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City Council goes for the “green,” for the sand and for OSU!

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Jun 072016
 
Newport City Council 2016

Newport City Council
2016

Will there be a tax on retail marijuana in Newport?

The Newport City Council voted Monday night to put a measure on the November ballot to ask Newport voters whether they approve the city levying what amounts to a 3% sales tax on recreation (not medical) marijuana and marijuana infused products.  The council has kicked around a lot of ways to funnel some or all of those sales taxes (a total amount not yet clear) to Newport Police to more effectively enforce marijuana laws and toward drug education and rehab.  But there has also been interest among councilors for spending the funds on a kaleidoscope of issues and projects that could use some extra funding.

First things first.  Let’s see if the tax passes in November.

Expanding the Hatfield Marine Sciences Center

Top officials from the Hatfield Marine Science Center (HMSC) were on hand to bring the council up to date on a new Marine Studies Initiative going on at Oregon State University. With Climate Change affecting just about everything on the planet, HMSC Director Dr. Bob  Cowen laid out an ambitious plan that is being launched to fully integrate marine studies with other physical, even social sciences, as they describe the changing face of our world.  And expanding HMSC is part of the plan’s grand design.

But where all the new research labs, instructional classrooms and library facilities will be built is still a bit up in the air – no pun intended.  With a Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake and tsunami due anytime, OSU’s President Ed Ray, HMSC Director Bob Cowen and others have set their gaze on sites uphill from the current marine science cluster at South Beach.   The new sites could involve lands atop the ridge that juts north from Oregon Coast Community College which would be well out of the reach of any tsunami.  Dr. Cowen told the council that a decision on a site for the expansion of HMSC could come in the very near future.

Let me dump my dredge mud at the airport and I’ll let you have some of my sand!

The Port of Newport Monday night propositioned Newport City Hall:  “If you’ll take our dredge sludge, we’ll give you some of our sand.”  And the city council said, OK!  As many have learned…when the new NOAA docks were installed at South Beach it was believed that the river currents would behave themselves – that those currents would not bring more sand, mud and other organic material downstream to fill up the dock area again.  But, that’s what those currents have been doing.  So the port has to dredge that area out again and install some underwater barriers to deflect that mud and sand out into the river’s main channel so it can get washed out to sea.  At least that was one plan being tossed about at one point.

But the upshot of all this is that the port will dredge the NOAA docks area again and afterwards will need a place to dump the dredge spoils.  A area immediately north of the Newport Airport has already been receiving NOAA sand and the originally removed dredge spoils for the NOAA docks.  So when all was said and done the council and the port seemed to agree that if the port is allowed to dump more dredge spoils at the airport,  Newport Public Works Director Tim Gross can begin coveting a large portion of the NOAA sand that was dug up to make way for their new MOC-P facility.   Gross says sand has many applications in an array of public works projects.   So, it looks like the Port of and the City of Newport have a deal.

Newport Councilor Ralph Busby to hang up his council name plate.

And anyone who has been watching the Newport City Council for any length of time, it’s become at least somewhat clear that councilor Ralph Busby, who sees himself as a semi-hard nosed conservative, has been finding himself a lone wolf on a number of votes dealing with how the city spends its money.  And the wolf has been outvoted quite often.

So Mr. Busby announced Monday evening that he is not going to run for another term.  He’s a busy guy so he won’t have any trouble filling his calendar with things to do and causes to pursue!   But in a very genuine way, he will be missed.  Despite being articulate, intelligent and with a world of government experience, some councilors still had issues with his political ideology.  But they seldom disagreed with his facts and clear descriptions of priorities and strategies.  They just opted for solutions with softer edges.  We’ll let history sort out who was right.

So in addition to Councilor Busby’s seat coming open, Mayor Roumagoux and Councilors Sawyer and Swanson will be pondering their druthers about running again.

