EP officers recognized for capture of federal fugitive

The Eagle Point City Council approved a motion to receive the assets of the Eagle Point Museum, separating it from the Wood House, and pending a site inspection. The vote was 6-1 with Terry Christiansen voting no, based upon his desire to have more information before making a decision.
Eagle Point Police Officers Dustin LaFord and Cpl. Darin May were recognized for the apprehension of a federal fugitive. A framed certificate was presented to each and a letter of appreciation from the US. Postal Inspector, San Francisco Division, was read by Police Chief Dave Strand.

The remodel of the exterior of city hall was once again discussed. At
the last council meeting it was announced that there were two bids.
Ausland Builders bid was the low bid at $287,694. The bid was rejected.
In addition, Ausland said they could do an entrance on the north side
of the building for an additional $8,449. The city has budgeted
A representative of Ausland was contacted and he
put together a bid of $135,000 to complete only the front entrance and
Main Street side.
The seven city councilors had at least
four different viewpoints on how the improvements should be made. In
the end it was the general consensus to have the staff go back for a
tighter bid.
Mike Sullivan, developer of Shelter View
subdivision, was given permission to start selling the 11 lot
development. He has completed all the necessary improvements but has
been restricted from selling the lots because Sienna Hills Drive is
still unavailable. That road has been completed but, according to the
city, developer Gary Whittle has not completed the necessary
arrangements to obtain final plat release.
On a vote of
6-1, with Councilor Alan Curriston voting no, the council ratified  a
union bargaining agreement with the Teamster Local Union 223 for
uniformed and non-uniformed members as well as all other city
City Administrator Dave Hussell said "over the
past seven years, I have been working on achieving parity for
management salaries with cities in Oregon of similar size and ability
to pay." He went on to say that in 1998 several management salaries
were below the salaries of various members of the bargaining unit.
year salary comparisons of a number of cities were used in both the
management and union contracts. Cities used included Umatilla, Madras,
Talent, Sutherlin, Stayton, Hood River, Florence and Prineville. Four
cities were smaller and four larger than Eagle Point. "It is also
particularly important that we not grow  the city on the backs of our
employees," said Hussell.
Under public comment on non-agenda
items, Wayne Reiman, an Eagle View Drive resident, brought up several
issues regarding parking of trucks, breaking of the sidewalk by trucks
as they take water from hydrants. Some of the issues occurred this
summer, others as far back as three years ago. He said he had been in
contact with various city staff members and while they were polite,
nothing happened.  It was explained that sidewalks belong to the
property owner and that if he sees an incident where damage is being
done he needs to call the police.
About 14 households,
primarily in the 900 block of Crystal,  sent a letter to Mayor Leon
Sherman asking for stop signs on Crystal.  They want one on the north
and on the south side of Crystal at Gemini and on the north and south
side of Crystal at Heather Way.
In their letter, they said
police do patrol the street and they believe citations have been issued
but they still have speeders.
Crystal Drive was
constructed to be a through street, or what is termed a collector
street. The city cannot just put up stop signs nor can they just decide
to put in speed bumps. According to Robert Miller, public works
director, the city has to have data to justify stop signs, much the
same way ODOT requires data for signage. One of the requirements would
be a traffic study.
By Nancy Leonard
Of the Independent

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