The Lincoln City City Council acknowledged that there are big changes coming to their town, in more ways than one. Right off the top the council hired former City Manager David Hawker to be a consultant during the transition between current City Manager Ron Chandler who is leaving for a city manager’s job in the valley and interim Lincoln City City Manager Lila Bradley. Bradley, who is the town’s Public Works Director, will hold down the fort until the City Council can interview enough candidates to select a new permanent City Manager. The council agreed that Lincoln City citizens should have a say in choosing the new manager for the town. The selection process is expected to take some time.
The council also explored an approach to expanding the city’s Parks and Recreation offerings to Lincoln City natives as well as those who live outside of town. There was a good deal of discussion about raising more money so that more parks and recreation enthusiasts could be accommodated. There was a good deal of talk about how to raise the money to ensure that Parks and Recreation can handle the increased participation. There was a lot of back-and-forth among the city councilors as to how the city could raise the money to accommodate an expansion of more in-city families as well as outside city families. The council seemed agreeable that the city should find a way to make it all work. They’ll talk more about it in May which might include creating a non-profit foundation to handle the fundraising to make it all happen.