Toledo City Council

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Dec 062018
 

The husband of a recently re-called Toledo City Councilor himself is now a Toledo City Councilor. Stu Strom, who is retired, was given the oath of office after a vote of the council to select him to fill a vacancy on the council. His wife Terri Strom was recalled along with the mayor at the last mid-term election.

Recall organizers accused the officials of questionable personnel practices, fiscal irresponsibility, and failing to recognize errors in the city’s budget. The recall effort was initiated after the firing of the city fire chief

Weather or Not: Fading Sunshine

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Dec 062018
 

12/6/18 Sunny, E winds gusting 20-25mph, high 50F today, mostly clear skies tonight, low 35-40F, increasing clouds tomorrow, lighter winds, high 50F. Outlook: rain Fri night, chance of rain/showers Sat, rain Sun, showers Mon, rainy/breezy Tue-Wed, highs around 50F, lows 40-45F.

Beaches Today:
Surf Height…………..13 to 17 ft with large sneaker waves.
Weather………………Mostly sunny. Highs around 50.
Wind…………………East 5 to 10 kt with gusts to 15 kt.
Tides (South Beach)…
Low tide….3.0 ft at 04:56 AM PST.
High tide…9.4 ft at 11:06 AM PST.
Low tide….-0.7 ft at 05:51 PM PST.
Sunrise – 7:41 AM PST. Sunset – 4:34 PM PST.

PFLAG Celebrating the Holidays with a Dessert Potluck!

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Dec 052018
 

The December 12 PFLAG meeting will celebrate the Holidays with a Dessert Potluck. Bring a dessert to share if you’re able, otherwise there will be plenty. We’ll celebrate with LGBTQ family and friends and be a support to those who have difficult holidays. Many LGBTQ people have lost touch with family members who rejected or harassed them and are especially lonely during the holidays. They will be warmly welcomed and fully accepted by the PFLAG Family.

The December 12 PFLAG meeting will be held from 6:30-8 pm at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church at SW 9th & Hurbert, just downhill from the Kite Shop.
PFLAG is a national organization established to support the LGBTQ community, their families and friends through its mission of Education, Support and Advocacy. Research shows that LGBTQ students who receive support from their families, schools and communities are able to survive the stress and challenges far better than students who don’t have that support.
PFLAG provides factual and helpful information and personal connections for families whose children or teens believe they may be among the minority in gender identity or sexual orientation. For more information, call 541-265-1904.

Newport Warming Shelter Needs Some Deliveries!!!

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Dec 052018
 

Newport Warming Shelter
Off NE 3rd
Google Maps photo

From the Newport Warming Shelter:

The Hazardous Weather Shelter will continue to be open tonight and Tomorrow night.

We need more Volunteers with the all of the cold weather we have had this week the more community support the easier it is for everyone!!

Tonight we are having Taco’s. Below is a list of fixin’s we are still in need of. If you are going to be dropping off anything in the lists below, please call them so they don’t have to buy that particular food.

The shelter is inside the Lincoln County Fairgrounds exhibit hall inside the fairgrounds, just off NE 3rd, just east of Newport High School.

The shelter needs:

15 lbs of hamburger
3 heads of lettuce
15 pkgs of taco seasoning
5 tubs of sour cream
4 large jars of mild salsa
200 soft taco shells
8 large cans of refried beans
20 pounds of shredded cheese

Thursday morning we are having a pancake and french toast breakfast. We need
Syrup!


Tomorrow night we are having a ham dinner and we are still in need of:

200 servings of mashed potatoes
salad fixin’s
salad dressing

We are always in need of:

Juice
Milk
Hot chocolate
apple cider
creamer
butter
Jelly
Creamy peanut butter

Thank you for showing your support and caring for our local homeless.

Traci Goff Flowers
Shelter Director

Calling all photographers!! The King Tide is Coming!!

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Dec 052018
 

King Tide
Nestucca area
John Bauer photo

Volunteer photographers are invited to participate in the first round of this winter’s King Tide Project, which documents the highest reach of the year’s highest tides. The current focus is on the set of extreme high tides—known as “king tides”—arriving Dec. 21-23. (The other two high-tide series the project will cover this winter take place January 19-21, and February 18-20, 2019.)

