The rotation of the Lincoln County Chair of the Board of Commissioners has come full circle yet again – Commissioner Terry Thompson once again tagged for the largely ceremonial job of wielding the gavel at all commission meetings.
Thompson’s first order of business was to entertain the awarding of economic development funds to a number of local agencies and groups listed below as recommended by the Lincoln County Economic Alliance, a local economic development group:
Because there were some funds still left in this year’s allotment, the commissioners approved three additional grant awards:
* Commissioner Doug Hunt recommended $10,700 to Family Promise of Lincoln County, based mainly in Lincoln City; a number of churches providing shelter for homeless families that are trying to get back on their feet. Family Promise also provides job and skills training for homeless individuals and families.
* Commissioner Bill Hall recommended $7,500 for further renovations to the old Mary Harrison school in Toledo which is now a sort of community resources center for the community – now called the Floweree Center.
* Commission Chair Terry Thompson recommended $5,000 for Neighbors for Kids, which runs after school programs for children from Lincoln City to Newport.
These grants will likely be formally adopted at next week’s commission meeting pending any further public comment.
The county commission also approved a construction plan to begin converting a commercial building at SE Vista and the Bay Road into the new headquarters for Oregon State University Extension. They figure the job should be done and ready for occupancy by July.