Lincoln City City Council: They bought it all – New Taft Park – Eradicating Invasive Irises – Warming Shelter
A new south area park!
The Lincoln City City Council bought a large addition to the city’s park system, freedom from at least one kind of invasive species off the top of Logan Road and a piece of the proposed expanded Lincoln City Homeless Shelter.
Off the top, the old Taft Elementary School site at 51st east of 101 will soon be under the control of the city. The city council approved paying $350,000 to the school district for the old school which will one day be home to covered musical and theatrical performances, basketball, tennis and volleyball. Out under the sky will be soccer and baseball, picnic areas and dog park…that is…when everything is built out, which will take some time, of course. Most of the necessary money will come from state and private grants.
Pushing out Yellow Flag Iris
The next thing the council did was to declare war on some troublesome, if not attractive, yellow flowers called the Yellow Flag Iris – an invasive species that is growing by leaps and bounds around Lincoln City. The city was approached recently by the Lincoln Soil and Water Conservation District to team up on whacking back the plants which have grown to immense proportions at the north end of Logan Road at Roads End. The council wanted to ensure that the city, which owns some of the land to be made iris free, will be properly treated with herbicides as well as physical pull-and-yank removal techniques.
The vote was unanimous to partner up with the soil and water district. The assault on the iris begins within the next month and then again in the spring of 2016.
And finally, Warming Shelter booster and all around “moral-force-to-be-reckoned-with” Richard Gartrell sought, and was rewarded with, a verbal agreement from the city that city hall would help in the establishment of a more broadly supported warming shelter likely to be set up near the center of the community. The current one is no longer large enough to take on the entire transient/homeless population when it gets cold in the winter on the coast.
Gartrell said it will take the full support of local government, the faith community, civic and fraternal groups, the business sector, private donations, volunteers, public relations and consistent media coverage to push Lincoln City up to the next level for providing food and a warm place to sleep for those who have no home and who face the coast’s relentlessly unforgiving storms and cold snaps.
No money amounts were bantered about because Gartrell didn’t ask for any. But it was obviously implied that a warming shelter upgrade will cost money. He said that an already established non-profit group has been established to receive tax deductible funds to get the program up and running.
Lincoln City City Councilor Chester Noreikis and Police Chief Keith Killian said they both have already engaged in preliminary discussions with Gartrell’s fledgling board and that they are moving ahead with a very strong effort to get the entire community ready to finally do something consistent for Lincoln City’s homeless and transient citizens – providing them with a warm place to sleep and to take their blanket with them when they leave in the morning in addition to a box lunch for later in the day.
Further discussions are planned.