Eagle Point council did something they rarely do, they bumped right up to the hour beyond which they cannot continue a meeting without a vote of the council. In other words, they met from 7 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
During that time they heard about Showa, Japan’s invitation to the city council to attend Showa’s festival on Oct. 2. Community member John Payne, who has been involved with the Showa exchange since it began a number of y ears ago, addressed the council strongly urging one or more representing Eagle Point to attend the Showa event. Mayor Bob Russell expressed interest. The issue will be brought back to council at the next meeting.
Wayne Brown was sworn in as the newest council member. He will fill the unexpired term of former member, Mike Parker.
At the last council meeting there was concern expressed that a $50 renewal process fee be charged to those Eagle Point businesses having liquor licenses. Some felt a timely notice was lacking despite the fact that city had met its legal obligation for notification. End result, a public hearing, with additional notice was held at the Aug.23 meeting. It appeared only about five people representing various liquor-related interests were present. Mayor Bob Russell had to recuse himself and sit in the audience because he has wine for sale and holds various events at his business. The only testimony regarding the $50 annual fee came from Agate Ridge, and from a person who previously owned bars in California. Agate Ridge is outside the city and thus would not be subject to the charge.