Lincoln City city councilors went round-and-round again Monday evening, still working through their angst about marijuana outlets in their town. Opinions ranged from “I don’t like the fact it’s legal” to “It’s legal, get over it, let the free market determine where they set up shop!”
In the end, the council reverted back to familiar territory – mimicking state regulations that require 1,000 foot spacing between medical marijuana shops. Although the state hasn’t set a spacing requirement for recreational shops, the council set that spacing the same as medical – 1,000 feet apart for them too. AND a thousand feet between medical and recreational marijuana shops. So there’s not likely to be too many of either based on those spacing minimums because there’s only so much commercial zoning available. So we’ll see how that pans out over time.
Also on the agenda Monday night was the question of what upgrades should be considered for the Community Center Swim Facility. Center Director Gail Kimberling ran a number of options by the city council and based on cost and what would be “nice” to have they came up with a list that Kimberling said she would analyze and bring back to the council for their hopeful approval. The list appeared to be replacing the pool’s water purification system – change it from chlorine to ultraviolet. They like the fact the water would be clearer and swimmers wouldn’t smell like chlorine when they’re finished. It’s also cheaper than chlorine treatments when all the UV equipment is in place. The second thing was installing programmable underwater LED lights in the sides of the pool adding luminosity to the water, with which you can do all kinds of things with in terms of play activities. Then Log Rolling, which, like rope swinging into the water, is a very popular play activity. And then, finally, what’s called a Jumbo Tron big screen where information can be running as well as big, high fidelity sound which can be used for all kinds of pool activities, from senior citizen water ballet, musical in-water exercise programs to background music for log rolling.
Kimberling has a $100,000 pool improvement budget and she told the council she’d look over the proposals, come back with hard figure estimates and let them decide how it all might add up at a near-future council meeting.
And finally, the council again tackled the issue of what’s been called “flashing business signs” up and down Highway 101. Up for discussion was how quickly should those signs should be allowed to change? A couple of years ago the council set the change interval at one hour – the idea being that signs that change too fast cause drivers to be distracted which is a deadly hazard for pedestrians in, or not in, a crosswalk, especially at night. Last night the same warning came up at the council meeting. So when a local business applied to have their sign change every minute, to display the time and temperature, the council decided to rehash the issue. After a fair amount of candid discourse, the decision was made to leave the issue open for another ten days so citizens can submit written comments on it. When those comments are received and reviewed, the matter will be brought back to the council for discussion and possible decision.