When the Lincoln City City Council sits down Monday afternoon at 4pm (they don’t want their meeting to collide with the Oregon vs Ohio State playoff game later in the day) they’ll be bidding a fond farewell (mostly, depending on who is in the audience) to outgoing city councilors and welcoming new councilors and a new mayor. Mayor Dick Anderson will be passing the gavel to the new mayor, Don Williams. Councilors Henry Quandt, Gary Ellingson and Gordon Eggleton will be giving up their seats (none ran for re-election) and will be replaced by new Councilors Susan Wahlke (Ward 1), Councilor Jim Davis (Ward 2) and Councilor Kip Ward (Ward 3).
Those only half-way through their current terms will remain of course. They include Councilor Wes Ryan (Ward 1, Councilor Chester Noreikis (Ward 2) and Councilor Roger Sprague (Ward 3). Sprague made a run for the mayor’s job but Don Williams outpolled him.
There are expected to be some parting words by outgoing councilors and the mayor, along welcoming remarks from incoming Mayor Don Williams. But with Oregon taking on the “other” OSU, Ohio State University in a playoff game a little later in the evening, goodbyes by the old city councilors and mayor, along with welcoming remarks for the new councilors and mayor, it will all be rather brief, we surmise.
But when the Lincoln City City Council sits down again on Monday, January 26th at 6pm, they’ll be asking for public opinion on a proposed ten percent rate hike across the board for all Community and Recreation Center activities.
It’s a recurring agenda item every year as the center tries to play catchup with other similar centers up and down the central coast on covering the cost of providing recreation center activities. In short, the taxpayers of Lincoln City are shouldering a huge portion of the costs whether they use the center or not. Although recreation is a standard service of most communities, Lincoln City’s recreation fees have been well below the average amount that other coast community residents pay to use their facilities. Lincoln City’s relatively lower rates puts a big strain on Lincoln City’s general fund to make up the difference – a fund that is also tapped for roads, streets, police, Visitors and Convention Bureau, city worker salaries and the like. City officials say even with a ten percent boost in rates overall, Lincoln City recreation rates for gym, pool, spa and other activities are still a bargain compared to other cities in northwest Oregon.
That’s all going to come to a head on Monday, January 26th, 6pm at Lincoln City City Hall.