Lincoln City: City Council hears updates on SW Harbor project, progress on SE 48th, and reining in restaurant and other grease getting into the town’s sewer system.
The Lincoln City Council got an update Monday on how the redesign of NW Harbor between 15th and 21st is going. It was clear from the presentation that a set of recommendations from a hired consultant have been unceremoniously tossed aside and the job given to city staff to come up with something more workable in the opinion of the community and the city council.
The design update shows that city right of way will be taken back to make public use of the street, sidewalks and other amenities more convenient for the public.
At 15th, a sidewalk that runs the full length of Harbor north to 21st is pieces together with existing stretches of sidewalks with additions of new sections of sidewalk. The sidewalk at the south end of Harbor on the west side wraps around the corner and heads toward the beach. New curb and gutter.
At 16th and Harbor, some on street parking on the east side of Harbor north and south of 16th.
At 17th and Harbor, some on street parking on the est side of Harbor south of of 17th.
At 18th and Harbor, a few on street parking spots on east side of Harbor, north of 18th.
At 19th and Harbor, some on street parking on the east side of Harbor north and south of 19th.
At 20th and Harbor, no on street parking on east side of Harbor, either north of south of 20th.
At 21st, no on street parking north to the intersection of 21st. Sidewalk on west side of Harbor continues through the intersection with 21st.
City staff said further community meetings and adjustments to the plan are still going on. They’ll have another update to the city council in January.
City Manager David Hawker led the council through a discussion of buying a 150 acre parcel of prime timberland up the Schooner Creek Watershed, which is important to the city’s water supply. The parcel, in blue above is surrounded by Forest Service and BLM agencies which means it is in good company when it comes to good stewardship. Hawker said if the city didn’t buy the land from the county commission, which has a property tax foreclosure on it, it might fall into the hands of a private timber operator and just clear cut the whole area, causing silting and slides down into Schooner Creek – all a threat to the creek’s water quality and to the city’s quality water supply..
Because Lincoln City is a little strapped for cash lately, Hawker told the council that the county commission is okay with $100,000 a year payments until the nearly $600,000 price is paid. Most of the land value is tied up in the trees. Hawker said the city could harvest the alder on the land, netting the city perhaps up to $70,000 for select cutting in the near future. The very valuable stands of conifers will remain untouched for now, according to Hawker. But eventually the city could reap the benefits of select cutting of the conifers some years in the future. The vote to purchase the Schooner Creek property from the county was unanimous.
Lincoln City Public Works Director Lila Bradley and City Manager David Hawker outlined plans to strengthen city regulations on proper restaurant operation of grease traps. A video of clogged sewer laterals underneath various restaurants showed that while most restaurants and other grease generators do a good job of removing grease from their waste flow, there are others who have not performed well. Bradley ask the council to approve new regulations that require grease traps to be cleaned out when they’re at 25% capacity. Accurate maintenance logs must be faithfully fillout and a record kept of what was done with the grease. Bradley said grease and wastewater treatment plants don’t get along. It’s a problem at the sewer plant.
Mayor Dick Anderson said although there has been substantial contact between the city and the restaurant industry in town, he wanted to make doubly sure all businesses have been heard and understand the new rules. Hawker said that they would ensure that Lincoln City businesses are aware of the new requirements and that they understand them, including the fines that can be levied if established best management practices are not followed by the business owner. Final adoption of the new maintenance mandate is to be added the city code sometime in January, or early February.
And Lincoln City City Engineer Stephanie Reid gave the council an update on fixing a big water main that runs along SE 48th. A minor landslide brought down the edge of 48th street some time back. Reid said when the city hired a contractor to fix it, they couldn’t find the water main. She said it was installed through there only about six or seven years earlier so it didn’t make any sense they couldn’t find it.
When they finally did find it it was way off course and around 15 feet deep – not in the configuration claimed by the contractor who did the work in 2006. The current contractor, Devil’s Lake Rock, retrieved the line, brought it up to the proper depth and re-aligned it along SE 48th. Reid said the original $60,000 estimated for the fix will likely be twice that – but that all the costs haven’t been added up yet. There has been some talk among city councilors as to whether the city ought to go after the original contractor who laid the pipe in the first place but allegedly not as specified by the city back in 2006.