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Lincoln City ocean cliff area construction, tsunami evacuation, and Roads End water charges once they annex in, on tap Monday night @ City Hall

Lincoln City City Council

When the Lincoln City City Council sits down at 6pm Monday evening they’ll be tackling some issues that include on what grounds further construction should occur near ocean bluff cliffs. The council appears close to adopting restrictions that would create minimum set-backs from cliff faces which are receding by erosion somewhat every year; some years a lot more than others. New or substantial expansion of buildings along the bluff cliffs are proposed to be closely evaluated by licensed geologic and coastal engineers before the city will issue a building permit.

The council will also be considering signing an agreement for acquiring public access to Quade Commercial Construction property uphill from Highway 101 in the Cutler City area. The site is a prime evacuation area for Culter City area residents fleeing from a tsunami. It’s the only area easily accessible and that is large enough to accomodate a large exodus of residents in the event of a large tsunami. The city is expected to sign a contract with Quade Construction for specific public access to company property in the event of a tsunami.

The council is also expected to clear the air about what would happen to water rates charged to Roads End residents if and when they annex into Lincoln City. In a memo to the City Council, City Manager David Hawker says there may be some confusion among some Roads End residents that although they would come under city law, that somehow they wouldn’t be treated the same, as far as water goes, as other city residents. Hawker is asking his city council to put that rumor to rest by declaring that when Roads End residents annex in, they’ll be treated as any other city resident household or business that is hooked up to city water. They’ll be charged the same rate as everyone else. To the consternation of many Roads End residents, they say they’ll also be charged the same higher taxes as are paid by regular city residents. Hawker and several sets of city councilors have claimed that Roads End residents have, for decades, used city services without paying their fair share of the costs, including many millions of dollars in water improvements provided to the Roads End area, north of the city limits. Many Roads End residents vow to fight the annexation, but Hawker says the city is getting very close to what’s called the legally required “triple majority” tally that would make annexation a done deal; a majority of the number of land owners, the majority of land area, and over half the assessed valuation of Roads End properties, all voting to agree to be annexed. Hawker says they’re very close to getting that final tally.

The Lincoln City City Council begins their twice monthly meeting at 6pm, Monday evening at city hall.

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