Month: June 2021

COVID-19 Update

The City Manager announced today that as of June 30, 2021, Lincoln City will be implementing the lighter restrictions enacted by Governor Brown’s Executive Order Number 21-15.  The Order revokes substantive public health restrictions around face coverings, physical distancing, and capacity limits effective at 12:01 a.m. June 30, 2021.

Employees of Lincoln City will not be required to wear face coverings or practice physical (social) distancing.  City facilities will have no longer have COVID-related capacity limits. Please continue to check requirements for activities related to the use of City facilities as some COVID requirements from the Governor’s order remain in place.

D River Welcome Center and Lincoln City Cultural Center receive funding

D River Welcome Center, Lincoln City: $2.547 million. D River Park is the most popular beach wayside in the state. It is also the first place that the 20 million people who drive through Lincoln City annually get a look at the ocean. Over one million visitors to pull in each year to watch the surf or enjoy the beach.

Lincoln City is finalizing the transfer of the Wayside from the State to the City. The plan is to transform the Park with a state-of-the-art welcome center, upgraded restrooms, landscaping and improved beach access. With the planned upgrades, D-River Wayside will become the most valuable tourism asset in Lincoln City.

Lincoln City Cultural Center: $1.8 million. The nonprofit Lincoln City Cultural Center has spent 13 years and $1.5 million to turn the historic Delake School (circa 1929) into a well-equipped center for arts, culture and community programs, hosting 350 events with an attendance of 45,000 in 2019. From the outside, however, the center still looks like an abandoned school surrounded by broken sidewalks, old fences, poor lighting and potholes.

The Lincoln City Cultural Plaza would transform these grounds with accessible pathways, gathering places, well-designed and expanded parking, public art and vendor amenities, and an artistic welcome mat to the 8.8 million cars that pass by on Hwy. 101 each year.

The State approved a $1.5M appropriation in the 2019-21 Budget. However, the appropriation was rescinded when Lottery Bond sales were cancelled due to COVID.  

Original News Bulletin from Representative Gomberg found here.

Governor Kate Brown Announces Oregon to Reopen No Later than Wednesday, June 30

Under COVID-19 Recovery Order, state’s emergency response will transition to focus on COVID-19 recovery efforts in the coming months

Governor Kate Brown today signed a recovery-focused executive order lifting all remaining COVID-19 health and safety restrictions issued under Oregon’s emergency statutes. Restrictions will be lifted when Oregon achieves a 70% first dose adult vaccination rate or on Wednesday, June 30, whichever occurs sooner. With restrictions lifted, the state will shift to a focus on helping Oregonians and communities recover from the impacts and the economic toll of the pandemic.

“I’m proud of our collective efforts to vaccinate more than 2.3 million Oregonians. It is because of this success that we can move Oregon forward, and into the next chapter of this pandemic. We are ready,” said Governor Brown.

“We should all take pride in the work we have done to bring us to this moment. The efforts underway to close our vaccine equity gap and reach every Oregonian with information and a vaccine have definitely helped bring us this far. Thank you to all who are going the extra mile to vaccinate Oregonians.”

The Governor signed the executive order today in a press conference with Oregon Health Authority Director Patrick Allen, state epidemiologist Dr. Dean Sidelinger, and Oregon Department of Education Director Colt Gill.

Recovery Order

The Governor’s recovery order rescinds Executive Order 20-66, the successor to her original “Stay Home, Save Lives” order and subsequent “Safe and Strong Oregon” orders, which authorized Oregon’s statewide mask mandate and the county risk level system, including restrictions on businesses and other sectors for physical distancing, capacity limits, closing times, and more. The recovery order also rescinds Executive Order Order 20-22 (Non-urgent Healthcare Procedures), Executive Order 21-06 (K-12 Schools), Executive Order 20-28 (Higher Education), and Executive Order 20-19 (Childcare Facilities).

With the repeal of the set of executive orders that placed COVID-19 related restrictions on Oregonians, the recovery order extends the emergency declaration for the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The Governor’s remaining emergency authority will be limited in focus to COVID-19 recovery efforts, similar to the recovery executive order currently in place for 2020 wildfire season recovery.

