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Help for Writers at Driftwood Public Library

Do you have questions about a book you want to write? Have you written a book and wonder about editing? Do you want to know more about how to publish and market your book once it’s complete?

Come join local international-bestselling author and professional editor, Christa Yelich-Koth, at Driftwood Public Library on Saturday, March 14th, from 1 p.m. – 2 p.m. Christa will answer questions you may have about the writing, editing, marketing, and publishing worlds.

Christa’s most recent book is The Jade Castle, the first book in the Land of Iyah cycle. It was published last summer. Christa comes from a varied educational background, from Spanish Immersion primary school, to vocal music at an arts high school (where she learned classical music and opera), to a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. She’s always had a love for working with animals and found herself most interested in marine biology and entomology. She has published five novels to date, as well as a graphic novel and a comic book series. She has also worked as a professional editor for many years and has been fortunate to work with several bestselling writers, both in the US and Internationally.

Come with your questions and be ready to learn!

City of Lincoln City Invites Public to Public Forum on February 18th

The City of Lincoln City Urban Renewal would like to invite residents and stakeholders to discuss the Roads End/Villages at Cascade Head Urban Renewal Draft Plan at a Public Forum on February 18th. The event will be held at the Lincoln City Cultural Center and will begin with a presentation at 5:30 PM. The Public Forum will highlight the input received from the public, City staff, and the project Advisory Committee regarding the Urban Renewal Area Draft Plan and the potential projects to be pursued in the plan.

Urban renewal is a program authorized under state law and implemented locally that allows for the concentrated use of property tax revenues to upgrade certain designated areas of a city or county. It is not a new tax or an increase in taxes. These urban renewal areas are called “blighted” by state statute and typically contain sections of a city that are underdeveloped, have infrastructure needs and are not contributing fully to the local economy. They can have property which should be developed or redeveloped, or utilities and street and pedestrian systems in poor repair or in need of upgrading. For more information and to find out what has been accomplished using Urban Renewal funds, visit the City website, https://www.lincolncity.org/urbanrenewal.

In April 2019, Lincoln City City Council decided to move ahead with creating an Urban Renewal Plan for the Roads End/Villages area. Creating a Plan takes about a year and involves community input opportunities. A Public Forum was held on January 7th, 2020 to gather input on a list of possible projects to be completed if the Urban Renewal Area is adopted. An online survey was also made available for interested parties that were unable to attend the meeting to provide feedback. At this point, we would like to discuss priority projects to be completed over a 25-year time frame should the Urban Renewal Area by adopted by the Lincoln City City Council.

For more information, contact Jodi Mescher, Economic Development Coordinator at 541-996-5363 or at jmescher@lincolncity.org.

Public Arts Committee Invites Public to Meet Artist Finalists

The City of Lincoln City Public Arts Committee would like to invite the residents, artists and interested parties of Lincoln City to a Public Forum on February 28, 2020 from 5-7pm at City Hall (801 SW HWY 101). This forum will showcase the five finalists for the Public Arts Committee’s Call for Artists. These five finalists will each give a presentation on past work and share their visions for a large scale art installation to be built as part of the renovation of the Lincoln City Cultural Center’s plaza.

As part of the Public Art Master Plan approved by City Council, the Public Arts Committee was given the task of recommending an artist to build a large scale art installation in Lincoln City. The Committee issued an RFQ Call For Artists and received multiple proposals. They narrowed the list to five finalists, Pete Beeman, Hilary Pfiefer, Heidi Erickson, Bill and Karma Simmons, and Adrienne Peck from Rohleder Borges. These five talented artists will each have an opportunity to share photos of previous art installations and talk about their vision for this project. They will then be available to answer questions from the public. Comment cards will be available for the public to fill out and light refreshments will be provided.

The Public Arts Committee hopes many people come to this forum as this installation will be a permanent addition to Lincoln City and wants as much input from the public as possible to aid in their recommendation. After the forum and interviews, the Committee will narrow the list to one recommendation which they will present to City Council for approval.

