The Lincoln City City Council Monday night decided that they would extend approval for those tall “feather” signs that are scattered about town. They are pretty good eye grabbers but are not long for the city because they’re rather large and some say overly distractive and obscures pedestrians, bicyclists, even cars. The council is expected to give feather sign owners another six months of flying them after which the council’s re-evaluation of the town’s overall sign ordinance should be finalized and adopted into city code. We’ll see what they come up with.
The council also gave tentative approval to the installation of private business communication devices mounted within street lights. ODOT and Pacific Power have total say over how the equipment will be fitted within the metal pole assembly. One councilor drew some support among her fellow councilors that they would prefer the communication poles not be installed in neighborhoods that have underground utilities. Further discussion on these devices will be taken up again by the council on October 14th.
After a number of years of planning for upgrades to the area of City Hall the city council finally got out the city’s check-book and launched a million dollar facelift for the area. ODOT’s chipping in its fair share so the full burden doesn’t come down on the city – $450,000 from the city, $513,000 from ODOT. ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) improvements include pedestrian crosswalks and wheelchair ramps on 101 from SE 8th to SE14th, including to Burger King. It also includes middle and south entrances to McKay’s as well as SE East Devils Lake Road. Additionally there will be a new bus stop on 101 at City Hall and improved parking at City Hall. The project is expected to get underway in November.