EP Council continues RPS discussion

By Lynn Leissler

Of the Independent

The Eagle Point City Council met in a public hearing to present the Regional Problem Solving plan (created by six regional communities to deal with land use and expansion issues) for acceptance. Dick Converse of Rogue Valley Council of Governments and City Planner Mike Upston presented a bullet point summary and a slide show outlining the urban growth boundaries and highlighting both the limitations and flexibility of the plan for Eagle Point. Hank Williams, Mayor of Central Point, Greg with 1000 Friends of Oregon, and Kelly Madding, Jackson County Development Service Director, spoke in favor of the plan’s acceptance. No one spoke against. After much discussion, the council decided to continue this agenda item until the next meeting, at which time they will have missing information and be ready to take a vote.

The regular council session started with a final report from Civil West Engineering. The seeding (floor sealant) procedure on the 3.6Million Gallon water storage tank has dramatically reduced the leakage. Eagle Point Public Works will continue monitoring the tank. Their bill came in at around $46,000 under budget. City Administrator Henry Lawrence proposed the firm present a new master plan for our water needs. The council agreed this be set for the next meeting.

Public Works Director Rob Miller reported on the upcoming community workday. He will talk with a group that wants to participate and set a date. For this year, various paths will be cleared and expanded.

The council approved the process of a six-month performance review for Henry Lawrence as the new city administrator.

Councilors gave committee reports, some with no updates. Ruth Jenks deemed the Eagle Point Evening Out a success, and Councilor Jonathan Bilden continues to work toward attracting business to our area. Mayor Bob Russell reported on a fruitful statewide mayors conference in Florence.

The next city council meeting will be August 28, at 7 p.m. in the council chambers at City Hall.


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