Contract to plan EP reservoir landscaping awarded

Plans and specifications for screening at the 4 million gallon Eagle Point reservoir were budgeted by the Eagle Point City Council at their Apr. 12 meeting. Covey Pardee Landscape Architects and the city entered into a contract for $5,000 to develop project plans in cooperation with the Eagle Point National Cemetery.

New budget committee members were announced. They are Wayne Brown, Leon Sherman and Rick Tree. Brad Rundle was re-appointed. Each will serve a three year term.

A request was made by David McKay, project engineer for District 9’s Hillside School asking that the city not charge the district an estimated cost of $80,000 for improvements on Neva and North Shasta.

The city explained they were not asking the school district to do the standard street improvements which normally include curbs, gutters, sidewalks and lighting. The city is asking for street surface and resurface due to the wear and tear caused by bus traffic. Last year the city made substantial improvements to No. Shasta from Main St. to just beyond Little Butte Market.

The portion of funds (No. Shasta improvement) eligible for System Development Charges (SDC) can be used by the city to make the pathway on So. Shasta.

The council voted 6-1 with Jonathan Bilden voting No, to deny the school district request.     
Mayor Bob Russell suggested the city donate $500 to the Red Cross in honor of Eagle Point’s sister city, Showa, Japan, that could be put to assist earthquake victims. After considerable discussion it was decided the city could purchase $500 of items from a list of items the Japanese people need, and deliver the items to the collection site for items at Eagle Point Mini Storage. Items, not money, is the need. Victims have no place to spend money. A letter will be sent by the city to Showa officials explaining the city’s donation.

Two residents fro Arrowhead Trail/Robert Trent Jones Blvd. area expressed concern over speeding and queried regarding speed bumps and/or signs that post actual speed. City Administrator Dave Hussell explained police had visited this issue probably a half dozen times, but encouraged a discussion with Police Chief Vern Thompson.

Resident Jerry Zeiman also addressed the council. He said in 2004 he was told if he came into the city he would get water and sewer. He said he got water but without sewer selling his Hannon Road hillside property is not likely.

Hussell explained the city does not deal with sewer, Rogue Valley Sewer and therefore the city can’t do anything about sewer. It was suggested Zeiman meet with RVS and perhaps get a petition expressing interest from several on that stretch of road.

In other information, Hussell said the hardware store was moving along and it appears construction may start within the next 30 days. He also said he and the Eagle Point/Upper Rogue Chamber Board of Directors met and discussed working together to gain a common understanding on items that can benefit both the business community and the community as a whole.
By Nancy Leonard
Of the Independent


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