Eagle Point councilors unanimously approved five ordinances at their May 24 session.
• One year rental of office space at the Judge Stewart House to the Little Butte Water Quality support staff and the Little Butte Watershed Council. The council has been renting the office space in the old fire hall. Both will share the space in their new location.
• The desire by LDS Church to do a major community service in Eagle Point was again on the agenda. One of the requests considered was to paint the exterior of the Eagle Point Senior Center. Bishop Hill said after discussion with his congregation it was felt this was not a project that could easily be done by families nor could it be done in a day. He made the suggestion that it might be a good project for representatives of all the churches in Eagle Point to assist with, especially if there are people with painting experience.
But the church does want to work on cleaning up the area along Little Butte Creek in an area that could include from the covered bridge to the dam beyond Butt e Creek Mill. The other project they are interested in is painting fire hydrants at least in the core downtown area. Both of these projects were approved by the council.
• Approval was given for the city to contribute $3,000 to the flower basket project.
• Economics, staffing and attendance were primary reasons given for suspension of the summer day camp program at least for this season.
• There will be a new game in town and something that should be a fun summer project for children. The council approved a Museum Mystery Clue game. Each week a different clue will be given based on something at the museum The clues will be available at the museum and at the Eagle Point Library. There will be a weekly drawing of the participants. Businesses will be asked to donate a small prize, to encourage supporting the local businesses.
Gary Whittle, who has built a number of homes and some subdivisions in Eagle Point addressed the council at the beginning of the meeting regarding a six-acre piece of property he has that he would like the city to purchase for a park. He said the city had considered it at one point. The wetland issue will be gone as soon as the paper work comes from the state, said Whittle. He said each property owner pays $2300 into the park system development charge (SDC) when purchasing a home. “If they don‘t get a park then why are we paying into the park SDC , questioned Whittle. Developers or builders pay SDC charges when applying for their building permits. The cost of various system development charges are built into the price a homeowner pays for a new home. The council said it was the consensus to see what the property is worth today.
The work session at 6 p.m. involved a presentation by Public Works Management and a representative of the four city coalition working with Medford Water Commission to resolve some concerns, a number of which concern equity in what cities are asked to pay. There have been several meetings with the commission and more are anticipated as issues are worked through.
By Nancy Leonard
Of the Independent