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Newport Library Update…

Newport Library

NEWPORT PUBLIC LIBRARY DIGITAL AND ONLINE RESOURCES

The Newport Public Library has closed its doors in compliance with Coronavirus precautions, but our staff are committed to providing you with reliable information and valuable services. We are available to help you via email or phone. If you have questions for the library, you can contact staff Monday-Friday from 10 am-5 pm at 541-265-2153 or email reference@newportlibrary.org. If you call or email on the weekend, your questions may not be addressed until Monday.

As a public institution, we did not make this decision lightly. We recognize closure means some of the people who need us the most will not have access to the library building. We are working with our partners to develop a plan to best support our community. To protect employee health, we are following workplace guidelines from Lincoln County health officials.

While our physical space is closed, your Library card gives you access to a world of digital content and other services for all ages including downloadable magazines, eBooks and audiobooks, streaming video, educational resources, and language tutorials. All are

available at www.newportlibrary.org and free with your library card. You should also know:

  • ●  We will be extending holds and due dates. If you have materials that are due during this closure, please keep them until libraries reopen. No fines will be incurred at this time.
  • ●  Our library book drops will remain open at this time.
  • ●  We are not accepting library donations during the closure.
  • ●  We are not offering Interlibrary Loan service during the closure.
  • ●  Library events and meeting room reservations are canceled through the closure.
  • ●  Visit our website at www.newportlibrary.org for COVID-19 information and resources. * We will also post information on our Facebook, Instagram, and Twitteraccounts.
  • ●  We are not offering pick-ups for library holds at this time.

Your health and safety, as well as that of our staff and volunteers, is our top concern. Thank you for your patience as we modify operations during this unprecedented time.

 

Newport Izzy’s wants us all to know…

Izzy’s Restaurant open for take-out….on the hill that leads to Yaquina Lighthouse….

Due to the statewide closure Newport Izzy’s will offer take-out and delivery. The video lottery room will be temporarily closed. Thank you for your support!

How to hold off an eviction on the Central Coast

Many people who are suddenly out of work or are having their hours cut are concerned about not being able to pay the rent and being evicted from their homes.  For those people, there is some good news.

First, some important background information.  In an eviction proceeding, known as an “FED” case, the first time the landlord and tenant show up to court is called a “First Appearance.”  Due to the pandemic, there are no FED First Appearances scheduled in Lincoln County until June 2.

Second, no one can be evicted from their home unless there has first been a court order. If FED trials are not taking place until June, there will be no court ordered evictions before then (except possibly in some very unusual circumstances).

Third, no eviction can take place unless a court order has been given to a Sheriff who is charged with enforcing the order. On March 22, Governor Brown issued an Executive Order placing a Moratorium on most evictions, for 90 days from the date of her Order, by prohibiting law enforcement officers from enforcing “no cause” evictions or evictions due to non-payment of rent.  The Governor’s Order does not prohibit the Sheriff from enforcing other types of evictions, such as those based on a tenant’s actions which place others in danger.

This situation will continue to change.  In addition to the actions taken by the Lincoln County Circuit Court and Governor Brown, the Chief Justice of the Oregon Supreme Court, Martha Walters, has ordered that all eviction cases in Oregon trial courts be postponed.  Her first Order, which is expected to be extended through the end of April, postponed all eviction cases (with limited exceptions) through March 27.  Finally, it is expected that the Legislature will soon be called into a special session to address the looming eviction crisis.

In these challenging times, please know that Legal Aid remains open to the public for telephone and email consultations.  People can reach us directly at 541-265-5305 from 10am-2pm Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.  At other times on those days and on other weekdays we will respond to calls, voice messages and emails as soon as we can.

Blair Bobier, Attorney at Law
Regional Director, Legal Aid
Lincoln County Office/Newport, 541-265

 

Logan Road closed, except for Logan Road area residents

The City of Lincoln City
March 27, 2020

In an effort to comply with Executive Order 20-12 and minimize exposure to the COVID-19 virus that may come from visitors to Lincoln City, the City has taken the following actions.

*  Closure of Logan Road.
o We’ve closed Logan Road to all but local traffic.
o We’ve placed barricades prohibiting parking directly North and South of Roads End State Parking.

The Lincoln City Police Department will monitor traffic and parking. Please contact the police non-emergency line 541-994-3636 with questions or concerns.

