Eagle Point economic beautification project

This is an example of the massive petunia baskets that will grace Eagle Point this summer. Eagle Point will be the only community in the area with such a display.
This is an example of the massive petunia baskets that will grace Eagle Point this summer. Eagle Point will be the only community in the area with such a display.

At their Jan. 8 meeting, the Eagle Point City Council acted on a recommendation presented by the Economic Development Commission. This is the second time the commission has presented something to the council and the second time their recommendation has received approval.
    
The first approval was the Town Center Plan, which the commission spent much of two years developing. Last week’s approval was the first step toward beautification of the community.
   
The council agreed to contract with Four Seasons Nursery for 40 of the very large hanging petunia baskets. The contract means Four Seasons will provide the hooks and baskets, hang them and maintain them from May 1 through October. Maintenance will be on a daily, sometimes twice daily basis. Four Seasons will water, fertilize and spray them with a non-toxic petunia bud specific spray.

The cost per basket per month breaks down to $38. A number of
businesses have been contacted and expressed enthusiasm for the
project. It is anticipated that the Chamber of Commerce and many
businesses will give financial support for this project in partnership
with the city.  Exact locations for the baskets will be determined in
the near future. While it may not be possible to place a basket in
front of every business, the project is one of overall improvement and
it is hoped that businesses and individuals will commit to the $38 fee
for six months. Those wishing to participate are encouraged to call
Chamber of Commerce President Sandi Erskine at PremierWest Bank,
826-0580 or Bob Russell at Butte Creek Mill, 826-3531.
   
The
next economic commission project to come before the Eagle Point City
Council will be changing of design and color of the street signs. The
council may have that before them at their next meeting.
   
The council recommended a liquor license for beer and wine for Santiago’s Mexican Restaurant.

The
council will hold a public hearing on Jan. 22 at 7 p.m. to consider a
reduction of about 91 acres in land proposed for future growth in the
Regional Problem Solving process. For those who have followed the
process for the last several years, it is EP 2.

Council member
Russ Groves announced he would be resigning from the council after the
second meeting in February. He retired from the BLM last week and will
be joining his wife in Hermiston where she has been teaching since
September. Applications are available at city hall.
By Nancy Leonard
Of the Independent

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