Ward One Lincoln City Council candidate Alex Ward turned out to be the heavy favorite in the race to fill a vacancy on the council caused by the March resignation of Rick Brissette who cited family reasons for stepping down. Ward bested challenger Wes Ryan by a margin of 296 to 195 votes with 38% of registered voters casting ballots. Ward is expected to be sworn in at the next city council meeting as the second Ward One councilor alongside Henry Quandt, the other Ward One councilor. Ward is the president of the Bay Area Merchants Association and owns CICS Employment Services, which is a background checking service for employers. Ward says he thinks that Vacation Rental Dwellings (VRD’s) are a major problem for the town, not only from a “good neighbor” perspective but from it’s negative financial effects on both the motel and restaurant industries. He said he favors a full and open discussion about the issue but is already inclined to seek some kind of limitation on the number of VRD’s allowed within the city and certainly the enforcement of tight regulations concerning their operations. Ward said it’s reasonable that repeat VRD violations would triggers fines for their owners, and if violations continued, a revocation of their VRD permit would be in order.
Another major issue is the impending annexation of the Roads End area, just immediately outside the northern Lincoln City city limits. Ward favors the annexation of the area as a move toward financial equity for Lincoln City taxpayers. Ward says there is plenty of evidence that leads to the conclusion that Roads End property owners are receiving urban level services subsidized by Lincoln City taxpayers. Ward says as a member of the Lincoln City Budget Committee, he is very familiar with the financial burden Roads End places on the city and that it’s time for Roads End to be full paying members of the community they already rely on for necessary services.
Ward won’t get a four year term out of his victory; only a year. He will have to run in his own right a year from November.