To kick things off, a “King Tide Preview” party will be held in Newport at the Rogue Brewer’s on the Bay (2320 OSU Dr.), beginning at 5:30 p.m. (doors open at 5) on Friday, Dec. 14. The public is invited to attend the free event and learn more about the project and the way sea level rise will affect Oregon’s shoreline in the future.

Speakers at the event will include Sally Hacker, a professor in Oregon State University’s Department of Integrative Biology. Dr. Hacker will discuss the interaction of dunes and the ocean, how the sea fertilizes dunes through the deposition of wrack, and how this relationship may be affected by the sea level rise, more intense storms and increased erosion anticipated with global warming. Also speaking will be Steve Dundas, an economist also based at Oregon State University, who is studying the economic implications of shoreline management and shoreline protection. Appetizers will be offered; additional food and drink area available from the Rogue.

This is the ninth year that Oregon has participated in this international citizen science effort. The project is sponsored by the CoastWatch Program of the Oregon Shores Conservation Coalition, the Oregon Coastal Management Program of the Department of Land Conservation and Development, and local partners including the Surfrider Foundation, Shoreline Education for Awareness (SEA), South Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve, Coos Watersheds Association, Curry Watersheds Association, Friends of Cape Falcon Marine Reserve, Friends of Netarts, and Haystack Rock Awareness Program, among others.

The international project began in Australia, where the highest tides of the year are known as “king tides,” whence the name. These tides arrive when the sun, moon, and earth are in alignment, causing a stronger-than-usual gravitational pull.

Anyone with a camera can participate. At high tide on any of the three project days, find a good location to observe the tide in relation to the land, snap photos, and post them online. More information on the project, a link to tide tables, and instructions for posting photos, can be found on the website, http://www.oregonkingtides.net/.

King Tide photos can be taken anywhere affected by tides, whether on the outer shoreline, in estuaries, or along lower river floodplains. Photos showing high water in relation to infrastructure (roads, bridges, seawalls, and the like) can be particularly striking, and reveal where flooding problems threaten. But shots of marshes or other habitats being inundated, or coastal shorelines subject to flooding and erosion, are also useful. The goal of this long-term citizen science project is to document the highest reach of the tides on an ongoing basis, for comparative study over a period of many years. (Participating photographers are urged to return to the locations from which they took King Tide photos and take comparison shots at ordinary high tide.)

While the King Tide Project can help to identify areas that are currently threatened by flooding, the more important purpose is to gain a preview of sea level rise. The king tides, while extreme today, will become the “new normal” as sea level continues to rise, and storm surges increase, due to global warming. Gaining a glimpse of tidal inundation likely to become common decades into the future will benefit planners, resource agencies, conservationists, and coastal citizens in preparing for these changes.

Photographs from past years of the King Tide Project can be viewed on the project’s Flickr site: https://www.flickr.com/people/orkingtide/

King Tide preview parties will also be held on the south coast prior to the second high tide series: Jan. 17, 5:30 p.m., at Arch Rock Brewing Company in Gold Beach; and Jan. 18, 5 p.m., at the Charleston Marine Life Center in Charleston. More information about these events can be found on the CoastWatch website, https://oregonshores.org/coastwatch. Events will be held on the north coast prior to the project’s third round, but are TBA.

For more information, contact Fawn Custer, CoastWatch volunteer coordinator, at (541) 270-0027, fawn@oregonshores.org, or Meg Reed, Coastal Shores Specialist with the Oregon Department of Land Conservation and Development, (541) 574-0811,

Another reader opposed to the Lincoln County Commons project

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Dec 052018
 

November 29, 2018

Statement about future of Lincoln County Fairgrounds:

I voted for increasing the room tax in Lincoln County, but I had no idea it was proposed for an expanded fairgrounds which would not be economically viable and which would be an egregious waste of taxpayer dollars.
I oppose the proposal of an exhibit/convention/multipurpose center on the current Lincoln County Fairgrounds site. The fairgrounds and 4H facilities should be moved to a more rural location because county fairs are designed to promote country activities such as agriculture, animal rearing, carnival, and midway. Locations exist in our county which would welcome the fairgrounds.