For more information, contact Liz Francis, Executive Assistant to the Director at 541-996-1272 or at lfrancis@lincolncity.org.

Urban Renewal Area Plan Public Input Forums Scheduled

As you may be aware, in April 2019 Lincoln City City Council decided to move ahead with creating an Urban Renewal Plan for the Roads End/Villages area. Creating a Plan takes about a year and involves community input opportunities.

We will be hosting the first of two public forums on Tuesday, January 7th at Ace’s Bar and Grill. The event will begin at 5:30 PM. We will be discussing the proposed urban renewal boundary and a list of potential capital projects to be completed in the area over a 25 year time horizon. The event is open to all interested community members and stakeholders and we are very interested in hearing your feedback!

The second public forum will be held Tuesday, February 18th at the Lincoln City Cultural Center at 5:30 PM.

We will also be sending out an online survey for folks that are unable to attend the public forums.

Should you have questions about the new Urban Renewal Area Plan and how you can provide your feedback, please do not hesitate to ask. For more information; call, email, or stop by the office:

Jodi Mescher | Economic Development Coordinator Alison Robertson | Director, Urban Renewal & Economic Development
541-996-5365 541-996-1207
JMescher@lincolncity.org
ARobertson@lincolncity.org
City Hall, 801 SW Hwy 101, Lincoln City, OR City Hall, 801 SW Hwy 101, Lincoln City, OR

Now Available for Checkout at Driftwood Public Library: Wifi Hotspots

In the past decade, Internet access has become a given: every job requires an online application, homework is done online, and even something as simple as paying a bill often requires an email address. The problem is, Internet access isn’t within everyone’s reach. Driftwood Public Library is taking one small step to alleviate this with WiFi hotspots that can be checked out by anyone with a full-privilege DPL library card.

The library has purchased ten WiFi hotspots that can be checked out by members of the public for up to two weeks, at no charge. A hotspot is a device that uses cellular data to provide wireless Internet access. It is portable and will work anywhere there is cellular coverage. The DPL hotspots will allow up to ten WiFi-enabled devices to connect. Hotspots can be used for email, surfing the web, downloading ebooks, streaming video, and any other function for which you would normally use WiFi or cellular data. Since the library is supplying the data plan, patrons are expected to adhere to the library’s Electronic Access Policy ( https://driftwoodlib.org/pdf/policy_electronic_access.pdf ).

The hotspots are not renewable, and will need to be returned after two weeks. Just as with most library items, there are no overdue fines associated with the hotspot. However, once the hotspot is overdue, the full cost of the device will be added to the patron account. This charge will be waived once the hotspot is returned in full working order. The data plan will be disabled on any hotspot that is overdue, rendering it useless.

Driftwood Public Library considers Internet access to be an important part of patrons’ access to information. The library has had computers for public use for many years, and wireless access in the library building for about a decade. While ten hotspots can’t bridge the digital divide for every Driftwood patron, the library hopes that extending access in this way will be of benefit to the entire community.

Driftwood Public Library is located at 801 SW HWY 101, on the second floor of the City Hall building, adjacent to McKay’s Market and across the street from Burger King. For more information about library services or about wifi hotspots, please contact Kirsten Brodbeck-Kenney at 541-996-1251 or via email at kbrodbeck-kenney@lincolncity.org, or visit the library’s website at http://www.driftwoodlib.org.

Roads End/ Villages at Cascade Head Urban Renewal Draft Plan

An urban renewal feasibility study was completed for the Roads End / Villages at Cascade Head area in 2019 which indicated that urban renewal would be able to help provide funding to assist in improving the infrastructure in this area. For more information about Urban Renewal and tax increment financing, please refer to the Urban Renewal 101 attachment.
The Draft Boundary Map includes 2 boundaries, A & B. If the urban renewal plan is adopted, Boundary A (shown in pink hash marks) will be the initial urban renewal area. Boundary B (shown in blue) shows where the urban renewal area could be expanded to over 15 – 20 years.
An Advisory Committee has been convened to help guide the preparation of an urban renewal plan for Roads End/Villages at Cascade Head. In addition to their advice, there will be two Open Houses to help gather public input on the proposed urban renewal plan. This plan will establish an urban renewal boundary, goals and objectives for the area, and will outline projects and programs that will help to improve the conditions in the area. The urban renewal plan must be adopted by City Council.

