Lincoln County poised to help fund a number of social services and economic development efforts county-wide
Lincoln County Commissioners Wednesday tentatively approved a number of local economic and human development agencies to receive special federal funds to help strengthen Lincoln County’s economy. $100,000 in assistance will be made available effective January 1st.
The ones county commissioners tentatively approved included Children’s Advocacy Center of Lincoln County for $8,000. The center focuses on preventing child abuse and coordinating treatment for children who have been abused. $10,000 is tentatively going to the Lincoln City Cultural Center for a commercial kitchen Project. $5,500 is likely to go to the Coastal Range Food Bank in Blodgett for a new foundation for their building along with replacing the floor.
Habitat for Humanity of Lincoln County is on track to receive $10,000 to help with building new homes for low income persons. Another $10,000 for Lincoln County Historical Society to help complete the Pacific Maritime and Heritage Center’s public patio. $7,000 for Lincoln Soil and Water Conservation District who wants to put that money to work at building a Newport Community Garden Rainwater Collection project.
Oregon Coast Forestry Society is probably in line to collect $5,000 to move ahead on Toledo’s wood drying kiln, phase II. Another $10,000 to the Oregon Coast Council for the Arts for the Newport Performing Arts Center’s remodeling and expansion project phase I. $8,000 to the Port of Alsea to support their South Lincoln County Rural Tourism Project. $11,500 to South Lincoln Resources that is building a new facility for low income services in the south county area. And lastly $7,000 to the Toledo Chamber of Commerce to purchase advertising time on a billboard.
One grant award of $8,000 to the Newport Sea Lion Docks Foundation hit a little bit of a snag. But the foundation may still get the money. Federal grant money cannot be used to modify the habitat of endangered species. Sea Lions are on the list. The idea that expanding the sea lion docks that tourists flock to watch the pinnipeds is being more closely examined for compliance with the law about the illegality of changing the physical habitat of protected sea lions is against federal law. If through further examination the grant can’t be given to the Sea Lion Foundation for that reason, the fund will retain a contingency amount for other qualifying groups and agencies.
Formal allocations of those funds is expected to be made official at next Wednesday’s regular county commission meeting. The commissioners will also be appointing a new county surveyor. Long time county assistant surveyor John Waffenschmidt, the county’s current computer guru, will likely soon take over the reigns of the county surveyor department more as a quality assurance director than having to be concerned about running the operation on a day to day basis. Commissioners say it’s a plan endorsed by most in the surveyor’s office and they’re anxious to try it out with Waffenschmidt. Waffenschmidt who has a long distinguished record in public service, surveying especially, is expected to replace the former county surveyor, Tom Hamilton, who retired recently after a stormy relationship with the county commissioners. The position has been an elected one, but county commissioners are making it an appointed position effective January first.