As an educator, I have witnessed the need for and support the creation of affordable family housing. The current fairgrounds land is a prime location for family housing near public schools. I envision the area to offer well-insulated homes with solar panels, organic community garden, bike paths and walkways, and community center for meetings/music/the arts and crafts. Our county needs housing options for its workers and families which would be utilized 24/7, so much more than a fairgrounds area used sporadically.
I support putting this issue to a vote of citizens of Lincoln County.

Janet Elizabeth Johnson, M.Ed

The opinions expressed by the writer are solely those of the writer and do not necessarily reflect the views of NewsLincolnCounty.com

Weather or Not: The Drought Continues

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Dec 052018
 

12/5/18 Clear, E winds 10-25mph, today-tomorrow, highs in the upper-40s, low near freezing. Outlook: increasing clouds Fri, rain late, showers Sat, rain Sun, showers Mon, rain Tue, temperatures gradually rising w/ highs pushing 55F and lows 45F by the weekend and into next week.

Beaches Today:
Surf Height…………..7 to 10 ft.
Weather………………Mostly sunny. Highs around 50.
Wind…………………Northeast 5 to 10 kt with gusts to 15 kt.
Tides (South Beach)…
Low tide….2.6 ft at 04:12 AM PST.
High tide…9.4 ft at 10:28 AM PST.
Low tide….-0.4 ft at 05:12 PM PST.
High tide…7.5 ft at 11:45 PM PST.
Sunrise – 7:40 AM PST. Sunset – 4:34 PM PST.

Drought Update: Despite some decent rainfall in November, we’re still about two feet below normal precipitation for 2018 and Lincoln County remains in an official drought, which was declared in August. Read the latest National Weather Service Drought Information Statement, including current conditions and a look ahead for this Winter, here.

House Fire on Tom Jack Rd

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Dec 052018
 

4:15am
Report of a house fire at 26 Tom Jack Rd in Toledo.

4:19am
Possibly two people inside the house. Toledo requesting an engine and water tender from Newport and a water tender from Siletz.

4:22am
Toledo Fire crews arriving, reporting a fully engulfed house fire. Imminent rescue for a subject still inside.

4:28am
Toledo Fire command requesting law enforcement, power company, and natural gas company to the scene.

4:40am
Toledo Fire command requesting a water tender from Depoe Bay Fire.

4:55am
Command reporting a possible fatality from the fire.

7:14am
Newport Fire engine released from the scene.

Newport City Council gets a mixed review on the County Commons project and tackle herbicide spraying in Newport’s drinking watershed

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Dec 042018
 

Lincoln County Fairgrounds

Plans appear to be moving along, pushed by the county on the proposed Lincoln County Commons, the $10 million dollar fairgrounds/commons/convention center project that is moving along at a rather slow pace. Part of the reason for the slowness is, in the words of some Newport city councilors, the plans are not far enough along in design or cost estimates to warrant a firm commitment of city urban renewable funds – funds aimed at local economic development.

City Councilor David Allen pressed County Counsel Wayne Belmont on the exact vision and what portion of city resources are being asked to apply to the project. Belmont said it was hard to say since the exact development plan is still being formulated. Allen asked if city funds were limited to just supporting infrastructure like sewer and water up to the boundaries of the project, would the whole project, as envisioned, be affected by that. Belmont said yes but inferred that the project could move ahead anyway – possibly building the project in phases.

The council asked whether the final plan would be ready by the end of the year. Belmont said no – but likely soon-after the first of the year. There will be several new city councilors coming onto the council in early January. Their views of the project have not been revealed.

After the presentation of The Commons update several citizens testified that the County Commons project is expected to run at a sizeable loss starting the first day of its opening, and if the city is involved with its Urban Renewal fund it would be bad for the city since urban renewal funds are supposed to promote economic development not just subsidize just any project. Defenders of the project contend that although the facility would be a money loser, it would be an effective magnet for drawing more visitors to the Newport area to include conventions and other special events, thereby injecting cash for restaurants, hotels, ocean-related activities and other tourism venues.

