Letter To The Editor: From Carla Perry, Common Sense-Lincoln County
All Lincoln County residents are invited to attend a Newport Urban Renewal meeting dealing with a proposal to have the city of Newport invest heavily in the Lincoln County Commons renovation project at the county fairgrounds. The meeting is set for Monday, August 20, 5:30pm, Newport City Council Chambers at City Hall.
The city will consider withdrawing any and all city urban renewal funds from the project.
(Editor’s note: The city will also consider providing financial support for the project.)
At the June 30 meeting of the Newport Urban Renewal Agency, County Counsel Wayne Belmont indicated the County would move ahead with the redevelopment of the Fairgrounds property even if they did not receive the $3 Million they were requesting from the City of Newport. This is welcome news, because it allows the City to reconsider alternative uses for those funds.
In response to Mr. Belmont’s statement, Common Sense-Lincoln County representative, Gerry Barrett, sent a letter to the City of Newport asking that the City formally notify the County it is withdrawing from consideration the allocation of any Urban Renewal funds towards the Fairgrounds redevelopment project. In response to that request, the Newport City Manager scheduled a special Urban Renewal meeting and the public is invited. Please consider attending to share your opinions on this topic. If you cannot attend, letters can be submitted to Peggy Hawker at firstname.lastname@example.org
The meeting is scheduled for Monday August 20th at 5:30 p.m. in the Newport City Council Chambers.
The agenda packet will be on the City’s web site http://newportoregon.gov/ by the end of the work day on Thursday August 16.
Spencer Nebel, City Manager
City of Newport
An Open Letter to the Newport Council and the Lincoln County Commissioners
At the July 30th meeting of the Urban Renewal Agency, City Council member Dietmar Goebel asked Wayne Belmont, County Counsel and chief booster for the effort to redevelop the County Fairgrounds, whether or not the County would still move ahead with this project if the City of Newport was not willing to commit spending $3 million dollars in Newport Urban Renewal funds.
Mr Belmont replied, “Yes.”
This is very welcome news. Apparently, the Commissioners have identified alternative funding sources for their project, which is an endeavor that will never pay for itself. This now allows the City of Newport to reconsider alternative uses for these much-needed funds.
Therefore, on behalf of CommonSense-LincolnCounty, we ask the City of Newport’s Urban Renewal Agency to formally notify the County Commissioners that they are withdrawing from consideration the allocation of any Newport Urban Renewal funds towards the Fairgrounds redevelopment project.