Month: July 2018


Don’t miss out on the summer events at Lincoln City’s Driftwood Public Library.

  • The Family Night activities at the library on Wednesdays at 6:30 PM continue to be VERY popular. Last week, 132 children and their families attended a performance from Alex Zerbe the Zaniac, a juggler and prop comedian. The remaining events are as follows:
  • July 25th: Chayag: South American music
  • August 1st: Brad Clark story songs
  • August 8th: The Oregon Bird Man (live birds!)
  • August 15th: Henrik Bothe, juggler and magician
  • August 22nd: Oregon Rocks! (play with rocks and learn about geology)
  • On Sunday, July 15th, the library hosted a free concert from professional violist Rose Hashimoto. She played a number of pieces, some traditional and some highly experimental, that showcase the versatility of the viola. Rose is a Juilliard-trained musician who resides in New York City, but who has family in Seattle and Oregon. This is the second time she has played free of charge at the library; the last time was with The Evergreen String Quartet in 2015. 41 people attended this performance, and many lingered afterward to talk to Rose about music and performing. Video of one of the more experimental pieces can be seen on the library’s Facebook page, here:


The City Council Sets New Budget for Police Building

The Lincoln City Council met on July 18th to review the status of the proposed police budget and set a new budget.  The City Council previously established a budget of $10.5 million which was based on debt payments on the building.  The City’s charter allows using transient room tax funds for building construction and maintenance.

The original design was estimated to cost approximately $14.5 million.  The City Council asked staff and the architects to reduce the size of the building from 24,000 square feet to 18,000 square feet and work toward the $10.5 million budget.  It was anticipated in February that the price might be higher however the City Council wanted to work toward the new budget.

Tonight we presented a new estimate of $12.5 million based on the reduced building size and other cuts.  The original plan included demolishing the old building but we will save approximately $500,000 by deferring it’s demolition.  Tonight’s proposal also deferred landscaping until a later date.

After reviewing all of the proposed cuts, the Council added a few items back in and approved a budget of $12.6 million.

We still plan to limit the debt service to $10.5 million and the remaining $2.1 million will be covered by City funds.  The largest sources of revenue will come from City reserves.  The City’s finance director and I will present the required resolutions for using these funds in August.

We anticipate ground breaking in November.


The City would like to thank everyone that participated in the July 5th beach cleanup.  It was a great success and a lot of fun.  We sincerely appreciate all you do to keep Lincoln City beautiful.


The appearance of buildings and streetscapes in Lincoln City is an area of concern for city officials and community residents.  The City’s Planning Department has hired a consultant to evaluate the existing design standards and address the necessary changes to achieve a desired look and function. Over the next six months the consultants will assist with:

  • Establishing a vision, goals, objectives, and policies for streetscape aesthetics and building design
  • Determine preferences through a public education and outreach program
  • Propose new or revised code sections that will result in streetscape aesthetic and building designs that are practical, affordable, and appropriate for the community and environment
  • Identify ways to improve administration of the city code and incentives that will promote good aesthetics and design

To help guide this project and provide community ideas on design preferences, the Planning Department has organized a project advisory committee.  The committee is made up of individuals with design experience, representatives of local businesses, neighborhoods, and organizations.  The first meeting for the committee was June 22nd.  At that meeting, the committee discussed goals for the project and reviewed the current design standards.

After the consultants conduct a visual preference survey and workshop, they will share key findings with the advisory committee at a second meeting later this summer.  The group will then confirm a strategy for moving forward.  The last meeting will be this fall, when committee members will review a draft of proposed changes to the code

Before and changes are made to the city’s design standards, the Planning Commission and City Council will conduct public hearings to give notice.

Project Advisory Committee Members: Marty Rollins, Joe Getty, Danelle Lochrie, Diana Portwood, Dave Price, Jeff Syrop, Nora Sherwood, Rich Briggs, Shawn Kehr, representatives from the Bay Area Merchants Association, Lincoln City Chamber of Commerce, and the State Historic Preservation Office.

For more information and continued updates on the Design Standards Project please visit Design Standards Project 2018.