City Administrator Dave Hussell announced an offer had been made to an individual for the position of principle planner. Mike Upston has 11 years in the planning department at Bellview, Wa ., with a strong background in landscaping and urban planning. This is the position currently held by Bunny Lincoln, who will retire on Feb. 29. Upston has accepted the position and will begin with the city on Mar. 5.
Following an executive session, the names of four candidates for the position of city administrator were announced. They are: Henry Lawrence, Ontario Ore., Tom Steele, Pleasant Grove, Utah, Rick Giroux, Cambridge, Ohio and Hugh Thomas. City Administrator Dave Hussell is retiring the end of March.
The staff will advise candidates and those still interested and/or available will be offered transportation cost, lodging and meals paid for an interview on Feb. 9 and 10. Those interviews will be by the city council in executive session. Staff will meet and talk with each candidate and take them on a tour of the city.
The city officially proclaimed Jan. 27 as Fire Service Appreciation Day. Eagle Point had a volunteer fire department until December 2000 when voters approved annexation to Jackson County Fire District #3. District 3 built a new station for the city, as they promised, said Hussell. He also noted they have been a good partner in fire, medical and community service.
Aaron Prunty, a member of the Parks and Recreation Commission, was named to the Metropolitan Planning Organization as a member of the public advisory committee.
Three landscape bids for the area around the new reservoir were received. Overstreet Landscape had the lowest bid. That item will be brought back to the council at the next meeting for formal approval. A spring clean up day was mentioned, but no date was set. And, three teams are involved seeking the source of the leak at the 3.6 million reservoir.
Police Chief Vern Thompson presented an overview of a community survey regarding the police department. This is reviewed in a separate article.
By Nancy Leonard
Of the Independent