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    MAY 20, 2016 • VOL. 40, ISSUE 11
Task force
aims to meet
housing need
Aff ordable, workforce
units to be considered
By Lyra Fontaine
Cannon Beach Gazette
For the fi rst time, members of an a fford-
able h ousing t ask f orce saw concept designs of
potential housing developments for those who
work in Cannon Beach and need an affordable
place to live.
Portland architect Brian Carleton of Car-
leton Hart Architecture presented six drawings
of what 49 affordable units could look like
at two sites identifi ed by the task force: the
Spruce Street downtown parking lot and the
RV p ark.
The shortage of affordable housing is a
growing problem on the North Coast, but cit-
ies have struggled to fi nd solutions. Economic
experts have cautioned that the lack of housing
could hinder job growth and economic devel-
The units in Cannon Beach would be for
people in the area’s median-income, not low-in-
come, range. The housing is for residents who
make 75 to 105 percent of the county’s average
income, City Manager Brant Kucera said.
See Housing, Page 7A
Cannon Beach boosts
budget by a third
City seeks to purchase
former school building
By Lyra Fontaine
Cannon Beach Gazette
Cannon Beach Fire Chief Matt Benedict familiarizes himself at the Cannon Beach fi rehouse.
New CB fi re chief wants to ‘bring out potential’
By Lyra Fontaine
Cannon Beach Gazette
fter an in-depth selection process, former
Pendleton fi re marshal and Helix fi re dis-
trict chief Matt Benedict has accepted the
position of fi re chief as Cannon Beach Ru-
ral Fire Protection District.
“I’m just excited to be here,” he said. “This is the last
step for me, to become a fi re chief in a large organiza-
Benedict, 47, will begin June 1, but is currently in
Cannon Beach transitioning into his new position with
interim Fire Chief Jim Stearns.
His salary will be $80,000.
Cannon Beach has been without a permanent fi re
chief since October, when former Chief Mike Balzer was
See Fire Chief, Page 3A
Matt Benedict gets a leg up at the Cannon Beach fi rehouse.
What can a city do with an elementary
school located in the tsunami zone? Cannon
Beach residents could soon fi nd out, as the city
has budgeted a $665,000 loan for the purchase
and remediation of the old Cannon Beach Ele-
mentary School site.
Staff recommended a signifi cantly larger
proposed budget Wednesday at the fi rst budget
committee meeting for the upcoming fi scal year.
The budget includes acquisition of the former
elementary school site and other capital projects.
The budget is up 31 percent from the cur-
rent year, mostly due to transfers, loan pro-
ceeds and capital grants and projects, accord-
ing to City Manager Brant Kucera’s report.
“I believe this budget represents the true
costs of maintaining and improving city -
owned assets that have been neglected in the
past,” Kucera said in the proposal, adding that
the city is “investing heavily in our future.”
The proposed budget for the upcoming fi s-
cal year is $19. 7 million, compared to $14. 6
million for this fi scal year.
Capital projects — like the City Hall reno-
vation, water and sewer master plans, acquiring
the old school property and constructing the pro-
posed Fir Street pedestrian bridge — account
for about three-fourths of the budget’s increase,
Kucera said after the budget committee meeting.
The proposed budget includes $100,000 for
the City Hall remodel, $135,000 for the master
plans and $250,000 for the city’s RV p ark in-
frastructure project’s second phase.
Manzanita marijuana sales
See Budget, Page 6A
Up in the air
Citizens will weigh in on what’s
best for their city in November
By Dave Fisher
For the Cannon Beach Gazette
Looking to expand their business, Hannah Hayes and Andrew Buck, owners of Oregon
Coast Cannabis in Manzanita, have to await the results of this November’s election in or-
der to do so.
While the Cannon Beach
City Council opened the door
to dispensaries and recreation-
al sales of marijuana earlier
this spring, 13 miles to the
south the future of marijuana
sales in Manzanita is still very
much up in the air, at least until
the November election.
In November 2014, Oregon
voters approved Ballot Measure
91, which provided for the pro-
duction, processing, wholesale
and retail sale of non-medical
marijuana under the direction of
the Oregon Liquor Control Com-
mission. The Pine Grove pre-
cinct, which includes Manzanita
and unincorporated Neahkahnie
and Bayside Gardens, approved
the measure with 66 percent of
voters in favor. However, only
367 voters out of 998 who cast
ballots lived within Manzanita’s
city limits. According to Tilla-
mook County election offi cials,
there is no way to go back and
determine what the vote was on
Measure 91 within Manzanita.
See Pot, Page 7A