Upcoming public input meetings:

January 7th: RE/V Advisory Committee Meeting
City Hall, Northwest Conference Room; 3:30 PM – 5:00 PM

January 7th: Community Open House #1
Aces Bar & Grill Banquet Room; 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM

February 18th: RE/V Advisory Committee Meeting
City Hall, Northwest Conference Room; 3:30 PM – 5:00 PM

February 18th: Community Open House #2
Location TBD; 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM

For more information or to provide input, please contact:
Alison Robertson: ARobertson@LincolnCity.org
Jodi Mescher: JMescher@LincolnCity.org

Urban Renewal 101

Draft Boundary Map

Lincoln City Roads End Urban Renewal Feasibility Study

DRIFTWOOD PUBLIC LIBRARY PRESENTS INFORMATION SESSION FOR VETERANS AND OTHERS

Everyone is invited Tuesday, Nov. 12, to Lincoln City’s public library for a day-long observance of Veterans Day. Featured will be Devon Whitaker of the state Veterans Affairs office in Newport who can answer questions about state and federal veterans programs and services. The session gets under way at 10 a.m. on the second floor library at 801 SW HWY 101 in Lincoln City.

Library staff are also gathering respected military histories about America’s combat troops, from the Revolutionary War to the present day. All these books will be available for check-out in the library, and will be displayed along with John McCrae’s famous poem, “In Flanders Fields.”

Veterans Day is observed each year on Nov. 11th, a Federal holiday. Originally called Armistice Day, it marks “eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month” of 1918 when the guns fell silent, signaling the end of World War 1. While Memorial Day specifically honors those who lost their lives in service to their country, Veterans Day honors all veterans, living or dead. It offers an opportunity to give thanks to living veterans who served their country honorably during war or peacetime.

The event will take place at Driftwood Public Library in the Fischer Room, and is free and open to the public. The library is located on the second floor of the City Hall building at 801 SW HWY 101, across the street from Burger King and adjacent to McKay’s Market. Questions about the event can be directed to the library’s director, Kirsten Brodbeck-Kenney, who can be reached at kbrodbeck-kenney@lincolncity.org, or at 541-996-1251.

NEW NATURE PARK TRAILING AHEAD

If you haven’t taken a look at our new Park’s progress, I encourage you to go see firsthand. The new Park is nestled in the wooded area of SE 3rd and Keel, creating an oasis in Lincoln City. Careful planning, research and sustainable use have played key roles in the development of this park. The process of selective tree thinning, a method of tree removal that minimized damage to other trees and the environment, was implemented. The new Park also encompasses a protected wetland area, which has been preserved and is home to various wildlife. You will soon be able to walk amongst the sounds of nature and lofty trees on the newly constructed trail that leads to a Story Circle natural area. Lincoln City Parks & Recreation Maintenance staff has laid the base layer and outlined the trail, paving the way for community volunteers to help add the final materials to the trail this Saturday, October 26th during the Trail Party.
In the upcoming years (2020- and on) Lincoln City Parks & Recreation plans to develop more of the park, which may include more trails, a dog park, a viewing station of the wetlands, etc.
In the meantime, Lincoln City is asking for your help to name the Park. If you have a name idea, please contact LoRee LaFon, Parks & Recreation Ambassador at llafon@lincolncity.org for an application or stop by City Hall and pick one up. All entries will be reviewed by the Parks and Recreation Board, City Management, with final decision from City Council. Winner of this contest will receive one free annual membership to the Lincoln City Community Center. Entries must be received by November 15th. Follow https://www.facebook.com/LincolnCityParksandRecreation/ for exciting news and updates. Should you have questions or comments, please contact Parks and Recreation Director, Jeanne Sprague at jsprague@lincolncity.org, 541.996.1222.