Update from Lincoln County

From Lincoln County Commission

IT IS HEREBY ORDERED AS FOLLOWS:

  1. All State parks are closed by Order of the Governor.  County and city parks are closed to camping except for camp hosts or other persons authorized by the County or City for stays 30 days or longer until the emergency ends.

  2.  All short term rentals, defined as rentals of a duration of less than 30 days, in vacation rental dwellings or short term dwellings and homestay lodgings, are prohibited in Lincoln County until the declared emergency ends (April 30, 2020) or this prohibition is otherwise ended or modified by separate Order of the Board of Commissioners, whichever occurs first.
  3.  
    All hotels and motels, RV Parks and Private Campgrounds and similar lodgings or housing not identified above are closed to short term rentals of less than 30 days except as follows:

  4. All pools, spas and other public bathing facilities are closed at lodging properties for the duration of this Order.
  5. Lodging property owners or managers are required to keep a log of what exception is met by current lodgers.  This list will be made available upon request to city and county officials.

  6. This Order takes effect upon adoption by the County.  Property owners and managers of properties effected by paragraphs 1-3 above shall take all reasonable steps to terminate current occupancy of any guests not exempted herein by no later than 12:00 (noon) on Wednesday March 25, 2020. No new occupancies in violation of this Order may be rented effective 8:00 am Tuesday March 24, 2020.

  7. This Order may be modified, rescinded or extended by authority of the Board of Commissioners in consultation with the Cities and Local Public Health Administrator. If so modified, a copy shall be provided to the Cities of Lincoln City, Depoe Bay, Newport, Toledo, Siletz, Waldport and Yachats.

Reminder From Seal Rock Water District

Seal Rock Water District

SEAL ROCK WATER DISTRICT RESPONSE TO COVID-19 (CORONAVIRUS), GOVERNOR BROWN’S EXECUTIVE ORDER AND LINCOLN COUNTY COMMISSIONERS DECLARATION OF STATE OF EMERGENCY

Oregon Governor, Kate Brown, issued Executive Order No. 20-05 prohibiting large gatherings due to coronavirus (COVID-19). The order prohibits large social gatherings of 250 people or more across the state. Governor Brown has ordered the implementation of social distancing measures recommending the cancellation of events hosting more than 10 persons in high-risk populations. High-risk populations include older adults and those with underlying health conditions, as well as individuals without stable housing. Lincoln County Commissioners adopted a resolution declaring a State of Emergency for Lincoln County. We are encouraging everyone to follow the CDC recommendations on social distancing by avoiding public spaces and limiting personal contact in the community. Seal Rock Water District will follow Governor Brown’s direction and Oregon Health Authority’s guidance and for the protection of customers and district employees will implement measures that include:

  • All non-essential meetings of 10-persons or more in district buildings are canceled for 30 days or until further notice.
  • To protect staff and the public SRWD will limit attendance to regularly scheduled Board meetings and Budget meetings to 10-persons and open a phone-in (conference line) option for those customers and attendees that wish to participatein the meetings.
  • All non-essential travel by district representatives has been canceled.
  • SRWD is encouraging district staff and customers to practice social distancing and follow measures provided by theCDC to stop the spread of germs.
  • The District will reduce access to the office to appointment only affective March 19th until further notice.
  • Customers are encouraged to pay their bill online at www.XpressBillPay.com or call 1-855-603-9201.
  • Use our payment drop box located outside our office at 1037 NW Grebe Street or mail your payment to our PO Box.
  • Enroll in the My Water Usage Customer Portal at biy.ly/mywaterusage. Be sure to enter your service address exactlyas it appears on your bill – example: 1037 NW GREBE ST (all caps and do not spell out street.)
  • Temporary Immediate suspension of delinquent turn-offs through the April billing cycle. This action will be reevaluatedbefore the May billing cycle. Late fees will continue to be assessed for late payments.
  • Please call us at 541.563.3529 or email us at info@srwd.org if you have any questions.Implementing these measures will reduce exposure to COVID-19 for our customers and staff. Like most municipal
    water suppliers throughout the state, we do not anticipate any disruption in service. We encourage anyone interested in learning more to please visit the CDC website for more information and updates on COVID-19 at www.cdc.gov/COVID19. Thank you for being our customer and thank you for your patience with the district as we do our part to limit the spread of COVID-19. We look forward to everyone staying healthy and getting back to normal as soon as possible.

