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Chlorine Supply Interruption Update for Lincoln City

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.

Spring/Summer Cleaning? Want to have a Garage Sale? Yes, you need a permit

Per city code LCMC 5.8 to have a garage sale in the city limits you must have a permit.

The purpose of requiring the permit is to limit the number of garage sales per year at one location. This prevents flea markets and other such businesses from being established in residential neighborhoods without the proper hearings, variances and permits.

Garage sales shall be allowed twice each calendar year for a maximum of fourteen (14) days. All signage for the sale must follow LCMC 17.72.030.  All signs must be removed within one (1) day after the sale completion.

This permit is free and easy to obtain. The application can be found on our website here or by contacting the Finance Department 541.996.1211

To read the codes in their entirety please go to: www.lincolncity.org/citycharterandlaws

Oregon Housing and Community Services Encourages Landlords to Apply for Assistance

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   June 16, 2021  
CONTACT: Connor McDonnell Oregon Housing and Community Services 503-986-2051 HCS.MediaRequests@oregon.gov  
Oregon Housing and Community Services Encourages Landlords to Apply for Assistance
Millions in Assistance Available to Cover Past Due Rent and Application Has been Extended to June 23rd  

SALEM, OR — Millions of dollars remain in the Landlord Compensation Fund (LCF) program and Oregon Housing and Community Services (OHCS) Director, Margaret Salazar, encourages landlords to apply soon. The application has been extended to Wednesday, June 23rd at 11:59 pm. This is the final opportunity for landlords to apply to get assistance to cover rental debt for all tenants, regardless of income.  

Round three of the Landlord Compensation Fund program opened on June 1, 2021 and included at least $60 million in assistance covering rent-owed by eligible tenants that was accrued from April 1, 2020 through June 30, 2021. The agency encourages tenants to pay their July rent as they wait for assistance to cover past rent owed in order to avoid eviction. With unprecedented demand for assistance, the agency also asks landlords to be patient as community organizations distribute funds.  

Oregon’s Landlord Compensation Program is designed to provide relief to residential landlords who have been unable to collect rent due to tenant hardships. Participating landlords can receive up to 80% of rent owed from April 1, 2020 to June 30, 2021, for qualifying residents. For the first time, landlords can apply for LCF funds to cover former renters. For landlords to learn more and how to apply because go to: https://bit.ly/OHCS-LCF.  

As outlined in statute, landlords may be eligible to receive funding for an amount equal to 80% of the rental debt owed by qualified residents. Participating landlords must agree to forgive the remaining 20% of the tenant’s debt as a condition of receiving payment.   A media briefing was held on May 27, 2021 that provided an overview of the program. To view the briefing please visit: http://bit.ly/LCFbriefingMay27.  

Background on the Landlord Compensation Program  

During the Third Special Session of 2020, the Oregon Legislature enacted an eviction moratorium and established the Landlord Compensation Fund (HB 4401). The Legislature allocated $200 million in rent assistance to support tenants and landlords, which includes $150 million for the Landlord Compensation Fund. This program was designed to provide relief to landlords who have tenants living in their homes who have been unable to pay rent at any point since April 2020 due to a financial hardship.

The program will also eliminate the rent owed for those tenants experiencing a hardship.   Once a landlord’s application is deemed complete and has met the eligibility requirements, Public Housing Authorities (PHAs) will verify ownership, make payments to landlords, and notify tenants that their rent has been forgiven. To date, over $28 M in payments have been made to landlords for this program and the work is ongoing, as PHAs work around the clock to process payments.  

Tenants must provide their landlord with a Declaration of Financial Hardship for Eviction Protection. When tenants provide this form to their landlord, they are protected from eviction through June 30th, 2021, and the landlord may use the form to request payment for rental debt owed from April 1, 2020, through June 2021.   The Landlord Compensation Fund provides direct support to landlords. This program should not be confused with the Oregon Emergency Rental Assistance Program (OERAP) which is also administered by OHCS and recently opened to low-income tenant applications. Tenants in need of assistance can see if they qualify and find more information at Oregonrentalassistance.org

Driftwood Public Library free VHS Tapes

Would you like some free VHS tapes? Or do you know anyone with a VCR that would enjoy some? These are available for free in the lobby of the library during their open hours. Monday through Friday, 10am to 4pm. Please feel free to take as many as you’d like.

Governor Kate Brown Announces Updates to County Risk Levels: Lincoln County is at Low Risk

Governor Kate Brown today announced updates to county risk levels under the state’s public health framework to reduce transmission and protect Oregonians from COVID-19. A complete list of counties and their associated risk levels is available here.

