It’s been a long time coming, but the City of Lincoln City is finally taking steps to take control of Logan Road in the northern part of town.
The City of Lincoln City has been on a mission for several years to take control of Logan Road, which is currently listed as a Lincoln County road. County Commissioner Kaety Jacobson made the trip up to Lincoln City on June 24 to discuss what would need to happen for both the County and City to exchange control.
“It has been a goal of the city for quite some time, I think it even predates me,” Lincoln City City Manager Ron Chandler said. “There are some advantages to us attaining that control of the road. One is the ability to do projects like sidewalks, things like that, which we’ve discussed.”
Commissioner Jacobson also acknowledged that the City has been looking to gain control of the road for several years. She also gave some insight has to why that transaction has been delayed.
“I believe the County was really working under the auspice of fixing the road first and then turning it over, but at our recent budget committee meeting we had, held here in Lincoln City, there was some public comments, both by someone from this council, as well as some citizens about being able to take that road now,” Jacobson said. “So we are here basically to discuss the idea of transferring that road to you now with some cash provisions allowing you to do the fixes of that road.”
County Counsel member Wayne Belmont was also in attendance at the meeting and explained that there is a lot of city utility work that will need to be done. The biggest issue has become the stormwater culvert at the beach at Roads End State Park. After a sewer line rupture on June 21, the culvert allowed an estimated 1,000 gallons of sewage to spill onto the rocks and beach.
Belmont acknowledged the issues at hand and said the County is willing to work with the City to reach an agreement on how much they will have to offer to fix the issues.
“We're offering to sit down, negotiate and put (an agreement) together if that's something you're willing to look at,” Belmont said.
Lincoln City Mayor Dick Anderson said the City is all for taking control but is a bit concerned of what it will cost.
“The Council would certainly be interested in getting control of it, but not at a financial deficit,” Anderson said.
Chandler spoke about the issue of fixing the culvert and proposed the idea of having City staff and County staffs come up with proposal for what the price will be before reaching an agreement.
“I don't think you can estimate a price without us agreeing that this is the work that needs to be done to correct that situation,” Chandler said.
The two sides agreed to continue discussions at a later date, but agreed that this meeting was a step in the right direction.
“This is a very happy day and a beginning step,” City Councilor Diana Hinton said. “The sooner we get this done the better, so we can move forward.”