Belmont said if the city maintains a role in the creation of the Commons project, construction might begin on parts of it in about a year.

An organized group opposed to the project has vowed to put the issue on the May ballot if the county moves ahead with the project.

Hancock Timber turns down talks on ceasing herbicide spraying in Newport’s watershed
It’s an issue playing out in many states around the country – big timber companies using herbicides to prevent brush and weeds from out-competing recently planted trees.

City Manager Spencer Nebel said he notified Hancock Timber that the council doesn’t want any herbicide spraying on lands whose creeks flow into the city’s drinking water reservoir – spraying from either from aircraft or back-pack spraying on the ground. Hancock said it would not be agreeable to such a program but that they’re willing to negotiate with the city – no details provided.

The council decided to have Nebel come up with some language in a letter to Hancock that the city doesn’t want any herbicide spraying in waters that flow into the town’s reservoir. There was also discussion among the councilors and testimony from some members of the public that herbicides pose a clear and present danger to watersheds and to the people who drink water from those watershed..

Nebel said he will bring back some options at the next city council meeting.

Meanwhile environmental protection groups have gotten two bills ready to be introduced in the upcoming 2019 Oregon Legislature to give local cities and counties what amounts to home-rule, in order to protect themselves from pesticide spraying on the ground or from the air. If passed, it would reportedly trigger a constitutional amendment to the Oregon State Constitution.

Newport is appointing two new city councilors – APPLY NOW!!

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Dec 042018
 

Newport City Council


The Newport City Council is seeking applications from residents interested in filling two vacancies on the Newport City Council. The vacancies were created by the resignation of former City Councilor Laura Swanson, and by City Councilor Dean Sawyer assuming the Mayor position at the January 7, 2019 Council meeting. The remainder of both vacant terms is two years, expiring on January 4, 2021.

Applicants must be qualified voters and have resided within the city limits for at least one year immediately prior to appointment. The application deadline is December 28, 2018, by 5:00 P.M. Applications received after that date and time will not be considered.

The current and newly elected City Councilors will conduct interviews of the applicants at the City Council work session, at noon, on January 7, 2019, in Conference Room A, of the Newport City Hall.

Appointments to fill the two vacancies will be made at the January 7, 2019 City Council organizational meeting, beginning at 6:00 P.M. All meetings will be held at City Hall.

Applications should be made by utilizing the committee application form found on the city website at www.newportoregon.gov. Click on “City Government,” located under the photo of the bridge; then click on “Committee Application,” and submit the application electronically. Anyone needing a hard copy application may request one at the City Manager’s Office, Newport City Hall, 169 SW Coast Highway, Newport.

Questions may be directed to Spencer Nebel, at s.nebel@newportoregon.gov, or at 541.574.0603.

Weather or Not: A Cold Wind Blows

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Dec 042018
 

12/4/18 Clear, E winds gusting 20-30mph today-tomorrow, highs in the upper-40s, low of 32F. Outlook: sunny Thu, light E breeze, high 50F, increasing clouds Fri, rain likely Fri night, chance of rain Sat, rain Sun-Mon, temps rising to seasonal with highs 50-55F and lows near 45F.

Beaches Today:
Surf Height…………..7 to 10 ft.
Weather………………Mostly sunny. Highs 45 to 50.
Wind…………………East 10 to 15 kt with gusts to 20 kt.
Tides (South Beach)…
Low tide….2.3 ft at 03:24 AM PST.
High tide…9.2 ft at 09:48 AM PST.
Low tide….0.0 ft at 04:29 PM PST.
High tide…7.2 ft at 10:54 PM PST.
Sunrise – 7:39 AM PST. Sunset – 4:34 PM PST.

OSP is offering a reward for the senseless shooting of an elk in Lincoln County

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Dec 042018
 

The Oregon State Police Fish and Wildlife Division is asking for the public’s help locating the person(s) responsible for the unlawful killing and waste of a cow elk in Lincoln County.

