EP councilor move creates council vacancy

City councilor Mike Parker was honored at last week’s city council meeting. Parker, who  has been a member of the Eagle Point City Council since 2007,  is moving out of Eagle Point and therefore had to resign his seat.  Parker served on the planning commission from 2003 to 2007 and served as its chair in 2006-07.

The position is being advertised. (See the classified ad in today’s Independent.) The position held by Parker runs through Dec. 31, 2012.

The council considered four resolutions at the July 12 meeting. The first resolution was to recommend a liquor license for the second Purple Parrot facility in Eagle Point. It is in Eagle Landing. Councilor Kathy Sell questioned parking facilities. City Administrator Dave Hussell said Eagle Landing is under a parking limitation and the city has to monitor the type of business that can go there because of the parking issue. He said the city had to turn down one business because of the parking limitation. The council approved the recommendation.

A new franchise agreement with Avista was approved. The 10 year agreement  includes a five percent franchise fee.

The city has been working with District 9 and Southern Oregon Education Service District to place Channel 15, the educational channel equipment at city hall. Customers of Charter Communication pay a monthly fee which goes to the city for an educational outlet. Originally the school district was operating it, but in recent years the education focus was directed more toward websites.

The city has $53,000 that has been collected over several years for programming. The city needs about $8,000 in additional equipment to make the channel function. All of this will be coordinated through SOESD, which has not only the expertise, but many educational, interesting programs for the channel.

Councilor Ruth Jenks voted no, after expressing concern that the city staff had a new website to deal with and adding the TV and SOESD relationship might be too much for them.

Sherry Bailey has resigned her position for health reasons. She had been the recreation director but in recent years was spending most of her time assisting at the front desk, as a result of budget constraints. At this time a person will be hired as an account clerk I. The recreation position will not be filled.

Councilors Alan Curriston and Bill Fierke updated the council on a timeline for searching for a new city administrator. Hussell has previously announced he would retire in April 2012.

Alan Curriston reported there will be sponsor medallions on either corner of the area set aside for the time capsule. The size of the time capsule space as well as the medallion space has yet to be determined. But Curriston said it would “be big enough” in answer to a concern about size expressed by Councilor Sell. PremierWest Eagle Point and Floral Source in Eagle Point have each expressed interest in sponsoring the cost of the time capsule.
By Nancy Leonard
Of the Independent


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