Newport: Tourist parking lot or local community with close ties?

Newport City Councilors debated and debated over how to fix the growing problem of providing enough parking spaces for tourists who come to Newport. Councilors understand that there are only so many parking spots in Nye Beach, along the Bayfront as well as above the Bayfront. Employees of the fish processing plants are getting squeezed. Several city councilors as well as citizens in the audience seemed inclined to support more parking lots away from tourist areas where they can climb aboard trolleys or buses and be dropped off  at entertainment and dining establishments along the Bayfront and Nye Beach and South Beach.

But finding locations where parking with convenient transit access to the Bayfront is a big challenge. The council tabled the issue, electing to talk more about it at a future city council meeting.

The Council also discussed the issue of whether to install parking meters throughout the Bayfront. Many in the audience favor parking meters while others abhor the thought. To be continued.

The “intrusion” of vacation rental dwellings (VRDs) into established neighborhoods was also on the agenda. Some in the audience complained that such VRD intrusions degrades Newport’s quality of life – as neighborhood cohesion begins to diminish. Local author and outspoken community activist Carla Perry complained to the city council that such housing trends simply invites more VRD’s into the community that make a lot of money for out-of-town property owners at the expense of local residents. But the city council seemed to deny Perry’s contention that VRD’s degrade the ambiance of an established neighborhood. Nobody is hurt, says city staff – either newcomer or long time resident. Perry disagreed. But city officials contend that better enforcement of VRD regulations to handle trash, noise and VRD maximum occupancy limits is the way to go.  Stay tuned.

And city Public Works Director Tim Gross gave an update to the council on progress being made toward landing federal and/or state funds to build a new dam on Big Creek.  Freshly back from discussions with officials in Washington D.C. Gross and Mayor Dean Sawyer reported that nationwide competition is fierce for such funds and it will require constant vigilance to secure the $70 to $80 million required to build a new dam.  Earlier discussions before the council on the project reveal that a Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake could easily take down both dams, causing catastrophic flooding, loss of property and probably human lives.  It’s been said that there is a thirty percent chance of an earthquake occurring  sometime in the next fifty years.  Oregon State University research geologists  have tracked past subduction zone earthquakes by extracting sediment samples from the ocean floor.  The quakes generally occur in 250 to 350 year intervals.

It’s been 319 years since the last quake on January 26, 1700. Scientists say they know the date because residents in Japan recorded a tsunami roiling ashore without warning  on that date which puzzled residents because they said there was no earthquake ahead of the tsunami.  They called it “The Orphan Tsunami.”   Many Japanese fishing villages were wiped out as the tsunami slammed ashore on Japan’s east coast.

Newport possibly cracking down on red light runners and illegal turners….

101 @ 20, Newport
Traffic light violations

Prepared by:Jason Malloy, Chief of Police – Background Information:

In 2018, City Councilors voices safety concerns regarding red light intersections at Hwy 101/Hwy 20 and Hwy 20/Harney St.. Both of these intersections have had several near-miss crashes related to red light violations. Our patrol teams were directed to provide extra patrols in these areas. Officers were able to dedicate some time to red light enforcement, however available time to dedicate to only two locations is minimal due to other required duties.

In January 2019, I spoke with a consultant from Sensys America to discuss red light cameras. The conversation involved discussions related to the effectiveness of cameras, pros, cons, and details regarding Sensys America’s effectiveness.In February 2019, representatives from Sensys America installed cameras at the above intersections for a 24-hour period to observe the intersections.

While the amount of red light and turning violations were expected to be high, the actual results were greater than anticipated.The study showed blatant red light violations and also violations where drivers stopped at red lights, but stopped beyond the stop line. The data was extracted to only include violations that would be considered hazardous and issued a traffic citation.

The data listed below summarizes each intersection.
* Southbound Hwy 101/Hwy:20
45 Left turn red light violations,
4 Straight ahead red light violations,
95 Right turn red light violations at speeds greater than 10 MPH,
145 Violations Westbound Hwy 101/Hwy 20
5 Left turn red light violations
1 Straight ahead red light violations
584 Right turn red light violations at speeds greater than 10 MPH
590 Violations

Westbound Hwy 20 Harney St.
0 Left turn red light violations
1 Straight ahead red light violations
116 Right turn red light violations at speeds greater than 10 MPH
117 Violations Eastbound Hwy 20/Harney St.
2 Left turn red light violations
3 Straight ahead red light violations
169 Right turn red light violations at speeds greater than 10 MPH
174 Violations

Additionally, the cameras captured several hundred low speed traffic control device violations at each intersection, however only violations with set criteria for citations were included in this report. Set criteria included blatant violations while turning left or traveling straight ahead, or right turn violations where speeds greater than 10 MPH occurred.