On Thursday, November 29th, a Fish and Wildlife Trooper discovered a deceased cow elk. The animal was located approximately 2.5 miles from Updike Rd. on Bear Creek Rd. in the Alsea Wildlife Management Unit on property managed by Hancock Timber. This area is also accessible from the Baber Mountain ATV trail system.

The elk, which appeared to have been shot within a week, was left to waste with no meat removed from the carcass. Troopers observed another cow elk in the area that appeared to be injured.

OSP is asking anyone who may have information on the person(s) responsible to call the TIP line at 1-800-452-7888 or dial *OSP and refer information to Trooper Andrew Butler or by email TIP@state.or.us. There are rewards for information leading to the arrest of the individual who illegally killed the elk.

Weather or Not: Sunny Days, Frosty Nights

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Dec 032018
 

12/3/18 Patchy fog early, sunny today, E breeze 10-15mph, high 50F, partly cloudy tonight, E winds to 20mph, low 35F, sunny tomorrow, high 50F, E winds 25mph. Outlook: mainly clear/cool, east-windy Wed-Fri w/ frosty nights, chance of rain Sat, rain Sun, warming, highs 55F, lows 45F.

Beaches Today:
Surf Height…………..6 to 9 ft.
Weather………………Partly cloudy. Highs around 50.
Wind…………………East 5 to 10 kt with gusts to 15 kt.
Tides (South Beach)…
Low tide….1.9 ft at 02:32 AM PST.
High tide…9.0 ft at 09:06 AM PST.
Low tide….0.7 ft at 03:42 PM PST.
High tide…7.0 ft at 09:57 PM PST.
Sunrise – 7:38 AM PST. Sunset – 4:34 PM PST.

Young Corvallis doctor dies after trying to surf heavy storm waves off Otter Rock

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Dec 032018
 

Coast Guard helo
Archive photo

A young doctor died Saturday while surfing near Devils Punchbowl. The Coast Guard sent a rescue craft and a helicopter to rescue Toren Stearns, 30, of Corvallis. A Coast Guard rescue swimmer pulled Stearns back to the beach.

The Coast Guard chopper flew Stearns to PCH in Newport where he was pronounced deceased.

While Stearns surfed, he left his dog on the beach. The Lincoln County Animal Shelter took the dog in while law enforcement contacted Stearn’s family.

At the time Stearns entered the water, it was quite clear that the surf was very rough winter storm surf – high waves, disorganized wave sets and unpredictable currents that accompany such conditions.

Georgie’s to host “Dine Out for Samaritan House” December 5th

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Dec 022018
 

Georgie’s to host December 5, 2018 “Dine Out for Samaritan House”

November 25, 2018 – Newport, Oregon- Georgie’s Beachside Grill will host the December 5, 2018, “Dine Out for Samaritan House.” The restaurant, renowned for spectacular ocean views, will donate 15% of the day’s profits to help support Samaritan House, a shelter for homeless families with children.

Situated with the dramatic backdrop of the Pacific Ocean, Georgie’s Beachside Grill presents the finest authentic northwest coast cuisine. Halibut, salmon, Yaquina Bay oysters, crab, and seafood samplers are just a few of the specialty items highlighted on Georgie’s menu. 

Georgie’s also offers a selection of high quality beef, broiled to perfection using a unique ceramic radiant cooking method, ensuring the most flavorful, tender, and juicy steaks available. 

For lunch, try the famous ale battered fish and chips or the local favorite “Diablo Seafood Pasta” with rock shrimp, crabmeat, salmon and scallops tossed in a spicy three-cheese cream sauce served with fettuccini noodles. 

Well-known for being family-friendly, they’re proud to offer the most expansive children’s menu in the area. Awarded with each child’s menu is “Georgie’s Treasure Money,” granting a trip to the treasure chest and choosing a prize! 

Samaritan House has been providing homeless families in Lincoln County with safe shelter and assistance in transitioning to self-sufficiency since 1988. Comprehensive case management and educational programming surround the residents with a supportive and sympathetic atmosphere where they can learn the necessary skills to be independent. For more information, visit www.samfamshelter.org or call 541-574-8898.

