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Chamber announces community winners at Annual Banquet - Development Project of the Year goes to the Highway 6/101 realignment project

Thursday 31 January 2019 at 5:10 pm

Saturday, area business leaders, citizens, chamber staff and board members filled the Tillamook County Fairgrounds for the annual Community Awards Banquet and fundraiser.

According to Justin Aufdermauer, this year beat any prior year for donations and funds raised, but he cautioned that the tally is not complete.

“We probably did close to $25K in the live and silent auction this year, which was amazing,” Aufdermauer said Monday morning from his Chamber office. “Last year was a record year when we raised a little over $19K, but with all of our added sponsors, and donations and auctions, I’m hoping we came in closer to the $30K mark, but we are still figuring that out.”

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Chamber Chatter: Highway 101/6 Project is complete… sort of

Tuesday 13 November 2018 at 3:36 pm

Last week, we gathered on a rainy afternoon on the Second Street Plaza with Sen. Betsy Johnson, Congressman Kurt Schrader, Mayor Suzanne Weber and a variety of other community leaders and cut the ribbon on the highway project completion. It was a celebration of how far we’ve come as a downtown – but before you call my office pointing out all the things still not finished with this project, let me offer you a metaphor:

Last Sunday morning I laid out the single biggest threat in my parenting toolbox: clean rooms by 4 p.m. or we’re shutting off the internet. Because my boys know that I am an inhuman robot with zero empathy for their “Fortnite” fascination they scramble. As we approach 4 o’clock they start to indicate that they’ve successfully finished their job. Some might even say they are “substantially complete” with their project.

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Ribbon cutting ceremony for Tillamook project scheduled for October 31 at 3 p.m.

Tuesday 30 October 2018 at 12:08 pm

TILLAMOOK—A ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the completion of the Tillamook Downtown Project is scheduled for Wednesday, October 31 at 3 p.m. on the new 2nd Street Plaza. The public is invited to join dignitaries, local public and elected officials and others at the event that is co-sponsored by the City of Tillamook, Tillamook Area Chamber of Commerce and Oregon Department of Transportation.

The transportation project is also known as the U.S. 101/OR 6 Traffic Improvement Project. The 3-year construction project not only enhances safety but also transforms downtown Tillamook.

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ODOT sets completion date for downtown road project

Tuesday 02 October 2018 at 10:49 am

The end is near for downtown road construction in Tillamook.

After years of roadwork inhabiting the downtown area, the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) has finally set a date of completion on Oct. 16. With the date less than a month away, ODOT Project Manager Ken Cole said there are still a few items to check off their task list.

“The main thing is finishing the paving,” Cole said. “That includes finishing the sidewalk between Third and Fourth Street in front of the theater and paving on Main Street between First and Fourth (Street). Once it’s paved we have to stripe it, then it’s really just the landscaping in getting the trees planted and getting the bio ponds all ready to go.”

Currently, Cole said they are on track to hit that Oct. 16 date, but there still may be a few small things to finish up post-completion day.

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Chamber of Commerce Project Update - 9/19/2018

Wednesday 19 September 2018 at 6:24 pm

Yesterday the curb and gutter pour on the south half of the east block of Main between Third and Fourth was completed. By the end of this week, those forms will be stripped and cleared away so that next week the paving can begin. If you're driving through this area, you'll likely be concerned about the missing sidewalk- how will you get your frozen yogurt fix??? The sidewalk work will continue next week during the day while the paving work takes place at night. Until the sidewalk goes in, Yo Time remains accessible via a temporary plank walkway from the north, so do not fear. Shear Bliss salon is accessible during this phase of construction through their access door on Fourth, and the Coliseum Theater has access on Main as usual.

The paving schedule next week is all set for night work. On Monday and Tuesday night crews will be working along the trenches curbs and gutters to level things out and prep for Wednesday and Thursday night, which will include the chipping, grinding and final paving. Sticky stomps will provide temporary lane delineation until the striping can occur the following week.

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Chamber of Commerce Project Update - 9/4/2018

Wednesday 05 September 2018 at 7:07 pm

Big News:

Starting tomorrow- Wednesday September 5th- there will be 24 hour flagging through the intersection of First and Main. Additionally, trucks turning on to Main southbound will be rerouted to Ivy and down to Front to access Main. There is a large manhole that needs to be excavated and replaced in the southeast quadrant of the intersection, and while crews have been delaying until after Labor Day, the weather forecast that calls for rain as early as this weekend has made it necessary to expedite this work and get it done immediately. Hopes are high that the work may be completed ahead of schedule, but flaggers are set through Friday.

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Chamber of Commerce Project Update - 8/22/2018

Wednesday 22 August 2018 at 2:55 pm

This week the roof is being replaced on the Chamber Headquarters building on Main Avenue, which is also the Visitor’s Center. While the sidewalk out front has been complete (and access to our front door open) for quite some time, the Dutch Mill (our neighbors to the north) are currently renovating their façade, where, in addition to the temporary removal of their iconic sign for refitting, the awning has come off along with the front siding- equating to a rather large pile of construction debris at short intervals. Two awestruck out-of-towners seeking hotel information navigating Main on Monday stopped in and asked if we had coordinated all of our downtown building remodeling with the timing of the Highway Project, and while we laughed together in the moment and talk turned toward local accommodation options, the reality of their observation is worthy of reflection.

Despite a noisy bunch of social media commentators who would have you believe that “downtown is dying,” all evidence points to downtown being on the verge of an entirely new life. Every single block in the Tillamook Main Street “Downtown District” has renovation projects either recently completed, on the immediate horizon, or actively underway.

Every single block.

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Old Shell Station stays... for now

Friday 17 August 2018 at 3:02 pm

Talk about an eyesore.

In the midst of all the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) road construction sits the old Shell Station. Many Tillamook residents have asked, “What’s going on with that?” the answer according to City Manager Paul Wyntergreen: nothing.

After ODOT purchased the property where the old station sits, the City of Tillamook has been pushing ODOT to make a decision on what to do with the property. However, Wyntergreen said there are no plans in place.

“Unfortunately, ODOT has a process that is backwards in my opinion,” Wyntergreen said. “They have refused to decide on what they are going to do with the property until after the project is fully completed, which probably means 2019. This is standard ODOT protocol and we can’t really get them to move off that.”

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