It was a pretty short Lincoln City City Council meeting monday evening – maybe just the “sign of the times.”
Because signs were a big topic among city councilors for quite a while. Despite the long explanations about sign size, where to put them and when you need a permit, it’s probably a good idea to always check the city planning department before you put one up. Especially in commercially zoned areas.
The signs most people don’t have to worry about are signs on private property advertising a garage sale or just to make a statement to passing motorists. There are limits on the size of the signs. (Check with City Hall). Other “non-commercial” signs on private property are okay too. No message restrictions. It’s a free speech thing. Signs in windows are limited to 8.5 x 11 inches.
Most other signs require a permit from city hall so it’s best to check with the planning department for the rules on them. Planning Dept: 541-996-2153
And oh yeah…it’s illegal to park your vehicle in a spot, and in such a way that the “For Sale” sign in its window is meant to be interpreted to mean…”Do you want to buy his vehicle?” That could get you a sizeable ticket.
New Flashing Light Crosswalk approved for 101 @ N. 21st
In other city council action, the council approve a contract with RK Concrete Construction to build flashing lights to warn motorists that there are pedestrians trying to cross Highway 101 at North 21st. The signs will be solar powered so they won’t run up the city’s power bill with Pacific Power. The city was told that the lights battery back-up system will ensure that the lights keep working throughout the night on power stored up during the previous day. The solar charger works day and night to keep them going.
And a final note:
The City Council was asked to consider a city ordinance to ban Lincoln City citizens from feeding wildlife, especially racoons, that come down out of the hills and pilfers trash cans and plastic bags full of table scraps. One citizen raising the issue said that it’s becoming a real problem, including a threat to their pets – small dogs and cats who disappear even from fully fenced backyards. City Attorney Richard Appicello said the matter would be more appropriately discussed as an official city council agenda item at their next council meeting.
Waldport recently adopted such an ordinance after neighbors began losing pets. Neighbors in and around Waldport have photos of racoons in their back yards going through garbage cans and boxes of garbage. So we’ll see how Lincoln City will handle the issue – possibly a discussion item at their next city council meeting.