Mayor Don Williams was given the choice Monday night by his fellow city councilors of possibly facing further action by the council to discipline him or just go ahead and apologize to the council over the contents of what’s been dubbed “The Poppe Report” which was never released to the public but which may have contained allegations of violations of council rules as revealed in the contents of the investigation. The investigation was conducted by a private investigator, who is also an attorney, for a prestigious Eugene law firm. It was never publicly revealed what those violations entailed.
When faced with the possibility of continued efforts by the council to discipline him, Mayor Williams decided to accept the council’s offer. Councilor Chester Noreikis made the motion that the city council would take no further action on the issue upon Mayor Williams making his apology. And with that, Mayor Williams proceeded to issue an official apology to the council and to the citizens of Lincoln City.
Mayor Williams, reading from a prepared statement said:
“To the people of Lincoln City:
With the council’s decision to proceed no further with the Poppe Investigation, I am grateful to put this issue behind us so we can proceed with the duties we’ve all been elected to do.
I wish to apologize to the council, city staff and to the people of Lincoln City. I realize that certain actions of mine possibly violated the rules of the city council.
In the interest of moving the city forward, I ask all parties to be open to starting a new spirit of cooperation. Please join me in making Lincoln City a shining example of how good a city can be when we all work together.”
And with that Mayor Williams adjourned the city council meeting.
A traffic crash on Butler Bridge Road. Medics on scene.
LINCOLN COUNTY REAL ESTATE
Weekly Market Report
Data provided by Lincoln County Board of Realtors
Prepared by Tammy Gagne – Advantage Real Estate
9/19/2016 to 9/26/2016
FOR SALE 1101
SALES PENDING 302
SOLD – September 19 to September 26 26
2016 YEAR TO DATE SOLD 888
2015 YEAR TO DATE SOLD 898
LOTS AND LAND
FOR SALE 684
SALES PENDING 41
SOLD –September 19 to September 26 8
2016 YEAR TO DATE SOLD 169
2015 YEAR TO DATE SOLD 184
Year to date sales continue to fall behind last years numbers , however the pending sales are unusually large at this time. Due to the very long waiting period many escrows are taking over 60 days to close. When the pending sales close, then we will be will over the number of closed sales of last year. Interest rates continue to remain very low.
Today’s Best-Execution Rates
30YR FIXED – 3.5%
FHA/VA – 3.25%
15 YEAR FIXED – 2.75%
5 YEAR ARMS – 2.75% – 3.25% depending on the lender
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From Lincoln County Commissioners
At their October 5 meeting, the Lincoln County commissioners will consider joining the national “Stepping Up” initiative, designed to reduce the number of inmates with mental illness held in jails estimated to be up to two million nationwide.
“It’s a challenge in Lincoln County,” says Commissioner Bill Hall. “According to our jail staff, typically 30 percent of those in our jail have been treated for mental health issues and about 10 percent have a serious and persistent mental illness.”
According to “Stepping Up,” a partnership of the National Association of Counties, the Council of State Governments and the American Psychiatric Association, keeping mentally ill people in jail, especially those who are often arrested for minor crimes, is very costly. In addition, their incarceration does not improve public safety, and does not offer them the help and treatment they need.
Since the initiative was launched in the spring of 2015, more than 300 counties have signed on to date, including nine in Oregon. “We’ve already got some important pieces of a better solution in place,” said Hall, “including a jail inmate counselor, a Mental Health Court, and the coming launch of mental health mobile crisis services in the county. But there’s a lot more that can be done.”
The proposal comes to the Board of Commissioners with support from the county’s Mental Health Advisory Committee, Local Public Safety Coordinating Council, Samaritan Health Services and the Lincoln County School District. “It’s good to see broad recognition of how widespread the impact of this problem is on the community,” Hall said.
Commissioner Hall said there’s no guarantee that participation in Stepping Up will bring added resources to the county, but he’s hopeful, pointing out that mental health reform has become a high priority issue in both Salem and Washington, D.C. “Lawmakers at the state and federal levels see what we’ve been doing isn’t working,” Hall said. “People in just one segment of this population, are costing the state an average of $64,000 a year. The director of the Oregon Health Authority has acknowledged “We could provide someone with housing, treatment and supportive services for far less than that.”
More information about the initiative is available at www.stepuptogether.org
Samaritan North Lincoln Hospital (Lincoln City) and Samaritan Pacific Communities Hospital (Newport) are pleased to announce a new food recovery partnership with Lincoln County Food Share.
In Lincoln City, the food is delivered to the local pantry by hospital volunteers and distributed directly to its clients. In Newport, the food is picked up by Food Share staff from PCH and distributed to other pantries and partner agencies throughout the county.
In Newport, a small commercial freezer was purchased by Food Share for placement at Samaritan Pacific Communities Hospital in Newport. The funds for the purchase were provided by Atonement Lutheran Church, Fred Meyer and Pacific Communities Health District Foundation Women’s Giving Circle.
Food Share is grateful for the support received for this important project from these organizations.
