The Lincoln City City Council Monday night covered a lot of ground, both figuratively and for real. Councilors have been working to produce city projects that helps to make Lincoln City a real “stand-out” on the coast.
There are three major opportunities the councilors reviewed Monday night. The first was making Lincoln City a bit more unique because, according to the plan, Lincoln City could outlaw plastic throw-away containers that fill garbage cans to overflowing on weekends creating unsightly litter, that doesn’t degrade very fast.
The plan includes city-wide banning of single use plastic cups, plates, utensils, plastic bags, and other plastic containers. They would be replaced by bio-degradable bags, non-plastic eating utensils and other non-plastic containers among other items.
All of this would dramatically improve the ambiance of Lincoln City – like the street sweepers were just 15 minutes ahead of you.
Outdoor and indoor food events is another opportunity for Lincoln City. Buying, growing and preparing locally sourced and sustainable foods supports the community, reduces having to rely on imported goods and products including nutrient-rich alternatives to packaged food.
The city is considering a special event called Flavors 101 – a week-long food fest for locals and tourists that showcases local Lincoln County chefs preparing dishes, and distributing recipes that are sustainable, local, healthy and easy to prepare. Potential partners include Lincoln City Culinary Center, Explore Lincoln City and others.
And finally giving Lincoln City a more “natural look” – with home-grown landscaping that promotes the native ground cover and trees that more accurately reflect the look and feel of yesteryear. Also, reducing the need for pesticides and herbicides could more easily rejuvenate and preserve “naturally native” plants. In so doing, Lincoln City could more easily preserve its water quality sources – rivers, wells and creeks.
The council learned that all this is being studied and will be eventually presented to the city council and residents of Lincoln City. It’ll take a while but when gradually accomplished Lincoln City won’t look like all the other coastal tourist venues on the coast. It’ll become a truly welcoming stand-out for those seeking a truly warm and welcoming venue for visitors coming from Portland and throughout the west.
The council also briefly reviewed methods of making driving around and through Lincoln City a bit more safe and less tense. The council learned that the city and advisory groups are looking into ways of slowing down traffic – both on Highway 101 and major city streets. A number of traffic slowing devices were reviewed – traffic circles (round-abouts), speed humps and pole mounted speed recording devices…some of which might have the power to issue speeding tickets directly to your mail box. Yes, big brother is watching.
And finally, the city council took the first major step in buying the old Taft Elementary School which the council intends to convert to a city park. The school district’s asking price is something over $400,000. The city seems to be amenable to that amount. The city council Monday night took the first step in acquiring the old school and the ground it sits on by awarding the Lincoln County School District a $1 bill to launch the buying process. The city will now go through the building and the grounds with a fine tooth comb and make sure there’s no show-stoppers. The buying process is expected to be mostly wrapped up by mid-December.