 Posted by at 1:29 AM

Lincoln County Real Estate Report – Tammy Gagne, Broker

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Jun 062016
 
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LINCOLN COUNTY REAL ESTATE

Weekly Market Report

Data provided by Lincoln County Board of Realtors

Prepared by Tammy Gagne – Advantage Real Estate

5/30/2016 to  6/6/2016

RESIDENTIAL UNITS

FOR SALE                                                1027

SALES PENDING                                    246

SOLD – May 30 to June 6                        29

2016 YEAR TO DATE SOLD                  479

2015 YEAR TO DATE  SOLD                 446

LOTS AND LAND   

FOR SALE                                                705

SALES PENDING                                    31

SOLD – May 30 to June 6                        4

2016 YEAR TO DATE SOLD                  84

2015 YEAR TO DATE SOLD                  93

Homes sales still strong especially in the under $300,000 price ranges.  Land sales still slower than last year at this time.

MORTGAGE RATES

30YR FIXED – 3.625%

FHA/VA – 3.25%-3.5%

15 YEAR FIXED – 3.00%

5 YEAR ARMS –  2.75 – 3.25% depending on the lender

Tammy Gagne is a licensed Realtor in the State of Oregon License #870600040

 Posted by at 11:12 PM

Update on last night’s fire on Bayview Court – across the Alsea River from Waldport

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Jun 062016
 
Firefighters pulled up to face a conflagration on Bayview Court, across the river from Waldport.

Firefighters pulled up to face a conflagration on Bayview Court, across the river from Waldport.

Garage as big as a house went up with everything inside with it.

Garage as big as a house went up with everything inside completely consumed.

Firefighters went into defensive mode to protect the adjacent home.

Firefighters went into defensive mode to protect the adjacent home.  Notice the smoke coming off the creosote power/phone pole out in front of the garage – just from the heat of the fire.

The garage and contents look to be 100% loss. A few firefighters sat on it all night to ensure it didn't re-flare. Casey Wittmier photos COCFD

The garage and contents look to be 100% loss. A few firefighters sat on it all night to ensure it didn’t re-flare.  No cause yet announced.
Casey Wittmier photos, COCFD

 Posted by at 9:37 PM

Three billion dollar corporate tax hike is officially on the Nov. ballot

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Jun 062016
 

dollar.sign.goldTrying to bring up the tax standings of some of the biggest corporations in Oregon, a group who thinks big corporations should pay higher taxes has won a place for their higher-taxes measure on the ballot this November.

A major tax increase for corporations that sell more than $25 million a year in Oregon (and there is about 1,000 of them) has been placed on the ballot for this fall’s election.  If passed, it would raise an additional three billion dollars a year in tax revenue to help the state with K-12 education, roads and highways, the state’s PERS deficit and a myriad of other challenges the state faces due to it’s lowly rating among the states on how big a chunk it takes out of corporate profits.   Even with the increase, supporters say it puts Oregon only in the middle of the tax ladder compared to other states.

Here’s more from The Oregonian.  Click here.

 Posted by at 7:10 PM

Fire alarm going off at Newport High School

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Jun 062016
 

2pm
Fire alarm going off at Newport High. Newport firefighters are enroute.

2:04pm
False alarm. They didn’t elaborate. Last day of school June 16th.

 Posted by at 2:00 PM

Waldport: Low risk grass fire 3681 E. Alsea Highway

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Jun 062016
 
Small grass fire next to Silver King RV Park Google Maps

Small grass fire next to King Silver RV Park
Google Maps

11:32pm

Low risk grass fire at 3861 E. Alsea Highway being toned out for Central Coast Fire and Volunteers.

11:34pm

Fire is burning in an open field – about 10 x 20′ – they’ll enter area off adjacent driveway.  Fire truck with two aboard is enroute. Looks like right next to King Silver R/V Park.

11:40pm
Turned out to be a debris burn pile. Under control.

 Posted by at 11:33 AM