New Eagle Point ordinance aims at covered bridge

One of the items that occupied the Eagle Point City Council last week was what appears to be the beginning of the process of updating numerous ordinances.        
An ordinance to assess a $25 charge for traffic related offenses was replaced with a new ordinance for a $20  safety fee to include any city ordinance  as well as  traffic violation cited into Eagle Point Municipal Court.

An ordinance updating current traffic laws by adopting 2010 Oregon Vehicle code, specific to motor vehicle traffic, parking and laws regarding bicycles, motor-assisted scooters, and a number of other items, was approved. Violations are a Class D traffic violation with a minimum bail of $142.

An ordinance repealing Ordinance 5-14, section 15,  a new ordinance for loitering in a public place was among the ordinances approved. Specifically it deals with the covered bridge.

The ordinance makes it unlawful to loiter, loaf, wander, linger, lurk, stand or remain idle alone or with others inside, within or around the covered bridge in a manner to create a public nuisance. Obstructions are described that create a nuisance.

The ordinance says it would be a public nuisance to place a person, arms, legs, feet, skateboards, bikes, etc. in the walkway of the bridge with the intent to hinder a person.

Smoking, consumption of alcohol, drugs , harassment, noise, odor or other things detrimental to the health, safety and welfare of anyone using or entering bridge will be a violation.

No fire or flammable device, motor vehicle, motorized equipment except motorized wheelchairs can be used.  Likewise, bicycle riding, roller-skating or roller-blading or use of skateboards, scooters or motorized scooters or bicycles are banned.

Persons found guilty of violating  any part of this ordinance will be subject to a minimum fine of $250.

This is National Police Week. If you saw many flags at half staff on May 15 it was Peace Officers Memorial Day. For police officers there is no “routine” call, as was noted in the loss of life of two Oregon officers in recent months.

The council approved the recommendation that a medallion shape be used for the stone that will cover the centennial time capsule. The council also agreed the capsule should be opened in 25 years. Both of these were recommendations brought forward from the economic development commission. PremierWest and Floral Source have offered to split the cost of the time capsule which is $1,154. The method of recognizing their sponsorship has not been formalized.

The Church of Latter-day Saints presented some follow up ideas for their community service project for Eagle Point. Suggestions included clearing blackberries along the creek from the museum to the dam above the mill,  painting fire hydrants, placing “no dumping drains to stream” decals at drainage areas and  finishing flagpoles to the cemetery.

It was pointed out that the flag pole receptacles to the cemetery were done as an Eagle Scout project, but they were in the right-of-way and were not approved by the county, thus cannot be done.

Two projects were suggested by the council and audience. One was to finish the pathway down from Poppy Village. City Administrator Dave Hussell said that remains a project yet to be completed by Cris Galpin as part of the golf community-golf course project. The other suggestion came from Jerry Zieman, president of the Eagle Point Senior Center, suggested painting the exterior of the center.

The LDS community project will be on the May 24 agenda.

The general bargaining unit ratified their three-year labor agreement and it was also approved 7-0 by the city council.

The next meeting May 24 of the city council will include a 6 p.m. workshop.
By Nancy Leonard
Of the Independent


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