Lincoln City news roundup

Damage caused by a water main break on Nov. 5 in the 3000 block of Southwest Anchor Avenue in Lincoln City caused temporary water shutoffs and severely damaged the roadway. (Photo by Michael Heinbach)

Water main break causes temporary shutoffs

A broken water main the morning of Nov. 5 on Southwest Anchor Avenue between Southwest 32nd Street and Southwest Anchor Court did severe damage to the roadbed and caused temporary water shutoffs in the area.

The Lincoln City Public Works Department concluded the water main break in the 3000 block of Southwest Anchor Avenue damaged the roadway enough to cause a closure for several days while city crews to make repairs. Water service was temporally restored to the affected area Monday.

According to a Monday morning post on the city’s Facebook page, once the roadway is completely repaired, water will again be turned off in order to replace the water main pipe. Crews will alert those in affected areas.

Work on the road ceased temporarily Wednesday in observance of the Veterans Day holiday. 

For more information, contact the city’s Public Works Department at 541-996-2154. 

Council sets work session on possible parking ordinances 

Following a presentation from City Manager Ron Chandler and a lengthy discussion, the Lincoln City City Council failed to act on proposed new city parking ordinances in favor of scheduling a work session later this month to focus on the issue. 

The council plans to meet virtually at 10 a.m. on Nov. 23, when it’s scheduled to receive proposed ordinance language from City Attorney Richard Appicello and hammer out whether councilors wish to move forward with proposed new parking rules. The regularly scheduled 6 p.m. Nov. 23 council meeting is canceled because of the Thanksgiving holiday later that week.

During its Monday evening business meeting, the council reviewed the results of four meetings Chandler held with citizen groups to receive feedback regarding proposed parking ordinances that would allow residential parking permit areas in specific residential and mixed-use zones. Criteria for areas to qualify include where 25 percent of the average number of non-residential vehicles exceeds the total number of parking spaces available or where 75 percent of the spaces are occupied on a daily basis from Thursdays through Sundays.

Chandler said some of the most common issues addressed during his citizen meetings included that the proposed ordinance would hurt tourism by penalizing day-trippers, that vacation rental dwellings should have a limit on the number of vehicles at the rental and that current parking regulations aren’t being enforced.

“I feel like this is nowhere near a resolution or an ordinance,” Councilor Mitch Parsons said after Chandler’s presentation. “I feel like there are a lot of unanswered questions, and it seemed like the public that attended the meetings still had a lot of unanswered questions. To me it feels like we’re skipping part of the process where maybe the planning department would see this.”

Councilor Riley Hoagland warned the council that input received from a handful of residents might not reflect that of the entire city’s population.

“First of all, we’re talking about a sample size of 33 out of 9,000 residents, so let’s not forget the total number of participants in the four meetings that were held, right? So we don’t want to make judgments just based on that sample size,” he said. 

Lincoln City Mayor Dick Anderson, elected earlier this month to the Oregon Senate’s 5th District seat, noted that much of the parking discussion revolved around VRDs in residential areas, and the city received little input from those who own them.

“Why shouldn’t they be a part of the solution?” he asked. “Otherwise, they run the risk of getting something slammed down that they don’t appreciate.”

Chandler replied that many VRD property managers received invitations to his community meetings but did not respond.

Prior to setting the Nov. 23 work session, Hoagland said he wasn’t currently in favor of moving ahead with the project.

“Without any kind of enforcement, what are we doing here?” Hoagland asked. “And I want to protect, without cost, the residents here in the town, and not make them pay more money for living here.” 

City seeks website redesign, hosting, support services

The city of Lincoln City announced Monday a request for proposals for redesign, hosting and support for the city’s official website, www.lincolncity.org.

The city seeks experienced website design firms to submit proposals by 4 p.m. on Dec. 29. Proposals should begin with website concepts and extend through design, implementation and site maintenance. They should involve projected interfacing with the existing database, combining multiple hosting sites into one host site and implementation of new information products and features suggested by Lincoln City staff and administration.

“An opportunity exists to re-engineer the site to better reflect the city’s emphasis on improving citizen engagement, communication and using the latest technology,” the RFP states. “The city also wants to integrate licensing and billing systems, a facilities renovation system and an email/text notification system to the site.”

Proposals must include firm name, address, telephone number, principal contact, email address, table of contents, a proposed service agreement and a statement that the proposal is firm and irrevocable for 90 days. Additional requirements for proposals include a detailed work plan and budget, a list of experience and qualifications, and more.

According to the city’s proposed timeline, interviews, if necessary, will be conducted during the first week of February, and an announcement of intent of bid award is anticipated the week of Feb. 22. The Lincoln City City Council would then vote March 8 on approving a contact, which is scheduled for finalization March 29. The proposed timeline is subject to change as necessary.

For complete details on the scope of the project, proposal requirements and submission information, visit https://bit.ly/32AwaJr. For more information, contact Tony LaSoya at 541-557-1122 or [email protected]

Compiled by reporter Michael Heinbach.

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