One might say Eagle Point is becoming a “shovel ready” city. When funds are lacking, it is a time to plan and get ready and that is where Eagle Point finds itself. Committees have been working, the council has been approving, but sometimes the public doesn’t get the picture because not much is happening.
The exception to that rule is the Main Street stretch from Royal to Buchanan and much of that change is coming from stimulus funds.
Last week the council gave final approval to details that have been worked on by the economic committee for some months. Approval was given for streetscape design standards for Main Street. This involved everything from trees to park benches, water fountains, lighting and the color of the various items.
A detailed outline of the standards will be published in the Oct. 27 Independent. Of immediate interest is the replacement program for trees. And those details include planting Presidential Gold ™ Ginko trees at intersections, and alternating Chinese Pistache with Forest Green ® Oak down Main Street.. These trees will grow to 50 ft. in height with a 30 ft. canopy at maturity. The council agreed to the purchase of 2 in. caliper trees, which are less than half the cost of 3 in. calipers and will actually catch up with the larger trees quickly, according to the arborist. These trees will offer variety as well as fall color.
A design for Little Butte Creek Park was finally approved. This item has been before the council several times and over time even some of the council members have changed. Finally, this council approved a much simpler, less expensive plan than had originally been presented. This is just a plan. Covey Pardee Landscape Architects were budgeted long before the economy “went south,” but now there is master plan that can be activated.
In other news from the Oct. 13 council meeting, the Eagle Point Garden Club and its president Ginny Newell was recognized with a letter of appreciation for the work done at Creekside Park and the opportunities that garden now provides for the community. The framed letter was signed by Mayor Leon Sherman and City Administrator Dave Hussell.
It was announced that Mayor Sherman is now a director of the Oregon Mayors Association. They held their annual conference Oct. 1-3 in Portland.
By Nancy Leonard
Of the Independent