EP to consider ban on truck parking

Eagle Point recreation program fees for the 2008-09 year were approved last week by the city council. Fees for those living in Eagle Point for the Jr. Eagle program  will be $60 and $65 for those living outside Eagle Point. Day camp fees will be $35 and $40.

The program just finished its fifth year.  This year it is estimated there will be 350 users and 200 in the Day Camp program. There are five part-time employees and the list of volunteers is seemingly endless. It includes three foster grandparents, 18 junior and senior high-age leaders-in-training while Jr. Eagles utilizes at least 90 coaches and assistant volunteer coaches and 30 score/timekeepers.

Police Chief Dave Strand presented the issue of truck parking within the Eagle Point city limits to the council and asked for direction.

He said truck parking seems to be increasing. Officers have been instructed by Ed Dahak to keep trucks off his property on Royal. The corner of Royal and Main has been a popular spot for trucks.

Strand said currently there is no legislation prohibiting the parking of trucks on truck routes. Strand provided a map showing all of the potential truck routes. It includes all collector streets.

Strand asked the council: Do you want trucks able to park on truck routes or do you want staff to create legislation prohibiting the parking of trucks, other than deliveries, on roads designated as truck routes. Currently regulations rely on weight limits to keep large trucks out of neighborhoods.

After discussion, the council asked the chief to bring back legislation for their consideration that would ban trucks parking  within the city limits.
Items passed including:

  • an update of backflow regulations and approval to automatically keep the regulations in conformity with any future state mandated changes.
  • resolution supporting the concept and principle elements in the regional problem solving. Eagle Point is one of seven cities in Jackson County that has been involved working through details in this pilot program for seven or more years. The mayors received a positive letter from Richard Whitman, director, Department Land Conservation Development with regard to the efforts made that will identify the anticipated growth needs of each city and also offer buffer zones allowing cities to retain their identifies. The plan is suppose to offer direction for the next 50 years.
  • and, approval was given for the Chamber of Commerce to sponsor a bike rodeo utilizing the north end of the city hall property. No date was established.

By Nancy Leonard
Of the Independent

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