May 142018

Read it and weep…China is no longer the trash can of the world…

North Lincoln Sanitary’s co-owner Tina French told the Lincoln City City Council Monday night that the trash collection and recycling world has been turned upside down – with higher rates to boot. After listening to what China has done to the world’s recycling markets, and the costs of taking what little they take…that’s right, they’re now charging for it…North Lincoln Sanitary asked for, and received, a 9% increase for average trash and garbage service in the Lincoln City area.

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The changes are extremely complicated – more than can be properly listed in a news story. But suffice it to say that bare bones trash pickup rates will rise from $18.26 a month to $20.56 a month. As to what specialty services you or your business have relied on, you should check North Lincoln Sanitary’s website at Again, the city council and city finance director mulled the numbers and all agreed the 9% increase was justified.

There is also a certain amount of trepidation in light of the fact that China’s role in the world-wide recycling industry will remain uncertain for a while. And international politics between the Trump Administration and many countries world-wide, including China, is another potentially damaging unknown.

Walkways, artwork, activity areas, music and performance areas, much more parking…

South end with major addition of parking to the east.

South entrance

West entrance and plaza

The council’s then turned their attention toward Nikki Price, the Executive Director of the Lincoln City Cultural Center. She gave her annual report to the council and it was quite impressive both in variety and quality of events and performances. The Center is solvent with a variety of income streams – not only from admissions – but in local donations and endowments that clearly shows the community’s appreciation for such a well rounded array of music, live theater and all forms of art.

However, Ms. Price’s central point turned out to be a big pitch for financial help in taking the Center to a whole new level – help from the city as well as from the community, and grants – however they can be found. Ms. Price said for all of the wondrous and fabulously enjoyable musical and eye-popping artistic offerings, the Center needs an upgrade to continue to grow the Center’s role in the community, if not regionally. She said they would like to see the exterior of the facility rejuvenated to accommodate more activities outside, requiring a wrap-around sidewalk and performance areas. All that would also better accommodate the long-popular farmer’s market and other community attractions. And of course, lots more parking. Ms. Price said it’s crucial. Total sticker price on all this: $1.6 million which will no doubt be raised by community support, grants and a bit of help from City Hall. Ms. Price indicated that it will take more planning and sequencing of each stage of the upgrades to make the vision a reality.

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The council acknowledged and lauded the Center’s growing entertainment role and it’s substantial contribution to Lincoln City’s tourism economy. To be continued.

Lincoln City
Working on an evacuation plan for low lying areas if “the big one” hits.

The city council also got an update on how Lincoln City citizens can get out of the way of the looming Cascadia Subduction Zone Earthquake. The term “looming” describes the State Office of Emergency Management’s prediction that the earthquake is a bit overdue – the last one striking 318 years ago – it’s average re-occurrence varying from 250 to 350 years.

A representative from Oregon’s Department of Land Conservation and Development said that every coastal community needs to know how to evacuate and where to go during an evacuation. State documents documents revealed which areas of Lincoln City would be inundated by the flood waters, and which areas could provide refuge in strategic areas of the city. Besides getting up and out of low-lying areas ahead of the tsunami, (which could arrive in as little as 15 minutes) the city needs to list safe areas of town and specific facilities that could provide shelter for residents and tourists along with large supplies of food, medicines and common prescription drugs. As a side-note, it’s becoming more clear that in the event of a Cascadia event, evacuees must concentrate on getting themselves to higher ground “ASAP” without having to lug personal effects and food while they scamper up a hill. Large stockpiles of life-necessities should be waiting for evacuees who successfully flee low lying areas.

The city council promptly ordered the city’s planning commission to take the lead in developing a resiliency plan for Lincoln City residents and visitors. Once the plan is complete, it will be delivered to the city council for their review, any additional recommendations and approval.

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