Eagle Point discusses options for its downtown property

The acre of land owned by Eagle Point in the center of downtown  was the subject of a workshop with city council members and Don Burt of Hardey Engineering prior to last week’s regular council meeting.  Burt talked about the ramifications of selling, developing and/or leasing the property. The land under discussion fronts Main as well as Loto St.. On the Loto Street side it is across from the Senior Center and on the Main Street side it is the large vacant lot that includes the structure that once house the fire department.
   
The council seemed interested in retaining the land and perhaps building a community center on the part that fronts on Loto Street.

City Administrator Dave Hussell answered questions from the council
regarding current and future space needs for the city staff. Hussell
said with the increased population has come an increase need in
staffing, especially in the police department. He said he believed it
has been, and would continue to be, beneficial to keep the police
department with the rest of the city staff as it is now. That could
occur if the Ashpole Center was remodeled to accommodate the police
department. Hussell said it would far less costly to build a community
center than it would be to construct a police department.
   
Because
the council met in a work session, no decision was made but the staff
was asked to look into the possibility of a new location for the
community center.
   
During the regular meeting Pat Jacobson
was appointed to fill the unexpired term of Councilor Russ Groves who
is moving out of the district and Charlotte Hoppe was appointed to the
Parks & Recreation Commission.
   
Jacobson will be sworn in
at the next regular council meeting. She is currently employed at South
Valley Bank in White City and is on the board of directors of the Eagle
Point Chamber of Commerce. She has been a business owner and bank
manager and is a 20 year resident of the community.
   
Hoppe has lived in Eagle Point for four years. She has been an executive assistant at a private school.
   
Approval
was given for a new financial and document imaging system from Tyler
Technology. It will allow online account access and bill payments by
the public for utilities, court fines, business licenses and building
permits 24/7.
   
First reading of an ordinance to amend the
adult business license was held and approval was given to allow The Red
Lunch Box Express to handle off premises beer and wine.
   
Several
public works projects are in process. Hardey Engineering has designed a
project to reconstruct the road and make sidewalk improvements in front
of Little Butte School. It is ready for advertising. The engineer is
also designing a change in the look of the intersection at Main and
Royal, similar to the one at Royal and Loto. It will include stamped
concrete sidewalks.
   
New swings have been placed at Mattie
Brown Park and Hardey Engineering is designing a parking area between
the gazebo and Loto Street  Bridge. The paved parking will accommodate
a future bike path through the park.
By Nancy Leonard
Of the Independent

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