Waldport: Taming of the signs, making it clear about special events, seeking funds to plan a city-wide trail system using old high school site as the hub
Planning for an ambitious recreation and trails system
With the removal of the old Waldport High School, the city of Waldport has been given a once in a multi-generational opportunity to create an expansive open space and community trail system. And since the city the size of Waldport has more natural splendor than money, the city council has applied to the Oregon Department of Parks and Recreation for grant funds to plan such an ambitious open space and trail system, which would encompass much of the town.
The $30,000 grant for planning such a huge recreational asset will make it possible for the city to apply for many more grants that would help pay for the trails and all the signage stretching throughout the area. Also, grants will be required to fully develop the high school site into the multi-use sports, recreation and gardening center of the area if that’s the direction the community decides to take.
But first comes the planning money to hire experts who know how to give shape and form to such ambitious goals. The city probably won’t have to wait long to learn whether they got the money.
The city council revamps the town’s commercial signage laws
It had been a long time since the Waldport City Council took a long hard, integrated look at what kinds of commercial signs are encouraged or not encouraged within the city limits – in the downtown core, to be sure.
After long and chronic calls for a re-evaluation of the town’s sign laws, primarily from local businesses, the council ordered an in depth study of the situation. The council said it hoped the new set of regulations will give Waldport businesses the visibility they need to grow and prosper while not making the town look like a cluttered mess as can be easily seen in other Oregon Coast towns. Here’s what they came up with – now on the books.
Putting the town’s special events rules on parade
And the city council gave close scrutiny to a thorough review of regulations that control the ebb and flow of special events that are so popular in Waldport – not the least of which is Beachcomber Days!
In the past, parade and special events permits were handled rather informally – not that there weren’t rules that event promoters had to follow. But lately there’s been a growing acknowledgement that in the name of fair treatment, public safety and liability issues, the special events segment of the city code needed updating.
New rules are now in effect that all special events and parades must get a permit from the city well in advance of the events/parades. Events applicants must carry sufficient insurance, carefully outline what they need from the city in terms of traffic control or temporary street closures, including nothing that would impair proper operations of emergency agencies in the event of 9-1-1 calls for service during those events. Deposits will be required to cover city services requested by event planners. These and other details of the new special events/parades regulations can be found at city hall.