
fi fth Monday of months hav-
ing fi ve Mondays, except Me-
morial Day.
Special meetings of the
council may be called at any
time with 24 hours notice.
The Improvement Com-
mission consists of the seven
council members and sev-
en appointees. Usual proce-
dure is to meet in the council
Chambers at 6:30 p.m. the fi rst
Wednesday of each month.
tion or if you are interest-
ed in applying please come
to Seaside City Hall, 989
Broadway and speak to Admin-
istrative Assistant Kim Jordan,
It is recommended that all
forms and petitions be turned
in at least one to two weeks
in advance. Petitions must be
fi led by Aug. 30 at 5 p.m.
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Seaside High School class of 1966 celebrates reunion
Seaside High School, class of
1966, will be celebrating its 50-year
class reunion Saturday, Sept. 10,
from 2 to 6:30 p.m. at the American
Legion in Seaside. Graduating class-
mates from any year are welcome to
attend with their family and friends.
Cost is $20. Reservations are re-
A no-host bar will be available
along with a barbeque and a buffet of
hot dogs, sausages, hamburgers (in-
cluding condiments), a salad bar and
lots more.
Coordinators for the reunion have
made possible several ways to RSVP.
Reservations can be mailed to P.O.
Box 6625, Portland, Oregon 97228;
by calling 503-246-3398; by email
to; or
through the Facebook or Classmates
websites at SeasideHighSchoolClas-
For additional information, con-
tact Myra Furnish Lee at 503-246-
3398. The American Legion Post 99
is located at 1315 Broadway.
Phone 503-738-9678
1445 S. Roosevelt Drive • Seaside