Emergency authority continues to be necessary to provide flexibility and resources for vaccination efforts, health system response to COVID-19 including staffing flexibility, Oregon’s access to FEMA, enhanced SNAP benefits, and other federal aid, to allow the continued operation of certain emergency child care providers through the summer, unemployment insurance claim processing, and more. The recovery order does not provide authorization for agencies to renew restrictions based on emergency authorities.

Continued Governor Brown: “This is a pivotal moment for Oregon. We have endured a lot over the past several months. We must recognize that it has been exceptionally difficult for our Black, Indigenous, Latino, Latina, Latinx, Asian, Pacific Islander, and Tribal communities. Disparities that existed before are even wider now. I am incredibly proud of the work that our local health partners and community-based organizations have done to reach Oregonians from communities of color and make progress toward closing the equity gaps in our vaccination efforts.

“Brighter days are ahead. And, we are more determined than ever to make sure we ground our state in a strong recovery that reaches every single Oregonian as we turn a page on this chapter of the pandemic. Our work is not done, but we can all take a moment to celebrate that by next week, we will be moving forward together.”

Some statewide mask requirements may stay in place in specialized settings following federal guidance, including airports, public transit, and health care settings. The Governor’s recovery order will remain in effect until December 31, 2021, unless terminated earlier.

K-12 Education, Higher Education, and Childcare

Rescinding the Governor’s executive orders for K-12 schools, higher education, and childcare will mean a shift to a more traditional, local decision-making model for communities when it comes to serving the health and safety needs of students and children.

In order to ensure a return to full-time, in-person instruction in the fall, the Oregon Department of Education and the Oregon Health Authority will be issuing updated, advisory guidance for the 2021-22 school year. Schools will still be expected to comply with longstanding regulations around the control of infectious diseases, and to have a communicable disease management plan.

Additional materials
• A copy of Governor Brown’s signed recovery order is available here.
• A copy of the Governor’s prepared remarks from today’s press conference is available here.
• More information on vaccines is available at

Chlorine Supply Disruption update for Lincoln City Update

Update 06.25.21:

Update on chlorine supply impacts resulting from a recent electrical failure at Westlake Chemical in Longview, Washington. The electrical failure caused a complete facility shut down two weeks ago. This Westlake facility produces much of the chlorine product supply for the Pacific Northwest.
The Oregon Association of Clean Water Agencies (ACWA) has been working diligently in a coordinated effort with the state Office of Emergency Management (OEM), the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), the League of Oregon Cities (LOC), the Special Districts Association of Oregon (SDAO), the Oregon Water/Wastewater Agency Response Network (ORWARN), the Oregon Health Authority (OHA), and local water and wastewater providers to maintain an accurate picture of the situation and to assist water and wastewater utilities in addressing a variety of chlorine supply challenges. ACWA is participating in daily meetings of the Emergency Command Center and a water/wastewater utility coordinating group.
This morning, OEM staff reported that Westlake successfully installed a replacement electrical transformer and completed its testing earlier this week. This enabled the restart of the facility on Wednesday, June 23rd, earlier than initially estimated. The Longview plant was able to secure a spare transformer from its customer, NORPAC, and the plant has been safely restarted. Although this is promising news, it will take time to resolve the chlorine shortage situation across the region. Because of the duration of the shut-down, there will be a lag time in restoring normal supplies to the region. State and federal agencies worked with a supplier in Canada and have secured some additional chlorine, which has been received at the Westlake site for distribution as a stop-gap measure.
While some water and wastewater utilities have been receiving shipments of chlorine products, others have not, and some are experiencing difficulties in getting information from suppliers about when deliveries will be made.  ACWA is continuing to coordinate with state and local partners to support wastewater systems to secure access to necessary chlorine supply or have other tools/resources needed to maintain environmental quality and permit compliance.
Last week ACWA, in collaboration with LOC and SDAO, distributed a survey of chlorine inventories and delivery schedules to all of the ACWA main contacts. We received completed surveys from nearly 120 wastewater treatment agencies across the state. The survey responses have been tremendously helpful to ACWA and DEQ in maintaining situational awareness, and in identifying critical needs and facilities that have material that can be shared. Thank you to all of you who responded.

