Lincoln City may finally get a good bike and pedestrian path along Highway 18 to Neotsu Post Office – and beyond?
The vision of closing the northern loop around Devil’s Lake in Lincoln City got a step closer Monday night when a likely partnership surfaced between the city of Lincoln City, ODOT and the Tribe. For a very long time, the city has yearned for a northerly connector for a hiking and biking trail across the north end of Devil’s Lake with wonderful views accompanied by great exercise.
Lincoln City Public Works Director Lila Bradley told her city council that ODOT has come up with over $2.6 million dollars to improve the south shoulder of Highway 18 from West Devil’s Lake Road in the Head to Bay route area, and continue east to just shy of the Neotsu Post Office. What’s more the Tribe appears ready to kick in over a third-of-a-million dollars to eventually connect the multi-modal path to the Neotsu Post Office. But the story doesn’t end there. There seems to be a consensus of opinion that ODOT could well find the money to take the multi-modal path all the way east to the intersection of Highway 18 at East Devil’s Lake Road thereby circum-navigating Devil’s Lake.
Bradley said improvements will be made to the south shoulder of Highway 18 for hikers and bike riders. But that alone may take up to two to three years. Getting to East Devil’s Lake Road may take a bit longer. But at least travelers will still be able to make an abbreviated “top-of-the-circle” route using NE Neotsu Drive that connects with East Devil’s Lake Road.
The Lincoln City City Council made some progress in accommodating Lincoln City’s homeless folks who need a warm place to sleep at night – especially during the cold and windy winters. The faith-based community stepped up to the plate with a proposal to give the homeless a warm place to sleep inside a number of Lincoln City churches who are more than willing to open their doors when it’s rainy and cold. Community Development Director Lindsey Sehmel said as long as local churches keep the total number of sleep-over-nights to 90 or less in a year, it would fall under the category of a legal “Accessory Use.” Lincoln City Fire Department officials indicated that smoke alarms and clear pathways out of church building ahead of a fire would have to perform like clock-work.
The city council took all the comments in stride and said that at their next city council meeting they’ll hopefully find a way forward to support Lincoln City religious community and their generosity and abundant love for their fellow human beings in these troubled times.
In other council action, the city council has approved a 4% increase on sewer and water fees, most of which will be applied to sewer expenses to improve the city water and sewer treatment systems. City officials say the water side is doing fine but that the sewer side needs some long-awaited upgrades.