Jackson County has been approved to move down from High Risk to Moderate Risk. Effective Friday, June 18, there will be 22 counties at the Lower Risk level, 5 at Moderate Risk, and 9 at the High Risk level.

In addition, Polk County has reached a 64.24% first dose adult vaccination rate, and will be approved to move to Lower Risk immediately upon achieving 65 percent. Polk County has submitted a complete vaccine equity plan to the Oregon Health Authority.

“We are incredibly close to achieving a 70% statewide adult vaccination rate, bringing us closer to returning to a sense of normalcy and lifting health and safety restrictions,” said Governor Brown. “Vaccines are the best way for Oregonians to protect themselves, their families, and communities against COVID-19. Because so many Oregonians have stepped up to get vaccinated, Oregon’s case rates and hospitalizations have continued to decline.

“But, if you are not vaccinated, COVID-19 remains just as dangerous as before. If you have been waiting to get vaccinated, go get your shot today. It’s never been easier to get vaccinated, and you may just win $1 million through the Take Your Shot, Oregon campaign.”

On May 11, Governor Brown announced that counties that vaccinate at least 65% of their adult residents with at least one dose and submit documentation on how they will close equity gaps in their vaccination efforts are eligible to move to the Lower Risk level. A county vaccination data dashboard is available on OHA’s website. Please note that the dashboard displays state vaccine allocations only, and does not track federally administered vaccine doses. Complete equity plans are available here.

Weekly County Movements

As case rates continue to decline, county risk level changes will be announced every week. Counties can move to lower risk levels based either on vaccination rates and the submission of an equity plan, or declining case rates and positivity rates. The next risk level changes will be announced on Tuesday, June 22, to take effect on Friday, June 25. Some counties, such as Polk County this week and Clackamas County last week, may move sooner if they achieve a 65% vaccination rate after weekly county movements are announced.

When Oregon achieves a first dose 70% statewide vaccination rate for residents 18 or older, Oregon will lift all risk level health and safety restrictions. Some restrictions based on CDC guidance for use of masks and physical distancing may remain in place.

Driftwood Public Library Summer Reading Programs Begin June 15, 2021

Reading Colors Your World at Driftwood Public Library

Summer Reading Programs for All Ages Begin June 15, 2021

Lincoln City, Oregon – Registration begins on Tuesday, June 15th for the Driftwood Public Library Summer Reading Program! The theme of the Summer 2021 program is Reading Colors Your World. All ages are welcome to participate, from infants to seniors. Community members can sign up on the 15th by visiting the library’s website, calling 541-996-2277, or stopping by the library.

The library’s Summer Reading program is a way to to help infants and toddlers develop early literacy skills, combat the summertime loss of academic skills in children and teens, and encourage adults to exercise their minds by reading for recreation. It’s also a LOT of fun! Every child or adult who signs up will receive a custom Driftwood Public Library lanyard and a set of colored pencils for tracking their reading journey on a special Summer Reading log. For each goal met, participants color one portion of their reading log. For each column or row (five squares) colored, participants will receive a prize: an enamel or acrylic pin to decorate their lanyard. Once the reading log is full, participants will receive a custom Driftwood Public Library enamel pin, featuring the library’s octopus logo! Infants and toddlers too young for the decorative pins will receive a free board book upon sign up, and an additional board book for each reading goal met. Older children will also receive a free age-appropriate book upon sign-up while supplies last. Board books are provided by the State Library of Oregon’s Ready to Read grant funding, with matching funds from the Friends of Driftwood Public Library.

Due to COVID-19 strictures, all Summer Reading family programs will be virtual this year. Two programs are live with registration required, and the rest will be pre-recorded and available for viewing on the library’s YouTube channel any time during a one-week period. The programs are as follows:

Alex Zerbe: The Zaniac Comedy Show —  June 21 at 11 AM. Registration required – contact the library for registration information.

Mad Science — June 29th and July 1st. Registration required. Sign-ups begin on June 22nd.

Matt Baker, Comedy, stunts — July 11-17

Vikki Gasko Green, ventriloquist — July 18-24

Traveling Lantern Theater — July 25-31

Anne-Louise Sterry, Storyteller — Aug 1-7

Richard Ritchey, the Reptile Man — Aug 8-14

Driftwood Public Library is now open for in-person visits from 10 AM – 4 PM Monday through Friday. Library materials and Summer Reading kits can also be picked up by appointment via the library’s curbside service. For more information or to schedule a pick up, email librarian@lincolncity.org or call the library at 541-996-2277.