Failure to obey a Traffic Control Device is a B violation in Oregon and subject to a $270.00 fine in Newport Municipal Court.

Based upon the data gathered in a 24-hour monitoring period, two cameras at Hwy 101/Hwy20 would have resulted in 735 citations, valued at $198,450. Based upon the data gathered in a 24-hour monitoring period, two cameras at Hwy 20/Harney St. would have resulted in 291 citations, valued at $78,570.

The study was conducted in Newport’s off season when traffic is minimal. Based upon historical traffic data and significantly increased traffic on weekends and summer traffic, the expected amount of violations is several thousand per year. If implemented, the City would need to strongly review a red light camera policy to include citation criteria. Sensys America has different rate models that are available for discussion.

Before we explore implementing red light cameras further in Newport, I request time to discuss the topic with our City Council to seek their direction.

CITY OF NEWPORT ANNOUNCES VACANCY ON LIBRARY BOARD

Newport Library

CITY OF NEWPORT ANNOUNCES VACANCY ON LIBRARY BOARD

The City of Newport is seeking applications from Newport residents interested in serving on the Library Board. The Library Board meets every other month on the second Wednesday, at 5:15 P.M., at the Newport Public Library. Service on the Library Board also involves service on the Newport Public Library Foundation, a private 501(c)(3) organization that meets every other month on the months that the Library Board does not meet.

The Library Board is charged with preparing policies on library operation and service, including general library operation; acquisition, use and disposition of library property; and coordination of library service with other local governments. It also makes recommendations to the City Council regarding the appointment of the library director, the library budget, and library facilities.

Anyone interested in serving on this board should apply using the city’s committee application which is found on the city website at www.newportoregon.gov click on “City;” then on “Committees;” and then on “Application for Committee/Commission.” The completed form can be submitted electronically. Copies of the committee application form can also be obtained by contacting the City Manager’s Office at 169 SW Coast Highway, Newport, Oregon 97365, or by calling 541.574.0613.

The application deadline is December 31, 2019. The Library Board will interview interested volunteers, and forward a recommendation to the Mayor for formal appointment.

Governors Kate Brown and Jay Inslee Begin Joint Project to Replace Interstate Bridge

Governors of Oregon and Washington launch drive to build a new Columbia River Bridge.

(Vancouver, WA) — Governors Kate Brown and Jay Inslee of Oregon and Washington signed a memorandum of intent to formally kick off joint efforts between the states to replace the Interstate 5 bridge spanning the Columbia River.

“Governor Inslee and I come together today from both sides of the river with a common goal: to build a resilient bridge that will serve our states for many years to come,” said Governor Brown. “Both Oregon and Washington are currently experiencing unprecedented population, cultural, and economic growth. This joint effort to replace the interstate bridge is critical to the safety and economies of both Oregon and Washington, and an important step forward as we invest in the growth of our region.”

“This is a new day. We need to replace the I-5 bridge over the Columbia River to benefit both Washingtonians and Oregonians. Our states are separated by a magnificent river but our values are consistent on both sides of the river,” Governor Inslee said. “We are starting this process anew, moving forward with resources for a project office and a transparent, data-driven process that listens to the community’s needs.”

The current bridge poses significant seismic risks and also is a source of major congestion in the surrounding regions. The two states have dedicated $44 million dollars to reopen an office for the I-5 bridge project.

The Governors were joined at the signing event by local lawmakers and elected officials from both Washington and Oregon, and reiterated their commitment to working to incorporate community feedback in advancing a bi-state effort that moves this critical project forward.

Governors Brown and Inslee signed a memorandum of intent outlining expectations for the project office, which will begin with re-evaluating previous studies of a replacement, developing a finance plan, and planning for high-capacity transit. The project office’s first progress report is due December 1 of this year.

Art Quilt Trifecta in Yachats

Polly Plumb Productions invites everyone to the Art Quilt Trifecta, Saturday and Sunday November 23 and 24, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM in the Yachats Commons.

Art Quilting is fascinating and a relatively new art form. The evolution of the quilt from bed cover to museum piece and the quilt-maker from home-based to trained artist is celebrated in a 1977 book, The Art Quilt by Robert Shaw. As the quilters’ workplace moved from kitchen to studio, the art quilt continues to reinvent itself. Quilters with their signature techniques, search for innovative methods of construction, while increasing the use of non-traditional materials and instilling personally meaningful subject matter.