A message of support to the community

From Pamela Staton, Lincoln County

Dear family, friends and neighbors,


These are interesting times for all of us.  Many are hurting far worse than others but the truth is we are all in this pandemic together.  Somehow in the chaos of shutting down all non-essential businesses and being asked to shelter in place for 2 weeks seems like a small request in order to save lives!  Each of us matters. Like many of you the “shut down” has already affected us as we are self employed.  It is our hope that by all of us doing our part to flatten the curve from COVID-19 exposure, by self isolating and washing our hands often, that we will resume a more vibrant way of life for all sooner than later.  Allowing ourselves to be present and in service in ways that are possible is how to keep all flowing with more ease and grace.

Being in service is our human nature.  These last 2 weeks our campaign members volunteered to help distribute school lunches to any child needing food security in Lincoln County. We plan to donate blood to the Red Cross to assist those needing blood in order to survive other illnesses beyond this pandemic.  We can help many by picking up meds or groceries, and provide meals for  those more vulnerable in our town.  We too have made cash donations to our local churches and food pantries which are some of the ways we are helping our community.  I know many of you are taking similar actions as WE know you and love you for who you are.  We are finding great joy in assisting others.  I have a deep faith in the goodness of humanity and by becoming more aware of each other’s needs, I hope “good will” will continue long after this pandemic passes.

Russell Baldwin
Candidate for Circuit Court Judge

Now imagine running a political campaign in the face of all of this.  Many opportunities for us to raise needed funds have been taken away as there are no more meet and greets, or campaign rallies or door knocking to meet the people of Lincoln County.  I will need to ask our friends and families in the community if they would be able to donate to our campaign.  Time is of the essence as the primary election is May 19, 2020 with ballots being mailed to voters in early May.

Why does this election matter?  Russell Baldwin is an experienced 30 year civil litigation, trial attorney who has appeared in all state courts and on appeal, argued in the Oregon Supreme Court, the 9th Circuit COA and has the impressive distinction of being admitted to the United States Supreme Court bar thereby, he has appeared in front of multiple judges statewide. In my opinion, after sitting in on trials and hearings over many years it is apparent to me that his knowledge of the law far exceeds many of the judges.  He has fought hard for civil and constitutional rights for the people going up against large corporations with huge law firms as a solo practitioner and won, and state agencies represented by the Oregon DOJ where he has been dubbed the “agency slayer”.  He knows the law very well and is competent in handling simple or complex cases.  He will be a fair, integrity based and neutral judge which is necessary for justice to work for all the people.  The law is meant to be applied equally and Russell Baldwin will bring that aspect of law back to all Lincoln County litigants/victims. He can’t wait. He feels called to serve as circuit judge.  He is excited to serve the community as a “true public servant” that will restore trust back into our local judiciary.  His time is now! 


If you are able and feel called to assist the healing of our local judiciary, to restore honor to the Lincoln County courts with justice for all the people, I humbly ask for any donation that you are able to give to our campaign.  Any amount is fine and gratefully appreciated.  Thank you in advance.

Checks can be mailed to:
“Committee to Elect Russell L. Baldwin”
PO Box 757,
Yachats, Oregon 97498
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Those who would like to write Letters to the Editor endorsing any particular candidate can do so free of charge. Just send your thoughts to: News@NewsLincolnCounty.com, and we’ll get ’em right up.

Dave Morgan
News@NewsLincolnCounty.com
541.351.1408

Corona Virus

Oregon reports 1 COVID-19 death, 98 new COVID-19 cases

PORTLAND, Ore. — COVID-19 has claimed one more life in Oregon, raising the state’s death toll to 12, the Oregon Health Authority reported at 8 a.m. today.

Oregon Health Authority also reported 98 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the state total to 414 as of 8 a.m. today. The COVID-19 cases reported today are in the following counties: Clackamas (10), Columbia (1), Deschutes (3), Douglas (1), Jackson (2), Klamath (1), Lane (2), Linn (2), Marion (26), Morrow (1), Multnomah (22), Polk (4), Umatilla (1), Wasco (1), Washington (18), Yamhill (4). Oregon Health Authority reports new cases once a day on its website: www.healthoregon.org/coronavirus.