The Lincoln City Public Works Department continues to monitor the situation closely and still has no issues at this point with the chlorine supply disruption and the water is safe to drink. We will monitor the situation closely and take proactive actions if necessary.

We aren’t asking people to curtail water use beyond good conservation practices at this time with a looming drought.

Original 06.18.21:

The Lincoln City Public Works Department has been proactively working this issue over the last 24 hours and we have coordinated with Lincoln City Parks and Recreation Department. Here is the current status for Lincoln City;

  • Our water treatment method uses chlorine in the form of chlorine gas in very small amounts to ensure our water is safe to drink. We have approximately 80 days of chlorine supply remaining.
  • Some wastewater treatment plants also use chlorine gas but ours does not – we use ultra-violet light to disinfect.
  • Our pools were converted to an ultra-violet and Calcium Hypochlorite tablet system in 2017; we have enough supply of the tablets to get us through the summer.

Currently the City has no issues at this point with the chlorine supply disruption and the water is safe to drink.  We will monitor the situation closely and take proactive actions if necessary.

We aren’t asking people to curtail water use beyond good conservation practices at this time.

Special Election City Council Ward I

Effective April 12, 2021, there is one vacancy for City Council Ward I. There will be a special election held September 21, 2021.

As the elected legislative body of the City of Lincoln City, the Mayor and City Council have overall responsibility for the scope, direction and financing of City services.

The City Council meets on the second and fourth Mondays of each month at 6:00 pm. Meetings are traditionally held in the City Council Chambers, City Hall, Third Floor, 801 SW Hwy 101, Lincoln City, Oregon.

In addition to regularly scheduled Council meetings, the Mayor and City Council members will generally spend time reviewing material in preparation for the meetings; attend additional meetings as well as talking and corresponding with constituents.

The City Council also serves as the governing body of the Urban Renewal Agency.

Important information:

  • The election is for the remaining term for Ward I, expiring December 31, 2024.
  • The deadline to file application and have signatures verified with the City is July 19, 2021 at noon.  
  • You must be a resident of the City for the previous six months and reside in Ward I.  
  • Applications can be obtained by emailing or on the City’s website at
  • Form SEL 101 needs to be submitted for verification before you will receive pre-printed SEL121. 
  • Form SEL 121 (signature form) needs to be submitted with at least 25 valid signatures by July 19, 2021 at noon.  
  • Election date is September 21, 2021.
  • Deadline to file with the County for the Voter’s Pamphlet is July 26, 2021.

Excessive Heat Warning for Lincoln County, OR

From NOAA National Weather Service   UNPRECEDENTED HEAT EXPECTED THIS WEEKEND INTO EARLY NEXT WEEK…   Strong high pressure over the Pacific Northwest will bring a stretch of unseasonably hot weather to much of southwest Washington and northwest Oregon.   Temperatures will already be in the low to mid 90s beginning Friday, but increase further to dangerous levels Saturday through Monday.

High temperatures will run 20 to 30 degrees above normal for late June at many locations, putting numerous daily, monthly and possible all-time high temperature records in jeopardy.   Overnight lows will also be unseasonably warm, limiting the amount of relief from the heat and contributing to increased risk of heat related illnesses. The heat is expected to peak Sunday, then gradually trending downward towards the middle of next week. However even next week will be 10 to 20 degrees above normal.  

WHAT…Dangerously hot conditions with temperatures in the mid 90s to low 100s expected. Overnight lows in the mid-60s to low 70s.  

* WHERE…In Washington, South Washington Cascades. In Oregon, Coast Range of Northwest Oregon, Central Coast Range of Western Oregon, Northern Oregon Cascade Foothills, Northern Oregon Cascades, Cascade Foothills in Lane County and Cascades in Lane County.  

