Lincoln City: Buying old Taft Elementary – Knocking down Yellow Flag Iris – Trying to do a warming shelter right
There’s a pretty full plate of work to be done this evening at Lincoln City City Hall as councilors tackle building a new park/recreation area, getting rid of invading irises and encouraging the whole community to wrap its arms around establishing a well supported warming shelter during the colder winter months.
The new park/recreation area is found in the city’s proposed purchase of the old Taft Elementary at SE 47th and SE 51st.
The city is agreeing to buy the 5.5 acres for $350,000 which will someday contain playing fields, covered recreation play areas and minor performance areas. The city council tonight decides whether to actually buy the property and it certainly looks like they will. They’ve been working on it for the past couple of years, at least.
The city council is also expected to partner-up with the Lincoln Soil and Water Conservation District in eradicating an invasive species called the Yellow Flag Iris – one particular patch in the Logan Creek Wetlands, east side of Logan Road at the end of Roads End. They’ll be talking about ensuring proper application of herbicides in the area as well as physically yanking the the plants out.
And the council will get a progress report from those trying to garner community wide support for providing an ongoing Warming Shelter for transients and community homeless. Councilman Chester Noreikis, Police Chief Keith Killian and Mark Nicholson met with shelter booster Richard Gartrell who has been coordinating a warming shelter service for a while, but who wants to make it more of a community project rather than the job falling onto the shoulders of a small group of folks. He wants everyone from the business community to local government, volunteer groups to the media and fraternal organizations to pitch in – many hands make for light work.
Mayor Don Williams gavels the city council to order this evening at City Hall at 6pm.