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.

Lincoln City Parks and Recreation Supervisor receives award from Oregon Recreation and Parks Association

Lincoln City Parks and Recreation is pleased to announce that Recreation Supervisor, Boone Marker, has received the 2019 Oregon Recreation and Parks Association ‘Outstanding New Professional’ award

This award recognizes a parks and recreation professional with a minimum of 3 years experience, and a maximum of 15 years, who has demonstrated leadership, initiative, innovation and overall contribution to the parks and recreation profession.

When asked for his reaction, Boone Marker said, I’m completely honored by this award.  I’m thankful to my team for all their hard work in making Lincoln City Parks & Recreation a success.”

Lincoln City Parks and Recreation Director, Jeanne Sprague said, “Boone is the epitome of a genuine Parks & Recreation professional, with his positive leadership, enthusiasm for health and wellness, great new ideas, and obvious care for our Lincoln City Community.  We’re fortunate to have him with LC Parks & Recreation. Thank you for recognizing him, ORPA.”

‘Coach Boone’ started his career at the Boys and Girls Club of Salem in 2000.  He made his way to Lincoln City in the fall of 2015, to begin his work in LC Parks & Recreation. As Recreation Supervisor, he has started many new projects including Movies in the Park, Pickleball play and tournament, increased sports league participation (volleyball, basketball, soccer, track, cross country), new branding of the Dept, and much more!

Should you have questions or comments about ORPA or Boone’s award, please reach out anytime to Parks and Recreation Director, Jeanne Sprague at jsprague@lincolncity.org, 541.996.1222.

Lincoln City Receives Distinguished Safety Award

On Friday, September 27th at the League of Oregon Cities Annual Conference in Bend the City of Lincoln City received the Silver 2019 CIS/LOC Annual Safety Award.  On hand to accept the award was Councilor Diana Hinton and Councilor Mitch Parsons.  This award represents a successful program with few or no days lost to on-the-job injuries.  Lincoln City continues to focus on a safe workplace environment.

 

You’re Invited: Dedication of New Rotary Musical Instrument Playground at Regatta Park

 

 

 

The dedication for the Rotary Musical Instrument Playground at Regatta Park will be on Saturday, August 24th at 12:30pm at Regatta Park. It will be part of the Oregon Children’s Music Festival (OCMF), which is an all-day event at Regatta Park. The OCMF is kicking off the event by introducing their program “Piano Push Play” which is a project that temporarily installs grand pianos in 5 of our public spaces: Regatta Park, 51st Street/Taft, Nelscott Deck, Community Center and the Public Plaza by Bob’s Books. The Rotary Club of Lincoln City, Lincoln City Parks and Recreation Board, Lincoln City Chamber of Commerce and Lincoln City City Council members will be attending the dedication for the new musical instruments. This family friendly event is open to all. Join us in celebrating the dedication and the love of music and children.