Lincoln City City Council: Pedestrian Flags, Business Beautification, Upgrading LC Tourism Website and Dog Poop Scoopin’
A Lincoln County citizen approached the Lincoln City City Council Monday night to urge the city to put pedestrian crossing flags along Highway 101 through town.
The council agreed that pedestrians, trying to cross a busy Highway 101 through town, would instantly become more visible in a number of busy crosswalks from Logan Road all the way down to SW 51st. The citizen told the council that pedestrian flags, as pictured above, save many lives and prevent serious injuries, especially in tourist towns like Lincoln City since there are so many things to see while driving through town, like the beach and special events, which can keep driver’s eyes diverted from what’s right in front of them. The council said they would work with the citizen to consider the placement of pedestrian flags at crosswalks in especially congested stretches of 101 through town.
The council was also briefed by a member of the Oregon Main Street Program whose assistance is being sought to help give Lincoln City an economic boost with attention to Lincoln City’s historical roots, economic and tourism energy. Oregon Main Street program is a state agency that provides match money and design assistance to cities to celebrate their history, unique characteristics and special places. The council welcomed the help and said it looks forward to having Lincoln City join the ranks of many other Oregon towns that have accepted a hand-up from the Oregon Main Street program to re-invigorate community pride up and down the “7 Pearls” of Lincoln City. The time-line for all this will be set over the course of a number of years in partnership with Lincoln City planners and urban renewal projects. Much more to come on this topic.
The Council approved a half million dollars worth of tourism promotion and advertising services for the next fiscal year. Advertising and media buys throughout the region are a complicated process which will be consolidated within fewer vendors and buyers which help formulate ad campaigns, select media outlets, and measure the results of those advertising campaigns. By the way, the Lincoln City Visitors and Convention Bureau has a new name – Explore Lincoln City.
The council also joined the ranks of other coastal cities and towns in opposing any offshore oil drilling off the Oregon Coast.
And finally the council heard the cries of citizens who complain that dog poop is far too prevalent throughout the city. They directed the city attorney to add compulsory dog poop scooping to the town’s nuisance laws. City Attorney Richard Appicello said he’ll have the proposed new law ready for city council review at the council’s next meeting. The council agreed that between local dog owners and the throngs of visitors to the coast who bring their own dogs with them, the time has come to hold dog owners responsible for their animals.