* WHEN…From 10 AM Saturday to 11 PM PDT Monday.  

* IMPACTS…Extreme heat will significantly increase the potential for heat related illnesses, particularly for those working or participating in outdoor activities.  

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS…The hot daytime temperatures, combined with warm overnight lows, will result in high heat risk and heat related stress.  

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…   Drink plenty of fluids, stay in an air-conditioned room, stay out of the sun, and check up on relatives and neighbors. Young children and pets should never be left unattended in vehicles under any circumstances.   Take extra precautions if you work or spend time outside. When possible reschedule strenuous activities to early morning or evening. Know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Wear lightweight and loose fitting clothing when possible. To reduce risk during outdoor work, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration recommends scheduling frequent rest breaks in shaded or air conditioned environments. Anyone overcome by heat should be moved to a cool and shaded location. Heat stroke is an emergency! Call 911

Final Week for Oregonians to Get Vaccinated for “Take Your Shot, Oregon” Prizes

Drawings for $1 million, $10,000 county prizes, $100,000 scholarships, and more Salem, OR—Correction: An earlier version if this release stated that additional county drawings would occur on June 28. Drawings for Take Your Shot, Oregon will begin on June 28 with winners announced in July.

Governor Kate Brown urged Oregonians today to get vaccinated as soon as possible, with less than one week remaining before the first Take Your Shot, Oregon drawing on June 28.

Oregonians 18 and older have the chance to win $1 million or one of 36 $10,000 prizes––with one winner in each county in Oregon. Oregonians age 12 to 17 have a chance to win one of five $100,000 Oregon College Savings Plan scholarships. Oregonians must receive at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine before the draw date to be entered to win.

“Don’t miss your chance to win $1 million––if you have been waiting to get vaccinated, go get it done today,” said Governor Brown. “It’s never been easier to get a vaccine, so don’t miss your shot to enter. Vaccines are the best tool available to protect yourself and your loved ones from COVID-19. We are so close to hitting a 70% adult vaccination rate statewide, so we can lift health and safety restrictions and return to a sense of normalcy.”

New Prizes Announced

New prizes have been added to the Take Your Shot, Oregon campaign. Four travel packages to destinations around Oregon have also been added courtesy of Travel Oregon. The travel prizes are valued at up to $2,000 and include lodging, accommodations, dining, and activities for two at iconic Oregon travel destinations. In addition, several counties have partnered with the state to add additional prizes for the Take Your Shot, Oregon campaign.

Washington County is adding 10 additional $10,000 prizes, plus five additional $20,000 scholarships. Additional new county prizes include:
• Coos County: Ten $10,000 prizes
• Curry: Two $10,000 prizes
• Gilliam: Ten $10,000 prizes, one $10,000 scholarship
• Jefferson: Eight $10,000 prizes, three $10,000 scholarships
• Malheur: Ten $2,500 prizes
• Morrow: Two $20,000 prize and three $10,000 prizes
• Polk: Two $10,000 prizes
• Sherman: Twenty $2,700 prizes
• Wallowa: One $10,000 prize and two $5,000 scholarships

Take Your Shot, Oregon drawings will begin on June 28, with winners announced in July. All Oregonians who have received a federally-administered vaccine dose, such as a VA health facility, Oregonians vaccinated out-of-state, and those who were vaccinated during a clinical trial can go to to fill out a simple online form to make sure they are entered to win. People who received vaccines through Tribal vaccination clinics and sites are already entered to win and do not need to sign up individually.

Original News Bulletin found here.

City Hall phones and 911 Service down as of 11:50pm on Monday June 21 (Update: Phone service fully restored)

UPDATE2: Phone service fully restored

UPDATE: The LCPD Text-to-911 system is working; to report an emergency the public can use Text-to-911, or contact their nearest Fire Station, Hospital, or come to the Police Department.

Original: City Hall phone service and 911 Service Outage for the City of Lincoln City area. If 911 or the non-emergency number for Dispatch does not work then call 541-336-5555 at the Toledo Dispatch Center for assistance.