Dick Anderson for Mayor

GIVING PEOPLE THEIR VOICE

I welcome media and citizens questioning why I vote on City matters. I openly share how I came to these decisions. That is how I do business.

 

Recently, there was a story posted on Lincoln City Homepage criticizing the City Council for cutting funding to the Warming Shelter by $33,000. This story had misinformation that was shared with the public. If I had been contacted as the story was being written I would have gladly shared the facts or let the author know where the facts could be retrieved. Even watching the last City Council meeting online would have clarified some of the misinformation.

 

After the story was published, I was emailed the question of how the subcommittee for Outside Agency allocations came to their conclusions. I do not sit on this sub-committee because of a conflict of interest. I must rely on others to bring recommendations to the Council for approval.

 

In the story, it was stated that the Mayor recused himself because of his conflict of interest with the Warming Shelter. Mayor Williams receives rent from this organization for the building they lease from him and his wife. It was justified that he recused himself. The story went on to question why I did not recuse myself by stating a connection to Family Promise where I volunteer and my wife is President of the Board. As stated at the meeting by Susan Wahlke, she also did not recuse herself from the BFYE grant discussions because she has no personal monetary benefits with that organization but sits on its Board. This is what the State Ethics Rules state. So, I did not recuse myself from Family Promise (and actually never discussed that organization).

 

However, the story neglected to indicate that I did recuse myself from discussions about B’nai B’rith Camp because our daughter and granddaughter both work for BB Camp. I did not vote or discuss this organization. In the end, I was able to discuss some organizations where I had questions and the Council changed a couple of line items but I never got to vote to approve any monies given to the outside agencies.

 

If you go online to the City website (www.lincolncity.org) anyone can watch the in depth discussions that the Council had before approving these funds. My questions were mainly about why the sub-committee decided to recommend that certain grants would be allocated MORE money than what they asked for. There were others who did not receive all they requested and some did not receive monies at all. I appreciate all the work the sub-committee goes through in this process and only wanted input on how they came to those decisions before the Council voted, or rubber stamped the decisions on the $150,000 they had to award. There is never enough money to go around.

 

Because I recused myself in regards to BB Camp, I could not discuss the Warming Shelter either. The Council removed these two together from the discussions so the Mayor and I could be included in the discussions on the other non-profits. We did not vote on the actual approval of funds as all organizations were lumped together to do this.

 

The story made it sound as if the sub-committee and thus the Council decided to cut the amount for the Warming Shelter from $45,000 to $4,600. They neglected to mention two items. The Warming Shelter only requested $12,000 this year not $45,000. Also, although these amounts are considerably lower than last year, they received only $500 in the 2016-217 budget then it increased to $45,000 from the 2017-2018 budget. The amounts do vary from year to year.

 

It is admirable that the City has been able to give to agencies serving Lincoln City citizens over the years. It is also admirable that the City make these grants to different groups and at different levels depending on the funds available to the City and by the amount of grant money requested. Let’s hope we can continue to help our community in the future as well. Congratulations to all the groups who were awarded funding for their programs.

 
WHAT'S HAPPENING WITH DICK ANDERSON ...
Dick Anderson believes we need commitment and experience beyond City Government. He believes in building partnerships throughout our broader community to benefit Lincoln City.

SILETZ TRIBE CHARITABLE CONTRIBUTION FUND BOARD

Dick Anderson joined the Siletz Tribe Charitable Contribution Board in 2014 when he was appointed by the Governor. There are three tribal members, three community members and one tribal council member seated on the Board. Quarterly, they meet to review the grant proposals submitted to the tribe and pass on their recommendations to the Tribal Council who then grant funds to those who apply. The Board then has the honor of participating in the distribution of funds at a gathering where each recipient is awarded their grant check, has their picture taken with a Board member, and speaks briefly to the attendees about their program and how the grant monies will be used.

The Charitable Contribution Fund is provided by the Siletz Tribe as agreed by contract with the State to give back to their community a portion of their profits from Chinook Winds Casino. At this point, they have provided over 12 million dollars in support of applicants from 8 counties and other Tribal groups across the country.

"So many children, elders, veterans and agencies are helped through these awards in so many different ways from education to food and to health and culture." Stated Anderson. "It is a great honor to serve on this tribal board and I am always amazed at the cross section of the community to receive the awards."

Lincoln County Foundation

Dick Anderson has served on the Lincoln County Foundation Board since 2014. The Lincoln County Foundation was created as a non-profit corporation in 1965 to provide an agency through which gifts, bequests, property or funds can be placed in trust for the benefit of the people of Lincoln County. While its emphasis is on the welfare of youth, the provisions are sufficiently broad to include many civic, educational or charitable purposes. This Foundation makes possible permanent benefits to the community through one fund.

The Foundation manages over 5 million dollars in funds destined to assist the youth of Lincoln County in paying their tuitions for advanced education be it trade school or college and university degrees. For the class of 2018, The Foundation distributed 88 scholarships totaling $135,000 in Lincoln County. The Lincoln County Foundation is an efficient and effective way to leave a legacy to this community. This corporation administers gifts under the laws of the State of Oregon and operates as a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation. All gifts are state and federal tax deductible.

Recently, Anderson has been working with both Chinook Winds Casino and the David Bice Memorial to assist them in establishing scholarship funds with the Lincoln County Foundation Board. The Foundation can assist groups or individuals with managing their scholarship funds and even awarding the scholarships on their behalf at the high school awards program, if asked to do so.

Helping youth in our community is a high priority for Dick Anderson and he continues to assist our kids in any way possible to achieve their highest potential.

NORTH LINCOLN HEALTH DISTRICT BOARD

 

Dick Anderson was elected to the North Lincoln Health District Board in 2015 and now serves as its Secretary/Treasurer. He feels this is one more important partnership for Lincoln City where he can help to keep discussions going between local groups and doors open to work together as projects arise.

 

As an example, the Early Learning Center offering professional child care for kids, including a sliding scale cost to help make it affordable was created through partnerships. Located near the Samaritan North Lincoln Hospital, the Early Learning Center was funded through a collaboration of the City of Lincoln City, the Samaritan North Lincoln Hospital Foundation and the hospital. It brings additional and much needed child care to Lincoln City for our citizens.

 

The North Lincoln Health District was formed in April of 1965. The mission of the district is to respond to the health needs of the citizens of the district and surrounding communities. Originally the district was formed to build and run the North Lincoln Hospital but through the years the duties of running the hospital have been passed to the Samaritan Hospital system to bring a more professional and expansive means of providing health care.

 

Recently, the Health District negotiated with the Samaritan system to construct a modern facility at no additional costs to our citizens. This was accomplished by selling the campus to Samaritan with the stipulation that if it ever ceases to be run as a hospital the land and all buildings would revert back to the Health District. The new hospital building is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2019. The construction is now underway and the plans show it will be a very modern facility. Watch for the transition to a whole new look to the medical campus soon.

 

The Health District now has their own plans for the future. Once the hospital is completed, the District can focus its attention to other needed areas of health care. At this time they are specifically investigating mental health options and needs, including addiction for North Lincoln County.

 

Dick Anderson is pleased to be able to play a role in keeping a hospital in Lincoln City. Besides providing health care for our citizens, the hospital plays a huge economic role for our community continuing to be one of the largest employers in Lincoln City.

Morning coffee with friends in Lincoln City
Dick traveling with Mr. Lincoln