Concern over senior safety prompts quick action by EP Public Works

A new exterior is being put on City Hall. When it is finished it should blend in with the architecture of other key buildings in the community.
A new exterior is being put on City Hall. When it is finished it should blend in with the architecture of other key buildings in the community.

Safety of senior citizens and others who live in the Loto Street Apartments and walk to the Eagle Point Senior Center across the street was addressed at the April 22 Eagle Point City Council.
   
Ken Lemke, interim president of the Senior Center, said improved participation at the facility has created some real safety concerns. Lemke said they are seeing a 50 percent increase in people coming to the center,  especially on Monday and Friday. This creates parking problems. He said there are six adults who come from the apartments either in wheelchairs or walkers and after they cross the street at Loto and Royal they have to go the rest of the way to the center in the road because there is no sidewalk.

Lemke and City Administrator Dave Hussell previously discussed the
issue and talked about putting a yellow stripe along side the road to
prohibit parking, but Hussell said after further consideration he felt
a "No Parking" sign would be better. Public works said it would be
installed by last Saturday. Councilor Rick Tree asked about the
possibility of a decomposed granite walk from the senior center to the
intersection. Although it was talked about as a possibility, no action
was taken on the sidewalk.
   
Changes in the parking ordinance,
which the Economic Commission has been working on for many months, was
given to the council. Approval was given to send the document to the
Department of Land Conservation and Development. The state has 45 days
to respond and after that there will be a public hearing to allow the
community and business owners to have a voice before the council.
   
Shelly
Shrock was appointed to fill the vacancy on the Eagle Point Economic
Development Commission and Johnathan Bilden was appointed to the
vacancy on the Budget Committee.
   
The budget committee will convene at 7 p.m. May 12, May 15 and , if necessary, May 22.
   
Food
& Friends, Eagle Point Community Association and Eagle Point Garden
Club each made a brief presentation requesting to once again be
included in the city’s budget for the same amount of money they were
allocated this current fiscal year. 
By Nancy Leonard
Of the Independent   

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