The Lincoln City City Council monday evening covered a lot of ground – from homeless shelter needs to where to hang or place public art around the city.
Representatives from the Lincoln City Warming Shelter – inside the old Taft Fire Hall – complained to the city council that winter is right around the corner and they barely found another facility for overnight sleeping when it’s too cold to sleep outdoors or in cars. Warming Shelter employee Patrick Alexander complained that they had tried over many months to create an overnight sleeping shelter at the old Taft Fire Hall but progress with the city was slow. As fall and winter looms large on the horizon Alexander said they found a local church that stepped in to help. It’s the 1st Baptist Church of Lincoln City on NW 17th. But here again there are costs for utilities, food, monitoring the homeless – keeping them safe and keeping out disruptive people. Alexander said that it needs more help from the city as well as volunteers from the community. The city council agreed to meet with Alexander and his partner in the endeavor, Amanda Cherryholmes. Cherryholmes and Alexander reminded the city council that they also provide job searches for clients, showers, food, computers to look for agencies that provide vital services including permanent shelter.
Financing for new $12 million dollar Lincoln City Police Department nailed down.
City Councilors took another step toward building a shiny new Police Department complex right next door to the building officers have used for years. The council agreed on a no-more-than $12.5 million dollar budget. Construction start time is still not yet determined. One thing that is likely to be left out of the building is a scattering of artwork throughout the building funded by a $60,000 set aside for artwork in the new law enforcement headquarters. Art committee members complained that any artwork for any building or space in Lincoln City should be where lots of people gather to recreate, socialize or enjoy the great outdoors. And they said “That’s not the police department. It’s the last place they want to visit. So the city council told staff to scour the city and see how far they can stretch the $60,000 arts commission budget for eye-popping art elsewhere in the city. The council will hold a meeting with the arts committee to try to ensure proper placement of the art around Lincoln City.
A new bridge for NE West Devil’s Lake Road
The Oregon Department of Transportation has had a little change of plans on the replacement of the West Devil’s Lake Bridge. They want the city to do the job themselves while ODOT coughs up the money for the project just south of the new North Lincoln Hospital project. An ODOT representative noted that ODOT engineers, designers and in-the-field workers are stretched too thin these days, so they’re allowing local government agencies, like cities, to hire workers using state money to get the job done. The city council approved the deal.