Newport City Councilors are still trying to lure the Tillamook Air Museum away from Tillamook and to help them build a new facility at the Newport Airport. City Councilors were told that the air museum is still being enticed to stay in Tillamook by the Port of Tillamook who reportedly wants to establish a new air museum, Pelican Brew Pub and Restaurant and other tourist amenities on port property closer to Highway 101. Port of Tillamook officials are going after state economic development funds to help build the new museum.
City Manager Jim Voetberg told his city council that the Port of Tillamook scenario faces some rather large hurdles. First of all, says Voetberg, the move farther away from the town of Tillamook invites criticism from state land use authorities as they would watch urban development emerge outside of Tillamook’s urban growth boundary. Secondly, said Voetberg, pairing up a new air museum with a brew pub creates a huge problem handling the sewer water that would be developed; a challenge that would overwhelm the port’s small, already existing sewer plant.
Voetberg advised his council that Newport could tap similar economic development funds (state lottery proceeds) to help subsidize the cost of bilding a new air museum in Newport. City Councilors told Voetberg to continue talking with the Erickson family, that owns the museum, and continue to try to sell the idea of moving the museum to Newport. They say they’ve got a spot at the Newport Airport that would be just right for them.
To be continued.