Those words are so true and you can see examples for yourself at the Art Quilt Trifecta which will display the works of 3 art quilt artists. read more…

Three Regrets Among Retirees

                   Duane Silbernagel, CFP
                         Financial Planner

Three Regrets of Retirees
Provided By: Duane J. Silbernagel, CFP®

A recent survey found that more than half of retirees have retirement planning regrets. Unfortunately, many of these retirees had to cut back on their lifestyles to compensate for financial shortfalls.1 Considering their most common regrets may help you avoid making the same mistakes.

Not saving enough

More than one-third of retirees wish they had saved more.2 How much is enough? The amount you need depends on your other sources of income and your anticipated retirement lifestyle.

It might be helpful to consider the 4% rule, a traditional guideline for the percentage of savings that you may be able to withdraw each year without depleting your nest egg over a 30-year retirement. For example, $100,000 in savings would provide only $4,000 in annual income. If you will need $20,000 from your savings each year, you should have $500,000 socked away by the time you retire. Withdrawing $40,000 annually might require $1 million in savings.

The longer you have before retirement, the more time you have to take advantage of long-term savings and compounding of potential returns.

If you have a workplace plan, you might start by saving enough to receive any employer match and then increase your savings percentage by 1% each year until you reach 15% or more. You may need to target a higher percentage if you get a late start. Even if retirement is coming soon, you might be surprised by how much you can save if you focus on that goal.

Relying too much on Social Security

Social Security was never meant to meet all your retirement income needs. The average 2019 monthly benefit of $1,461 for a retired worker and $2,448 for a couple would hardly provide a comfortable retirement. The 2019
maximum worker benefit of $2,861 at full retirement age would be better, but that would require maximum taxable Social Security earnings for at least 35 years. If you postpone claiming Social Security after reaching full retirement age, your benefit increases by 8% annually. For example, if you were born in 1960 or later, your full retirement age will be 67 under current law, so working until age 70 would increase your benefit by 24%.3

According to the most recent trustees report, Social Security may be able to pay out only 77% of scheduled retirement benefits beginning in 2034, unless Congress takes action to strengthen the program.4 Considering the importance of Social Security, it seems unlikely that benefits will be reduced to that level, but this is another reason not to count too much on Social Security benefits for retirement income.

Not paying off debts

Carrying heavy debt can be a strain at any stage of life, but it can be especially difficult for retirees living on a fixed income. Paying off your home before you retire not only reduces your monthly expenses but also provides equity that could be tapped if necessary for future needs. Before paying off your mortgage, however, it might be wise to pay off credit cards and other high-interest loans.

The road to retirement can be challenging, but avoiding the mistakes made by those who have traveled before you may help you reach your destination with fewer regrets.

1-2 National Association of Plan Advisors, December 8, 2018

3-4 Social Security Administration, 2019
I hope you found this beneficial and informational. For more information about me and my services, visit my website: www.duane.wrfa.com

Thank you for your interest.
Duane Silbernagel is a Financial Advisor in Lincoln City, Oregon offering securities through Waddell & Reed, Inc., Member FINRA and SIPC. He can be reached at (541) 614-1322 or via email at DSilbernagel@wradvisors.com.

This article is meant to be general in nature and should not be construed as investment or financial advice related to your personal situation. The article was written by an independent third party, Broadridge Investor Communication Solutions, Inc. (Copyright 2019) and is provided for informational and educational purposes only. Waddell& Reed is not affiliated with www.newslincolncounty.com website and is not responsible for any other content posted to this website.  (11/19)

Newport City Hall Update on Vacation Rentals

Short-Term Rental Ordinance Implementation Work Group meeting
City of Newport
Tuesday, November 19, 10:30 a.m.
Newport City Hall

Newport City staff and Community Service Officer Jim Folmar will be reporting on progress regarding vacation rental complaints; data unearthed by LodgingRevs, the City’s new third-party monitoring company; enforcement issues, complaint submission quirks, and discussion of possible tweaking of Short Term Rental ordinance code regarding Phase Out in residential areas where STRs are no longer allowed.

There will be time for Public Comments by attendees at the end of the meeting.
The Agenda for this meeting will be available at: https://newportoregon.gov/citygov/comm/stroiwg.asp

NOTE: To file a vacation rental complaint, there are three ways to do it:
• Call the complaint hot line: 800-207-9727
• Submit through the City’s online portal: https://lodging.munirevs.com/complaint/?cityid=572
• Email Community Officer Jim Folmar directly: j.folmar@newportpolice.net
If the problem a police emergency, call 911.

A very lovely wake-up call…

No alarm clock required when the sun pours in like butterscotch!
Cecille Kennedy photo

Sunrise a la Julie Sacchetti

Sunrise clouds running away with the morning mist!
Kim Carlson photo