Lincoln County’s new disc golf course in South Beach is nearing a reality. Paperwork has been signed, basket sponsors have stepped up, funding has been approved, and now Central Lincoln Leadership Cohort 2 invites you to join in the fun part.
A Work Party, open to the public, will take place on Saturday and Sunday, September 15 and 16, from 8 a.m. to around 2 p.m. both days. The location is on wooded Wilder property across from the entrance to the Central Coast Community College in the South Beach area of Newport. Directions: Head east on SE 42nd Street. Park in the Community College parking lot, or anywhere nearby along the road.
A crew of participants from the Ford Family Foundation Leadership Class and assorted volunteers have already spent one glorious weekend taking out their aggressions by downing a few selected trees, clearing shrubs, building staircases, and starting to create paths to each of the 18 holes. Now the real fun begins as basket preparation sites are cleared and developed. If you have them, bring work gloves, insect repellent, pruners, machete, clippers, brush hog, weed-eaters, loppers, chain saws. If you prefer a more sedate job, there’s plenty to do, including volunteer registration tasks, food setup, delivery of snacks to workers in the woods. Food and beverages will be provided.
Disc golf resembles traditional golf, but the players throw Frisbee discs instead of hitting balls. A disc course has tee boxes, fairways and greens, and players aim to get their disc in a metal basket using as few tosses as possible. Different weight discs serve as drivers, mid-range, and putters, and a basic set of three discs generally costs under $25. When the Wilder Disc Golf Course in South Beach opens, admission will be free to everyone. Families and youth are especially encouraged to play the course.
Landscape conservation and community collaboration are top priorities for this project. Site design and preparation have been carefully planned to retain the forested setting. And Will Emery and Bonnie Serkin, owners of the Wilder Development property on which the disc golf course is situated, have signed an agreement with the City of Newport. In this private-public partnership, management and maintenance of the course will be handled through the City‚s Parks and Recreation Department.
Get involved. Have some fun. Help the community!
Pre-registration for the Work Party is not required. Just show up. For additional information, contact Alma Baxter: 503-812-2016 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lincoln City Community Center Pool
The Lincoln City City Council was told Monday evening that the city community center is still having a very successful year despite the recent increase in fees for admission and specific programs. The community center director lamented that there are still some folks, largely seniors, who are still miffed about the last increase. City officials contend that Lincoln City Community Center rates have been artificially low for many years and that it’s taking a financial toll on the city. They had to raise fees, according to City Manager David Hawker.
Hawker said he was glad to receive the report but that it bothered him that although community center use remainsstrong, the center really didn’t bring in much more money. “We maybe finding out just what the community is willing to pay for a recreation center experience,” Hawker said.
Hawker continued that the city’s general fund supports the community center very heavily, amounting to a very large taxpayer subsidy for everyone who uses it. Hawker said the city got into revenue trouble by not raising rates for years on end to where only a major rate hike would save the day. Hawker wondered whether it may be time to raise rates again, but by a much milder amount.
The council took Hawker’s thoughts under advisement, Councilor Chester Noreikis suggested that staff compare Lincoln City’s pool rates with others across the state of similar quality and size of community.
Time and being heavily used are catching up with the Toledo Pool. During a recent discussion among Toledo City Councilors as revealed in city council minutes, it was observed that the pool is a very valuable and popular asset to the town and that the city must find a way to find the money to keep it properly functioning in terms of accessibility, mechanical standards, safety designs and useful features.
Pool Manager Joe Andrews told the council that minor diversions from the pool’s maintenance fund have addressed minor facility and equipment needs, but that a long-term plan is needed to keep the pool attractive and functional. But he also acknowledged that there are other city facilities that are just as much in need of upgrading.
City Councilor Jack Dunaway observed that the Toledo Pool may be approaching it’s useful lifespan and that major expenditures are on the horizon if the town is to keep its swim center. City Manager Michelle Amberg said one way to ascertain public support for such a major spending plan would be to propose a property tax override or create a special taxing district, a district that would extend beyond the town’s city limits since many who use the pool are not necessarily just Toledo residents. Mayor Grutzmacher and Councilor Davis expressed interest in exploring the feasibility of establishing a local pool/recreation district with wide enough reach to reduce the financial burden per household. Councilor Dunaway said he’d like to see those discussions take place as they relate to the city council’s annual goal setting session. Amberg suggested contacting the Port of Toledo to ascertain their thoughts on the pool as an economic development factor in the town’s future.
Dog Swim Toledo Pool, Sept 14, 6-8pm
Dog Swim Lincoln City Pool, Sept 16, 4-5pm.
The ever-popular Dog Swims will take place Friday, September 14th, from 6-8pm at the Toledo Pool. $5 per dog. Partial proceeds go to support 4-H Dog Club, and K-9cKrusaders. Bring your dog, toys, towel and a smile.
Then on Sunday, September 16th, 4-5pm, bring your doggie to the Lincoln City Pool. The dog swim is two weeks later than usual, due to a change in the fall pool maintenance schedule.