“Our plan is to expand to other large institutions and restaurants in Lincoln County,” said Pati D’Eliseo, Food Share of Lincoln County Development Coordinator. “Millions of pounds of perfectly edible food are wasted every year. Food recovery is a win win for all. The food stays out of the landfills and goes to those in our community in need.”
Food Share began picking up food from Samaritan Pacific Communities Hospital in Newport on Tuesday, September 20th. Food Share of Lincoln County distributes food to pantries located in Lincoln City, Depoe Bay, Newport, Waldport, Siletz and Toledo, and various partner agencies throughout the county.
For more information about Food Share of Lincoln County, call 541-265- 8578 or visit http:/www.foodsharelincolncounty.org/
Over the weekend a Newport Police Officer was dispatched to the area of SE Benton and East Olive Streets on a report of a toddler wandering around in a parking lot near the road.
The child guided the officer back to a vacant commercial building in the 200 block of East Olive St. She told the officer this was her home. The officer found the door ajar. A male, later identified as Boldragon Plexico, age 31 of Siletz, was located in the rear of the building. Plexico was passed out and lying face down with his hands tucked under his stomach. The Officer observed multiple edged weapons lying around Plexico, and an empty holster for a firearm. The Officer called for back-up.
When the another officer arrived, Plexico was roused, and the handgun he had been lying on was taken from him. Officers determined that the two-year-old was Plexico’s daughter. The investigation also determined that entry into the building had been forced, and that Plexico did not have permission to be inside.
At one point during the investigation, Plexico tried to flee the scene and a short foot pursuit ensued, including Taser deployment by an officer. Plexico was taken into custody.
Plexico was transported to the Lincoln County Jail and lodged on two counts of Criminal Mischief, Burglary, Trespassing with a Firearm, Felon in Possession of a Firearm, Child Neglect, Reckless Endangering, Resisting Arrest and Escape. His bail was set at $305,000.
There was no injury to the child. She was placed in temporary custody of the Department of Humans Services Child Welfare Division until the biological mother could be contacted and respond.
10:40am – A construction worker has fallen at a site near Nelson Wayside and Keiski Lane. He suffered a broken wrist and can’t move his left leg. He’s being transported to Waldport High School where he will be loaded aboard a REACH air ambulance and flown to a trauma center in the valley.
11:30am – Fall victim has been loaded aboard REACH and is enroute to the valley.
How is GDP calculated in the U.S.?
Provided By: Duane J. Silbernagel
GDP, or gross domestic product, is a measurement of the total value of all goods and services produced in the United States over a given time period. It is used by economists, government officials, market forecasters and others to gauge the overall health of the U.S. economy.
Although there are several ways of calculating GDP, the expenditures approach is the most common. It focuses on final goods and services purchased by four groups: consumers, businesses, governments (federal, state, and local), and foreign users.
The calculation and a description of its components follow:
Consumption (C): Also known as personal consumption, this category measures how much all individual consumers spend in the U.S.
Investment (I): Not to be confused with investments in the stock and bond markets, this is the amount businesses spend on fixed assets (e.g., machines and equipment) and inventories, as well as the amount spent on residential construction.
Government (G): This category tracks the amount the government spends on everything from bridges and highways to military equipment and office supplies. It does not include “transfer payments”–for example, Social Security and other benefit payments.
Exports (X): This is the value of goods and services produced in the U.S. and purchased in foreign countries.
Imports (M): This is the value of goods and services produced in foreign countries and purchased in the U.S.
Historically, the U.S. has run a “trade deficit,” which means imports have outpaced exports.
Once the final GDP values are calculated, the percentage change is calculated from one time frame to the next, generally quarter to quarter or annually. Reported quarterly by the Bureau of Economic Analysis, these percentages can influence both investment markets and policy decisions.
What is the most important component of GDP in the
We often hear in the media that consumer spending is crucial to the overall health of the U.S. economy, but exactly how important is it? Representing approximately two-thirds of overall GDP, consumption–the almighty consumer–is the largest driver of economic growth in the United States. Of the nearly $18 trillion in U.S. GDP
(2015), American shoppers are responsible for a piece of the pie worth about $12 trillion.
Consumption is tracked by the Bureau of Economic Analysis, and is reported as Personal Consumption Expenditures (PCE) in its monthly “Personal Income and Outlays” news release. Since the late 1960s, PCE as a percentage of overall GDP has crept up from a low of approximately 58% to nearly 70% today.
PCE is divided into goods and services. The services category typically represents the largest part of PCE, accounting for more than 65% over the past two years. Examples of services include health care, utilities, recreation, and financial services.
Goods are broken down further into durable and nondurable goods. Durable goods are those that have an average life of at least three years. Examples include cars, appliances and furniture. Nondurable goods are those with an average life span of less than three years and include such items as clothing, food, and gasoline.
Durable goods represent approximately 10% of total PCE, while nondurable goods make up about 20%.
So the next time you’re out shopping, for anything from a bottle of ketchup to a new car, consider that you’re doing your part to fuel our nation’s growth.
Sources: World Bank.org, accessed June 2016; Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, 2016; Bureau of Economic Analysis, 2016
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