Eagle Point buys land with several contingencies for future park

Have you noticed a change in the traffic light at Linn and Hwy 62? It now has a green turn light for those wishing to turn left off Linn road onto Hwy. 62. ODOT acted quickly after the council heard a request from a citizen and wrote a letter to ODOT. This should help with safety at that intersection and also make it much clearer for all concerned.

Last Thursday, a speed check was done between V.A. Domiciliary and Barton Road. The city is requesting the speed continue at 45 mph through that section. That was the original request several years ago, but it was denied at that time. If the speed through the area is very high it would be difficult to get it reduced said Dan Durrell, of the area ODOT agency. However, he thought the speed tests might show speed was low enough it could be reduced. If preliminary figures indicate a possibility, the information will be forwarded to the state for final authorization.

The council approved the purchase of 6.5 acres of land in the Westbrook subdivision for a park with several conditions; one of which is providing certification that wetland issues have been mitigated and that there are no more wetlands on any portion of the property. All conditions must be cleared by Oct. 1.  The northern property lines at the edge of Barton Hills Estates.

Public Works Supervisor Robert Miller reported there was a break in the water line on Fargo Street where contractors are redoing the street. This occurred on Jan. 5.

Police Chief Vern Thompson reported he had 25 applicants for the police officer position.

There were about 50 applicants for the planning position now held by Bunny Lincoln. City Administrator Dave Hussell reported that number has been narrowed to four, one from Belleview,Wash., one from the coast, one from Medford and one from Florida. He said he expects interviews to be held Jan. 18-20 with an offer by Feb. 1.

Following an executive session, Hussell said candidates for his position as city administrator had been narrowed to six and that three could possibly be interviewed. He said council members have been asked to look at the recommendations of the sub-committee by the next council meeting. Hussell said interviews could be in the first 10 days of February.

Judy Burkhardt, who has been with the City of Eagle Point for 14 years, retired last Friday. Her most recent responsibility has been billing utilities, along with the number of other things the front office staff does. She has purchased a home in Prospect and will be near her daughter’s family and her grandchildren.  
By Nancy Leonard
Of the Independent


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