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Lincoln City City Council
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At Monday’s meeting, the Lincoln City City Council appointed committee members, altered a polystyrene foam ban, awarded a contract to fix an aging pump station, discussed fireworks and set goals for the next fiscal year.

Ordinance 2021-05 was approved and adds a 90-day warning period to Ordinance 2020-09, which bans the use of polystyrene foam (Styrofoam) food containers. The ban starts April 1 with full enforcement beginning July 12.

Budget committee appointments were made with Nancy Oksenholt and Ty Guadagno answering questions at the meeting before being appointed by the city council.

Laura Joki and Alanna Miel were both appointed to the Explore Lincoln City committee.

Barbara Hahn and Jane Mulholland were appointed to the Parks and Recreation board.

A construction contract was awarded to Bateson Enterprise, LLC. for $399,998 to upgrade Spyglass Pump Station near Taft High School. This project was approved in the budget with money coming from the Sewer Capital Fund. The pump station is old and in need of upgrading to current standards. New submersible pumps, a flow meter and a standby generator will be installed. HBH Consulting Engineers, Inc. designed the upgrades for $61,990.

A public hearing was held for an alternative contracting method for a street improvement project on 14th Street. The project is a segment of the Head to Bay Trail and will feature a sidewalk extending along West Devils Lake Road to meet with the trail on SE 22nd Street. The $600,000 budget was at odds with the engineer’s estimate of $706,164 after the design was completed. By adopting Best Value Contracting, the contractor can make changes to meet the project budget. This process allows cost saving design changes or substitutions to be identified by review and should expedite construction and eliminate costly change orders.

Discussion was held about how to proceed with a fireworks management plan for 2021. No decisions were made.

City council adopted its FY 2021/2022 goals. These are broad goals and there will be future meetings to discuss the tasks needed to accomplish them. Examples of future tasks include reviewing the role of City committees, future plans for the Villages at Sitka Woods, funding, and climate change measures.

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Justin is publisher of Lincoln City Homepage and an investigative journalist who finds facts. He's on a mission to seek out truth and isn't afraid to be the tip of the spear for freedom of the press.

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2 COMMENTS

  1. I’ll support the ban on polystyrene, perhaps less food containers will be blowing
    into my driveway from Olivia Beach.
    Climate change, I shudder to think what form that’s going to take. I did,
    however speak with a squirrel, and he thought that what we need are less
    people, raccoons and crows, on the other hand, are in favor of blown over trash cans and more people overfilling the cans at vrds.
    I guess I’ll just assume all my fireworks are in limbo and I should shoot them
    off at those two activists that walk by my house, they’ll think they’re in Portland.

  2. I doubt anyone, including council members will read or even possibly believe the
    following comment.
    I just watched a PBS program called Beyond the Elements, the episode in this series was called “indestructible” ALL your concepts about recycling are bunk,
    read some studies, or at least watch some educational tv.
    Current advertising and corporate claims about recycling are LIES, and feel good trash, which is exactly what your “recyclable” bags, and “paper” food containers are. There is little to no escape from the reality, which is our
    technology has not made recycling easy, or inexpensive enough to make any
    difference. Sleep well.

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