Lincoln City City Councilors were all over the map Monday evening talking about everything from trying to finalize the city’s take-over of the old Taft School to do better reach-out to city residents through Facebook.
The city has been negotiating with the Lincoln County School Board for quite a while, trying to acquire the old Taft Elementary School in Lincoln City. The two sides have been back and forth negotiating terms of the transfer. The city of course wants to transform the venerable old school area into a park and multi-use facility. From the sounds of the discussion that transfer could be ready to flip the switch on ownership well before the end of the year.
The councilors also talked about everyone entering Lincoln City City Hall should be wearing a face mask for their own protection and the protection of others. Councilors seemed focused on making sure that face masks are worn by the public especially in crowded areas. The Lincoln County Commission decided this week that all people entering the county courthouse in Newport must wear a face mask. Kids included.
The prolonged Covid-19 pandemic has washed out any hope of having fireworks on the 4th of July in Lincoln County but you can rest assured that locals and tourists will bring their own July 4th “festival of lights.” Just hope they don’t start any fires.
And City Manager Ron Chandler told the gathering that sewer and water rates in and around Lincoln City will rise around 4% this fall. Chandler blamed the need to raise rates for the third time in recent memory to keep Lincoln City’s water and sewer lines and everything they’re connected to in good working order. Several residents sent emails to the city council complaining that layoffs and a badly damaged economy due to the Corona Virus is hammering citizens and they need relief. Council Chairman Dick Anderson admitted the rate hike hurts but the city cannot afford to slide in to debt not knowing what the future may bring. The vote among city councilors to raise the rates was unanimous.