Major event that’ll affect the entire community

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Dec 022018
 

The following is an editorial by Lincoln County Common Sense, a group that is opposing the construction of what they called a money-losing project at the Lincoln County Fairgrounds/Commons that will cost Lincoln County taxpayers millions of dollars and a never ending stream of red ink.

November 29, 2018
To: County Board of Commissioners and Legal Counsel, Lincoln County Fair Board, members of the Master Plan Vision Committee, and the public

My name is Carla Perry. I’m a resident of Newport and a member of the Master Plan Vision Committee representing the people of Lincoln County. The following is my response to the County’s request for feedback to the “Revised Master Plan for the Lincoln County Commons” dated November 2018.

First, the final paragraph on p.4 states, “The refined draft master plan was presented at the fourth and final MPVC meeting in November 2018 and was adopted by the Fair Board and the Board of County Commissioners in December 2018.” Obviously, this is not true. A document cannot be approved or adopted before the events have taken place… unless the process of holding a public meeting and inviting feedback is merely window dressing.

Second, the Appendices were not attached to the Master Plan sent out to the Vision Committee nor made available to the public. I assumed there were no actual Appendices, but searching the County Fairground’s website, I found the Appendix information buried in a 149-page document. The critical ECONorthwest report was located as Appendix E, starting at page 120. The omission of where the Appendices could be found seems deliberate and reflects the ongoing lack of transparency in the County’s process during Master Plan development.

Regarding lack of transparency: Last spring, after I complained that no public announcements about Vision Committee meetings were showing up in any media, an announcement was published in the News-Times, but it neglected to identify a date, location, or time of the meeting. Further complaints illuminated the fact that although the County was sending out notices to the media, they were not in a format media could use. Suggestions from the News-Times were provided to the County’s Public Information Officer to improve communications, but once again, no announcement of today’s meeting appeared in this week’s News-Times.

Public outreach meetings in Yachats, Lincoln City, and Toledo were held without any public announcements and very few people attended. The consultants state they received extensive stakeholder guidance, but they interviewed only 35 people out of the County’s 49,000 population, and several of those 35 individuals stated outright that they were opposed to the proposal. The dozens of people speaking out in opposition at EACH of the Committee meetings and the dozens more sending in written comments have been ignored.

Deception and misinformation has been the norm. For instance, news that the County Fair property would revert to the original donor was proved wrong, yet continues to be circulated. The claim that two ballot measures to increase Transient Room Tax equates to a yes vote, a “mandate,” to go into millions of dollars of debt on a project all consultants and county personnel admit will lose money forever is absurd, yet continues to be stated loud and often, a technique used to make lies believable. The County states the Transient Room Tax money will go away if not used at the current Fairgrounds site, but that is not true. If the County Fair moves to Toledo or any other site in Lincoln County, the Transient Room Tax money could go with it.
CommonSense-LincolnCounty, an organization registered with the state and of which I am a member, has repeatedly asked the County to provide documentation for the Fair relocation sites it considered, but eliminated as unsuitable. However, in a March 2018 email from Commissioner Hall, she wrote that no systematic site search had been undertaken since 2005 and that she was unaware of any record of any site search documentation prior to that.

Third, the County has already stated at a City Urban Renewal meeting and in follow-up documents that it doesn’t need the $3M in City Urban Renewal funds and that it plans to go ahead with construction of The Commons with or without that money. So why are URA funds still a part of this Master Plan? Those funds are needed in critical areas, such as assisting in the construction of workforce housing, the highest and most critical countywide priority.

Fourth, the Master Plan advises that there should be a slow ramp-up of use of the facility, using a part-time staff. Without a director experienced in event center promotion and operations, that approach guarantees the facility will be dead on arrival. If there’s no excitement, no major push at the beginning, no emphasis on attracting events and local users, it will be all downhill from there.

