The Lincoln City City Council covered a huge amount of ground during their Monday night. First off they swore in the city council candidates who won their elections: Diana Hinton, Riley Hoagland, Anne Marie Skinner and Judy Casper. The council decided to not appoint a new mayor right away. The council said it wants to hold a special election in May to see who the voters want as their new mayor. Councilor Judy Casper will be acting Mayor until the May election.
The city council moved on to approve improvements to the city’s wastewater treatment plant including the upgrade of the plant’s electrical system. It’s quite pricey but the council agreed that the current power system is insufficient to meet the plant’s current needs. The council also decided to replace part of the City Hall’s air circulation system.
The council then agreed to sign a contract with the Confederated Tribes of the Siletz Indians to allow emergency housing on tribal lands at the Logan Park RV facility so that those who lost their homes in the Echo Mountain Fire can enjoy temporary quarters while arrangements are eventually made to restore the 300+ homes that were lost in the Echo Mountain Fire. Officials estimate that the temporary housing will be available until at least January, 2023.
The city council tentatively agreed to add pedestrian improvements on the north side of NE 14th Street from Highway 101 to NE Port Drive. The improvements will include new sidewalk, curb and gutter for about 1,000 feet. The project will also create 700 feet of new stormwater pipe and a 500 foot extension of the sanitary sewer system.
NE 14th Street is currently a major collector street with primarily ditches for drainage and narrow shoulders, making it very difficult for pedestrians. This project is a segment of the Head to Bay Trail and the plan is to eventually extend this sidewalk along West Devils Lake Road to meet with the trail on SE 22nd Street. This project also involves the creation of a local improvement district that will require close coordination with the residences throughout the project.