The Eagle Point City Council heard from several different parties at their May 8 meeting.
The first being Ron Fox with SOREDI who was speaking about Enterprise Zones. Fox reported that Jackson County is looking for new areas to include in these zones. When an area is included a business that qualifies can then apply for real estate tax breaks for the first 3 years. This is designed to help new businesses get started. The council passed a resolution to become part of the zone. This serves to keep the city on a level playing field with other cities in the area.
Eagle Point Police Chief Vern Thompson reported that May 13-19 is National Police week and asked that in honor of present and fallen officers that the flags be flown as half staff during that week. Chief Thompson reported that 174 officers lost their lives in the line of duty in 2011, up 13% from the 153 in 2010.
Chief Thompson also reported that those involved in the strike have been pretty much following the laws but that he has had to use some overtime hours to cover all the areas and continue regular protection around the city.
Jerry Zieman gave an update on the profits and losses at the Eagle Point Senior Center and asked that if it was in the budget could the city help support the programs offered at the Center.
Selecting a contractor to do the work on the 3.6 million gallon water tank was discussed and approval was given for the staff to select one of the three they were recommending, with the final selection to be done by the staff.
Also approval was given for the city to enter into a contract with the YMCA to host a summer day camp for youth in Eagle Point. This will be a trial year for the program.
Budget meetings will begin May 21.
Carl’s Jr. is expected to open on May 18.