Seven EPPD officers complete advanced training

"Banners and Baskets", the new theme for EP's beautification program.
“Banners and Baskets”, the new theme for EP’s beautification program.

The request by the Eagle Point Chamber of Commerce to extend Eagle Point’s 2nd Saturday to the downtown area has been delayed until probably July 12. A meeting was scheduled between the Chamber of Commerce committee and City Administrator Dave Hussell on May 28. Sandi Erskine, president of the Chamber of Commerce, said the purpose was to add to, not compete with, other events such as Saturday Market and the Eagle Point Library’s 2nd Saturday.


Eagle Point resident Ken Thompson, a graduate of the Jackson County
Master Recycler Program, told the city council he was doing a compost
recycle project at the Community Garden. He also introduced Rhianna
Simes, OSU Extension, who spoke briefly about the recycle program,  It
is part of the Jackson County Partnership, to which the City of Eagle
Point belongs. She said 34 residents, including four from Eagle Point,
recently completed the recycler program.
   
Simes pointed to
Jackson County Expo as an example of savings that can occur by
participating in the program. She said over the last 11 months Expo has
saved over $8,000.
   
There was considerable discussion over
hours that Harnish Wayside Center will maintain. The discussion began
during the previous council meeting when the council requested an
adjustment in hours. Last week they once again asked staff to look into
extending the hours for the summer. Currently the facility is open
10:30- 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 10-8 Friday, Saturday and
Sunday. The restrooms can only be accessed when the Harnish barn doors
are open and the facility is staffed.
   
Robert Miller,
public works director, reported Cubit Construction has been given a 30
day extension to complete city hall. He said there would be no giving
on that order and assured the council that the parking lot would be
free of all construction materials for July 4th.
   
The
public hearings on a reimbursement agreement for Hidden Valley Drive
was once again continued. Staff is waiting for a plat to be filed.
Therefore, the new date for the hearings is unknown.
   
Police
Chief Dave Strand and Lt. John Meeker each completed a 24-hour  I-300
Intermediate Incident Command System training course and an eight hour
I-400 Advanced Incident Command Course. Detective Jim Gray completed 20
hours of instruction on outlaw motorcycle gang investigations and Darin
May completed 35 hours in hostage negotiations phase 1 and 2. All of
this training took place during the month of May.
   
Chief
Strand also shared a letter of commendation for Senior Officer Robert
Leonard and Officer Bill Fisher upon completion of a Krav Maga
defensive tactics training. A letter from the Bend Police Department
was in appreciation of extra assistance Officer Dennis Hoschler gave in
setting and tearing down for a training session held at the department.
And, Amanda Springer sent a letter thanking the department for their
assistance when she had a seizure and her 14-year-old found himself in
a life-saving situation behind the wheel and trying to bring the car to
a successful stop on Reese Creek Road while also seeking medical aid
for his ill mother.
"You have a department to be proud of," councilor Terry Christianson told Chief Strand.
By Nancy Leonard
Of the Independent

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