Southern Oregon Coast opens up for razor clam harvesting

The Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA) and the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) announce the opening of the central coast for recreational razor clam harvesting. Razor clamming is now open from Cape Lookout (south of Netart’s Bay) to the California border. Recent shellfish samples taken from the area indicate levels of the marine biotoxin domoic acid have fallen below the closure limit. Razor clam harvesting remains closed from the Columbia River to Cape Lookout.

Mussel, bay clam and crab harvesting remain open along the entire Oregon coast. Coastal scallops are not affected by the biotoxin closures when only the adductor muscle is eaten. ODA does not recommend eating whole scallops. Commercial shellfish products remain safe for consumers.

Paralytic shellfish toxin and domoic acid toxin are produced by algae and originate in the ocean. ODA will continue to test for shellfish toxins twice per month, as tides and weather permit. Reopening an area closed for biotoxins requires two consecutive tests with results below the closure limit.

For more information call ODA’s shellfish biotoxin hotline at 800.448.2474, the ODA Food Safety Division at 503.986.4720, or visit ODA Recreational Shellfish Biotoxin Closures Webpage.  

ODA Contact: Alex Manderson 503.801.0751.

Foreclosure moratorium extended, rental and landlord assistance available

The Governor also announced today that she has extended by Executive Order 21-14 Oregon’s mortgage foreclosure moratorium until September 30, 2021. House Bill 2009, recently passed by the Legislature, authorizes Governor Brown to extend the mortgage foreclosure moratorium period for homeowners, for two successive three-month periods beyond June 30.

In Senate Bill 282, the Legislature did not give similar authority to Governor Brown to extend the eviction moratorium for tenants beyond June 30. The Governor’s Office is working with the Legislature to pass a bill to give tenants who have applied for rent assistance safe harbor from eviction.

Governor Brown noted that historic amounts of rental assistance are now available in Oregon to pay current and past due rent, and urged Oregonians to apply as soon as possible:

“Housing is a basic human need, which is why I have worked with the Legislature and our congressional delegation to devote state and federal resources to ensure that Oregonians have a warm, dry, safe place to live during this pandemic.

“To the thousands of Oregonians who lost jobs and fell behind on their rent during the pandemic: Apply today for rental assistance to pay your July rent.

“Fortunately, over $200 million in federal rental assistance is available now. Apply today at OregonRentalAssistance.org.”

Original News Bulletin found here.

Governor Kate Brown Announces Updates to County Risk Levels (Lincoln County remains at Low Risk)

Salem, OR—Governor Kate Brown today announced updates to county risk levels under the state’s public health framework to reduce transmission and protect Oregonians from COVID-19. A complete list of counties and their associated risk levels is available here .

Lane, Coos, and Wasco counties will move down to Lower Risk, and Josephine and Yamhill counties will move down to Moderate Risk, effective Wednesday, June 9. Harney County will move up from Lower Risk to Moderate Risk due to rising case counts, effective Friday, June 11. Harney County had been granted a caution period from June 4 through June 10. Effective through Thursday, June 17, there will be 21 counties at the Lower Risk level, 4 at Moderate Risk, and 11 at the High Risk level.

“Oregon is so close to more fully reopening our economy, and I am grateful to everyone who has stepped up to get vaccinated. We will soon need to reach fewer than 100,000 Oregonians to achieve our statewide vaccination goal of 70% and lift the county risk level framework,” said Governor Kate Brown.

“But, for unvaccinated individuals, COVID-19 remains as large a threat as it ever was. With more contagious variants spreading, far too many Oregonians are still being hospitalized when they could be protected with a vaccine. If you have been waiting to get vaccinated, go get your shot today. It’s never been easier to get an appointment, and you may just win $1 million through the Take Your Shot, Oregon campaign.”

On May 11, Governor Brown announced that counties that vaccinate at least 65% of their adult residents with at least one dose and submit documentation on how they will close equity gaps in their vaccination efforts are eligible to move to the Lower Risk level. A county vaccination data dashboard is available on OHA’s website . Please note that the dashboard displays state vaccine allocations only, and does not track federally administered vaccine doses. Lane County moved this week after achieving a 65% vaccination rate and submitting an equity plan. All other counties moved based on case counts and positivity rates. Complete equity plans are available here .

Weekly County Movements

As case rates continue to decline, county risk level changes will be announced every week. Counties can move to lower risk levels based either on vaccination rates and the submission of an equity plan, or declining case rates and positivity rates. The next risk level changes will be announced on Tuesday, June 15, to take effect on Friday, June 18.

When Oregon achieves a first dose 70% statewide vaccination rate for residents 18 or older, Oregon will lift all risk level health and safety restrictions. Some restrictions based on CDC guidance for use of masks and physical distancing may remain in place.