Oregon’s 12th COVID-19 death is an 82-year-old woman in Marion County,. She tested positive on March 20, and died March 25 at Salem Hospital. She had underlying medical conditions.

More Closures…

CITY OF NEWPORT CLOSES ALL CITY PARKS

Peggy Hawker City Recorder

541.574.0613

UPDATE ON CLOSURES AND MEETINGS

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the City of Newport has closed various facilities, and limited access to others. Effectively immediately, all city parks are closed until April 28.

The following facilities are also closed: Newport Public Library, 60+ Activity Center, Recreation Center, and Aquatic Center. There is no public access to the Fire Stations, and limited access to the City Hall and Airport FBO. These limitations are in place until April 28.

Until April 28, all City Council meetings, with the exception of executive sessions, will be live-streamed at newportoregon.gov/citygov/comm/cc.asp. The majority of the City Council will be participating by telephone during any Council meetings. Anyone wishing to comment on any City Council agenda item should send comments to publiccomment@newportoregon.gov at least two hours prior to the meeting.

Questions may be directed to p.hawker@newportoregon.gov, or by calling 541.574.0613.

 

Lincoln County Parks COVID-19 Closures and Restrictions

Lincoln County Parks COVID-19 Closures and Restrictions

Because of current conditions surrounding the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), Lincoln County

office, located at 880 NE 7th St. will be closed to public access until further notice.

Services will continue by phone, email and by appointment. For further information, please

contact the Lincoln County Parks Department at 541-265-5747, or e-mail

Parks

Moonshine Park- The day use at the park will remain open. All camping is closed until further

parks@co.lincoln.or.us

The Lincoln County Parks Department will not be accepting reservations for group sites at

Moonshine County Park, until further notice. To receive an e-mail notification of the new

date that we will be accepting Moonshine Group Area Reservation, please e-mail

parks@co.lincoln.or.us .

notice, group areas and individual sites.

Elk City Park- The day use area will remain open. The campground will remain closed until

further notice.

Jack Morgan Park- The day use area will remain open. The campground will remain closed until

further notice.

All other day use parks will be closed.

Day Use Areas Closures include: Vault Restrooms, Picnic Areas, Open Green Spaces, etc. Boat ramps, and access to rivers and hiking trails will remain open.
These restrictions and closures will remain in place until lifted by Lincoln County.

Thank you for your patience.

Lincoln City City Hall is still up there on the 4th floor….

LINCOLN CITY CITY HALL:

In response to COVID‐19 pandemic the City of Lincoln City has developed a list of alternative service delivery options to assist citizens and patrons needing to do business with Lincoln City. We continue to monitor the actions of the Federal and State governments and will make necessary adjustments as needed. We’ll make every effort to provide alternative service delivery available to the Lincoln City community.

Lincoln City Community Center – Opportunities are being developed and will be available the week of March 23, 2020. All questions can be directed to the following email address or phone number at 541.994.2131 or bmarker@lincolncity.org

 On Face Book, post videos of staff workouts.
 Go Face Book Live and hold a virtual class.
 Post craft and children’s activities on Face Book and our website.
 Develop YouTube channel of parks & rec activities you can do at home.

Driftwood Public Library – Questions can be directed to 541‐996‐2277 or email at librarian@lincolncity.org

 Driftwood Little Libraries (our “Little Free Libraries” throughout town) will remain stocked
 24/7 ebook and downloadable audiobook access through Libary2Go
 All other online resources (Chilton’s, Gale databases, etc.)
 Reference/technology assistance via email and phone
 Outreach materials via mail
 Resource page on our website with links to reliable information and homeschooling resources (set up by the end of the day)

In the very short term, we also plan to offer the following:
 Daily videos via Youtube or Facebook with story times, songs, and other fun activities for families.