Well-behaved dogs of all breeds are invited to swim and play in the pool. Be sure to bring a favorite ball or toy – and a camera! Humans may wade, but not swim, with their canine friends. Admission to the dog swim is free with a donation of canned or dry pet food for the Lincoln County Animal Shelter.
Following the dog swim the Lincoln City Pool will close for annual maintenance from Monday, Sept. 17 through Friday, Sept. 28.
This closure provides an opportunity for deep cleaning and repairs following a busy summer season. This year, a contractor will install safety grooving on the pool decks, and prep work will take place for installation of an accessible lift for the spa.
The Lincoln City Community Center’s weight room, cardio room, indoor walking/running track, indoor rock climbing wall and basketball gym will remain open during the pool closure, and all fitness classes will continue as usual. Locker rooms will also remain open; however there may be intermittent locker room closures due to plumbing repairs.
The senior center and Mealsite program will continue to operate as well.
Aquatic pass holders at the Lincoln City pool are welcome and encouraged to use all fitness areas for the duration of the pool closure. A special senior “dry land” class will be held 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays while the pool is closed.
Personal trainers will be on hand for anyone who wants assistance using weight and cardio equipment.
The Lincoln City Community Center is located at 2150 NE Oar Place. Hours are 5 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday; 8:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday; and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.
For more information, see www.lincolncity.org or call the Lincoln City Community Center at 541-994-2131.
Joint County Commission/LC City Council Joint Meeting
Lincoln County photo
Providing more open space for Lincoln City, improving protection of the town’s water supply and more talk about Lincoln City possibly combining their 9-1-1 dispatch services with the rest of the county was high on the list for discussion for Lincoln County Commissioners and Lincoln City City Councilors.
Lincoln City Mayor Dick Anderson and Commissioner Bill Hall talked about what to do with 2+ acres of county-owned land off 101 between 29th and 32nd Streets. Both agreed that it will remain pretty much as is, in it’s natural state, with possibly hiking trail(s) and picnic tables or benches. Since there is a conservation easement on the property, by law it cannot be developed with other than minor improvements to enhance the public’s enjoyment of it as open space or park land. Since the land cannot be developed, the county commission’s position on transferring the land to city ownership would be at no charge to the city. Lincoln City Planning and Community Development Director Richard Townsend told News Lincoln County that once the city acquires legal title to the property, the city parks and planning commissions may review conservation and low impact recreation plans for the property.
However, another piece of property the county is contemplating handing over to Lincoln City will come at a cost to the city. It is timberland up the Drift Creek Watershed that the county foreclosed on due to non-payment of property taxes. Lincoln City would like to gain control of the property because if the timber on the property was ever heavily logged, it might cause water quality issues for the city’s water treatment plant. Commissioner Bill Hall said the county must, by law, get fair market value for the land, which would put it at around $600,000 (land plus timber). Hall said the county would keep only 20% of the money while the rest would be distributed to other taxing districts in the county, which includes schools and fire districts. Still, $600,000 is a hefty amount for a town with less than 8,000 year-round inhabitants, so Hall and Lincoln County Counsel Wayne Belmont offered to tailor a government-to-government installment plan that could help soften the blow to Lincoln City; 20% down and payments agreed to by both the county and the city. The city council seemed interested in such an arrangement.
Talk between the two entities also touched briefly on the future of 9-1-1 dispatching for Lincoln City. Lincoln City itself dispatches for Lincoln City Police and for North Lincoln Fire and Rescue. Mayor Dick Anderson reminded his councilors that they and himself have been interested in exploring whether the city should join with the others in the county who decided to contract with Willamette Valley Communications, a department of the city of Salem. WVC was already serving 17 police, sheriff and fire agencies in the Salem area and with the recent addition of most of Lincoln County, WVC now serves 26 agencies.
Mayor Dick Anderson said a major obstacle for joining the others has been removed; Century Link has laid another lightning speed fiber optic line between Lincoln City and Newport which gives Lincoln City another route to the valley which is part of its 9-1-1 system. Calls to 9-1-1 start in Lincoln City, go to a switching system in the valley, then come back and rings the phone at Lincoln City dispatch. Having that back up access to the valley (the other line follows Highway 18 to the valley) means the council is in a better position to pursue further discussions with WVC. The city of Toledo is also monitoring the situation closely. Both Toledo and Lincoln City already contract with WVC for mobile data screens in all their police cars and fire trucks and handle the departments’ records management duties.
But at the same time, Mayor Anderson says he and his council want to watch how WVC works out for the rest of the county so they can get a clearer picture of what they may be getting themselves in to. Anderson said consolidating Lincoln City’s 9-1-1 operations with WVC could save the city $300,000 a year in expenses that could be used to shore up other vital city services.
The 3rd Annual Olalla Lake off Road Sprint Triathlon will be held August 4th 2012, at Olalla Lake. The event is an off-road sprint triathlon organized by the Newport Parks and Recreation Department, featuring an 800m swim, 11k mountain bike and a 5k run.
Entries can be as individuals, or relay teams where each person would do either the run swim or bike.
For more information or to register online please visit NewportOregon.gov/sports or stop by the Newport Recreation Center.