Roads End issue appears to be dying with a whimper but also with the community reaching out to help chart their future with city officials.
More signs that the Roads End annexation issue, going on for the better part of forty years, may finally be coming to a close. A begrudging close – but a close none the less. Lincoln City City Manager David Hawker told his council that he has received settlement agreements between the Roads End Water and Sanitary Districts and the city. Hawker said the city’s special counsel reviewing the agreements said everything looks to be in order but there are some minor corrections to be made along with some map exhibits – nothing fatal – just some minor changes and additions. Hawker said the modifications are to be in the hands of the water and sanitary district boards very quickly in order for the board members to sign them and to have the documents into the city by 3pm Friday.
Another olive branch was offered by a representative of the Roads End Improvement Association Diana Hinton. Hinton also serves on the Roads End Water District Board. But she sat before the city council Monday night and said that although she disagrees with the way their neighborhood was annexed it was time to engage their new city hall by inviting Lincoln City Planning Director Richard Townsend and Senior Planner Debra Martzahn to meet with the association and begin dealing with land use issues in the Roads End area. Hinton said topics of discussion should include vacation rental dwellings, specific land use zoning, and other matters including using the Roads End Sanitary building to accommodate community meetings as residents find their way forward with the recent annexation of their area.
Mayor Dick Anderson said he was pleased that Ms. Hinton approached the council and that she and her group were reaching out to city officials.