LC Commissioners, Wednesday
Onno Husing and Jessica Bondy, Planning Dept.
The decades long problem of trying to keep southern Bayshore homes dug out from drifting sands north of Waldport may be finally coming to an end. The Lincoln County Commission agreed with planning staff and the Oregon Department of Land Conservation and Development, that the answer on the Bayshore is probably the same answer as practiced elsewhere in Seaside, Cannon Beach and other coastal communities – coordinate a dig out of the homes, push the sand toward the ocean and then plant European Beach Grass to create a barrier between the beach and the homes.
Planning Director Onno Husing said the secret will be to harness the power of Mother Nature, not fight it. He told the commissioners that the Bayshore community supports the plan that will be partially funded by federal FEMA funds and other sources. Husing says it will be a long process, but it’s probably the only viable approach to the problem. A representative from the State Land Conservation and Development Commission agreed and said the beach grass approach appears to have the greatest chance at success. He said it worked well in several areas along the Oregon Coast and it should work in Bayshore.
Husing said up ’til now, homeowners were only able to get temporary permits to dig out their individual houses, a tactic that never lasted very long. But with an overall Bayshore Plan, a sand abatement program covering the entire affected area is now possible. No word on when the project will be able to move forward, but Husing said now that all the legal provisions are about to be put in place, it’s now up to federal and other outside grant sources. Onno told the commission that the Bayshore Neighbhood Association may be involved in a number of ways as well.
The commission’s approval of the Bayshore Plan and the project (in concept) is expected to be formalized in about a month after additional public input.
Lincoln County Commissioners decided Wednesday morning to go with the legal language written by County Counsel Wayne Belmont that will appear on the November ballot – an advisory issue that will ask Lincoln County voters if they support a U.S. Constitutional amendment that would ban corporate personhood and thereby what seems to be unlimited expenditures of funds on political elections. Occupy Newport spokespersons Stephan Farish and Rio Davidson, two local contractors, testified that the voices of the voters are currently being drowned out by hundreds of millions of dollars of corporate political ads, an act approved by the U.S. Supreme Court in the recent “Citizens United” issue in which the court, on a 5 to 4 vote, gave human personhood to corporations.
Davidson said that the preamble to the U.S. Constitutions states “We, the people…” not “We, the corporations…” Davidson says the advisory issue on the ballot will spark greater promotion of community dialog and debate on the Citizens United court case and whether an amendment to the Constitution is in order. By voting YES on the advisory question, a voter will be saying he/she urges Oregon’s memebers of Congress and the Congress as a whole to endorse an amendment striking down Citizens United and declaring corporations do not have the same status as a person. A NO vote would mean the voter thinks that corporations are people and can spend as much as they want for any cause or candidate on any ballot.
The exact language in the voters pamphlet and on the ballot is expected to be approved at the commission’s August 1st meeting.
A homeowner in the 100 block of NW 58th Street digging a post hole for a new fence accidentally punctured his natural gas line. The puncture filled the neighborhood with the pungent smell of gas and prompted a door to door notification to nearby residents.
The homeowner told firefighters that he had gas line work done on his home some time ago and was pretty sure where the line was. He was replacing an old fence post so he thought he was safe to dig. Unfortunately it wasn’t and he cut the line with his shovel.
The gas company shut the gas off to his house in order to make repairs to the line. The street was reopened to normal traffic at around 1:30pm.
Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office Tuesday responded to a residence in the area of milepost 4 on South Schooner Creek Road, Lincoln City, to check on the welfare of 53 year old resident David Michael Sendek. Sendek had not been seen at work for the last two days. A search of the property for Mr. Sendek was unsuccessful though Mr. Sendek’s personal property was still at the location.
Family members contacted the Sheriff’s office and expressed concern about Mr Sendek’s mental state, including the possibility that he may be suicidal. Sheriff’s Deputies had Mr Sendek entered as a missing/endangered person and a statewide attempt to locate was broadcast to all law enforcement agencies.
David Michael Sendek is 53 years of age, 6 feet tall, 200 pounds, with salt and pepper hair and blue eyes. It is unknown what type or color of clothing Mr Sendek was last wearing.
If anyone has contact with, or has seen David Michael Sendek, please contact your local law enforcement agency, or the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office at 541-265-4231.
Chyanna Blackburn, Sydney Tucker, Lauren Bobo-Shisler and their coach. Not pictured Tristan Scarborough.
The Newport Swim Team recently traveled to Beaverton for the Oregon Swimming 10 and under Long Course State Championship’s and even though Newport brought only four swimmers to the meet, they definitely made a big splash for themselves and honors for their Newport team.
Among the top finishes in the Girls 9 year old 200 meter Freestyle and Girls 9 year old 50 meter Backstroke was Chyanna Blackburn who placed 9th in the 200 with a time of 3:04.22 and 11th in the 50 back with a time of 45.75. Sydney Tucker kept it going with a 15th place finish in the Girls 9 year old 50 Meter Breaststroke with a time of 53.86. Lauren Bobo-Shisler highlighted the day with fourth place finish in Girls 8 and under 50 Meter Breaststroke with a time 53.45 and finished the day off with a Championship Performance by winning the Girls 8 and under 50 Meter Backstroke with a time of 41.74. Chyanna Blackburn made her splash on Sunday with places of 19th, 13th, 8th, and 5th. Chyanna swam times of 40.29 and 1:26.85 in both her 50 Meter and 100 Meter Freestyle events. She then swam a time of 3:28.53 in the 200 Meter Individual Medley which gave her an 8th place finish and with a time of 1:36.84 in her 100 meter backstroke she was able to place in the top five with a fifth place finish. Sydney Tucker swam her way to a 9th place finish and a personal best time on Sunday with a time of 1:54.83. Lauren Bobo-Shisler had another big day with a second place finish in the girls 8 and under 50 meter butterfly with a time of 46.17 and winning both the Girls 50 meter and 100 meter Freestyle events. With winning times of 34.94 and 1:19.14.
The Newport Swim Team will finish off their season on Aug 3rd, 4th, and 5th with their own Seahorse Swim Meet held in Newport at the Newport Swimming Pool.