Lincoln City Public Works – the service delivery options below can be accomplished by calling 541‐996‐1013 or by to kmattias@lincolncity.org or lbradley@lincolncity.org
 Plan Review via email
 Contract Review Online
 Utility information request email or phone

Planning and Community Development
* Specific Items of Concern Pertaining to Planning & Community Development
* For specific items of concern, please direct phone calls to Anne Marie Skinner, the Planning & Community Development Director, at 541‐996‐1227 or emails to askinner@lincolncity.org

Building and Mechanical Permits and Inspections
* All submittals of building and mechanical permits will take place through ePermitting. https://aca‐ oregon.accela.com/oregon/
* All requests for building and mechanical inspections will take place through ePermitting. https://aca‐ oregon.accela.com/oregon/
* Any questions or issues pertaining to building and mechanical permits and inspections need to be directed to Amanda Gustafson at 541‐996‐1231 or agustafson@lincolncity.org
City of Lincoln City | 801 SW Highway 101 | PO Box 50 | Lincoln City, OR 97367 | 541.996.1202 | lincolncity.org

Vacation Rental Dwelling Applications and Inspections

Submittal of new applications can take place via mail or email as follows: Planning & Community Development
PO Box 50
Lincoln City, OR 97367
planning@lincolncity.org

Questions pertaining to status of pending vacation rental dwelling applications and/or to request inspections need to be made via email to planning@lincolncity.org or phone at 541‐996‐1226.

General Planning or Zoning Questions
* General questions or property inquiries can be made via email at planning@lincolncity.org or by phone at 541‐996‐ 2153.
* Submittal of new land use application can take place via mail or email as follows: Planning Community Development
PO Box 50
Lincoln City, OR 97367
planning@lincolncity.org

* All planning and vacation rental dwelling application forms are available at www.lincolncity.org/documentsandforms
* Finance Department – Questions can be directed to 541‐996‐1211 or by emailing swillette@lincolncity.org
* Customers can pay Utility and Court Contract Payments on line by going to: www.xpressbillpay.com
* You will need their account/case number and name
* Customers can pay (Utility, Court, Business License, Transient Room Tax, Property Improvement, and Planning) over the phone by calling our office at 541.996.1211 or Xpress Bill Pay at 1‐800‐766‐2350
* The above 2 options, payment can be made with debit/credit card or checking account routing and account number.
* Payments for all departments can be dropped off by using the payment drop box. It is located in the parking lot next to the library drop. Please do not put cash in drop box or send in the mail.

We realize that many of our residents are facing financial hardship due to the restrictions and closures the State has imposed. To help ease this burden, the City has ENDED water shut offs for nonpayment through April 17, 2020.

* All other general questions can be directed to the Cities main phone line at 541‐996‐2151.

Crab and fish are headed for more freezers than dinner tables….

Heading for freezers, not dinner tables…

Oregon’s seafood industry is losing a major share of the market as restaurant dining rooms across the country close to reduce the spread of the new coronavirus. Seafood processors across the Northwest say they’re shifting gears quickly to make up for the loss in restaurant sales. They’re putting more seafood in the freezer and selling more to grocery stores. 

Here’s more from OPB:  Click here.

And….the winner is….Dann Cutter, Waldport’s new City Manager!!

Dann Cutter
Waldport’s new City Manager

The Waldport City Council is pleased to announce the selection of Dann Cutter as its new City Manager, effective April 27.

Mr. Cutter takes the place of Kerry Kemp, who has provided the City with effective leadership for the past six years and is now retiring.

The selection was made following a nationwide search by Prothman, a Washington state-based executive recruitment service, and interviews of the candidates by the City Council.

Due to the potential of moving from the Mayor position to the City Manager, the Council was very conscientious in keeping the hiring process objective, and ensured that Mr. Cutter had no involvement, other than as a candidate for the position.

The Council was impressed by Mr. Cutter’s proven leadership qualities, his dedication and love for Waldport, his ability to locate and connect resources to tackle projects, and his ideas for the future.

Mr. Cutter is a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) graduate of Oregon State University with over 23 years of experience in technology services. His undergraduate degrees in finance, economics, and environmental science also provide an extensive background to deal with a significant range of city issues.

He began his volunteer career with the City in September of 2000, when he was appointed to the Planning Commission. After six years on the Commission, he was elected to serve on the City Council, and subsequently elected as Mayor in 2018. Prior to taking on his new position, he will be formally resigning from his Council position at the April Council meeting.

Mr. Cutter has also served as the chair of the Cascades West Economic Development District, and more recently has been a co-interim executive director of the Cascades West Council of Governments, which coordinates senior and disability services as well as Meals on Wheels. He was a gubernatorial appointee to the Rural Health Coordination Council, and is also a veteran of the U.S. Navy.

Born on the Oregon coast, Mr. Cutter has been a dedicated Waldportian for over two decades. The Council looks forward to having his capable assistance in guiding the City of Waldport into the future.

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