LINCOLN CITY — After wanting to take over jurisdiction of Logan Road for over half a decade, Lincoln City may come to an agreement with the county in the upcoming fiscal year.
Following a visit from City Councilor Diana Hinton at their budget meeting in Lincoln City on May 8, three representatives from the county came forward to discuss the potential transfer at Monday’s city council meeting: County Commissioner Kaety Jacobson, County Attorney Wayne Belmont and Public Works Director Roy Kinion.
“While I am fairly new to the county and to the commission,” said Jacobson, “it is my understanding that Logan Road has been a piece of property that Lincoln City has wanted over the last several years. I believe the county was really working under the auspice of fixing the road first, with specifically a culvert, and then giving it over but, at a recent budget committee meeting we held here in Lincoln City, there was some public comment — both by someone on the city council as well as from citizens — about being able to take that road now, and so we are here basically to discuss the idea of transferring that road to you now with some cash provisions, allowing you to do the fixes of that road.”
Belmont explained that part of what kept the county from moving forward so far was a conflict of county road jurisdiction and city utilities in the area.
“I understand there may be some issues here we’ve got to discuss tonight about utilities in that particular area,” said Belmont, “that maybe having that all under city control — in terms of determining what to do and when to do it — would be better. And we’re willing to— we’re willing, from our perspective, to do that and to talk about what that would take in terms of the transfer of money.”
He also commented that this type of transaction is one that the county is familiar with, as it is often one they go through when taking over roads from ODOT. When the council asked for numbers — repair estimates and how much the county would be willing to give — Belmont answered that the county had sent those numbers to city staff. Anderson responded that the council had not been briefed, so the discussion was turned over to the city manager.
“I think part of what we would need to do in our discussions with the county staff, in order to know what the price would be,” said City Manager Ron Chandler, “is to also know what is actually going to be done. I don’t think you can estimate a price without us agreeing that this is the work that needs to be done to correct that situation. So I think that’s your biggest hurdle is just coming to that point in working with the county, to come up with that.”