Certain city-owned parking spaces in Lincoln City will now be available for overnight parking in an effort to reduce street parking and congestion in neighborhoods.
The Lincoln City City Council passed two resolutions during its regular meeting Monday that will allow the city manager to designate overnight metered parking spots for certain property and parts of the urban renewal agency and issue permits for their use.
Paid permits will be available from the city’s Finance Department for $50 and will last 48 hours, while emergency permits will be available from the Lincoln City Police Department for “emergency overnight camping/resting” for single spaces in designated areas. According to the meeting’s agenda packet, parking spots will be available at Northeast 15th Street, Northwest 15th and 16th Street, Northwest 17th Street, Southeast Third Street, Southeast Inlet Avenue, Southwest 29th Street and Highway 101, Southwest 50th and 51st Street and Southwest 50th Street.
Interim City Manager Lila Bradley noted that there would only be one or two parking spaces available at each location, and none would be at beach access parking lots.
Lincoln City previously prohibited the storage of vehicles in city parking lots overnight until council asked city staff last month to consider a resolution to create a permitting framework, partly due to issues of city residents having no parking options near their properties.
“This is designed to take some of the congestion out of neighborhoods by providing a legal space for overnight parking,” Lincoln City Attorney Richard Appicello said. “This is actually a 48-hour permit and is exempt from the city’s existing street storage prohibition since they will have a permit.”
These resolutions will be the first step in developing a system to expand the city’s overnight parking, which may include 24/7 permit machines or a website to digitally request a permit and different rates.
Councilor Riley Hoagland asked how city staff might address illegal no-parking signs within the city in the future, which Appicello said was simply a matter of code enforcement, noting it was illegal for people to put signs on city right-of-way prohibiting parking.
Appicello also noted that he did not believe it was the city’s responsibility to provide parking for residents who did not have space available on their own property, but city staff put the two resolutions together at the request of the council.
Hoagland later asked how priority and “calling dibs” would be handled for the emergency overnight resting spots and whether it would be first come, first served. Bradley said there would be no way to “reserve” one of the spots and instead it would come down to who was there and parked in the space and called in. Councilor Rick Mark added that the purpose of emergency camping/resting resolution was to help accommodate state laws.
Other notable items from the meeting:
• The council approved a three-month lease agreement with Pelican Brewing to allow the company to use the Lincoln City Culinary Center as a temporary recruitment and training center to prepare for the opening of its new location in Lincoln City. As compensation, Pelican Brewing Co. offered to extend its previously offered $50,000 grant to extend the Siletz Bay boardwalk. Pelican Brewing also has the option to continue renting the space an additional three months at around $14,000 per month.
• The council approved a new addition to its “economic development toolbox” that will help fund fire suppression systems for child care businesses. According to information from the meeting’s agenda, startup child care services face many barriers to entry, one of the most prohibitive being meeting state-mandated fire suppression requirements.
• The council approved a resolution allowing for the negotiation and potential waiver of fees for code violations within the city.
• The council made various appointments to city committees and commissions. Adam Folz and Marty Michelson were appointed to the Lincoln City Budget Committee. Brittany Anderson was appointed to the Driftwood Public Library Board. Geoffrey Peterson and Donna Eddy were reappointed to the parks and recreation board. Glenn Johnson was appointed to the Lincoln City Planning Commission.
• The council awarded a $280,983 contract to Ferguson Waterworks to install the first phase of an Advance Metering Infrastructure System for the city, which would add 378 radios to water meters for remote readings. Councilor Riley Hoagland brought up concerns that the remote water meters might not have a significant financial impact and that there may be unknown health concerns to installing constantly transmitting radios throughout the city, but a motion was ultimately passed to award the contract and begin the project.