It took just over three hours for the Eagle Point City Council to get through their Jan. 22 agenda as they held two public hearings along with two presentations.
The first public hearing concerned Regional Problem Solving and the state’s refusal to allow what is called EP2 as part of Urban Reserve. The area is bordered by Reese Creek and includes 10 parcels, one of which is bisected by the Little Butte Irrigation ditch and totals 91 acres.
The state maintains the properties are commercially viable agriculture land. This, despite extensive soil analysis done some years ago by certified soil scientists when the RPS process was in its infancy. It was at that same time that a bus tour drove around the various proposed Eagle Point expansion areas and viewed them from inside that bus.
Raul Woerner, of CSA Planning, Ltd., spoke on behalf of Jim and Barbara
Hubbard, owners of 108 acres, a portion of which is bisected by the
irrigation ditch. He spoke against the state’s plan to withdraw the
land and offered case law in defense of his statements. Tom Brookins
spoke on behalf of his parents, Jim and Anna Brookins, who own three
parcels on Reese Creek Road, also asking that the properties be left in
Eagle Point’s RPS Plan as did Doug Burns, for his parents who own 10
acres on Brownsboro Hwy.
After listening to the audience,
councilor Alan Curriston said he would guess everyone in the audience
would want the city to keep the EP2 land. "The state is saying you
think you want the land, but we (the state) don’t think you need the
land. I think the state has made their position clear," said
Curriston., who made a motion to remove the 91 acres from the urban
Councilor Russ Groves said without the acreage, Reese Creek can’t be improved. He said he could not support the motion.
Bunnny Lincoln said the ciry has made the effort four or five times
with the state to retain the 91 acres but the state was holding fast.
my opinion," said City Administrator Dave Hussell, " that it’s about
perception." He said he believes it is perceived that Eagle Point has
too much land. Hussell asked the council if it was worth the battle
with the state from the community’s standpoint.
Mayor Leon Sherman said he was concerned about Reese Creek and hated to give up without a fight.
The motion to remove the 91 acres was approved on a 4 in favor, 2 against with councilor Terry Christiansen absent.
Despite the vote, the city will send a letter to the state expressing some of the thoughts of those involved in the decision.
first reading of an ordinance for the systems development capital
project list for water, street and storm water had its first reading.
This is a list of projects for the next 20 years, broken down in five
year incurments. Two residents of Laurel St. expressed great concern
over the condition of their street. Apparently over a year ago the city
tried out a piece of equipment on the street and, according to Hussell,
the city got taken by the equipment sales person. As a result "No
question about it, this is terrible," said Hussell. Ground water is a
problem throughout the subdivision. The city said they would look at
the situation the next day and as soon as weather permitted, they would
do something to help the situation, but a permanent solution for any of
the local streets will necessitate a Local Improvement District (LID).
project that has been considered and reconsidered for several years has
been improving the exterior of the city hall building. Bids were let
earlier this year and far exceeded the budget. More recent bidding saw
an increase in the number of bidders and a lower price. The bid was
awarded to Cubit Construction, Inc. They are scheduled to start Feb. 11
and the anticipated end day is May 16.
Covey, Pardee Landscape Architects were awarded a contract for design work for Little Butte Park.
By Nancy Leonard
Of the Independent