EP council listens, decides on dome

The dome over the 4.6 million gallon reservoir on Riley Road was the major topic of discussion at the Eagle Point City Council meeting on May 25. City Public Works Director Robert Miller said a flat roof would have required considerable bracing due to potential snow load issues and would have been more expensive. The tank is 208 ft. in diameter. The peak of the dome is 44 ft. At a break between a 6 p.m. workshop and the regular meeting, council members looked at a sample of the aluminum roof. One side had been sandblasted and the other side was left in its original state.

Should any graffiti appear on the sandblasted aluminum, the only way to get rid of it would be to paint over it.

Public Works Director Robert Miller had been in a conference call the day before the meeting with a long list of people connected with the construction firm, the firm that constructed the panels, the firm that demonstrated the sandblasting and several others.

There are 663 panels for the dom, equaling 42,560 sq. ft. If the manufacturer had done the sandblasting at their shop they said it would cost $2 per sq. ft. or about $86,000. The local firm said it would cost $72,000 to sandblast but taking them out of their packaging, transporting them to the blasting location and returning them would cost a total of $103,000.

Robert Love, of Temcor, said the panels will naturally tarnish in two years, turning them to a natural gray. He said the city would be paying now for what will naturally occur in two years.

Councilor Alan Curriston said he has other things he would rather see the city spend money on. And others agreed with him, noting they would like to see some trees planted around the tank.

Other items during the regular meeting included the annual presentation by Food & Friends noting Eagle Point’s participation and support of the program.

A public hearing was held on fees now that Eagle Point will be able to issue all construction permits. Fees on other permits the building department had been able to issue had not been increased since 1974.

Prior to the regular meeting, a workshop was held to discuss parks. It was an opportunity for the council to  see the plan developed by the joint Parks & Recreation and Economic Committee for Centennial Plaza and to talk about funds in the parks account. Although the plan has not been fine-tuned with engineering done, it is estimated Centennial Plaza will cost about $300,000.

There is money in the budget for some planning for Lucas Park.

Wyn Lewis, who has spent seven years supporting the Skateboard Park, said it does not appear grants are forthcoming and those who volunteered materials did so long ago and those commitments probably are no longer viable. She also said there are new, younger people interested in the park with a different design and perhaps a different location. Lewis said she didn’t think money will be spent on the park this year, but maybe in the future.

A public hearing is scheduled for the first meeting in June on Centennial Plaza. This will be a time for the public to weigh in and give their input and for the council to officially approve the design. That meeting will be June  8 in city hall.
By Nancy Leonard
Of the Independent

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