Fifth, the initial Master Plan promoted a focus on youth as a core value. Young 4-H members have been urged to attend all meetings to plead for the continuation of 4-H, which I want to emphasize, was never in jeopardy. In the current plan, they will get a renovated Floral Building. But what about youth not involved with 4-H? What do they get? Are the green spaces large enough for soccer and softball games? No—those spaces are designated for parking. The reduced size of the proposed steel and concrete Exhibit Hall is too small to hold a real Fair or Seafood and Wine Festival, and the open-air Pavilion too small for horse events. Do the 4-H kids know that? And the suggestion that snow cones could serve as sufficient incentive to get attendees to walk or bike to the Fair is absurd and demeaning.

Sixth is the issue of noise. The City of Newport Municipal Code defines limits on sound. The Master Plan states, “The Covered Pavilion and Open Areas are predicted to exceed the targets for the West and South Residential areas, as well as to the Schools…. To meet the Code, the combination of interior sound treatment, PA system design, and barriers must reduce sound by 17 dBA to meet the night limits. This is very difficult to achieve with open construction.” This is a serious building constraint, but no mention of how it will be mitigated.

Seventh, Appendix E, the ECONorthwest report, contains several misleading statements:
Page E-7: “The Urban Renewal Plan of the City of Newport includes possible funding for the multipurpose building.” and on page E-11: “the City of Newport’s Urban Renewal Plan, developed and adopted in 2015, identifies up to $3 million in improvements possibly for the facility…” No… this was clarified months ago, the possible funding could be for infrastructure only.
Page E-13: The current Fairgrounds property is not “proximate” to the ocean and bayfront, unless you have a car, which is being discouraged because of insufficient parking onsite.
Page E-23: “We think the facility being design [sic] could accommodate around 600 events per year…. We did not conduct a market analysis to get those estimates.” Yet on p. E-3 the report states, “Small local groups cannot afford to pay the full operational costs of their events, much less cover some of the debt service incurred to build the facilities.” So, two or more events will be held every day, year-round, using a part-time staff. Elsewhere in the report it states that the more staff, the higher the revenue LOSS per event.
Page E-24: “No marketing position” is suggested for the first five to 10 years because of the cost of that position. But without marketing, how do we bring in those hundreds of events?
Page E-27-28: Although annual revenue is about $28,000, the report states, “Beyond the first year, events are likely to generate between $80,000 to $190,000….It is reasonable to assume that the revenues will generally continue to increase.” What kind of users are assumed to bring in that kind of profit? There are none identified in the report.

Eighth, the Master Plan itself is riddled with typos, repeated words, and missing words. Page 13, under the heading “Storm Drainage,” states, “The City of Newberg has confirmed…”, which implies this was a cut and paste job.

My ninth point concerns ongoing subsidies to operate the facility. ALL consultants since the very beginning of the Fairgrounds redevelopment process have stressed that at any level of operation, The Commons facility will never pay for itself. It is foolhardy to borrow millions of dollars for something the County has never demonstrated a need for, and has no record of entities expressing interest in bringing events to Newport. Yet the people of Lincoln County will be required to subsidize the project forever to the tune of multiple hundreds of thousands of dollars every year, no matter the level of use.

Tenth, in 1996, the chair of the Board of Commissioners, the Chair of The LC Fair Board, the superintendant of the Lincoln County School District, and the Mayor of Newport reached the unanimous agreement that, “The fairgrounds should be moved to a different location.” They signed Intergovernmental Agreement #B330 P2103, clearly stating their intention. That decision should be upheld. In spite of the County’s denial, there are a number of other options available within the County of where to relocate the Fair and 4-H.

I want to state for the record that the Master Plan Vision Committee has had no real tasks, assignments, or duties. We’ve never been asked to approve minutes from our meetings. It seems we are here as proof that a Vision Committee was created, but we are merely window dressing and a sham committee.

As a member of the Master Plan Vision Committee representing the people of Lincoln County, I state for the record that I, and many others in the County, oppose adoption of the Revised Master Plan for the Lincoln County Commons. Residents are advocating that this matter be placed on a ballot so that they can vote NO. They want the Fairgrounds property used to address actual critical needs, such as a replacement high school or workforce housing, and to use the predicted subsidy of $600,000 per year to change the lives of hundreds of families in this county.

Thank you for your time,
Carla Perry
Member, Master Plan Vision Committee representing the people of Lincoln County