A busy Lincoln City City Council meeting with lots going on last night. So let’s get to it.
For a long time the city fathers and mothers have wanted to get a big retaining wall off the top of a city water main. Somehow, nearly 20 years ago, the contractor built the wall right on top of the 24″ pipe at SE 48th Place and SE 51st Street – only 6″ of dirt between the wall and the pipe directly below.
So the city council Monday night came up with a creative contractor selection process to ensure that this time, the job will be done better than the one nearly two decades ago. (Yes, the original warranty has long expired.) The new wall will be built slightly uphill and to the northwest to put some safety space between the water line and the wall. Project cost – somewhere around a quarter million dollars.
Community Support Agencies Get Helping Hand From the Council
Every year the Lincoln City City Council lends several helping hands to community support organizations to help them better service the people of the city. And this year’s donations totalled $150,000. Here’s how the money went out:
Angels Anonymous $5,000; B’Nai Brith Camp $2,000; Business for Excellence In Youth (Backpacks for Kids) $6,000; CASA $5,000; St. James Community Meal Program $4,000; Family Promise of Lincoln County $10,000; Helping Hands $3,000; Lincoln City Food Pantry $10,000; Lincoln City Warming Shelter $4,600; Lincoln City Youth League $5,000; Meals on Wheels $4,500; My Sister’s Place $12,000; Neighbors for Kids $12,000, North End Senior Solutions $6,000; North Lincoln County Historical Museum $700; Oceana Family Literacy $3,000; Roads End Improvement Assn $200; RSVP Lincoln County $2,000; Shiloh Gathering Place $45,000; Taft Tiger Boosters $5,000; The Children’s Advocacy Center $5,000.
Pushing Back on Illegal Fireworks
The Lincoln City City Council also began taking steps against the dangerous use of fireworks – either on the 4th of July, New Year’s Eve – whenever. City Manager Ron Chandler and Police Chief Jerry Palmer suggested a few ideas to start the dialog:
* Develop an education campaign to reach residents and visitors alike that identifies which fireworks are illegal, strict enforcement, safety and reporting violations.
* To enhance the message about illegal fireworks use billboards, post cards and flyers, public service video, radio, social media, press releases and at special events.
* Increase police presence.
* Write tickets for violations.
* Fireworks hotlines.
* Online reporting on the dangerous or illegal use of fireworks.
* Using police reserves to help regular officers in the effort.
Other ideas on how to reduce the use of over-sized fireworks includes multiple city sponsored fireworks throughout Lincoln City. At night, instead of non-stop fireworks shows include laser light shows, drones with projected light shows, concerts, picnics and historical dramas, outdoor movies.
All the above ideas were handed off to Lincoln City Police Chief Jerry Palmer with a promise to the council by not only Chief Palmer but also City Manager Ron Chandler that fireworks fires are getting to be more numerous and are triggering the possibility of bigger and bigger fires.
More on fireworks at a future city council meeting when City Manager Ron Chandler and Chief Palmer work up a plan of attack.