The Lincoln City City Council is exploring ways to honor the memory of man-about-town and former City Councilor Gary Ellingson who died over the weekend outside his home. He had been in ill health in the months leading up to his untimely death.
The council Monday night seems united in doing something substantial and enduring much like the contributions that Mr. Ellingson made to the Lincoln City Community. Councilors talked about dedicating a bench with a plaque with a prominent view of Lincoln City and the Pacific Ocean.
The issue was turned over to city staff to report back on what options there may be. The city has somewhat of a review and evaluation process in the way it goes about honoring notable citizens. We’ll see what they come up with.
In other city council discussions Monday night representatives from the Visitors and Convention Bureau, City Planning and Urban Renewal offices once again tantalized the council on various options to put Lincoln City more firmly on the world tourism map – certainly as it appeals to the Portland area from whence a big share of Lincoln City’s tourists come from.
Their joint report brought up a major number of ideas that have been floating around for a long time – needing special tourism centered events but not events that the city pays for – rather, putting the local tourism industry to work to sponsor and promote special events that they know how to do best anyway.
Other economic development ideas center around home based businesses – and therefore the need for high speed internet – REAL high speed internet with download and upload speeds far faster than what is currently offered in the Lincoln City area.
They also talked about pushing for more attractive commercial signage…something more thematically tied together that creates a look and feel that says “Lincoln City.”
The council also tried to take care of an emerging nuisance from farm animals within the city limits. Chickens especially. The council put caps on the number of farm animals based on the square footage of an “urban farmer’s” lot. The bigger the lot, the more farm animals like pot belly pigs and chickens you can have. But with chickens – chicken coops must be no closer to an adjoining lot than ten feet or within ten feet of another building on an adjoining lot. On their own property, the farmer can put the chicken coop as close to his own home as he/she pleases. Less distance to walk to get the eggs.