Eagle Point finds a home for the Clothes Closet

The Eagle Point City Council heard a prsentation on the 10-year plan to end homelessness in Jackson County at their Jan. 26 meeting. Dave Christian, a retired social worker, is the volunteer chair of the Homeless Task Force.

Christian outlined six strategies needed to make a difference. They are:
• Increase affordable housing
• Increase coordination of agencies and service integration to help homeless
• Help people maintain stable rental housing
• Provide financial assistance and life skills training to help people move into stable housing
• Emergency and transitional shelter and housing options for youth and others.
• Develop ongoing community campaign to highlight issues.

Christian said the face of homelessness isn’t always identifiable, especially with the current economic conditions. He said there are about six appliants for every available job in Jackson county. He believes there are about 1,000 homeless and some 1,200 youth who call into that identified group in Jackson County.

Christian handed out a booklet with information on the plan and services.

Tim Dexter, Eagle Point Middle School Athletic Director and a coach in the Jr Eagles program, and David Giles, who has been a host at Harnish Wayside, were both elected to fill vacancies on the Parks & Recreation Commission.

Dianne Fischetti and Deena Evernham were reappointed to the Parks and Recreation commission and Steve Hunter, Bob Russell and Nancy Leonard were reappointed to the Economic Development Commission.

Bob Pinnell, president of the Eagle Point and Upper Rogue Chamber of Commerce and city staff had been trying to assist the Eagle Point Community Clothing Closet in finding a free location. The city council approved free space on the second floor of the Judge Stewart House for six months while a permanent location is found.

Police Chief John Meeker provided the council with statistics for the 2009 year as follows:
•716 arrests
•280 criminal citations, 721 traffic citations, 288 speed and 203 major traffic violations.
•Ordinance violations included- 159 parking, 195 unlawfully placed yard sale signs removed, 42 signs other than yard sale, 22 accumulation of trash, 43 fireworks complaints, 63 unlawfully stored vehicles, 70 abandoned vehicles, 26 portable basketball hoops unlawfully placed, 6 weeds and grass and 282 animal complains.
•150 juveniles warned for not wearing a helmet on a bike or skateboard
There were 6,859 calls for service during 2009.

Medford Water Commission is adding information on water quality of Little Butte Creek to data at the Harnish Visitor’s Center. The second computer kiosk has been installed and it will eventually have real time information from Little Butte Creek. Those interested in conditions of Little Butte Creek at Eagle Point can access that data at http://www.usbr.gov/pn/hydromet/dfcgi.html under station click on LBEO and hit submit. Information on temps, turbidity, gauge height, and so on is available for every 15 minutes.
By Nancy Leonard
Of the Independent

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