Cutler City Wayside dies, a new roof for the Cultural Center, trash pick up rates going up slightly, and update on DeLake utility undergrounding and traffic signal on 101
Cutler City Wayside plans scrapped
An old plan that was dusted off to make a pleasant wayside overlooking Siletz Bay has been scrapped. The area just north of The Bay House restaurant was ready to go to bid when the city council stopped it in its tracks Monday night. The big complaint was that it entailed the city spending nearly $140,000 for improvements in ODOT’s right of way. The city would be footing the bill for the improvements then wouldn’t own them. But City Manager David Hawker replied that the current graveled overlook attracts a lot of scenery lovers and that it would add to an attractive gateway to the town with paved parking along with wide sidewalks, enhanced landscaping and unobstructed views of the bay
However, it was pointed out by several councilors that the city’s scarce urban renewal funds have other projects much higher on their list of priorities and that’s where the money should go.
So the Cutler City wayside idea has been put back on the shelf – for now.
The Urban Renewal Agency learned Monday night that a great deal of design work has been completed and that construction on improvements to the D River traffic signal should beginning this coming Spring. They’re taking down the traffic lights that hang on wires across the Highway 101 at the D River wayside and then re-affixing them to large stand-alone stanyons. Then, in the latter part of 2014, work will move ahead with undergrounding utility lines that run along 101 through the D River Wayside area. It’s hoped that that part of the project will be ready by the end of Fall or early Winter.
Lincoln City Cultural Center getting a new roof
The urban renewal agency Monday night awarded the Lincoln City Cultural Center an $8,800 grant to fill the final gap in funding a new roof and gutters for the Lincoln City Cultural Center. Center Director Nikki Price said she had secured $40,000 in grant money from the Meyer Memorial Trust and another $25,000 from the Collins Foundation. But she said it still left an $8,800 shortfall in funding.
The urban renewal agency congratulated Price on the grant awards and quickly approved the “gap” funding she requested. She said the roof replacement and new gutters should be completed very soon.
Community Center Report on the past fiscal year
Community Center Director Gale Kimberling reported to the Lincoln City City Council Monday night that the center is hitting its revenue projections despite a drop off in annual membership packages. Kimberling said although some residents are still put-off by recent annual membership price increases, many are still coming in and paying for individual day passes. She said a lot of the loss has been made up by newcomers to the facility which think the new higher rates are very affordable especially for a facility its size and range of services.
Kimberling also reported that the new pool heating boiler has been installed and it’s working fine. She said there is still some temperature issues in the showers but that they expect to have them taken care of very shortly.
Kimberling also told the council that their youth programs from swimming classes to general community center recreation is still strong although there has been some new competition from newly emerging private and public groups which has no doubt taken some of the youth recreation business away from the community center. But despite that, Kimberling said they’re doing well and remain on budget targets set by the city manager.
City Council lowers the boom on Mush Ball
City councilors instructed City Manager David Hawker to draw up new special event rules that address some of the unfortunate fall-out from certain special tourist events – namely Mush Ball.
The very spirited game of mush ball with a very large ball (therefore lots of hits and action) ran into some trouble with the city over the past few years, and so now the city if cracking down. The council told City Manager David Hawker that they want mush ball teams to better police themselves while they hold their tournaments in Lincoln City. The consensus was that mandatory police overtime be paid by mush ball event promoters for officers to keep the peace and to keep things safe and polite. Some recited various incidents in town that upset townspeople. The mush ball teams will also have to put up a deposit, not only for the officers, but also for leaving playing fields the way they found them. They said if they’re cleaned up appropriately they get their deposit back. There is no refund for the extra overtime requested by the police chief.
The council heard from representatives from North Lincoln Sanitary that it’s been nearly three years since their last rate hike, this in the face of higher gas and other costs. North Lincoln Sanitary said they’ve been very innovative with route schedulings and other cost saving strategies but the slight increase is to ensure they’re fully funded to maintain sound public service. The trash rates for the average Lincoln City household will rise from $17.50 a month to an even $18.00. Commercial rates will rise a few dollars a month.