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Small Businesses hurt by the pandemic in line for government grant money – Help for Echo Mountain refugees too…

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The Lincoln County Commission today took some steps toward spending the better part of a million dollars in federal grants to help small Lincoln County businesses get back on their feet. Again, the emphasis is on small businesses – those with 25 workers or less.

The over $900,000 dollar pot of money will be available to various businesses that have been having a hard time surviving. Grant application information is available by calling the county at 541-265-4108 or the local chamber of commerce. Women and immigrant applicants are welcome to apply.  County commissioners recommend that small businesses should apply as soon as possible. The deadline to apply is December 11, 5pm.  Grant awards are expected to be made beginning December 31st.

The commissioners also decided to work closely with the city of Newport and others in beginning the long journey toward replacing the Yaquina Bay Bridge which is getting close to its 100th birthday – which means the bridge is not long for this world.  State transportation officials have poo-poo’d the idea because the state has so many other high volume transportation improvements around the state to get off the drawing board and into the ground. 

The idea kicking around the Central Coast is that the old bridge should come down and be replaced by a new bridge crossing the Yaquina River farther upstream.  Again, the Oregon Department of Transportation has indicated that Oregon is growing rather rapidly and it is planning traffic system improvements statewide.  ODOT appears confident that the old Yaquina Bay Bridge can keep doing its job for many years into the future as long as it’s well maintained and re-fortified in strategic areas of its super-structure.

And attention was also paid to county residents who lost their homes to the Echo Mountain fire.  Many families remain homeless and are getting close to do-or-die on replacing their houses.  Those who don’t have the financial reserves to get things “back to normal” will likely move in to apartments or condos contemplated for the Lincoln City area.  Final details are still being worked out.  Obviously there will be some outside state and/or federal money involved when everything shakes out.

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